Saturday, August 2, 2008

Om - Mantra

The Vedas are mantric teachings. They consist of various mantric chants or hymns cognized by different Munis or Rishis from the Cosmic Mind. They set forth Dharma or natural law, which is mantra in manifestation."

There are mantras that accomplish many kinds of wondrous deeds simply by correctly chanting them. Other mantras help purify one's consciousness, give spiritual enlightenment, and put one in touch with the Supreme. "OM" is considered to be the sound incarnation of the Supreme Personality of Lord. The Narada-pancaratra states: "When the transcendental sound vibration is practiced by a conditioned soul, the Supreme Lord is present on his tongue." The Atharva-veda and the Mandukya Upanishad both mention the importance of OM. OM is said to be the beginning, middle, and end, and is eternal, beyond all material restrictions. OM represents the wholeness of the universe and the eternal vibratory sound of Lord BRAMHA (the creator of univers) that permeates it. OM is called shabda-brahman, the sound-form of Lord BRAHMA.

Aum is the supreme symbol of God. Aum is the whole. Aum affirms. Aum is the sound which expresses all truth.

The priest begins worship with Aum. Spiritual teachers begin their lessons with Aum; and their disciples open themselves to those lessons with Aum.

Those in whom Aum resides are unified with God.
Taittiriya Upanishad 1:8

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