ORIGINS of OM
The word OM, often written as Om or Aum, is considered a sacred, primordial sound. It’s been described as the sound of the creation of the universe (FIRST SOUND OF THE UNIVERSE), the sound of silence, and the matrix of all sounds. OM is also considered a stand-alone mantra that begins and ends yoga classes.
According to Sri Vinoba Bhave, the Sanskrit word Aum and the Latin Omne have the same root. They express omnipresence and omnipotence, and they can be translated as “so be it”, “true.”
The syllable Om, also known as Aum and Pranava, is the most sacred symbol of Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism, Sikhism, and Zoroastrianism. It is used both as a symbol and as a sound in religious worship, ritual chanting, the performance of sacraments and rituals, yoga, and tantra. In Hinduism, it is venerated as Brāhman in the form of a word (Akshara) and sound (sabda).
On a purely mechanical level, chanting OM regulates breathing.
In order to produce the sound of OM, the tongue must be rolled, the lips tense, and the belly used as bellows to gradually expel air out the mouth. This simple act can reverse decades of shallow breathing due to stress, trauma, anxiety, depression, OCD, etc.
On a spiritual level, chanting OM can connect you to the inner self and clear obstacles from your life’s path.
At spiritual level, its very difficult to put it in words, one has to experience it. It signifies the essence of the ultimate reality, consciousness or Atman. It is considered that a person who realizes Om, merges with the Absolute. Scientific studies on Om suggest that the mental repetition of Om results in physiological alertness, and increased sensitivity to sensory transmission.
Wherever there is a sound of ‘Realized Being’ there will be AUM.
Chanting OM has both physical and mental effects on us as it calms our mind and in return calms our nervous system. We always chant AUM 3 times. The reason is; it symbolizes: ॐ the three worlds of the Soul: the past, the present, and the future.
OM is the highest sacred symbol in Hinduism. The word OM is so much powerful that this single word can produce powerful and positive vibrations which allows you to feel the whole universe. OM is the mantra that cleanses our Aura and also related to the third eye chakra also known as (Agna CHAKRA).