OM has been considered by great sages of India as the center of Spiritualism from which all paths lead to the Ultimate Reality. It is considered as the origin of the Universe itself. Some theories of Western Science also corroborate this view in a way. It is also called ‘Pranava’ and universally accepted as a symbol or logo of Sanathana Dharma.
It is highly extolled in the Vedas, Upanishads, Geeta and various Hindu Scriptures. All religious rites and hymns invoking various deities are started with the utterance and repetition of OM as it helps to concentrate on the ongoing spiritual procedures and practices and also in meditation. Actually OM consists of three independent syllables A U M each having a significant meaning. ‘A’ stands for Adima meaning the beginning, ‘U’ stands for Utkarsha meaning progress, and ‘M’ represents the end, Miti.
Thus the sound OM is the power responsible for creation, preservation and dissolution (Brahma, Vishnu, and Shiva) of the Universe. There are also several other interpretations on the symbolism of ‘OM’ available in Hindu literature such as it represents the three states of human conscience. The lips and vocal muscles also move in the same order of A, U, M, as the sound of OM is uttered signifying the opening, continuation and closing of the power of prayers. Hence the Wisdom of Vedic Masters gave ‘OM’ as an ideal logo, deity, and idol for the worship of all the gods. Incidentally the attributes of Omnipotent, Omnipresent and, Omniscience to God begins with OM. It is also interesting to note that in the English concept of God as ‘OMnipotent’ ‘OMniscient’ and ‘OMnipresent’ all contain the two letters ‘OM’ as also similar in the phonetics of the Christian ‘Amen’ and Arabic ‘Amin’.
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