Thursday, June 4, 2009

Meaning of OM (SOUND)

In my last post i tried to bring about the meaning of OM as a symbol and here below i would like to share the knowledge of AUM as a sound...... the sound of eternity and peace.

A deeper insight into this mystic symbol reveals that it is composed of three worlds combined into one. Indeed in Sanskrit the vowel 'o' is constitutionally a diphthong compound of a + u; hence OM is written as AUM.

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 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.

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.

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.

Thus again it signifies that this mantra is no where connected with any religion, its a way to make one realize the self in a deeper state. The knowledge of OM take us to the inner depth of the soul opening the invisible doors towards our progress to the path of DIVINITY.

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