Tingsha Bells with Brocade Case
Excellent for rituals. Genuine, hefty embossed with the either the Eight Auspicious symbols, OM mani Pad Me Hung (very loosely translated as 'hail to the jewel in the lotus'), swirling dragons or the Om, which is smaller with the same exquisite sound. These bells are specially made from a complex alloy of bronze (copper and tin), iron, and zinc. Each comes with a very beautiful round case.
Tibetan Buddhists use sound to bring one's attention to the present. Hand-tuned, the sound is resonant and penetrating, and is a perfect vehicle to draw one's mind into focus. Tingsha bells are also used in many kinds of rituals. They are made only by Tibetans now living in Nepal and India, and are made of bronze, iron & zinc. The sound is known also to be spiritually cleansing.
What is the meaning of the Om Ma Ni Pad Me Hung?
There are many ways to understand the meaning of the mantra - here is one of them, thanks to a wonderful website entitled Dharma-Haven.org: The six syllables purify the six realms of suffering-filled existence. For example, the syllable OM purifies the neurotic attachment to bliss and pride, which afflict the beings in the realm of the gods.
SYLLABLE EMOTION PURIFIED SAMSARIC REALM OM bliss / pride god MA jealousy / lust for entertainment demi-god NI passion / desire human PED stupidity / confusion animal ME poverty /lack of comfort hungry ghost HUNG agression / hatred hell