Posted on May 21, 2022.
Indians have believed in the power of singing the sacred word Om since the dawn of time. Om has a very deep meaning. The old mantra, or traditional vibration, sung at the beginning and end of yoga sessions, allows for a opened channel connection with the practice of rhythmic breathing and physical postures.
The Om sound is the word that is at the origin of all that is born, lives and dies to be reborn, live and die again.
We are true miracles: we are all born with the sleeping weight to direct our consciousness intentionally. The power is within us, and the Om sound helps us discover it.
Om is the vibration of creation: in the Hindu sacred texts called Upanishads, it is explicitly mentioned that "In the beginning there was a word and that word was Om."
The first vibration: Om is the first sound that was produced at the time of creation. The explosion that took place at the time of creation is known as 'Sphota' and through this act, God shaped the Universe. Chandogya Upanishad says that Om is Bhrahma, timeless consciousness.
Based on ancient texts: in the Rigveda, the mantra Vamadeva Rishi describes Om as transcendental Vishvateeth. He calls Om Samudra (sea), Aparimita (endless), Rooprahita (formless), Sarvavyapi (omniscient). In the Mandukya Upnishad, Om is defined as Bramha. The Patanjali Yoga sutra calls Om as "Ishwara pranidhana," which means reaching God with devotion. When you meditate on the sacred sound Om, you can grasp the drifting mind and all conflicts will disappear. In the Namokaar mantra of Jainism, Om occupies a vital place as a liberator from all sins.
Om in Islam: in Islam, Om is called Samaa. Samaa is the buzz that helps you seek a spiritual connection with Allah. In Sikhism, Omkaar is the only truth. Om is auspicious and his singing helps us to achieve harmony. Thus, OM is the transcendental reverberation that carries the magic that can free your mind from material conditioning.
Om music: Om is not a word but rather an intonation that transcends the boundaries of age, race and culture. It is composed of three Sanskrit letters, aa, au and ma which, combined, create the sound Om. Om contains all the other sounds. It is a mantra or prayer. If repeated with the right intonation, it can resonate throughout the body and vibrate the center of its being, the atman or soul.
Om's perspective: Om gives a dualistic perspective. On the one hand, it projects the mind beyond the snapshot of what is intangible and indefinable. On the other hand, it makes the absolute more substantial and inclusive. He understands all the possibilities and perspectives, it is all that was, is or can be. Om is supreme and remains indefinite, just like God.
Om in Tibetan Buddhism: many ancient Tibetan yogis, such as Milarepa, practice intense meditation and Om singing. In Tibetan Buddhism, the most popular mantra that contains Om is "Om mani padme hum". Another powerful mantra is "Om ah hum". In this mantra Om represents the body, the syllable Ah represents speech, and Hum represents the mind.
Om helps you breathe deeper: singing the sacred Om sound correctly can help us relax and control our breathing. As the exhalation is produced by a relaxation of the muscles of our respiratory system, the OM sound will not be emitted evenly unless we fully control this relaxation.
Om helps us control the mind: singing the Om sound produces direct effects on the mind that are just as important as the effects it has on our body. The abstract and complex meaning of the Om syllable enters our minds by intercepting the incessant flow of thoughts.
Health Benefits of Om sound: when you sing Om, the adrenaline level drops. It helps reduce stress levels by bringing more oxygen into the body. If you sing Om and meditate, not only will you eliminate stress, but you will also lower blood pressure.
The scientific principle: the scientific principle behind the Om song relates to the genesis of sounds as mentioned in Sanskrit literature and the Hindi alphabet. As we all know, the Hindi alphabet has vowels (swara) and consonants (Vyanjana). The last consonant of each line is a nasal consonant. Aum is a combination of a vowel with a nasal consonant. The vowel here is 'O' or 'AU' and the nasal consonant is 'M'.
Om sound is an analgesic: many researchers claim that vowel singing produces interleukin-2 in the body, which has an action similar to that of aspirin, an analgesic.
The physics of Om sound: when singing a mantra in a rhythmic tone with ups and downs, it creates a melodious effect in the body. This effect can be defined as the neuro-linguistic effect. Quantum Physics tells us that each state of matter has its own associated vibration and so does light. And when a person sings with the sound 'm', he agrees with the cosmos that echoes.
The positive results of om sound: singing the sacred om sound produces a vibration and sound that you feel in your vocal cords and sinuses. This opens the pores, which in turn contributes to the elimination of sinus problems gradually. Om sound also has a cardiovascular benefit that maintains normal blood pressure but without the side effects of medications.
Sources: chopra.com/ and www.mindbodygreen.com and claireobeid.com/ and www.artofliving.org/iet www.speakingtree.in/
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