The Day I Chanted, “Om Mani Padme Hum”

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I read this book late last year and the reason I’m raving about this now is that it is such a pleasant surprise that this is Flea’s choice for his Instagram book club for April. Yes, that funky bassist of Red Hot Chili Peppers has a book club. The discussion is not until April 27 but since it’s in my head now I better go ahead and write whatever.

What stands out in my head as I try to remember the plot is Om Mani Padme Hum. It’s a repetitive phrase in the novel that is a mantra used during meditation. I looked it up on Youtube and tried chanting with the video. Man, was it effective!

More than the snow leopards, this book excelled in giving you a vision you can meditate on. Peter Matthiessen wrote this like a journal complete with dates and graphic descriptions of the nature he was living in. I won’t try and paraphrase him because I will just ruin it but I’d leave my favorite quote below.

Their mission was to observe the Himalayan blue goats and the snow leopards were only a side trip. These are rare cats found at the highest point of the Himalayas and it’s a shame if they did not find one cat and name the book after it.

As successful as the journey was Matthiessen’s religious diary keeping. It has detailed the difficulties and disappointments, treachery, and danger. But above all, he maintained his relationship with his faith and that Om Mani Padme Hum will find a way to stick to you as well.

Flea’s Instagram live review in Philippine time is on April 28, 2:00 AM.

Quote from the Book

There is so much that enchants me in this spare, silent place that I move slowly so as no to break a spell. — Peter Matthiessen

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