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Things You Did Not Know About ‘OM’

Om or Aum is the first syllable uttered before every Mantra or Hymn. No meditation is complete without chanting this auspicious sound. No God’s name is complete without saying Om before it. But, what does this syllable really mean? Why is it considered so holy? Om is often described as the root of everything. The religious scriptures say that Om is nothing but the ultimate and supreme power; the Paratbramhan. It is ‘Pranava’ or the sound that governs the ‘Prana’ or life in our souls.

It is the present, the past and the future. Om is a sound that is omnipresent, omnipotent and it is all around us. In this article, we shall learn some facts about the Pranava Mantra or Om. Read on to know more.

• The Story Of Om The origin of Om is the story of the beginning of the universe. It is said that in the very beginning, in a time even before time, there existed only darkness. Then, a resounding sound was heard, which was Om. It was from this Om that the Gods emerged and the creation started.

• Om Contains All The Sounds Of Every Human Language All human languages contain sounds that are produced using the throat or at the lips. Om or aum has all these sounds in it. “A” is the sound produced from the throat, “M” is made at the lips and “Au” sound is caused by the rolling of the tongue.

• Om Represents Time The syllable A in om stands for the waking state of the mind. The U is for the dream state. M is the state where mind is in deep sleep. Every time, Om is pronounced with a pause in the end. This is called ‘Turiya’ or the state of infinite consciousness.

• The Symbolism Of The Letter Om The letter Om as written in Sanskrit is also symbolic in nature. The letter is made up of 3 curves, a dot and a chandrakala at the top.
It is the present, the past and the future. Om is a sound that is omnipresent, omnipotent and it is all around us. In this article, we shall learn some facts about the Pranava Mantra or Om. Read on to know more.

• The Story Of Om The origin of Om is the story of the beginning of the universe. It is said that in the very beginning, in a time even before time, there existed only darkness. Then, a resounding sound was heard, which was Om. It was from this Om that the Gods emerged and the creation started.

• Om Contains All The Sounds Of Every Human Language All human languages contain sounds that are produced using the throat or at the lips. Om or aum has all these sounds in it. “A” is the sound produced from the throat, “M” is made at the lips and “Au” sound is caused by the rolling of the tongue.

• Om Represents Time The syllable A in om stands for the waking state of the mind. The U is for the dream state. M is the state where mind is in deep sleep. Every time, Om is pronounced with a pause in the end. This is called ‘Turiya’ or the state of infinite consciousness. • The Symbolism Of The Letter Om The letter Om as written in Sanskrit is also symbolic in nature. The letter is made up of 3 curves, a dot and a chandrakala at the top.

by Subodini Menon

Source: Boldsky