OM, yoga of silence

What does mean? What is its meaning? Let us know more about the known OM sound next time we repeat it.

The sound OM also is called Brahman, Shabda Brahman, Omkarathe advaita-mantra or the sound of silence. According to the laws of the Sanskrit Phonetics, a vowel "o" is the result of the union of the sounds to + u. Of ahi que in Indian tradition the AUM (which is to + u + m + following silence) will simplify pronouncing OM.

The Mundaka Upanishad It says that the syllable OM is the bow, atman (soul) arrow and Brahman (God) white. To reach it without being distracted, there to join him as the arrow at the target.

The Mandukya UpanishAd associates it with the four States of consciousness: waking, sleeping, dreaming and turiya (being transcendental watching from beyond the mind).

OM also called Pranava, controller of life and giver of prana or life force. According to Indian philosophy it is the sound from which the entire universe was created.

In the Yoga Sutras Patanjali is said that the Lord creator is a special spirit not touched by time, afflictions, actions or results from them. In it is all knowledge. It is not conditioned by the time, he is the teacher even of wise elders. Refers you to the sound OM (Tasya vachaka pranavah). Its repetition removes obstacles.

(see Yoga Sutras Patanjali 1:24-32 [7])

Kabir said once: "Knowing the OM the ignorant is made wise and Sage stays silent".

These words are attributed to Sri Ramakrishna Paramhansa: "people ask me: what to gain by listening to the OM?" And I answer: do you hear the sound of the sea in the distance? Following the rumor will take you to the ocean. If there is rumor, there is ocean. Because following the trail of OM will take you to the creator"

Swami Vivekananda said that the universe is formed of two materials: akasha (space) and prana (energy). The sound and the vital breath are its manifestations, infinity and strength. Yoga is a combination of breathing and OM sound. When the OM joins with the breath and moves in the body is called pranava (which gives us life). Prana also means breath of life. This breath and the mind are interconnected as it can be to change your breath when you change the State of mind.

First the OM is pronounced orally and then in silence - mentally - because silence is the shakti (force) that arises from within. That is why for many Yogis the OM itself is yoga is pranayama, is an inner journey, is prayer for peace.

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By • 12 Nov, 2012 • section: Mantras, Practice