The mantra Om Mani Pädme Hum is easy to say yet quite powerful, because it contains the essence of the entire teaching.
When you say the first syllable Om it is blessed to help you achieve perfection in the practice of generosity , Ma helps perfect the practice of pure ethics , and Ni helps achieve perfection in the practice of tolerance and patience . Päd , the fourth syllable, helps to achieve perfection of perseverance , Me helps achieve perfection in the practice of concentration , and the final sixth syllable Hum helps achieve perfection in the practice of wisdom .
So in this way recitation of the mantra helps achieve perfection in the six practices from generosity to wisdom.
The literal translation can be broken down into 6 syllables each focusing on 6 Buddhist traditions. 1: Om=Generosity, which purifies Ego/Pride, the color is white. 2: Ma=Ethics, Jealousy/Lust, Green. 3: Ni=Patience, Passion/desire, Yellow. 4: Pad= Diligence, Ignorance/prejudice, Blue. 5: Me= Renunciation, Poverty/Possessiveness, Red 6: Hum, Wisdom, Aggression/Hatred, Black. The mantra is old old old, I like this translation of meaning best because it shows belief in man’s good side.
Om and hung are the sounds of creation, mani pemme means the jewel in the lotus. it´s about a clear state of mind, respect for all living creatures and enlightenment.
Vietnamese spelled it this way Úm ma ni bát ni hồng.