Om (Aum, Omkar, Seed syllable, Pranhava)

The word Om (aum) derives from the Sanskrit. In Vedic religions, the Om is the primordial sound by which the earth was created- a similar concept to the Greek Logos. It symbolizes unfolding or expansion- when pronounced, it begins in the lungs, and ends on the lips. The symbol representing Om is called the omkar, and has four parts, representing the four states of human awareness: The ordinary waking, or material state:

The state of deep sleep:

The dream state:

Absolute conscience, or the awakened state:

Other versions of the Omkar include:

Sikh Ek Onkar

Vedic (ancient Hindu) Om

Tibetan Om

Jain Om


Pronunciation: Ohme • (noun) Alternate Spellings: Aum

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Astro Matadin Jyotishi April 9, 2017 at 4:12 am

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Susie June 30, 2015 at 2:00 pm

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veenaga March 22, 2012 at 10:23 am

The numerical symbol 3 is the profile structure of lips, which an upper Jaw and a Moving lower jaw of a man, and a Absolute out hale of the Air, which hales out, from the lungs and cries to take fresh Air, as inhale, to symbolize that the just born baby is living, and cries for care and as it is bare. In Telugu, the cry is known as CARE CARE, BARE BARE. and the cresent Moon which represents the Lunar day and a dot or star as Zodiac Lunar star. This principle should be applied to record the Date of birth, and time as Lunar Almonac.

Peter June 1, 2011 at 1:57 am

Try chanting Om sound the way it has been prescribed (from lungs to lips, with your eyes closed) and it has a wonderful feeling

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