Tuesday, June 04, 2013

The power of Om or Aum

Namaskar friends. Coming back after a long hiatus. I got busy with family obligations. And it happend again! The big bad world of the Bollywood has taken away yet another innocent life. They are blaming lack of work and a failed relationship for Jiah Khan to go into depression. I was really disturbed when I heard the news of her death by suicide. Song of the day is a Om Namah Shivaya chant. So peaceful. I needed to listen to this today as I am going through some emotional up and downs myself.

 Shekar was playing this the whole time today and it brought a sense of clam in me. So I decided to research about the word Om.

Om or Aum is of great importance in Hinduism. This symbol above is a sacred syllable representing Brahman — omnipotent, omnipresent, and the source of all existence. A symbol becomes mandatory to help us realize the unknowable. Hence we have the Aum symbol. It is made up of three Sanskrit letters, aa, au and ma which, when combined together, make the sound Aum or Om. It is believed to be the basic sound of the world and to contain all other sounds. 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 centre of one's being, the atman or soul. There is harmony, peace and bliss when this word is chanted. By vibrating the sacred syllable Om, one will certainly reach the highest state of "stateless" eternity, states the Bhagavad Gita. During meditation, when we chant Om, we create within ourselves a vibration. 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 Om.
Most of this information was ontained fromt he website below.
Hari Om folks! Have a good night!

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