The name Avalokiteshvara combines the verbal prefix ava “down”, lokita, a past participle of the verb lok “to notice, behold, observe”, here used in an active sense; and finally ishvara, “lord”, “ruler”, “sovereign” or “master”. Hence, it means “The Lord Who Looks Down (in compassion)”.
He recites the prayer “Om Mane Padme Hum”. Om has various meaning but in general, it means basic reality. Mani means jewel, while Padme means lotus. Hum, like Om, has no conceptual meaning. Overall, the mantra is suggestive of the bringing together of the qualities of wisdom (the lotus) and compassion (the jewel).
How do we Pack the Thangka?
We wrap the Thangka in handmade Nepali Lokta paper for protection of painting and later packed inside the non-bendable PVC pipe for shipping.