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What is the Om symbol mean?

Most religions indicate that creation began with sound. Ancient teachings and modern science agree: all living things, all things in existence are made up at their most essential level of vibrating, pulsing energy.

For Hindus and Buddhists, Om (Aum) is this primordial sound, the first breath of creation, the vibration that ensures existence. Om signifies God, Creation and the One-ness of all creation. Om is not a word but rather an intonation. The three Sanskrit letters when combined together, make the sound Aum or Om.

A stands for Creation
U stands for Preservation
M stands for Destruction or dissolution

It is a mantra or prayer in itself. If repeated with the correct intonation, it can resonate throughout the body so that the sound penetrates to the center of one’s being, the atman or soul.

In the Sanskrit tradition, this sound is called the “Unstruck Sound.” This means “the sound that is not made by two things striking together.” The point of this particular distinction is that all ordinary audible sounds are made by at least two elements: bow and string; drum and stick; two vocal cords, two lips against the mouthpiece of the trumpet; the double reed of the oboe; waves against the shore; wind against the leaves. All sounds within our range of hearing are created by things visible or invisible, striking each other or vibrating together, creating pulsing waves of air molecules which our ears and brain interpret as sound.

Sound that is not made of two things striking together is the sound of primal energy, the sound of the universe itself. And the ancients say that the audible sound which most resembles this unstruck sound is the syllable OM. Tradition has it that this ancient mantra is composed of four elements: the first three are vocal sounds – A, U, and M. The fourth sound, unheard, is the silence that begins and ends the audible sound, the silence which surrounds it.

Although Om symbolizes the most profound concepts of Hindu belief, it is in use daily. Hindus begin their day or any work or a journey by uttering Om. A newly born child is ushered into the world with this holy sign. After birth, the child is ritually cleansed and the sacred syllable Om is written on its tongue with honey. Thus right at the time of birth the syllable Om is initiated into the life of a Hindu and ever remains with him as the symbol of piety.

During meditation, when we chant Om, we create within ourselves a vibration that attunes sympathy with the cosmic vibration and we start thinking universally. The momentary silence between each chant becomes palpable. Mind moves between the opposites of sound and silence until, at last, it ceases the sound. In the silence, the single thought—Om—is quenched; there is no thought. This is the state of trance, where the mind and the intellect are transcended as the individual self merges with the Infinite Self in the pious moment of realization. It is a moment when the petty worldly affairs are lost in the desire for the universal. Such is the immeasurable power of the mystical symbol, Om.

Try this.
Stand comfortably, feet shoulder width apart, hands and arms hanging easily at your side. Prepare to make the “AUM” sound, all three vowels in one seamless breath. Inhale gently, easily, expanding into your belly as you breathe. Open you mouth fully as you inhale, as if to “inhale” the “A” sound itself, creating the intention of the sound before the sound actually begins.

Then, as you begin to make the “A” sound, raise your arms out to the side, as if opening to embrace all the universe. Then as your voice transitions seamlessly to the “U” sound, extend your arms to the front, as if to hold something precious and powerful in your hands. You might wish to visualize some shape, round and energetic, manifesting between the palms of your hands. Then, gliding from “U” to the “M” sound, bring your hands and whatever they may contain, to your heart center. Finally, in the echo of the silence, bring your palms to your chest, pressing them lovingly to your heart. Breathe gently.

This is a remarkable centering and relaxing exercise.

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