Om (also spelled Aum) is a Hindu Sacred Sound that is considered the greatest of all Mantras. The syllable Om is composed of the three sounds a-u-m (in Sanskrit, the vowels a and u combine to become o) and the symbol’s threefold Nature is central to its meaning. It represent several important triads:
The Three Worlds - Earth, Atmosphere, and Heaven The Three Major Hindu Gods - Brahma, Vishnu, and Siva The Three Sacred Vedic Scriptures - Rg, Yajur, and Sama
Om Mystically embodies the Essence of the entire Universe. This meaning is further deepened by the Indian Philosophical belief that God first created Sound and the Universe arose from it. As the most Sacred Sound, Om is the Root of the Universe and everything that exists and it continues to hold everything together.
“The music, Indian music, just seemed to have something very spiritual for me, and it became a steppingstone for me to find out about a whole lot of other things. Finding out all about Hinduism, and those sort of religions made me realize that every religion is just the same scene really.” - George, Rolling Stone, Feb. 1968.
“I am mad with love And no one understands my plight. Only the wounded Understand the agonies of the wounded, When the fire rages in the heart. Only the jeweller knows the value of the jewel, Not the one who lets it go. In pain I wander from door to door, But could not find a doctor. Says Mira: Harken, my Master, Mira’s pain will subside When Shyam [the god Krishna] comes as the doctor.”
- Mirabai, Hindu saint and poet who composed over 1,000 bhajans (devotional songs) in her lifetime