AUM or OM

Aum is the most sacred chant in the Hindu culture and tradition. Aum is also shortened into a symbol. This symbol is marked on sacred and auspicious objects. According to the Vedics, the entire cosmos stems from the vibration of the sound of Aum.

AUM or OM

Aum is the most sacred chant in the Hindu culture and tradition. Aum is also shortened into a symbol. This symbol is marked on sacred and auspicious objects. According to the Vedics, the entire cosmos stems from the vibration of the sound of Aum. This sound is considered so sacred it dominates a position before and after all Hindu rites. It has an electrifying effect on the body and mind of the one who chants and the standers-by around and recharges the surroundings. The Aum is invoked not only in rites and prayers but also in sacred and auspicious actions.

Aum is considered as the universal name of the Lord. Aum is not a word, it is a frame of sound. It is made up of the letters A (phonetically as in ‘around’), U (phonetically as in ‘put’ and M (phonetically as in ‘mum’). The sound from the vocal chords starts from the base of the throat as ‘A’. With the coming together of the lips, ‘U’ is formed when the lips are closed, and ends in ‘M’. The letters symbolize the three states of sleep – waking, dream, deep sleep, the three deities – Brahma, Vishnu, Shiva, the three Vedas – Rig, Yajur, Sama, the three worlds – earth, heaven, space; the Lord is all these and beyond. The formless, attribute-less Lord is represented by the silence between two Aum chants. Aum is also called Pranava, meaning symbol or sound, by which Lord is praised. The essence of the Vedas is composed in the sound or symbol of Aum. The Lord has created the universe upon chanting Aum. The Aum sound is therefore considered auspicious for all good things. The resounding sacred sound of the Aum fills the mind with peace and satisfaction.

The symbol of Aum is drawn in different forms, but the most common form symbolizes Lord Ganesh. The upper curve in the symbol is the head, the lower large one the stomach, the side one the trunk and the semicircular mark with a dot the sweetmeat ball in Lord Ganesh’s hand.

The Aum represents everything.

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