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Over the passage of time, two great plates continue to push together, forcing the Himalaya higher. As these great mountains grow, so they crumble, due to wind and water erosion. Stones, known as 'shooting stones' career down beautiful looking scree slopes and present a very great danger to anyone passing below.The powerful sacred mantra 'Om Mani Padme Hum' has been carved into these stones and then placed by the roadside for over a millenia. Likewise, the mantra written on paper has been wound into prayer wheels and spun in a clockwise direction, by hand, water or the heat of a butter lamp for nearly 2000 years. Om Mani Padme Hum