The Dharani Called, "Possessing the Limbs of All the Buddhas"
Dharanis contain the essence of a teaching but are often compared to mantras due to their intended ritual vocalization. Generally, however, dharanis are longer than mantras and are more likely to have intelligible phrases, like Sutras. The word "dharani" is from a Sanskrit root word that means "to hold or maintain." Dharanis are said to have the power to heal and protect from harm.