The Great Compassion Mantra in Sanskrit

 

The Great Compassion Mantra (Da Bei Jou) of Gwan Yin Bodhisattva can help heal illnesses (NOT a replacement for getting proper treatment from a doctor) and help you get rid of your bad karma.  You will get benefits even just from having the sound of the mantra passing by your ear.

Imee Ooi (the beautiful Buddhist singer) has the most complete version of the Sanskrit Great Compassion Mantra that I’ve heard.  It’s easier to remember and more beautiful to learn it whilst listening to it as a song:

Imee Ooi’s version of the Sanskrit Great Compassion Mantra / Nilakantha Dharani

Also available from:

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How to Learn this Mantra More Easily

The thing is to learn it line by line each day or little section by little section each day – that way, it’s easier to remember 1 little section that sounds similar together at once before progressing on to the next section.

What I’ve done is put the sections with the same starts and endings into groups (so there is less to remember and so that you can recognize patterns) – to make it easier to learn and remember:

  • “Oh, this section has the same endings – like a poem or a rhyme or like in a song”,
  • “Oh this section has the same start”

So it’s easier to remember:

  • How many lines of this section begin with this same start
  • How many lines of that section have the same ending

Invocation

The first section mantra starts with an invocation to the Triple Jewel and to invite Gwan Yin himself/herself:

  • Homage to the Triple Jewel (Ratna Trayaya)
  • Homage to the Noble/Holy (Arya) Avalokiteshvaraya (Gwan Shi Yin – the Contemplator of the World’s Sounds)
  • Enlightened being (Bodhisattvaya)
  • Great Bodhisattva (Mahasattvaya)
  • Greatly Compassionate One (Mahakarunikaya)

A lot of the Gwan Yin Mantras start like this – so if you memorize this first section, you will already know the start of several other Gwan Yin Mantras.

Common terms you often find in mantras include the following:

Tadyatha Om

You will see the phrase Tadyatha (pronounced Ta-di-a-ta) followed by Om in many Buddhist mantras:

  • Tadyatha means “It goes like this” as in, “This mantra goes like this”.
  • Om is a sign of respect and reverence often used at the start of many mantras.

So whenever you see Tadyatha Om, it usually means that this is the start of the mantra proper after an invocation.

Sarva

Pronounced Sarwa (with a roll of the tongue).  It means “All”.

Maha

Means “great”.

Svaha

Pronounced Swaha.  Is often at the end of mantras – it means “so be it”.  It means what you’ve said in the mantra – let it be!

 

The Great Compassion Mantra

(Maha Karunika Dharani/Nilakantha Dharani, Sanskrit)

Namo ratna-trayāya

  • Nama āryĀvalokiteśvarāya
  • Bodhisattvāya
  • Mahāsattvāya
  • Mahākāruṇikāya

 

  • Sarva-bandhana-cchedana-karāya
  • Sarva-bhava-samudra-śoṣaṇa-karāya
  • Sarva-vyādhi-praśamana-karāya
  • Sarv-ety-upadrava-vināśana-karāya
  • Sarva-bhayeṣu trāṇa-karāya |

Tasmai namaskṛtvā imaṃ

āryĀvalokiteśvara-bhāṣitaṃ Nīlakaṇṭha-nāma |hṛdayaṃ vartayiṣyāmi

sarv-ārtha-sādhakaṃ śubhaṃ |ajeyaṃ
sarva-bhutānāṃ
bhava-mārga-viśodhakaṃ ||

TADYATHĀ | oṃ

āloka e āloka-mati lokātikrānta

ehi Hare āryĀvalokiteśvara mahābodhisattva |

  • he bodhisattva
  • he mahābodhisattva
  • he virya-bodhisattva

he mahākāruṇikā smara hṛdayaṃ |

 

  • ehy-ehi Hare āryĀvalokiteśvara Maheśvara

paramārtha-citta mahākāruṇikā |

  • kuru-kuru karma |
  • sādhaya-sādhaya vidyam |

 

  • dehi-dehi tvaraṃ kāmam gama vihaṇgama vigama siddha-yogeśvara |
  • dhuru-dhuru viyanta e mahā-viyanta e |
  • dhara-dhara dharendreśvara |
  • cala-cala vimal-āmala āryĀvalokiteśvara Jina |

kṛṣṇa-jaṭā-makuṭā ‘varama prarama virama mahāsiddha-vidyādhara |

  • bala-bala mahābala
  • malla-malla mahāmalla
  • cala cala Mahācala |

 

  • kṛṣṇa-varṇa dīrgha-
  • kṛṣṇa-pakṣa-nirghātana

he padma-hasta |

cara cara niśācareśvara

  • kṛṣṇa-sarpa-kṛta-yajñopavīta |

ehy-ehi mahāVarāha-mukha Tripura-dahan-eśvara

Nārāyaṇa-balopabala-veśa-dhara |

  • he Nīlakaṇṭha
  • he Mahākāla

halāhala-viṣa

nirjita lokasya

  • rāga-viṣa vināśana
  • dveṣa-viṣa-vināśana
  • moha-viṣa-viṇāśana
  • hulu-hulu malla |
  • hulu Hare

Mahā-Padmanābha |

  • sara-sara
  • siri-siri
  • suru-suru
  • muru-muru
  • budhya-budhya
  • bodhaya-bodhaya bodhayā maitriya Nīlakaṇṭha |

ehy-ehi vāma-sthita-Siṃha-mukha |

  • hasa-hasa
  • muñca-muñca
  • mahāṭṭahāsam |

ehy-ehi bho mahāsiddha-yogeśvara |

  • bhaṇa-bhaṇa vācaṃ |
  • sādhaya-sādhaya vidyāṃ |

 

  • smara-smara taṃ
  • bhagavantaṃ lokita-vilokitaṃ
  • Lokeśvaram tathāgataṃ |
  • dadāhi me darśana-kāmasya darśanam |

 

  • prahlādaya manaḥ svāhā |
  • siddhāya svāhā |
  • mahāsiddhāya svāhā |
  • siddha-yogeśvarāya svāhā |
  • Nīlakaṇṭhāya svāhā |
  • Varāha-mukhāya svāhā |
  • MahāNarasiṃha-mukhāya svāhā |
  • siddha-vidyādharāya svāhā |
  • padma-hastāya svāhā |
  • kṛṣṇa-sarpa-kṛta-yajñopavitāya svāhā |
  • mahā-Lakuṭadharāya svāhā |
  • cakr-āyudhāya svāhā |
  • śaṇkha-śabda-nibodhanāya svāhā |
  • vāma-skandha-deśa-sthita-kṛṣṇ-ājināya svāhā |
  • vyāghra-carma-nivasanāya svāhā |
  • Lokeśvarāya svāhā |
  • sarva-siddheśvaraya svāhā |

Namo bhagavate āryĀvalokiteśvarāya bodhisattvāya mahāsattvāya mahākāruṇikāya |

Siddhyantu me mantra-padāni svāhā

Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/N%C4%ABlaka%E1%B9%87%E1%B9%ADha_Dh%C4%81ra%E1%B9%87%C4%AB#Longer_version

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