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09 December 2013

Meaning of AUM or OM


Hindus believe that as creation began, the divine, all-encompassing consciousness took the form of the first and original vibration manifesting as sound "OM".  Before creation began it was "Shunyākāsha", the emptiness or the void. Shunyākāsha, meaning literally "no sky", is more than nothingness, because everything then existed in a latent state of potentiality. The vibration of "OM" symbolises the manifestation of God in form ("sāguna brahman"). "OM" is the reflection of the absolute reality, it is said to be "Adi Anadi", without beginning or the end and embracing all that exists.  The mantra "OM" is the name of God, the vibration of the Supreme. 

When taken letter by letter, A-U-M represents the divine energy (Shakti) united in its three elementary aspects: Bhrahma Shakti (creation), Vishnu Shakti (preservation) and Shiva Shakti (liberation, and/or destruction).

The syllable is mentioned in all the Upanishads, specially elaborated upon in the Taittiriya, Chāndogya and Māndukya Upanishad set forth as the object of profound religious meditation, the highest spiritual efficacy being attributed not only to the whole word but also to the three sounds a (a-kāra), u (u-kāra), m (ma-kāra), of which it consists. 

A-kara means form or shape like earth, trees, or any other object. 
U-kāra means formless or shapeless like water, air or fire. 
Ma-kāra means neither shape nor shapeless (but still exists) like the dark energy content of the Universe. 

When we combine all three syllables we get AUM which is a combination of A-kāra, U-kāra, and Ma-kāra.

(Source : Wikipedia)

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