The Meaning Behind The Symbol OM

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The Om symbol is said to represent the one-ness of all creation, including the heavens, earth and underworld. Others say it is the representation of the three Hindu gods, Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva.

Om is considered one of the most powerful mantras, and the ritual of chanting Om has been done for thousands of years.

When you chant Om, the vibration from that sound correlates to the original vibrations that were sounded in the universe when the world was created. The sound of Om is often called Pranava, or that which runs through breath (Prana) and sustains life. Om is also a representation of the four states of the Supreme Being.

5 Facts You May Not Know About ‘OM’

  1. The sound of OM encompasses all words, all sounds in human language.
  2. In Sanskrit, the sound “O” is a diphthong spelled “AU”. The difference between OM and AUM is simply one of transliteration.
  3. 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.
  4. ,The visual symbol represents the meaning of AUM
  5. The physical form of Lord Ganesha is said to be that of OM.