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Meaning of Aum or Om

Posted on: October 24, 2008

Meaning of Aum or Om

In Sanskrit, the meaning of Om is avati, or rakùati. Rakùati means
`One who protects, sustains'. So that which sustains everything is
Om. And that which sustains everything is what we have to see as the
order. That order, which is the reality of everything. The
order itself is a reality. And so, that which is the essence of the
order itself, is Om. That means Om is the name of the Lord, who
pervades your being, who pervades everything in the world in the form
of niyati, the form of the order that sustains.

The Mandukya Upanishad is one of the prime Upanishads.
It is a short Upanishad dedicated to Aum. It begins with the words -
"Aum is this imperishable word. Aum is the universe and this is the
exposition of Aum. The past, present and the future; all that was, is
and will be is Aum. Likewise all else that may exist beyond the
bounds of time, that too is Aum. That which is beyond all these is
also Aum. ( verse 1)

The Taittiriya Upanishad says: 'Thou art the sheath of Brahma." That
is Aum is the container for the Supreme and therefore invoking Aum is
invoking the Supreme.

The Taittiriya Upanishad also says "With Aum, Brahma begins
creation'' which means that the whole universe was projected out of
the sound of Aum.

The Dhyanabindu Upanishad states -
Those who want enlightenment should reflect on the sound and meaning
of Aum. Aum is the bow, the individual being is the arrow and Brahman
is the target. When the arrow is released from the bow it goes
straight towards and into the target.

The Sweteswatara Upanishad states-
Fire though potentially present in firewood is not seen until one
stick is rubbed against another. The Self is like that fire; it is
realized by constant awareness of the sacred syllable Aum. Let your
body be the stick that is rubbed and Aum be the stick that is rubbed
against. Thus you will realize your real nature which is hidden
within, just as fire,in a sense, is hidden in wood.

In the Maitrayana Upanishad after it has been said that there is one
Brahma or Supreme without words and a second, a Word- Brahma, we are
told that the word is the syllable 'Aum'.

In the Bhagvad Gita Sri Krishna states that amongst the mantras he is
Aum and that whoever chants Aum at the time of death gets liberated.

There is a verse in the ancient Rig Vedas -
"Prajapati vai idam agra asit" meaning - 'In the beginning was
Prajapati,( the Supreme) Tasya vak dvitiya asit meaning With whom was
the Word
Vag vai Paramam Brahma meaning And the Word was verily the Supreme
Brahma. This Sphota has its symbol in the word Aum

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