The ‘OM’ Mantra
Origin of the cosmic sound ‘OM’ is the origin of creation itself. Om is a word and sound of great divine power. Reciting ‘OM’ as a Mantra is one thing, but being able to hear this subtle cosmic sound is enthralling experience !
There are some natural words or sounds of power and ‘OM’ is not only one of them but it is the most prominent one.
What really is ‘OM’ ? …
It is the subtle sound emanating from the atoms of creation. It is subtle because it does not lie in the range of human hearing and cannot be subjected to physical tests.
How Hindu Scriptures interpret it ? …
Let us read some interesting quotes about OM from some of the Upanishads:
From Maitri Upanishad
“Om is the primordial throb of the universe. It is the sound form of Atma (Consciousness).”
“Let Om be the bow, mind the arrow, and Higher Consciousness the target.
From Dhyana Bindu Upanishad
“”Let Om be the bow, mind the arrow, and Higher Consciousness the target.
Those who want enlightenment should reflect on the sound and the meaning of Om.
When the arrow is released from the bow it goes straight to the target.”
“Concentrate on Om in the heart centre as though it is like a candle flame the same size as your thumb.”
From Katha Upanishad
“This mantra Om indeed represents Brahman (the Absolute). It is the highest. He, who knows its meaning and worships it, attains the supreme goal and knows everything”.
Does ‘OM’ belong to any one Religion or Belief ? …
How can a thing of nature belong to any one belief, religion or sect? Om is a universal cosmic phenomenon. Not only Hinduism but Christianity and many other beliefs talk about it.
From Bible St. John 1:1
“In the beginning was the Word and the Word was with God and
the Word was God. Amen “
Can it be used as a Mantra? …
Yes of course why not rather OM Mantra is very powerful mantra and can do wonders only if you understand the key to the success of this mantra.
Key to the Om Mantra …
Yes there is a key to its correct working and it is that the sound or vibration generated by continuously reciting the word ‘OM’ acts as a carrier wave only and it will carry your thoughts to the other side viz. the subtle plane of existence in other words to the destination of all mantras, and that destination is your subconscious and the over-self.
Let’s not dig our own Grave …
Now read it carefully because if you get my point you can successfully use Om as the most powerful divine sound.
If you have any of these on your mind:
• Thoughts of greed, hatred or jealousy
• Thoughts of harming others
• Thoughts of deceiving others
• Thoughts of anything which can cause distress to others
• Thoughts of promises which you never intend to fulfill
In other worlds any kind of negative thoughts then that is what your carrier sound of ‘OM’ will carry to your sub conscious and over-self and also radiate all around a message of utter negative energy. And believe it or not whatever you give out comes back to you as a boomerang.
If you are a careful person and desire other’s betterment and own spiritual development then give more importance to your thoughts than to the correct pronunciation of Om. Well of course the correct pronunciation of Om is important, but what you transmit during recitation sessions carries still greater importance. I am pointing this out because I have not come across many who know the truth about the success of the Om Mantra and how it can harm your own development by giving your negative thoughts a potent mode of transport. You may magnify your negative thoughts and create more and more obstacles in your path.
Give Impetus to Good Thoughts …
So with this rare but true knowledge focus on your thoughts and cultivate good thoughts. Also let me clarify that during the day momentary or transient negative thoughts may arise but these must be consciously swept aside or sent immediately to your mind’s recycle-bin or a corner. During your daily introspection sessions you can look into this bin and recycle them to turn into positive ones.
What is the overall quality of your thoughts during the whole day is of extreme importance and a deciding factor in your development.
Hearing the Subtle Cosmic Sound OM …
Yes you can hear the actual ‘OM’ vibration a sort of ‘humming sound’ but only in deep trance or meditative state. You will hear it inside your head and it is very loud and reminds one of the Biblical references to it as “Sound of many waters”
“And I heard a voice from heaven, as the voice of many waters, and as the voice of a great thunder: and the voice which I heard was as the voice of harpers harping with their harps”
American Standard Version: Revelation 14:2
Article by Jyotirvid Pawan Kumar