The Meaning Of The OM Symbol – How To Use It?

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Om – the matrix for all sounds. It is said that when this sound is diversified, it forms all the words used in language. If you have enrolled yourself in a yoga class, it is most likely that you will start and end your regimen by chanting Om. It might be a simple practice, but it has a whole lot more to it. This article will tell you all about this tiny, yet powerful syllable – Om.

Answering Crucial Questions On The Universal Symbol

  1. What Is The Meaning Of Om & Aum?
  2. What Is The Anatomy Of The Symbol Om?
  3. How To Chant Om?
  4. What Is The Power Of Chanting Om?
  5. What Are The Health Benefits Of Chanting Om?
  6. How To Use Om?
  7. What Is The History Of Om?

What Is The Meaning Of Om & Aum?


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They say that before the world began, Brahma – the creator, the absolute reality – was one, and He said, “I am one, but may I become many?” This thought created a vibration that settled into a sound. This sound was Om. The creation of the world began with this vibration – Om.

When you chant Om, the vibration from that sound correlates to the original vibrations that were sounded in the universe when the world was created. The sound of Om is often called Pranava, or that which runs through breath (Prana) and sustains life. Om is also a representation of the four states of the Supreme Being.

O is a diphthong and is usually spelled as AU in Sanskrit. A diphthong is the combination of two vowel sounds that make the sound of one vowel. Some people refer to Om as OM, and others as AUM, but the difference between them is merely in translation.

The right pronunciation of Om is ‘OOM’, as in hOME.

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The Anatomy Of The Symbol Om


Here comes the anatomy of the Om symbol. Om represents the three states of consciousness.

A – is the waking state (pronounced ‘A’ as in Accounting)
U – is the dream state (pronounced ‘U’ as in Would)
M – is the state of deep sleep (pronounced ‘M’ as in suM)

Usually, when Om is chanted, there is a silence between two Oms. This silence represents the state of Turiya or the fourth state, which is known to be a state of bliss. In this state, a person identifies himself with the Supreme.

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How To Chant Om


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  1. Look for a calm place. Sit comfortably. The best position to assume would be sitting with your legs crossed and your back erect.
  1. It is important to be comfortable, so it is advised that you wear loose clothes in light colors. You need to let all the channels in your body free.
  1. Place your right palm in your left, both facing upward and next to your navel.
  1. Now, close your eyes and relax. Make sure your body and mind are calm.
  1. Take account of all the vibrations that happen in each part of your body.
  1. Once you are aware of every sound in your body, breathe in, and count to five. Then, breathe out as you count to seven. With time, try and increase the number. Do this thrice.
  1. When you exhale the third time, feel the vibrations in the abdomen as you chant “AAAAA”.
  1. Exhale and relax for a few seconds.
  1. Breathe in deeply and slowly. As you exhale, feel the vibrations in your neck and chest as you chant “OOOOO”.
  1. Exhale and relax for a few seconds.
  1. Breathe in slowly and deeply again. And as you exhale, feel the vibrations in your neck and head, and chant “MMMMM”. This may cause you to feel dizzy at first, but you could sip a little water and stop the chanting
  1. Exhale and relax for a few seconds.
  1. Breathe in slowly and deeply again. As you exhale, chant Om. Remember that 80 percent of your chant should be AU and 20 percent should be M.
  1. Chant Om three times, and then slowly increase it to nine. Once you finish with the meditation, breathe normally as you concentrate on it for about five minutes.

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The Power Of Chanting Om


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