OM – The Mantra that comprises the Entire Universe

OMOM is the essence of the entire universe; it is the manifestation of Brahman. OM represents whatever has existed, whatever exists and whatever will exist. OM comprises of three distinct Sanskrit sounds which are A-U-M, the sounds together consists of all other sounds and the essence of the three worlds, three major Hindu Deities (Brahma, Vishnu, Shiva)and the three Vedas (Rig, Yajur and Sama Vedas).

According to Vedas, God first created sound and then the entire universe rose from this sound of OM. Chanting of OM produces a vibration that resonated with the universal vibration and thus chanting OM elevates us and establishes a relationship with our true self. OM is the root of the entire universe and chanting of OM reminds us of our bond with the divine.

An individual should never let anger become a repetitive phenomenon or even a way of life. Although anger is a perfectly normal human attribute but an individual must learn to control it and channelize it. Anger not only has a negative effect on a person’s health and wellbeing but it also decreases a person’s quality of life many a folds.

OM also has major significance in other Dharmic religions such as Buddhism, Jainism and Sikhism. Also other Abrahamic religions such as Christianity and Islam also have relevance to OM. These religions do talk about the fact that in the beginning, God was a ‘word’. Words such as amen and amin in Christianity and Islam and Ogham from ancient scripts may have been derived from OM.

OM also represents the state of human consciousness. It represents the four states namely the Vaishvanara (awaken state), Taijasa (dreaming sleep), Prajna (dreamless state) and Turiya (pure consciousness) both in sound and in visual representation. These four states of consciousness are part of the makeup of human nature. In Vedic literature OM is referred to as Omkara or the uplifting chant and even as the symbol of God. Chanting of OM gives individuals the ability to move past our physical and mental states of consciousness and connect with the divine.

Chanting of OM, keeping in mind its meaning and significance provides a calming effect and fills one with peace, serenity and tranquility. The chanting of Om and reflection on its meaning helps to bring about a transformation in our perception so that we can start to realize the true meaning of our birth. All of Mantras, worships and meditations consists of OM; in fact OM is a Mantra and prayer in itself. According to Vedas any work that begins with the uttering of OM will surely bear fruits.

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