2012 Reprint of 1960 New York Edition. Exact facsimile of the original edition, not reproduced with Optical Recognition Software. Lama Anagarika Govinda, born Ernst Lothar Hoffman, was the founder of the order of the Arya Maitreya Mandala and an expositor of Tibetan Buddhism, Abhidharma, Buddhist Meditation as well as other aspects of Buddhism. He was also a painter and poet. This title is a complete explanation of the esoteric principles of Mantra that also clarifies the differences between Hindu and Tibetan yoga. Translated into many languages, this is an important text for any student of Buddhism. With bibliography, index, and illustrations. Contents: Om: the path of universality -- Mani: the path of unification and of inner equality -- Padma: the path of creative vision -- Hum: the path of integration -- Om mani padme hum: the path of the great mantra -- Ah: the path of action.