OM: Sound of the Universe
The Sanskrit word “OM” originated in India between 1500 and 1200 BC. It is said to have vibrated into existence through human speech. The first documented explanation, lessons on the metaphysics of OM, can be found in the Upanishads, ancient Indian literature. Let’s find out if OM is the sound of the universe?
“Om is the Word of God,” says David Frawley, a Vedic instructor.
The sound OM is a vibration that comes from the manifest cosmos. Vibration gives rise to form and creation. OM is the most fundamental vibration. It’s the sound of nothingness. According to Frawley, “Om is the primary mantra of the Higher Self or Atman.” It reconnects us to our genuine essence. OM is the sound of the universe’s creator, preserver, and destroyer, who is the inner guru and primary instructor. It reflects the manifest and unmanifest Brahman, maintaining the vibration of being, life, and consciousness in all worlds and beings.”
Paramahansa Yogananda, author of the Autobiography of a Yogi writes, “Om or Aum of the Vedas became the hallowed word Hum of the Tibetans, Amin of the Moslems, and Amen of the Egyptians, Greeks, Romans, Jews, and Christians.”
The syllable has been translated into several languages, nations, and religious traditions, yet its creative and transformational power has not changed. The word Amen is associated with the beginning of the creation of the Universe in the Bible: “These things said the Amen, the faithful and truthful witness, the beginning of God’s creation.”
What is OM?
Is OM the sound of the universe? A vibration? Energy? Or the creator himself?
OM is a gateway to the divine, the one within and the one breathing and living in every life around us. The force of two syllabuses serves as a reminder to regard our words, speech, and music as sacred divine energy. We create what we say, manifest what we pay attention to, we are the powerful architects of our reality, of our very existence. OM assists us in realising our own and the universe’s truth. The more we concentrate on OM, the closer we become to the atman, the supreme soul.
Beginners’ guide to OM meditation
Start OM meditation by taking deep breaths and repeating the sound of OM focusing on the third eye chakra. Awareness can be felt on the forehead or any other small exterior object. A 3 to 5 minute OM awareness meditation can be extended based on the practitioner’s growth and comfort. Chanting the OM mantra 108 times with a Japa Mala is one option. Chanting OM or listening to its gentle soothing sound/vibration creates a relaxing effect as the mind, body, and heart progressively combine in equanimity.