Glimpse of India – Om- Wisdom Decoded

Om – Wisdom Decoded

Ever noticed that Indian prayers and hymns contain the word ‘OM or ॐ’ as a ritual and absence of OM leaves a sense of incompletion. We utter the word and our body and soul get a dose of ultimate peacefulness. Considered the most sacred symbol in Hinduism, OM is the essence of ultimate reality.

1) OM is an inseparable part of ancient manuscripts, temples, monasteries. It is clear that OM has spiritual meaning in all religions.

2) Though considered as the most important spiritual sound by all, the idea of OM is different in different religions.

3) In Hindu dharma, OM is equivalent to ‘Atman’, the realisation of the self. The ultimate aim of Hinduism is to find oneself as the spiritual being rather than the material being. They believe that this world is the journey of spiritual beings, the Atmans, as human beings and not the other way round.

4) Hindu Vedas and Upanishads used the syllable OM extensively. The chanting of mantras is not complete without OM. Spiritual activities like meditation and yoga have meaningful inclusion of OM.

5) OM was first mentioned in Upanishads. The meaning of OM is ‘universally accepted symbol of religion’. Other terms used for OM are ‘Ekakshara’, ‘Omkara.

6) OM is pronounced as AUM. ‘A’ represents the waking state, ‘U’ represents the dream state and ‘M’ represents the unconscious state.

7) In the symbol ॐ, the bottom curve shows the waking state, the middle curve shows the dream state and upper curve is the state of deep sleep. The crescent above the curves is ‘Maya’ that is an obstacle in reaching the ultimate state. The dot at the top is the highest state that is where Atman meets Brahman🙏

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18 Comments Add yours

  1. vidhya29 says:

    beautifully written! Om has its own power which gives strength!

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  2. I believe in the power of Om. At one point of time, I would meditate reciting Om at the end. It was soul cleansing. A very unique perspective on the letter O.

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    1. aditi says:

      Thanks Sonia 🤗

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  3. HappyEasyGo says:

    Superbly written 🙂
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  4. Deboshree says:

    Om can be immensely reassuring and peaceful! Even reading this post brought me some of that 🙂🙂

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    1. aditi says:

      That’s good 👍

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  5. Very well presented Aditi! I always recite OM while meditating, it is so relieving and the vibrations produced at that time connects to inner self.

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    1. aditi says:

      OM connects the body to mind. I’m fascinated by the power of plain syllable OM.

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  6. If I cannot concentrate on meditation I start chanting Om.. It helps me concentrate and also mind will be peaceful, away from all the stress.

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    1. aditi says:

      Exactly what the ancient books say! Isn’t it amazing:)

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  7. I used to meditate reciting Om and have experienced the power it has. It transports you to a different world.

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    1. aditi says:

      This is really good for emotional balance👍

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  8. aditi says:

    You can feel the influence of OM🙏

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  9. very important word “OM”, you are wonderfully summarizing every aspect about India.

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  10. I want to add a hidden point. The Om symbol represents the face of elephant god and inturn thus, represents the ida, pingala and sushumna Nadi/canals. This is because the sublime sound of Om, which is inaudible, is heard only when awakened by Kundalini. For this one needs to cross obstacles of mind and hemce: god of obstacles, Om, Nadis are all linked and lie in symbolic harmony.

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    1. aditi says:

      I’m honoured to see a well-read, learned
      person reviewing my blog.
      Om resembling Ganesha is completely new concept for me. Thanks for adding to our knowledge:)

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      1. Haha…as I already told, I am also a seeker like you and a fellow blogger who expresses the inner opinion through articles…..I just liked the content and wanted to add the info for completeness. All the best.

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