Sunday, September 23, 2007


The symbol Om, Ohm or Aum is believed
to be the sound that was
spoken to create the universe and life.
It is made up of three separate sounds, and saying these together
makes Om the ultimate mantra.
Saying the three sounds together in the right way
helps to awaken the inner self, the atman,
which is a spark from the divine Brahman.
When said in this way, Om is called Pranava,
the sacred sound (sacred humming).
It is the representation of Brahman,
who is unreachable and unknowable.
By using the symbol (or saying the word),
Hindus can approach Brahman in
both the mystical and earth-bound planes.
The symbol has huge significance in Hindu life,
appearing everywhere – on temples,
on amulets worn by almost everyone
and even painted onto the tongue
of newborns using honey, to welcome them into life.

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