The Om symbol (also called Aum)
is of paramount importance in Hinduism, Sikhism, Jainism, Buddhism, and in Bon.
This symbol is a sacred syllable representing Brahman; omnipotent, omnipresent, and the source of all manifest existence. Om, therefore, represents both the unmanifest (nirguna) and manifest (saguna) aspects of God.
According to the Mandukya Upanishad -one of the scriptures of Hindu Vedanta, "Om is the one eternal syllable of which all that exists is but the development. The past, the present, and the future are all included in this one sound, and all that exists beyond the three forms of time is also implied in it".
It is believed to be the basic sound of the world forming, the fundamental note that represents the beginning of all things manifest and unmanifest.
OM SYMBOL MEDITATION
You can bring the energy of the Om symbol into your life by chanting Om in a long, slow, single breath.
Repeat a total of 4-7 times.
Place equal emphasis on both sounds involved: the "O" and the "M". After chanting Om, you will oftentimes feel more relaxed and focused.
Most likely you will also feel more connected to universal and earthly energies after toning Om.
It is a great mantra for those interested in sound healing and using sounds to facilitate healing.
For a more in-depth look at the Om mantra, check out our Om Mantra
page and our Om Mani Padme Hum Mantra page.
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