The Meaning of 'Om'
"What does Om mean?" is a question I am frequently asked because my parents chose to change their last names to Omi after the Eastern spiritual symbol and sound, Om. It's a complex question, not to be answered quickly. Here's my attempt at. "What does Om mean?"
The past, the present and the future...
Om or Aum or Hum originated from Hinduism and is described as the “imperishable word". Om is the universe, and this is a story of Om. The past, the present, and the future, all that was, all that is, all that will be, is Om. Likewise, all else that may exist beyond the bounds of time, that too is Om." ( From the Mandukya Upanishad, Hindu's own Bible).
Chanting Om is said to evoke the three major gods of Hinduism
Chanting Om is said to evoke the three major gods of Hinduism, Brahma (the creator), Vishnu (the preserver), and Shiva (the destroyer/liberator). If you have experienced the harmonization of chanting 'Om' you will notice at that moment that nothing is going through your mind except the vibrations of the sound you are chanting and hearing.
Om is life and a reminder of all that is, and all that is not
The essence of Om is not a single thing that can be defined in our pluralistic definition of spiritual thought. What does Om mean? Nothing and everything. Om is life and a reminder of all that is, and all that is not. Next time you get the chance to chant 'Om' or a series of 'Om’s', get lost in the moment and be one with the sound you are creating.
Om is the universe we all occupy
In the book Siddhartha written by Herman Hesse , Siddhartha, the lead character, sits on the riverbank experiencing all the sights and sounds. At that moment he realizes that the symbiotic relationship of everything is creating the eternal Oooooommmmmmmmmmm. Om is the universe we all occupy. Within that we do have a choice to chose what Om means to us. Enjoy the Om you occupy.
Peace & Love
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