The significance of Om or Aum – the sound of the Cosmos

Have you ever wondered about the significance of Om or Aum or why we always chant ‘Om’ (Aum) before most of the Sanskrit mantras or any religious ritual no matter auspicious or meditation etc.?

significance of Om

According to the ancient Hindu religious texts, ‘Om’ is the one supreme power or Brahman (the absolute); which is in balance with the governing principle of ‘Oneness‘, guided by the philosophy of Advaita Vedanta.

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All you need to know about the significance of Om or Aum

  • Om is spread everywhere. It is omnipotent and omnipresent sound of the Cosmos.
  • ‘Om’ is a timbre produced by combining three Sanskrit syllables (Au-Oh-Mm) which on concentrated repetition gives a threefold experience on the physical, mental and the astral plane.
  • Mandukya Upanishad is one of the shortest but important of all Upanishads and focuses greatly on the chanting of ‘Om’; describing it as the imperishable word; chanting and contemplating over which can lead the soul to the four states of consciousness.
  • ‘Om’ is the central element of Lord Krishna’s exposition on spiritual life in Shrimad Bhagwat Geeta; where he has described Om as the supreme consciousness and has conveyed that nothing is greater than ‘Om’. The great lord also mentioned that those who practice and meditate Om attain the supreme goal of life.
  • According to Patanjali, ‘Om’ is the voice of God, chanting of which should be done in depth, understanding its significance and from that comes the disappearance of all obstacles.

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  • Swami Vivekananda signifies ‘Om’ as the Akhanda, the undifferentiated Brahman; which all the Vedas seek and to seek which men undergo all sorts of asceticism. ‘Om’ is eternal; the immortal one and he who knows this secret receive all that he desires.
  • ‘Om’ improves the physiological functioning of the body. It increases sensitivity to sensory transmission and stabilizes the mind. Just listening to the sound of ‘Om’ has been found to activate brain, balance emotions and develop empathy.
  • In the yogic tradition, Om mantra is a powerful tool to focus the mind. Breathing deeply and repeating the sound of Om while holding your awareness at the crown of your head or at the third eye point at the brow will help you to keep the mind focused and infuses the body, mind and heart.
  • In the yoga tradition, singing or chanting the names of God opens the heart and brings one to a state of bliss. By chanting Om before any of the mantras, one calls on the power of the world and the primordial origins of sound.

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