The Power of Om ॐ
The power of Om is described as : “the sacred sound, the Yes!, the infinite, the all encompassing, the whole world, the truth, the ultimate reality, he essence of life, the Brahman, the Atman, the vehicle of deepest knowledge, and Self-knowledge”.
Yes all this from a simple 2 – 3 letter word Om or Aum.
If there’s a mantra you’ll come to know in Yoga it is Om or Aum. Om and Aum are the same, just the phonetic sound or syllable are different.
Om is basically a monosyllabic word, compared to Aum, which is trisyllabic.
Om or Aum represents the primordial sound of the Universe and is the most universal mantra in Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism and Sikhism.
Om is said to be the hum of the love making of Shiva and Shakti too.
The Immense Meaning of the Power of Om
Om is considered one of the most important spiritual symbols and know as a bija or seed mantra. Om is chanted by itself or in front of another mantras like:
Om Namaḥ Śivāya
Om Dum Durgayei Namaha
Om Krim Kalikayai Namaha
Oṃ bhūr bhuvaḥ svaḥ
Wikipedia describes the power of Om as ; “It (om) refers to Atman (soul, self within) and Brahman (ultimate reality, entirety of the universe, truth, divine, supreme spirit, cosmic principles, knowledge). The syllable is often found at the beginning and the end of chapters in the Vedas, the Upanishads. It is a sacred spiritual incantation made before and during the recitation of spiritual texts, during puja and private prayers, in ceremonies of rites of passages (sanskara) such as weddings, and sometimes during meditative and spiritual activities such as Yoga.
My Personal Power of Om
When I first came to yoga, my very first yoga class was slow and we chanted om alot at the end. I left that class as “high as a kite”. I now know it was because of the power of OM. I love chanting. Chanting is part of my daily practice and I teach mantra al to in my classes.
I came to understand Om as Pranava Om – the cosmic sound of Om. And I learnt how t chant the om. as AUM within the body and feel the vibration rising in the body and filling the whole body
What does OM mean?
The Om symbol has 3 curves, a semicircle and a dot. This makes up the AUM and helps you to chant Aum correctly.
The 3 curves represents the trinity :
ॐ Body – Mind – Soul.
ॐ Birth – Life – Death.
ॐ Creation – Preservation – Dissolution.
ॐ Brahma – Vishnu – Shiva.
ॐ Saraswati – Lakshmi – Kali/Durga.
ॐ Sun – Moon – Fire.
ॐ Beginning – Middle – End.
When you chant Aum I first learnt as the Pranava O.
ॐ A: The large bottom curve symbolizes the waking state.
ॐ U: The middle curve signifies the dream state.
ॐ M: The upper curve denotes the state of deep sleep.
In the silence after the Mmm is the anusvāra translates as nasalisation, yet this truly doesn’t give this sacred sound the honour so deserved. Anusvāra brings our attention to the nasal cavity, the third eye so we feel the vibrations of the sound. At this point all the nerve endings come together and it is here that draws out attention inwards, centring us so we begin to embody the means to the fourth state Turiya, the Infinite state that transcends the three common states of consciousness.
How to chant :
ॐ A: is the power of creative energy. chant A sounding aaah emanates from the pelvis, your asana which means seat or womb of shakti, activates chakras 1 + 2. This is the abode of creation, and the sound purifies the reproductive organs and digestive organs that create.
ॐ U: is the sustaining force. chant U sounding ooooo around your heart softly, activates chakras3 + 4. This is the sustaining principle, the heart and lungs sustain our life.
ॐ M: is the dissolving energy. chant M sounding mmm with relaxed jaw so you feel the vibration from chakra 5 rising to chakra 6 at third eye. This is the state of dissolution, dissolving the valuations of the mind chatter.
Read more about the activation of chakras here.
The Power of Om Love Story
The AUM rising up your body as you chant merging with the source to flow down like a waterfall back to your roots to rise again. For me this is the love story of Shakti rising to meet her Beloved.
The power of Om, the power of the vibration and the sound of Om shakes up your energy and liberates intimacy blocks with in your body. This has been my personal experience of harness mantra and is why I chant a lot. Chanting empowered me to use my voice back in my 20’s when I didn’t have the confidence to speak my truth. Chanting clears chakra 4 called Vissudha which means purification. As you chant you purify and come into the state of Oneness, you feel your Yes, this all encompassing sacred sound that I talked of at the very beginning reveals the truth and the essence of life…
Great isn’t it, next go to the feminine mantra of Om and I’ll explain sOMe more – yes as you see Om is in a lot!