Tuesday, 13 October 2020

The Om


Today I thought I’d talk about a symbol that is not witchy, but has always held deep meaning and significance to me.

The Om, or Aum. 🕉

It is considered to be the first sound, and is a spiritual symbol in eastern religions and spirituality. The meaning and connotations of the Om vary within and across traditions; broadly speaking it is a syllable that is chanted within Hinduism, Buddhism, and Jainism.

It has been associated with concepts of "cosmic sound" or "affirmation to something divine".

Other descriptions include "the sacred sound, the Yes!, the Vedas, the Udgitha (song of the universe), the infinite, the all encompassing, the whole world, the truth, the ultimate reality, the finest essence, the cause of the Universe, the essence of life, the Brahman (reality, entirety of the universe, truth, divine, supreme spirit, cosmic principles, knowledge), the Atman (soul, self within), and the vehicle of deepest knowledge, and Self-knowledge".

In super basic terms, Om is all encompassing, the essence of ultimate reality, and unifies everything in the universe. It is imperishable, and that it is all states of time, past, present, future, as well as transcending time itself.

The Om sound is a short ‘seed' mantra, and is considered a tool for meditation, empowering one to know the divine within. The vibrations that Om creates are believed to energize the chakras, especially the third eye and crown chakras, which help us connect with our Divine selves.

The Om symbol represents the sound in a visual form.

Do you have a symbol, word, prayer, device, mantra, or some other vehicle for spirituality that is not connected to witchcraft, but still holds deep significance for you?

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