“Om” The Most powerful Word In The World

In your life you have most probably chanted OM, hundreds maybe thousands of times. And physically you have frequently seen the symbol practically everywhere especially if you live in India or Nepal. But have you ever wondered, what it is about OM, that makes yogi’s wholeheartedly chant it and live in its symbolic presence?  Why is chanted during meditation or yoga?

Here I can only try to explain why I think it is the most powerful word and what benefits it has.

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Definition

A mystic syllable, considered the most sacred mantra in Hinduism and Tibetan Buddhism. It appears at the beginning and end of most Sanskrit recitations, prayers, and texts. It is placed at the beginning of most Hindu texts as a sacred incantation to be intoned at the beginning and end of a reading of the Veda’s or prior to any prayer or mantras.

The syllable “om” is first described as all-encompassing mystical individual entity in the Upanishads.

Significance

Hindus believe that as creation began, the divine, all-encompassing consciousness took the form of the first and original vibration which came as the form of  sound “OM”. “OM” is the reflection of the absolute reality, it is said to be without beginning or end and embracing all that is in existence. The mantra “OM” is the name of all gods, the vibration of the Supreme. When taken letter by letter, A-U-M represents the divine energy (Shakti) united in its three elementary aspects: Brahma Shakti (creation), Vishnu Shakti (preservation) and Shiva Shakti (liberation, and/or destruction).

Sound

The sound of OM encompasses all words, all sounds in human language. OM is a mix of all sounds, therefore all words in any language originate from this sound. .
Linguistically, all audible sounds are produced in the space within the mouth beginning at the root of the tongue and ending at the lips. The throat sound is A, and M is the lip sound; and the sound U represents the rolling forward of speech articulation which starts at the root of the tongue, continuing until it ends in the lips.OM is considered to be the ‘primordial sound’. Even before the material creation came into existence there was only the natural humming energy which resembled the sound of OM.

Symbolism

 AUM represents the 3 Fold Division of Time

A – is the waking state
U – is the dream state
M – is the state of deep sleep

At the end of AUM is a pause, a silence. This represents the state known as Turiya, or Infinite Consciousness

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Effect

As we go on chanting OM mantra, the mind becomes calm. When the mind becomes calm, the body relaxes, and the breath becomes even soother and slower. That rate of speed at which the OM mantra is being repeated naturally slows down. It is not a matter of forcing the mantra to slow, but rather, this slowing comes quite naturally. Allow the mind to stay wide-awake and alert, as the OM mantra and breath become naturally slower and slower. Within minutes your mind and body begin to relax, negative thoughts are dramatically swept away to releasing this internal life force that heals the self on a cellular level, with more energy, strength and focus. The electrical activity presents throughout the body and is a by-product of the activity within every living cell changes.

Benefits

  • By chanting one can achieve the ultimate self-knowledge and realization.
  • It helps produce endorphin in your body which is a hormonal compound that is made by the body in response to pain or extreme physical exertion to deal ,hence the purpose of it being to help your body cope with physical and mental stress. This is the same toxin that is produced while exercising.
  • It releases more oxygen i.e. negates the effects of stress and tension thus helping you relax.
  • It increases focus, concentration and memory hence overall increasing your ability of learning.
  • The chanting improves your voice and gives a strength to vocal cord and muscles.
  • Lastly it purifies the surrounding environment as when chanted it produces positive vibrations that resonate all around.

 

 

 

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