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OM (AUM) ~ mantra & meaning
OM…This syllable is the Highest. Whosoever knows this syllable obtains all he desires
Katha Upanishad I, ii, 15-17
The literal definition of mantra is mind projection. It is a yoga technique that uses external or internal sound to create spiritual transformation. Repetitions of mantra produce vibrations within the individual’s entire system that are in tune with the Universal Equilibrium or Energy.
Originating during the Vedic period, mantras are sacred words or cosmic sounds that were most likely used as hymns during this time. However, throughout the traditions of yoga, mantras have been utilized as meditative tools and consciousness-altering vehicles.
Of all the mantras, OM (AUM) is the most familiar in the western world…you have probably, at some point, chanted this mantra in your yoga class.
OM is said to be the original primordial sound from which the entire Universe has manifested. For many it is considered the sound of existence. In Hindu culture, OM is the purest name of God, the sound of the Supreme Consciousness.
OM is a sacred symbol and while there are many interpretations, it is always omnipresent, omnipotent and the source of all manifest existence. It is viewed as the symbol of the past, present, future and its sound is an infinite connection to Man, God and the Universe.
To learn more about the history and importance of the OM symbol, I highly recommend Melie Ayme’s film The Mantra OM. In the meantime, take a moment to enjoy Humanity Healing’s beautiful video interpretation on the meaning of this most sacred mantra.
OM is the original and most powerful mantra. It is the primal sound of the Divine in its essential manifestation. In the Beginning was the Word and the Word was OM. ~ From the Jivamutki Yoga School website