Know about the encompassing vibration of the Universe…

The sign of OM has the same roots as the words, I am or Amen.
It is a great *Mantra for Meditation, even considered the most sacred one.

It appears at the beginning and end of most Sanskrit recitations, prayers, and texts.

Origin: Sanskrit

Om during a Yoga Class: generates group cohesion.

Om is deeply complex. 


Let’s deepen a little more:


It has a threefold nature, special shape and unique sound, Om lends itself to a variety of detailed symbolic interpretations. 

The symbol of AUM consists of three curves (curves 1, 2, and 3), one semicircle (curve 4), and a dot.

The large lower curve 1 symbolizes the waking state (jagrat), in this state the consciousness is turned outwards through the gates of the senses. 

The larger size signifies that this is the most common majority state of the human consciousness.

The upper curve 2 denotes the state of deep sleep (sushupti) or the unconscious state. 

This is a state where the sleeper desires nothing nor beholds any dream.
The middle curve 3 (which lies between deep sleep and the waking state) signifies the dream state (swapna). 

The large lower curve 1 symbolizes the waking state (jagrat), in this state the consciousness is turned outwards through the gates of the senses. 
The larger size signifies that this is the most common (‘majority’) state of the human consciousness.

The upper curve 2 denotes the state of deep sleep (sushupti) or the unconscious state. 

This is a state where the sleeper desires nothing nor beholds any dream.

The middle curve 3 (which lies between deep sleep and the waking state) signifies the dream state (swapna). Outwards nor inwards, nor the two together. It signifies the coming to rest of all differentiated, relative existence This utterly quiet, peaceful and blissful state is the ultimate aim of all spiritual activity. 

This Absolute (non-relative) state illuminates the other three states.

Finally, the semi circle symbolizes maya and separates the dot from the other three curves. Thus it is the illusion of maya that prevents us from the realization of this highest state of bliss.

Semi circle is open at the top, and when ideally drawn does not touch the dot. This means that this highest state is not affected by maya. Maya only affects the manifested phenomenon. 

This effect is that of preventing the seeker from reaching his ultimate goal, the realization of the One, all-pervading, unmanifest, Absolute principle. In this manner, the form of OM represents both the unmanifest and the manifest, the noumenon and the phenomenon.

As a sacred sound also, the pronunciation of the three-syllabled AUM is open to a rich logical analysis. The first alphabet A is regarded as the primal sound, independent of cultural contexts. 

It is produced at the back of the open mouth, and is therefore said to include, and to be included in, every other sound produced by the human vocal organs.

 Indeed A is the first letter of the Sanskrit alphabet.

The open mouth of A moves toward the closure of M. 

Between is U, formed of the openness of A but shaped by the closing lips. Here it must be recalled that as interpreted in relation to the three curves, the three syllables making up AUM are susceptible to the same metaphorical decipherment. 

The dream state (symbolized by U), lies between the waking state (A) and the state of deep sleep (M). Indeed a dream is but the compound of the consciousness of waking life shaped by the unconsciousness of sleep.

AUM thus also encompasses within itself the complete alphabet, since its utterance proceeds from the back of the mouth (A), travelling in between (U), and finally reaching the lips (M). 

Now all alphabets can be classified under various heads depending upon the area of the mouth from which they are uttered. 

The two ends between which the complete alphabet oscillates are the back of the mouth to the lips; both embraced in the simple act of uttering of AUM.

The last part of the sound AUM (the M) known as ma or makar, when pronounced makes the lips close.

 This is like locking the door to the outside world and instead reaching deep inside our own selves, in search for the Ultimate truth.

But over and above the threefold nature of OM as a sacred sound is the invisible fourth dimension which cannot be distinguished by our sense organs restricted as they are to material observations. 

This fourth state is the unutterable, soundless silence that follows the uttering of OM. A quieting down of all the differentiated manifestations, i.e. a peaceful-blissful and non-dual state. 

Indeed this is the state symbolized by the dot in the traditional iconography of AUM.

The threefold symbolism of OM is comprehensible to the most ‘ordinary’ of us humans, realizable both on the intuitive and objective level. 

This is responsible for its widespread popularity and acceptance. 

That this symbolism extends over the entire spectrum of the manifested universe makes it a veritable fount of spirituality. 

According to Indian spiritual sciences, God first created sound, and from these sound frequencies came the phenomenal world. 

Our total existence is constituted of these primal sounds, which give rise to mantras when organized by a desire to communicate, manifest, invoke or materialize. 

Matter itself is said to have proceeded from sound and OM is said to be the most sacred of all sounds.

 It is the syllable which preceded the universe and from which the gods were created. It is the “root” syllable (mula mantra), the cosmic vibration that holds together the atoms of the world and heavens. 

Indeed the Upanishads say that AUM is manifestation of God in the form of sound. 

Thus OM is the first part of the most important mantras in both Buddhism and Hinduism, e.g. Om Namoh Shivai and Om Mani Padme Hum.
Another ancient text equates AUM with an arrow, laid upon the bow of the human body (the breath), which after penetrating the darkness of ignorance finds its mark, namely the lighted domain of True Knowledge. 
Just as a spider climbs up its thread and gains freedom, so the yogis climb towards liberation by the syllable OM.

The omnific and omniparous quality of OM makes it omnipresential, and in-omissible from any spiritual practice. 

As an omnipotent symbol, the yogi who penetrates its mystery is indeed truly omnicompetent and omnipercipient, and as an omniscient source, it is a virtual omnibus of sacred and mystical inspirations.
Prepare yourself to receive all the above bliss and start rehearsing your OM.

(Apply these simple mouth adjustments just as you would shift an asana to maximize its potency)

Begin for “ahh,” relax the jaw. 

The sound rises from the belly, lips are parted, and the tongue doesn’t touch the palate.

In “oooh,” the lips gently come together as the sound moves from the abdomen into the heart.

During “mmm,” 

the tongue floats to the roof of the mouth, and the lips come together to create a buzzing in the head. 

Some say this syllable goes on twice as long as the others.

Silence — or om’s “fourth syllable” — follows while the sound fades into nothing. 

Observe how you feel now and enjoy that moment of calmness.

Namaste  

Author: 

Glenda Lee Santos; Humble Military and Yoga Warrior; RYT-200 hrs; Criminal Justice, BA; Holistic Practicioner with Foundation in Yoga and Ayurveda.


Courtesy of Semperlee Yoga Corp.


References:

Encyclopedia Britannica (2007).

Encyclopedia Britannica (Online).

* A word or sound repeated to aid concentration in meditation

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