About Om or Aum

This is a slightly different post here. I am doing the job of digital scribe for Shri V. Sundararajan, a neighbour of mine, who is aged more than 90.

He is a scholar of various topics, spiritual, religious and has devoted the last few years of his life to committing his knowledge down to writing.

This is the first of many posts I will be adding here

Om – phonetically it is ‘Aum’ and we shall henceforth refer to it as such.

Aum

– Symbolises the eternal universe

– Is the trigger behind the ‘Big Bang’

– Revealed itself to the ancient rishis as the one in which they stand enveloped all the time

As our rishis have discovered, and then passed on to us, It is vocalised in the form of 3 basic lip movements and the supporting tongue

– Starting with ‘A’ or ‘अ’, the first alphabet of all written languages in the world, which is produced by holding both lips wide open

– The first letter of Rig Vedham, as it starts with the word ‘अग्नि’

– The first letter of the Thirukkural

– The first letter of the Old Testament

– ‘U’ – Holding both the lips circularly open, as if, to kindle the fire of a yajna

– ‘M’ – Closing both the lips together tightly and releasing a sound form the throat through the nostrils. The Rig Veda ends with this sound.

Remarkably, all languages of the world are known to incorporate these 3 sounds.

Variations are found in the prayers of other religions also – such as Amin/Ameen/Amen/A’ekohm

Scientific basis

Scientifically speaking, no sound, being vibration, ever dies, but only gets progressively weaker over time. Efforts are underway to record the Sreemad Bhagavatam as it was rendered in the battlefield of Kurukshetra, 5000 years ago,

The ancient rishis, in their meditation, became cognizant of this primordial sound. They could feel the effects of this sound, which was an elavating inner quietitude.

Various places where one can hear this primordial sound

– A prayer conch

– A metallic prayer bell form Nepal, which produces this sound when the wooden stick is rotated around the metal bottom of the bell.

– Has even been produced by a metallurgist rotating his finger on a tulip glass containing brandy from a freshly uncorked bottle!

Notes

1) Some decades ago, there was a newspaper from South Africa, of a visiting India Swami, who was said to have directed his ‘Aum’ chanting towards a 3’X1’1X3′ wall. 2 metres form his, and cracked it by 15-20 minutes of said chanting

2) In the 1950, Swami Shivananda Saraswathi of Rishikesh, on a visit to Poona, demonstrated the ‘Aum’ chant thrice, to be heard across a vast, crowded auditorium, without enhancement, to create an appropriate atmosphere for his address.

3) Every weekly Bhajan congregation of the Sathya Sai Organization ends with group chanting of ‘Aum’ 21 times, which produces a salutory effect.

4) The logo – ॐ – is said to depict the sacred face of Lord Shiva with the moon and star (chandra-bindhu combination) as his head jewel. This head-jewel of a star and crescent is also a very famous religious symbol

5) Agni, which is the commencing word of the Rig Vaedham, is in the middle of the 5 elements – पृथ्वी (Earth), आपः  (Water), अग्नि (Fire), वायु (Wind), आकाश (Space)

6) The Zoroastrian religion places fire at the center of worship and thus, fire is placed for worship in fire temples

7) Semitic religions have a plethora of concepts whose names begin with ‘A’ – Allah, Adam, Abraham

8) St. John’s Gospel in the New Testament of The Holy Bible has it that

‘In the beginning was the Word

And the Word was with God

And the Word was God’

As the Word is not specified anywhere. could we assume it to be ॐ?

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