In my last post, I wrote about Ushnisha Sitataputra who is better known as the The White Umbrella Goddess. While, I highly revere Ushnisha Sitataputra I unfortunately, or maybe fortunately, don’t have a highly miraculous personal story that I can share about her. However, allow me to share the story of a Canadian Buddhist who I met in one of my trips in Legaspi, Albay.
B works for an international NGO, and she was assigned in one of the remote town in Albay. Because she was assigned in a remote town that has no internet she’ll have to travel to Legaspi City every Monday to be able to do her paper work and reports and email them to their regional head. She would usually stay at the volunteer’s house rented by their NGO for them. The house also functions as an office. In one of her overnight stay at the Volunteer’s House an accident happened. The Filipina that they hired to help them keep the place clean forgot to turn off the electric fan that she used in the kitchen, they’re not sure whether it overheated or there was short circuit but whatever happened it created fire. At that time B and four other volunteers where in the house, but B was sharing a room with another female volunteer from Singapore.
B and her roommate were woken by shouts and banging from their door. When her roommate opened the door, one of the other male volunteers was shouting, according to B she didn’t really hear what he was saying because she already saw what was happening, the thick smoke outside their room indicated that there was fire and it was already bad.
According to B the three male volunteers attempted to go down the stair s but is unable to do so because of the thick smoke. They went inside B’s room and attempted to break the window. But typical of Filipino houses they were actually ‘barred’ from going out through the window. Unable to break the window, they all went to the only other room occupied by the male volunteers, but again their efforts to break the window proved futile. They were all in panic and felt that they’re trapped. B said she unconsciously touched the The White Umbrella Goddess pendant she is wearing, and something prompted her to recite the short version of the mantra of Ushnisha Sitataputra, she said she’s not sure how many times she recited it but soon after reciting the mantra she remembered that there is a fire escape which is weirdly accessible through the window in the restroom. She called everybody and while everything was burned to ashes, B and her co-volunteers escaped unharmed. She firmly believes that it was The White Umbrella Goddess who saved them.
According to Lama Zopa Rinpoche, one of the fastest ways to tap Ushnisha Sitataputra’s protection and/or blessing is to wear or have her image in your house and recite her mantra. The mantra of The White Umbrella Goddess is a mouthful but a very powerful one.
Allow me to share with you her mantra.
TADYATHA OM ANALE ANALE KHASAME KHASAME BHAYRE BHAYRE SAUMA SAUME SARVA BUDDHA ADISHTANA ADISHTITE SOHA OM SARVA TATHAGATHA USHINISHA SITATAPUTRA HUM PHAT HUM MAMA HUM NI SOHA
This is one of the mantras that I regularly recite, and although saying it 7 times a day, everyday, is powerful enough, I prefer reciting one full mala at least twice a week.
The short version of the mantra is HUM MAMA HUM NI SOHA. But it is advisable that you recite the full mantra three times before saying one full mala of the short version.
This pendant is similar to the one worn by B. My dream is to be able to design my own Ushnisha Sitataputra or The White Umbrella Goddess pendant. The ones that are available are made of plastic, like the one in the picture, or are made of cloth. They don’t last really long.
Furthermore, wearing an Ushnisha Sitataputra pendant will also ensure that you are constantly protected. Having an image of The White Umbrella Goddess at home, in your living room, will also ensure that your house is constantly protected.