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Prayer Wheels

Tibetan prayer wheels also called Mani wheels by the Tibetansare holy ritual objects for spreading and distributing spiritual blessingspositive and well wishes for all beings to invoke good karma. A prayer wheel isa wheel on a spindle, and on the wheel are rolls of thin paper, imprinted withnumerous copies of the mantra or prayers “Om Mani Padme Hum” these mantras areusually in an ancient Indian script or in Tibetan script which are woundedaround an axle in a protective container which is then rotated continuously.Attached to the cylinder is a lead weight with a chain, which facilitates therotation. Larger decorative versions of the syllables of the mantra are alsofound carved on the outside cover of the prayer wheel.

According to the Tibetan Buddhists belief chanting these mantras loudly orsilently to one, or even viewing them has the same effect which invokes thepowerful benevolent attention and blessings of Chenrezig, the embodiment ofcompassion. Tibetans spinning the written form of the mantra around in a Maniwheel believe that every rotation of a prayer wheel equals one utterance of themantra so more copies of the mantra, the more the religious practice will inreturn help them accumulate merits, replace negative vibes with positive ones,and hence bringing good karma for the future and next life.

Turning the prayer wheel is Buddhist religious exercise a part of their lives,people turn these Mani wheels or Prayer wheels day and nightfor hours and hours while waking or resting whenever their right hand is freeare murmuring the mantra “Om Mani Padme Hum” over and over again. Buddhistpilgrims use the prayer wheel for meditation and healing.

Buddhists turn the wheel clockwise. Just touching and turning a prayer wheelbrings incredible purification and accumulates unbelievable merit. When aBuddhist practitioner walks around the installation in a clockwise directionand rubs each one with the right hand as he or she passes, the wheels are sentrotating. In the interiors, thousands of mantras are thought to be activated asthe drums on which they are inscribed rotate.

Tibetans innovated Tibetan prayer wheel, the earliest known mention of prayerwheels is in an account written by a Chinese pilgrim, in 400 AD, whiletravelling through the area now known as Ladakh. The idea has its origins in aplay on the Sanskrit phrase 'to turn the wheel of the law' meaning 'to teachthe Dharma' which refers to the event when Shakyamuni Buddha began to preach".

In today’s world Tibetan prayer wheels have not simply remained in Tibet. Sincethe 1950s, when tens of thousands of Tibetans became refugees, dharma wheelshave begun turning in new lands unlike the Tibetan culture. Tibetan prayerwheels vary in size from small (from 3 inches in height) to Larger Tibetanprayer wheels, which may be several yards (meters) high and one or two yards(meters) in diameter containing myriad copies of the mantra, and may alsocontain sacred texts, up to hundreds of volumes. Tibetan prayer wheel are notonly hand held it is common a bucket-sized Tibetan prayer wheels lined up onwooden racks along walking paths circling monasteries and other sacred sites,for the benefit of visiting pilgrims. Large Tibetan prayer wheels are built sothat they are empowered by the flowing water, the flaming light, and theblowing wind which drive them, and can later pass their positive karma to allwho touch them.

It is also said that if you have a prayer wheel in your house,your house is the same as the Potala, the pure land of the Compassion Buddha.

We here at www.himalayacrafts.com have a variety of selected Tibetan PrayerWheels for online sale made by qualified and experienced craftsmen from Nepaland Tibetan people living in Nepal. If you want additional information onPrayer Wheel or Mani Wheel simply send us a mail at sales@himalayacrafts.com

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