Friday, June 22, 2012

Buddhist Money Mantra (108 Times)

The most accurate Sanskrit form of this Buddhist money mantra is OM VASUDHARE SVAHA (pronounced as OM WA SU DHA REI SWA HA).

On several occasions, the All-Compassionate Buddha shared with us practices that will enhance our wealth, so that His students may pursue their spiritual goals with less physical distraction.

One of the wealth deities introduced by the Buddha is the bodhisattva, Vasudhara.

Vasudhara, whose name means 'stream of treasure' in Sanskrit, is mentioned in the Mahayana sutra, the Vasudhara Dharani (also known as the Inquiry of the Layman Sucandra).

In recent years, 2 well-respected Chinese Mahayana monks, Venerable Hui Lyu (慧律) and Venerable Hai Tao (海涛) have propagated the Vasudhara Dharani and taught the money mantra in it.

In Tibetan Buddhism, Vasudhara (known as Norgyun or Norgyunma in Tibet) is regarded as a primary 'Wealth Deity'. The Kagyu, Sakya, and Gelug schools include Vasudhara in their spiritual practices and perform Vasudhara-related pujas mainly for lay believers.

Vasudhara's popularity, however, peaks in Nepal where she has a strong following among the Newars of the Kathmandu Valley, and is thus a central figure in Newar Buddhism. She is given the name Shiskar Apa in the Indian districts of Lahul and Spiti.

For this mantra to be effective, you should:

1. Recite this mantra 800 times the first time
2. Recite it 3 times a day, once in the morning, once in the afternoon and once at night, 108 times each thereafter
3. Maintain a pure mind during recitation

~ Many thanks to Upasaka Guo Bin (果滨) for his wonderful recitation ~

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