Handpainted thangka with golden mantra mandala in the Black background. The mantra Om Mani Padme Hum has repeated in the orbits of this Mandala. A mantra is a sound or layers of sound with inherently great power. It is essentially the sound of the god or goddess. Often the sound “Aum” is used in a meditative mantra because it is the harmonic divine sound of god. If you think about it, the “ah” sound is evident in almost all terms for god. Use a mantra when you wish to focus your consciousness off of the external/material/banal world and move it inward into the realm of god. This mandala is a representation of the movements of the planets and the whole cosmos around Mount Meru, the holy mountain considered the center of the axis of both physical and spiritual universe.