Om aka Aum is not just a random sound people who do yoga chant. In the west, OM received most of its exposure from yoga. Om is the sound of the universe; of all beings. Yes, it’s pretty lofty. But have you ever tried it?
The benefits are not only felt after experiencing OM, but also OM resonates at 432 Hertz which is mathematically proven to align with the universe. I don’t know how one figures that out, but isnt the amazing? And just to compare, modern music vibrates at 440 Hertz.
Let’s get our heads on straight and learn what OM is and why it’s getting so much press.
OM, AUM. I prefer the AUM version. Because it encompasses the entire sound (all three sounds) and its meaning. Here’s why:
“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)….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.”
Things that stick out to me from my Sanskrit lessons during yoga teacher training:
- “Om” is a 3 syllable word. Not 2.
- “Om” is NOT about how long you say, sing, chant it.
- Each sound/syllable should be annunciated for the same amount of time. The “M” is just as important and as the “O.”
- The “M” sound should creating a buzzing sound and sensation. It should almost tickle your lips. For me this is where the connection sets in.
- The pause is deliberate representing pure consciousness or fulfillment
Om is not only known for its sound, but its symbol. The symbol itself is representative and encompasses all states of consciousness. And how true is it that illusion is holding us back from pure consciousness/enlightenment?
A simple sound and a small symbol represent the universe. Let that ruminate.
Here is my drawing of Om and the dissection of the symbol is interpreted.
This is a quick little snapshot of OM, but it might just spark your interest to starting OMing.
How does A-U-M make you feel?
There’s No Better Time Than Now,