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Om is the most sacred primordial sound. It is also used in the beginning of mantras

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What is the significance of ॐ (Om/Aum)?

Every mantra begins with the word ॐ (Aum/Om). (Ex. Aum Namho Bhagwate Vasudevaya Namah etc.) ॐ itself is considered a mantra in Ayurveda. My Questions: What is the meaning of ॐ? Why is it given the ...
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Om symbol ॐ and Devanagari script

I learned the Devanagari script and couldn't help but notice the similarity of the Om symbol ॐ to the symbols of the Devanagari writing system, like अं (never mind that this is pronounced aṃ). My ...
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Does every mantra begin with/contain ॐ(Aum)?

OP claimed in this question that: Every mantra begins with the word ॐ (Aum/Om). Is that true? Are there any mantras that don't have ॐ in them?
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Is there a universal symbol for Hinduism?

I have come across many symbols like ॐ , Swastika , Yantra and Lord Shiva's Trident that are generally associated with Hinduism. Just like the cross represents Christianity or crescent represents ...
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Why “Rama” Nama is called Taraka mantra?

At Manikarnika Ghat of Varanasi (Kashi), Lord Shiva liberates the dead by saying "Taraka mantra" in ears of the dead. Many Puranas assert this fact. Chapter 30, Purvavadha , Kasi Khanda of Skanda ...
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Why do mantras usually end with Shantih Shantih Shantih (3 times)?

At the end of most of Mantras from Vedas & Upanishads, we find Om Shanti Shanti Shanti. As in the end of this Mantra, ॐ असतो मा सद्गमय । तमसो मा ज्योतिर्गमय । मृत्योर्मा अमृतं गमय । ॐ शा...
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Was Lord Muruga Guru to Lord Shiva and taught him the complete explanation of OM?

EXPLANATION : Movies and Serials say Lord Muruga was Student of Lord Brahma and asked for Explanation of OM Then Lord Brahma tried to give Explanation of OM but Lord Muruga was not satisfied with ...
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What is the meaning of Om Tat Sat?

At the end of each chapter of Bhagwat gita, I found "Om Tat Sat". My questions are: What Is the meaning of Om Tat sat Or Hari Om Tat Sat? What is the significance of writting this at the end?
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How ॐ (OM) is written in Brahmi Script?

Sanskrit is said to be originated from "Drums of Lord Shiva". There's a famous story of Panini composing grammar of Sanskrit from sounds (Maheswara Sutras) of lord Shiva's Damaru. Panini was a ...
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Is reciting Vedic Mantras without being preceded by “Om” condemned somewhere in Vedas or in other scriptures?

In many (not all mind you) "How to do sandhyavandanam" videos and PDFs, the performer starts with the achamanam: Achyutaya Namaha Anantaya Namaha Govindaya Namaha The same procedure is ...
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What is cosmic light referred to as?

In his book "God Talks with Arjuna", Paramahansa Yogananda says this: God manifests in creation as the Cosmic Vibration, which expresses itself as Cosmic Sound and Cosmic Light. The Cosmic Sound or ...
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Who is God? or What is God? or What is ॐ? [duplicate]

Watched an episode (broadcast on 25/09/2014 on Life Ok) of "Devo Ke Dev Mahadev", an epic serial on Lord Shiva. From this episode i came to know that ॐ (Om/Aum) is the everything in which all universe ...
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Is chanting “OM” naam japa or mantra japa?

does one need some form of Diksha to chant OM or can it be chanted by anyone? Are there any benefits of simply chanting OM?
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Is ॐ Gam Ganapataye Namaha correct, or ॐ Gan Ganapataye Namaha correct?

According to you What is correct ॐ Gam Ganapataye Namaha or ॐ Gan Ganapataye Namaha ?
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Does Kundlini power chakra exist?

I have heard about Kundlini powers but nobody talks about these powers on a public platform nor have I ever heard about these powers by any religious guru or Yogi. I am curious to know if Kundlini ...
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The symbol for 'OM' ॐ [duplicate]

I have been wondering for quite a long time now about the symbol for 'OM' and it's association with 'Shiva'. My questions are: Are Om symbol ॐ & Shiva correlated, if yes then how exactly? (the ...
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What are the beeja mantras and what is their significance in meditation?

What are the beeja mantras and what are petal mantras, and what is their relationship with Om/Aum? In what ways are they helpful in meditation. If anyone is going to start on meditation, from ...
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Is the pranava - om - mentioned in Vedas?

The Wikipedia states, in respect of the syllable om, as follows: The syllable Om is first mentioned in the Upanishads, the mystical texts associated with the Vedanta philosophy. Rig veda 1.164....
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Is Brahmi Script older than Devanagari Script? If yes, how this can be reconciled with ॐ Parvat?

Sanskrit Language is believed to have no written native script. History says Brahmi Script was used for Sanskrit Language during the reign of legendary Emperor Ashoka which was around 3rd century BC. ...
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Map Om to Create, Maintain, Destroy [closed]

I have googled this but in vain. Trying to find a visual that explains how Om or AUM represents creation, maintenance, and destruction. Would like to draw parallel between OM and systems engineering ...
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Is Paramahansa the vahana to the promised land?

The great " Mystical Spirit Swan " known as Paramahansa is revered by Hindus, and is believed to be the vehicle to the promised land for the individuals Spirit. Is he composed of Swarupas ? If so ...
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Do vaishnavites believe in pranava mantra or is it an “anya devata” of sorts?

Although "pranavah" occurs in vishnu sahasranama, it seems that the impersonal "Om" clashes with the "lakshmipati pitambaradhari shanka chakra gada pani" image of the God of vaishnavites.
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Pronunciation of Om

What is the correct pronunciation of Om? Is it Om, Aum, Oom or any other pronunciation? People pronunce it many different ways. Arya Samajials pronounce it as Oom. Chinese, Japanese and Tibetans have ...
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What work of Vyasa says the Vedas were taught to Brahma through the heart?

Vidyaranya, aka Madhavacharya (not to be confused with the Dvaita philosopher Madhvacharya), was a famous Advaitin philosopher who was the Shankaracharya of Sringeri and the brother of Sayana, the ...
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What is the origin of the Sloka “Mantraanaam Pallavo Vaaso…”?

The sloka is to be found here. मंत्राणां पल्‍लवो वासो । मंत्राणां प्रणव: शिर: । शिर: पल्‍लव संयुक्तो । कामधुक्‌ भवेत्‌ ।। The meaning: The letters or words in a mantra constitute its body ...
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Religious symbol Om on an anklet

I have seen few friends of mine wearing anklets with symbol Om on them these days! Heard somewhere that an Om pendant can't be worn with an anklet. Is that true? If yes, why?
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Pranavam's combination is A U M. What is the significance of this and who are the main actors of Aa Uu and Mm? [duplicate]

Pranavam [OM] is having the the combinations of Aa, Uu and Ma. The Pranavam is entirely submerged in these 3 letters. Aa, Uu and Ma is AUM [OM]. Everybody knows it. But how paramatma jeevatma and ...
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Does the first verse of Nammalwar's Thiruvaimozhi intentionally spell out AUM?

The Tamil TV serial "Ramanujar" is about the life story of Ramanujacharya, the most famous Acharya of the Sri Vaishnava sect (of which I'm a member). (You can watch past episodes here; it's a great ...
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Are there sects that prohibit their women from uttering “Om”?

There is a chap on u-tube that says women should not say "Om" - they should say "am".
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Are Mlecchas (Westerners) allowed to say OM before Yoga class?

In the West, it is common practice to loudly chant "OM" (the Pranava) on loudspeaker before Yoga class. It is said, There are many reasons why we chant “Om” at the beginning and ending of a yoga ...