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Aum – Om Ah Hum Vajra Guru Padma Siddhi Hum

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Aum is a death metal band from France and it was discovered by and released on Iron Bonehead. Also, Aum has probably one of the greatest logos ever as well as an amazing debut album cover (courtesy of Misanthropic-Art). The album, written over the last five years, has seven powerful songs, all of which with titles related to Buddhism and monks and lords of Yoga in Hinduism. Padmasambhava, which means “Lotus Born”, known by various names, including Guru Rinpoche (Precious Master), was the founder of Tibetan Buddhism. His mantra “Om Ah Hum Vajra Guru Padma Siddhi Hum” (the title of Aum’s album) is one of the most popular and powerful in Tibetan Buddhism. And it is said that this mantra contains the essence of all Buddhas (past, present and future). “Om” corresponds to the nature of the body, “Ah” the nature of the word and “Hum” to the nature of the mind of all Buddhas. The five words “Vajra Guru Padma Siddhi Hum” refer to the five aspects or ‘families’ of Buddha, Diamond (Vajra), Jewelry (Ratna), Lotus (Padma), Dual-Vajra (Karma) and Wheel (Buddha). They represent the five wisdoms: wisdom as the mirror, the wisdom of equanimity, wisdom that discerns, the wisdom that accomplishes all and the wisdom of the absolute space. So, spirituality all over the place and great death metal is what you’ll get with this record. Go buy it! (Antonio)