• Ryesgade 106 2nd
OM - or AUM - is the universal sound and the most holy symbol in the Hindu dharma (cosmic and ethical principles of the good and righteous).
OM is first mentioned in the Vedas, holy Indian scriptures that are at least 3500 years old. Patanjali also mentions OM in the Yoga Sutra (apx. 200 C.E.).
The sound of OM is said to be the source of all other sounds. The first part of the symbol, A, originates from deep down in the throat, U is in the mouth, while the last part, M, is formed by the lips. The crescent moon and the dot over the M signify that the sound is nasal. Thus, the whole spectrum of sound is represented in the OM.
In sound and form OM symbolizes the infinite Brahman (ultimate reality) and the whole universe.
This is represented by the trinity of God in the Hindu dharma, namely Brahma (Creation), Vishnu (Preservation) and Shiva (Destruction).
The three elements of the OM also symbolize:
A fourth element of the OM is a silent pause after the pronunciation of A, U, and M. It represents the absolute, conscious state of mind that is the yogic goal and is symbolized by the dot over the crescent moon.
Finally, OM is said to be the essence of all mantras. OM - and other mantras - are used e.g. in meditation where they are thought to take the individual to a higher level of consciousness when repeated over and over again (called japa). The vibration of the sound of the mantra merges into the vibration of thought and generates mental serenity.