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Sound of OM

Meaning of OM

Om is an ancient mantra that is used in Hinduism and Buddhism, among other faiths. In the Hindu tradition, the sound of om is said to contain the entire universe. It is the first sound from the beginning of time, and it also encompasses the present and the future.

According to the ancient religious texts, 'Om' signifies the ONE Supreme Power/ Brahman (the absolute); which is in symphony with the governing principle of 'ONENESS ', guided by the philosophy of Advaita Vedanta, it signifies the ultimate reality conscious

Om' is the all-pervading, omnipotent and omnipresent sound of the Cosmos. For this reason, it is also referred as 'Pranava'; the energy that runs in our Prana.

'Om' is not just regarded as a word, it is a pitch produced by coalescing the three Sanskrit syllables (Aaa-Uuu-Mm); which on rigorous repetition give a threefold experience on the physical, mental and the astral spiritual plane.

'Om' represents the incomprehensible and unmanifested / Nirguna aspect of the supreme; at the same time the symbol of Om signifies a comprehensible and manifested aspect of it so as to provide the human mind with a conceivable channel to lead them towards the realization of its actual Nirguna state.

In Katha Upanishad, 'Om' has been described as the primordial sound from which all other sounds and creations have emerged. It has been referred as the force behind all existence and creation; and is the aim of all Vedas.

In Mundaka Upanishad, the analogy of bow and arrow has been put to use to describe the signification of 'Om'; where 'Om' is compared to a bow; the soul to an arrow and the Brahman (Absolute) to the target; and this target is said be achieved only by those who sincerely practice it all their life with the sole aim of attaining communion with the Brahman/ Absolute

Mandukya Upanishad, one of the most important of all Upanishads is centrally focused towards 'Om'; describing it as the imperishable word; chanting and contemplating over which can lead the soul to the four states of Consciousness. To explain it further the introduction of the Upanishad goes……

"Aum ity Etad Akṣaram Idam Sarvam,
Tasyopavyākhyānam Bhūtam Bhavad
Bhaviṣyad iti Sarvam Auṁkāra Eva Yac
Cānyat Trikālātītaṁ Tad Apy Auṁkāra Eva."

Which means that...

'Om' is the past, present, future and the whole universe. In other words, all that is, was and shall be verily is Om. Everything beyond the time and space also is 'Om'.
In the 12 verses of Mandukya Upanishad, the concept of Brahman/ Absolute, Self/ Atma and the four levels of consciousness have been described and 'Om', has been referred as the pure Consciousness. The intonation of Om and the three syllables (Au- Oh- Mm) have been described as identical with the four stages of consciousness; the first three states being waking (Vaishvanara), dreaming (Taijasa), and sleeping (Prajna). The fourth state (Turiya), which is pure consciousness is realized beyond the other three states; in the stillness of silence brought after the completion of each chant of "Om".

The Chandogya Upanishad is one of the oldest Upanishads of Hinduism. It opens with the recommendation that "let a man meditate on Om". It calls the syllable Om as udgitha (song, chant), and asserts that the significance of the syllable is thus: the essence of all beings is earth, the essence of earth is water, the essence of water are the plants, the essence of plants is man, the essence of man is speech, the essence of speech is the Rig Veda, the essence of the Rig Veda is the Sama Veda, and the essence of Sama Veda is the udgitha (song, Om)

In Patanjali yoga sutra om is mentioned as supreme conscious (ishvara)the first form. the practice of surrendering to that supreme is devote to surrender by the act of chanting om repeatedly to come out of impurities of mind.

Science of OM

Let's look at this example how the phone call works we dial a number and the tower catches the energy or frequency and directs it to whosoever we have dialled to and then you are able to pass down the message to that person.

Now in the same way chanting of works if one chants this universal sound is received by the supreme source and to wherever you are directing to it will receive it or transmitted.

This analogy of cosmos works in every regard in infinite source of energy receiving and transmitting throughout the space.
Since OM is considered as the sound of the universe, a long chant of OM might act as identification signal that you are transmitting something out in the universe.
This evocation is qualitative and subjective and is linked with interceptions (inner body sensations) and emotional sense of self, both predominantly represented in the right hemisphere of the brain. Conversely, the narrative strand of sounds in which we give them meaning is done predominantly through the left hemisphere.

What is fascinating about mantras is that from a physics standpoint, the sounds themselves, before they are assigned meaning, will resonate in different parts of the body and mind, creating actual interactions or events. Mantras are information, in the literal sense of in-forming: the creation of form, or interactions.

The Sanskrit language is an information sequencing system that mimics the process of nature's repeating patterns. As the Sanskrit scholar Dr. Douglas Brooks has said, "Sanskrit tells us what Nature shows us. A limited number of rules gives an arbitrarily large number of outcomes. The way Nature goes about its business, Sanskrit goes about its language." Much like the emotive quality of immersing oneself in music, mantra uses sound to evoke movement of physical and emotional energy through stimulation of the nervous system, from which emerges meaning and narrative.
Benefits of AUM
· Chanting OM purifies the environment around you and creates positive vibrations.

· concentration increases when you chant this universal hymn.

· better immunity and self-healing power.

· improves your concentration and helps you focus.

· Om chanting produces a vibration and sound which is touched through your vocal cords and sinuses. The vibrations open up the sinuses to clear the airways.

· It can place you in a meditational state which gives you deep relaxation.

· Om not only benefits the person who is chanting it but also to the people around them, wherever its vibrations drifts.

· Om Mantra has cardiovascular benefits – by relaxing our mind and body, our blood pressure will decrease and our heart will beat with regular rhythm.

· Om chanting actually improves your voice by giving strength to your vocal cords and the muscles around it. This is very helpful during old age.

· It is said that rubbing your hands together while om chanting and putting those charged hands on different parts of body heals or activates those body parts.

· Through chanting and meditation, you can have better control over your emotions, thus allowing you to see situations with a clear and rational mind.

· Regular chanting of this Mantra will take you on a spiritual journey to greater happiness and positivity, but only if it is done daily for a longer period of time. Mantras are not an overnight fix to your problems – you must have patience and learn the correct techniques.
· When the OM Mantra is chanted in a group, the effects are amplified and this will produce immense positive vibrations which charge up the entire vicinity.

· It has been our experience that Om can even help cleanse your skin. The massive levels of internal positive energy and a cleansed aura that come from chanting the Om Mantra regularly will be reflected externally with a sunny glow on your face and body.

· Your spinal cord is strengthened through the vibrations caused by sound of Aaaa. As this sound is generated from abdomen, it helps to strengthen the supporting muscles of the spinal cord.

· The sound uuu is created by vocal cords which benefit the thyroid glands and the throat.

· If you're looking at the spiritual eye while chanting, your eyesight will start improving.

· A person can be free from his sins by chanting Om and understanding its meaning

· Chanting om helps to overcome stomach issue. irritable bowel syndrome is stress related and chanting helps to give relaxation.

· Chanting om helps to increase the nitric acid which helps to increase the age to make live longer and free from heart diseases

Uses of AUM

The syllable is often found at the beginning and the end of chapters in the Vedas, the Upanishads, and other Hindu texts.

It is a sacred spiritual incantation made before and during the recitation of spiritual texts, during puja and private prayers, in ceremonies of rites of passages (samskara) such as weddings, and sometimes during meditative and spiritual activities such as Yoga.

It is also a seed syllable, used as a building block for other mantras.

In the chakra system, it is connected to ajna chakra, the third eye, which represents intuition and self-knowledge.

One can often chant for their own self awareness and reflection in morning and evening to be in ecstasy as the form of daily mediation

Cultivating the attitude of positivity through the help of reciting the mantra back in head constantly to remove the negativity and evil thoughts is been practiced by many sages and beings to live in harmony

Chanting om is seen in modern yoga classes or even dynamic form of exercise at the beginning and in the end of the practice to stabilize the mind and body rhythm.
Introduction in the academic program has included for the student to recite to improve their efficiency and memory ability to perform better

Special organization or even multinational companies have been introduction the practice of om to the employs for their efficient and enhancing the skill in their work.

Significance of AUM

Vivekananda quotes:

Since OM is considered as the sound of the universe, a long chant of OM might act as identification signal that you are transmitting something out in the universe.
Mantras being mathematically and precisely placed symphony of words, when you have a long chant of OM followed by any mantra, you actually are communicating with the cosmos on its own frequency and conveying your message.

May be that's why literally every mantra starts with OM.
It is believed that Omkar consists of twelve Kalas. Each notation of this word signifies and important meaning. The first notation is Ghoshini, second is Vidyun, third is Patangi, fourth is Vayuvegani, fifth is Naamdheya, sixth is Endri, seventh is Vaishnavi, eighth is Shankari, ninth is Mahati, tenth is Dhriti, eleventh is Naari and twelfth is Brahmi. A person can absorb Om's energy by understanding the powers of Aa and Ma. In the initial stages, Om sounds like different notations.

However, the difference between its notations can be understood gradually. In the beginning, it sounds similar to seas, clouds and waterfalls. Gradually, it becomes more prominent and sounds more similar to drums and noise. In the end, it's as sweet as a flute or Veena.
The divine being is nothing but sound of om. we have not scarched the inner true surface to know the power and capability of om and have not realised its importance and beneficiary of it. this ancient sound is been all over the scriptures, rituals and in lifestyle of people in every aspect. nothing begins without it and nothing ends without it. the medium to find every answer or quest what we are looking for. every obstacle will be crossed easily in the path of humanity when one chants this supreme sound.
Let us all surrender to this sound for once and to seek who we truly are. To know the unknown, one has to go through the knowing of it. Om is that knowing. Om knows it all.

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