KALACHAKRA MANTRA

 

Om Ham Ksha Ma La Va Ra Ya Sva Ha

 

Also known as ‘The Mighty Ten Stacked Syllables’  the ten syllables of Kalachakra’s mantra also represent his entire mandala base and retinue of deities. The syllables stand upon a lotus and discs of the four great planets – Moon (white), Sun (red), Rahu (blue-black), and Kalagni (golden) – with a rainbow aura enclosing them. The first black vertical ‘leg’ of the Ya syllable represents the mandala’s wind base. Then the following red Ra, white Va and yellow La legs represent the mandala’s fire, water and earth bases respectively. The fifth red Ma leg terminates in a four-color syllable head, which represents Mt Meru, with its four faces. The sixth green Ksha leg represents the lotus and form god realms above Mt Meru, as well the deities of Kalachakra’s enlightened body, speech and mind mandalas. The seventh blue Ham leg – which also crowns these seven stacked syllables, represents both the formless god realms and the deities of Kalachakra’s enlightened wisdom mandala.

 

The crowning red crescent moon, white sun and dissolving black flame represent the three component sounds of Om, and symbolize both the three psychic channels and the body, speech and mind deities of Kalachakra’s mandala of great bliss. To the left and right of the stacked syllables are the blue syllable Sva and the golden syllable Ha, symbolizing the deity Kalachakra and his golden consort, Vishvamata.

 

 

Meaning of the Kalachakra Mantra

 

 

 The first four syllables OM AH HUM HOH of the mantra are the four vajra syllables of the body, speech, mind and wisdom:

 

 

OM is the vajra of body,

AH is the vajra of speech,

HUM is the vajra of mind,

HOH is the vajra of wisdom.

The next two syllables,

 

 

HAM  and KSHAH are the seed syllables for the father Kalachakra (HAM) and, correspondingly, his consort Vishvamata (KSHAH).

 

The next syllable MA is the basis for the inestimable mansion of Kalachakra.

 

The four syllables LA VA RA YA stand for the four elements of earth, fire, water and wind.

 

HUM PHAT signifies an offering of blessings, with the wish that hearing the mantra and reciting it bring supreme benefit for all sentient beings.

 

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