Mantra Mystery I
GATE GATE PARA GATE PARASAMGATE BODHI SVAHA!
Mantra of the Prajna Paramita (Hint: Gate is pronounced like "gah-tay")
The mantra of the Prajna Paramita is found at the end of a brief, but classic Buddhist scripture, The Heart of the Prajna Paramita Sutra, often called The Heart Sutra or The Great Heart of Wisdom Sutra. 'Prajna' means 'wisdom.' 'Paramita' means a crossing over, or going beyond. The last verse of the sutra goes like this:
"Therefore, Prajna Paramita is know as the most divine mantra,
the great enlightening mantra,
the utmost mantra,
the incomparable mantra,
destroyer of all suffering!
Since what is true is not in vain,
listen to the mantra of the Prajna Paramita-- it goes like this:
GATE GATE PARA GATE PARASAM GATE BODHI SVAHA!"
Years ago we wrote down a translation of this mantra on an index card and have kept it in a special place. That translation was:
"Going, going, going on beyond, always going on beyond, always becoming Buddha."
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