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OM symbol The Definition of Om: The supreme and most sacred syllable in Sanskrit. It is believed to be the original primordial vibration of the universe, after the big bang. It is uttered as a mantra and in affirmations and blessings to connect all living beings. Made of the three sounds (a), (u), and (m), representing various fundamental triads:

  • Beginning, Middle, End
  • Past, Present, Future
  • Father, Son, Holy Ghost
  • Creation, Preservation, Destruction
Om in Hinduism: The mantra Om (or Aum) has been handed down to us by the Himalayan sages. The Mandukya Upanishad explains its significance as everything manifest that has its origin in the Un-manifest. "Om is the primordial throb of the universe. It is the sound form of consciousness." The repetition of Om leads one's mind into deep concentration, meditation, and finally to samadhi, a state of higher consciousness.

Om in Jainism, Sikhism, and Buddhism: Om is an integral part of the philosophies, rituals, meditations and chants in Jainism, Sikhism, and Buddhism. It has the same meaning and ramifications as in Yoga.

Om in Tantra Yoga: Tantric scriptures declare that Om is the storehouse of mystic power. When Om is uttered, according to Vedic injections, the throat generates the sound A by beginning the sound from the bottom of the spine (Kundalini) and thus using the entire depth of the human mechanism to produce this sound. It is the mantra for the seventh chakra, opening the lotus at the crown.

Aum (Om) in ancient Egypt: It seems that the ancient Egyptians knew of Aum as Amen or Amun. Amen-Ra was the name of the supreme God who was considered the primordial creator and ruler of the other gods which have no beginning and no end.

Om in Ancient Greece: The ancient Greek alphabet had Omega as its last letter. Omega written in the lowercase of the Greek alphabet, if turned to its side, looks quite similar to the Sanskrit way of writing Om. It is from the Greek alphabet "Omega" that we have the English phrase "the Alpha and Omega," which means, "to include everything."
"In the beginning was the Word and the Word was with God and the Word was God. Amen."

Om in Judaism and Christianity: Indian mystical thinking influenced Judaism in many ways. Scholars believe Aum (Om) became Amen and, as such, was later incorporated into Christianity. Amen is said to mean "so be it", though this may be a later interpretation. Amen is widely mentioned in the Bible. It is used during worship (Revelations 3:14) as an expression of benediction (1 Chronicles 16.36), for expressing one's love of God (2 Corinthians 1:20), or as sign of gratitude.

Chanting Om

The repetition of Om or Aum dissolves the mind in its Divine Source. If you chant Om several times out loud it purifies the atmosphere. Try it! Take a deep breath and chant AaaaaUuuuuMmmm as long as you can. Then take another deep breath and repeat at least three times in succession... Then stop. Sit in silence. What do you feel?

Benefits of Om

Meditating Om

Sit down in a quite place, close your eyes, and completely relax both muscles and nerves. Concentrate on the space between your eyebrows and slow the mind by slowing the breath. Repeat Om silently to yourself. When the mind wanders bring it gently back to Om again and again. Keep the meaning of Om always at heart: infinity, eternity, immortality, purity, perfection, all-knowing, truth consciousness, and bliss. Om maybe safely used by anyone of any religion.

For more instructions on how to meditate, see my website.


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