OM- The word has its powerful meaning and implications. This ancient mantra or vibration is traditionally recited in the beginning and the end of Yoga class. It helps a person to have a deeper connection with the practice, which can be achieved with rhythmic breathing and physical postures.
When it is pronounced correctly, it actually consists of 4 syllables
A-U-M whereas the last syllable is created with the transition from ‘M’ to the deep silence of the infinite.
According to Samkya and other holy scriptures, the letters of OM consists to three principals of nature i.e. ‘A’ signifies Tamas, Waking State, ‘U’ signifies Rajas, Dream State, ‘M’ signifies Sattva, state of deep sleep.
|A||Tamas, signifying darkness, inhertness and ignorance|
|U||Rajas, signifying passion, activity and positvity|
|M||Sattva, signifying purity, truth and light|
Pros of word “OM”
The natural sound of it stays around us all the time. Vibration of AUM is 432 HZ, which is the frequency of everything in nature. Chanting and reciting it helps us in connecting ourselves to all that is living, to nature and to the universe.
Physically, chanting it benefits the body by slowing down the nervous system and calming the mind. With the rhythmic flow, the blood pressure decreases.
In the Hindu tradition OM mantra is referred to supreme consciousness.
Representation of OM in different religions
As per the Hindu mythology AUM represent the union of three Gods i.e. A for Bhrama, U for Vishu and M for Shiva where as Shiv Puraana reflects the relation between Shiv and the pranava or Om where Shiv is declared to be Om and that Om is Shiv. According to Jainism, Om is considered as a condensed form of reference to the “Panca-Parameṣṭhi”, by their initials A+A+A+U+M whereas in Sikhism “Ik Omkar” is the part of their "Mul Mantra" in Sikh teachings and represents "One God".