Om

No, this post is not about the latest movie or a Kannada villain or hero’s name… its about the actual OM.

‘Om’ is made up of A-kara, U-kara and M-kara. Upanishads have taught us that A-kara is the vibration of creation, U-kara is the vibration of sustenance and M-kara is the vibration of destruction. Further they have stated a deity for each of these “Beejaksharas”.

Chaturmukha Brahma is the creator of the world, Lord Vishnu is the sustainer of prakurthi, The great shiva is the destroyer of this world.

The three deities with specific jobs have the responsibility of this world. Brahma is the constructor, Vishnu the preserver and Shiva the destructor.

OM is just not a representation of this worldly object. The great acharyas have established the relationship between the creator, the world and the created in their own ways or methods of understanding.

OM has a much deeper significance and multiple meanings. Swami Sukhabodananda in one of his recent enlightenment series explains thus:

What ever be the religion, when you open your mouth to chant the holy Koran, Bible , Mantras – you create sound. This gives a specific meaning / vibration and produces different types of effects. When you close your mouth and stop these chantings, the silence takes over. There is a beauty in this noiselessness too. The OM vibration encaptures the entire gamut of this worldly aspects within itself and thus is at the epic of the vibrations.

How does this help us in day-to-day life? The great ones tell – practice first and ask next.

Tangentially thinking, if you have been watching a movie which is just interesting, you will notice and say – Wow! it was just great, I cant believe it took 2 hrs I feel like it just happened in 5 minutes!

Yes – you can recall so many incidents in your life of this nature. What has happened there is you have INTEREST there or you have concentrated without your knowledge due to which you had shut off all the other senses, which take you away normally.

Why are we talking about this? The meditation you did in the cinema hall in the above example was involuntary. We have the ability to do this voluntarily. Why am I calling movie watching as “meditation”? The reason is that you have concentrated and taken all the vibrations of the movie object.

Little further down the lane, if you concentrate on object vibrations just like movie watching or talking to your loved ones, you start meditating. If the object which gives out those vibrations are positive – you get positively charged.

Omkara meditation or forms of the same have been used for many years from our rishis to give the much-required solace to the troubled human mind.

Most of us being in tension filled days take on so many ailments without knowing how to relax.

Just sit cross legged in front of an OM picture, observe it for 20 seconds, close your eyes and keep seeing this OM. The minute this goes away from your mind, open your eyes and see the picture again. Repeat and increase this gradually starting from 10 minutes to 30 minutes. This is the proven technique of Omkara meditation.

Of course there are many teachers, methods, techniques. Most of them involve concentration on your breathing too but the ultimate goal is the same.

May the Omnipotent in us give the strength to evolve from the monkey to the supreme!

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6 Responses to Om

  1. praneshachar says:

    Mohan
    OM karada marma mohanavagide
    OM karada savisthara vishaya tilisi nivu nammannu
    bahala olleya vichar maduva hage madiddira.
    a wonderful write up and again I must say people here are genius in their own way and hats off and three cheers to you
    a great post

  2. M O H A N says:

    Thanks for your wishes. Pls do keep visiting

  3. somebody else says:

    hi mohan, came here through a link from another post. good post. however in the other post youd written “i too had similar feelings” but cud u pls xplain the similarity bcos I wasnt able to see it…

    as for the 3 dieties – since the world is already created and is yet to be destroyed, what will first and last one do till their work comes? pls explain…

    Somebody else
    Thanks for visiting. The central idea there is about silence being the central point and rest are derived forms in terms of speech,writing etc. Swami sukhabodanadas comment in this post is what I meant. When we open our mouth to say anything at all, the derived forms are out and we allways return to the silence. This is what suresh is also trying to say out there so beautifully.

    The 3 trinities are there irrespective of the state of transition the bramhanda is in. The last deity – shiva ultimately destorys everything and these trinities merge in the allmighty – the sheshashai vishnu who is in yoganidra and due to his sankalpa or wishes the 3 dieties are re-created and bramhanda or world begins again.

    Thanks for your questions, hope have been able to answer something to some body else 🙂 Do keep visiting.

  4. somebody else says:

    first pt is clear. 2nd one not so sure. concept of time doesnt exist for Lord Shiva. He is like river. stand at bank of river and wonder where is river now, and u know that river is at the beginning (source) and at the end (ocean) at the same time. so being in yoganidra till any particular time to get up and destroy the world dosent sound that ok. unless maybe thats happening all the time – even right now as this is being typed by me – or beign read by you or any other reader. anyway, thanks for the clarifications, will keep visiting!

    [and also thanks for respecting anonymity of this Somebody Else. after all its not very hard to guess or technically deduce identity on internet. Somebody Else prefers anonymity simply to keep the discussion impersonal]

  5. Somebody else,

    If you have time (pun unintended), please read through the ancient texts specially related to Mahabaratha where the time aspect is very clearly specified. None of us are eternal except the supreme. There is clear division in terms of years of life for everybody including bramha and others.

    We do pinda tharpan for our purvajas for 1 year, which co-incidentially is one day in the other lokha. On the extended understanding that all our are part of vishnu, then time does not exist as you talk about river here.

    Mythology, hindu gods , practices are extermely tough to interpret,understand and use – no wonder about that!!

    Thanks again.

  6. somebody else says:

    None of us are eternal except the supreme.

    no doubt about that. completely agree with your last line i.e. not easy to understand.

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