Posted by : Shoumik Das Friday, June 14, 2013


Significance Of Syllable AUM 

The syllable, Aum, may be represented in the following manner:

For vibration
A – abdomen, U – chest, M – head

For experience
A – waking, U – dreaming, M – deep sleep

For mind
A – conscious, U – subconscious, M – unconscious

For quality/virtue
A – tamas [inertia], U – rajas [activity], M – sattva [essence]

For existence
A – Brahma, U – Vishnu, M – Shiva
[Creative], [Sustaining], [Destructive]

For time
A – present, U – past, M – future


The syllable AUM (OM) is first described as all-encompassing mystical entity in the Upanishads.

AUM stands for the supreme Reality. It is a symbol for what was, what is, and what shall be. AUM represents also what lies beyond past, present, and future.


Today, in all Hindu art and all over India and Nepal, 'om' can be seen virtually everywhere, a common sign for Hinduism and its philosophy and theology. Hindus believe that as creation began, the divine, all-encompassing consciousness took the form of the first and original vibration manifesting as sound "OM".

Before creation began it was "Shunyākāsha", the emptiness or the void. Shunyākāsha, meaning literally "no sky", is more than nothingness, because everything then existed in a latent state of potentiality.

The vibration of "OM" symbolizes the manifestation of God in form ("sāguna brahman"). "OM" is the reflection of the absolute reality, it is said to be "Adi Anadi", without beginning or the end and embracing all that exists.

The mantra "OM" is the name of God, the vibration of the Supreme. When taken letter by letter, A-U-M represents the divine energy (Shakti) united in its three elementary aspects: Bhrahma Shakti (creation), Vishnu Shakti (preservation) and Shiva Shakti (liberation, and/or destruction).

~ Mundaka Upanishad

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