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Bodhi is a Sanskrit word that literally means awakened. The bodhi tree was so named because the Buddha attained the awakened state or enlightenment under its spreading canopy. Since then the meaning of this fabled leaf has symbolized the perfection of wisdom in its most ultimate state. A gilded bodhi leaf graces the front of these fabulously red cards.
Printed with the sacred symbol for Om, the Tibetan sacred mantra, Om Mani Padme Hum. The word 'mantra' is derived from two Sanskrit words. The 'man' syllable comes from 'manas' or mind. The 'tra' syllable comes from the Sanskrit word 'trai' meaning to protect or to free from. Therefore, in its most literal sense it means 'to free from the mind.' As a chanted word or phrase, a mantra is a tool that's used to free the mind from mundane and distracting thoughts.
The paper used to make these attractive notecards comes from the bark of a sustainably harvested Himalayan shrub called lokta which grows wild in the remote highlands of Nepal. This card features the Sanskrit symbol for Om which signifies the innate spiritual energy and vibrational god-like essence of all things in the universe.
This lovely set of cards features the endless or mystic knot, an ancient symbol common to many cultural traditions. In Tibetan Buddhism it is revered as one of the eight auspicious signs and symbolizes Buddha's mind. It also represents the inter-connectedness of all things as well as the constant interplay of wisdom and compassion.