Om denotes the supreme Brahma:
omiti brahma omitīdaṃsarvam [Tait. Up. - 1.8.1]
Om is Brahman. Om is everything here.
girām asmy ekam akṣaram [BG - 10.25]
Of sound vibrations I am the single syllable (OM)
But as we know God is threefold is nature, same is the case for the single syllable Om. It consists of three differnt letters A, ...
The word aum consists of three sounds: a (as 'u' in 'hut'), u (as 'o' in 'loot') and m (as 'm' in 'ham'). These three sounds are considered to constitute all the words spoken by people i.e., all the words consist any one or combination of these three sounds.
In another sense, the word is considered to represent the Trimurtis. The sound a symbolises the ...
When I was young, I used to see the OM symbol in Hindu temples. I used to wonder at its meaning. It is only later that I learnt that OM is clearly explained in Mandukya Upanishad (MU). MU is one of the ancient classical Upanishads commented upon by Acharya Shankara. It comprises of only 12 shlokas (verses). It is also one of the most fascinating for reasons ...
The meaning of "Om Tat Sat" is given by Shri Krishna in the Bhagavad Gita. Om denotes Brahman, Tat (that) also means Brahman like in the popular mahavakya of the Upanishad Tat twam asi (you are That), and Sat (truth) also means Brahman. So these are the three names of Brahman, the absolute truth:
oṁ tat sad iti nirdeśo brahmaṇas tri-vidhaḥ smṛtaḥ
The Upanishads say that the Vedas are Om. Om is the Vedas.
Why prayers and rites are started with Om is explained in Taittiriya Upanishad I.viii.1. (Swami Gambhirananda translator) - "...A Brahman, when about to recite the Vedas utters Om under the idea, 'I shall attain Brahman'. He does verily attain Brahman." At the end of his commentary on this verse, ...
By Taraka Mantra we basically mean the Pranavam, the first sound or OM, also called the Nada Brahman.
So, Taraka: Deliverer.
Taraka Mantra: From the root word tara–that which crosses. The Taraka Mantra is that which enables
its invokers to cross over the ocean of samsara and attain liberation.
Taraka Nama: The Delivering Name; Om
From Sannyasa Upanishad:
The Omkāra is made up of 3 letters: (1) akāra - अ; (2) ukāra - उ; (3) makāra - म and also an anusvāra (ardhamātrā).
It is often a misconception that it has only the first three letters but the Upanishads are clear that it has even an anusvāra. So you will pronounce it as Om and let the ma resonate after for a bit in the mouth/ nose area.
The Nādabindūpaniṣad ...
Aum ॐ is considered as the Bramha Naad the first naad or sound made after the creation this was considered to be made out of the Big Bang Explosion (HiranyaGarbha(golden Cosmic Egg) Expanding).Scientifically you can think it as the CMB (Cosmic Microwave Background radation) left as traces after the Incident of Big Bang. As Aum is complete in itself and the ...
Mandukya Upanishad says that OM is a Combination of (A + U + M)
That same Self, from the point of view of the syllable, is Om, and
viewed from the stand point of the letters, the quarters are the
letters, and the letters are the quarters. The letters are A, U and
M.(Mandukya Up 8)
Vaisvanara seated in the waking state is the first letter A, owing to its all-...
ॐ (OM)(ओ३म्) can be written in Brahmi script as:
Further, there is book Brahmi-Rediscovering the lost script written by Ankita Roy. This book contains many information about Brahmi script (Lipi). Below is the image how ॐ described in the book.
Om is the sound Brahman, the sphota. It was what projected out of Brahman that the whole universe came from. Om is Brahman.
Tat is 'That' - the way to refer to Brahman as there are no words to directly describe Brahman.
Sat is Reality or Existence Absolute.
Om [is] That Reality [Existence Absolute]. Om Tat Sat is [The] Lord Om [is] That Reality [Existence ...
Om is a Mantra, so chanting Om constitutes Mantra Japa. Other names for it are Pranava Mantra, TAraka Mantra etc.
Om represents the Adi Dvani (primordial sound) and is an Ekakshara Bija Mantra (mono-syllabled seed Mantra). It also represents the Brahman in the MAntrik level.
EkAkshare tathA kute traipure mantra nAyike | Shtri datte swapna
lavdhe cha ...
This wiki article says that all Vedic rituals begin with the chanting of OM.
But it's actually more than that. Not only all Vedic recitations must begin with the Pranava (OM) but it should also end with its recitation.
Now, this concept of sanctifying the main mantra body, by applying OM both at the start and the end of the body, is widely known in the ...
Every mantra should begin with the pranava OM otherwise it is considered as lifeless as per the following verse:
मंत्राणां पल्लवो वासो । मंत्राणां प्रणव: शिर: । शिर: पल्लव संयुक्तो
। कामधुक् भवेत् ।।
The mantra is the body.And Pranava OM is the head.When the
body(mantra) and the head(OM) are connected only then the recital(of the ...
It is repeated three times to bring safety to the individual chanting it. It is for
safety from wild animals (tigers, bears, etc.),
safety from natural disasters (floods, earthquakes, etc.),
safety from diseases and other afflictions of the body.
Safety from these three allows a person to worship and meditate in peace.
Swami Nikhilananda says in his ...
Beejas or Seeds are important single lettered or monosyllabic mantras especially in the tantric or agama tradition. They are extensively used in rituals, processes, and both for internal and external worship. Each mantra or beeja has specific energies contained in it. Once chanted properly the inherent power can be utilized by the sadhaka.
Specific beejas ...
Paramhamsa is actually the name of a class of ascetics.
Other classes are Kuticaka, Bahudaka, Hamsa etc. A Paramhamsa is considered as the one who have spiritually evolved the most among these classes.
Several references to them can be found in the minor Upanishads and other scriptures.
Here is one such reference from the Narada Parivrajaka Upanishad (...
Almost every mantra begins with OM. The reason is given below.
The syllable Om is the root from which the Vedas have sprung.
(Every rite, therefore, should commence with the utterance of that syllable of vast import). Of him who has uttered for him the
syllables Om, Namas, Swaha, Svadha, and Vashat, and who has according
to the extent of his ability,...
In Devanagari it is correctly written as ओं or ओ३म्. The universal representation is ॐ. Om or Aum is a combination of three sounds a (a-kāra), u (u-kāra), m (ma-kāra). A-kara means form or shape like earth, trees, or any other object. U-kāra means formless or shapeless like water, air or fire. Ma-kāra means neither shape nor shapeless (but still exists) like ...
Om Tat Sat can be translated to mean the ‘Supreme Absolute Truth’, or more literally ‘all that is’.
Om refers to the Supreme Infinite Spirit or Person.
Tat refers to‘that’, or ‘all that is’.
Sat refers to ‘truth’.
"Om Tat Sat" is related to the English "Him That is".
Om tat sat is the mantra for salvation (getting true god who frees ...
Om is a mantra, or vibration, that is traditionally chanted during any Hindu Ritual. Originated from the Hindu scriptures, the mantra is considered to have high spiritual and creative power but despite this, it is a mantra that can be recited by anyone. It’s both a sound and a symbol rich in meaning and depth and when pronounced correctly it is actually AUM.
In his commentary on Taittirīya Upaniṣad, Śaṅkarācārya explains as follows.
ॐ शान्तिः शान्तिः शान्तिः ॥ ३ ॥
oṃ śāntiḥ śāntiḥ śāntiḥ || 3 ||
3. Om! Peace! Peace! Peace!
The uttering of the word ‘peace’ three times is intended to ward off the troubles that occur on the path to wisdom owing to causes operating in the individual organism, in ...
The reason why every rite should commence with OM is given in this passage.
The syllable Om is the root from which the Vedas have sprung. (Every
rite, therefore, should commence with the utterance of that syllable
of vast import). Of him who has uttered for him the syllables Om,
Namas, Swaha, Svadha, and Vashat, and who has according to the extent
According to what Sri Vaishnavism, the Pranava denotes the supreme Brahman. Here is what the Sri Vaishnava Ramanujacharya says in this section of the Sri Bhashya:
We therefore shortly explain the drift of the whole chapter as follows. At the outset of the reply given to Satyakâma there is mentioned, in addition to the highest (para) Brahman, a lower (...
Alright, let me just add few more words. The Kaankal Malini Tantra describes the Varna-Samuha. According to it varna from अ to अः are of SatvaGuna. From क to थ are RajoGuna and remaining of TamoGuna. It says:
आदावसौ जायते च शब्दब्रह्म सनातन: ।
वसुजिह्वा कालरात्र्या रूद्रडाकिन्यलंकृता ।
विषबीजं श्रृतिमुखं घ्रुवं हालाहल प्रिये ॥ॐ॥१८॥
Om is made of three ...
Vidyaranya is talking about Srimad Bhagavatam. Bhagavatam says in its very first sloka:
Janmadyasya Yatah Anvayad Itaratah Cha Artheshu Abhijnah Svaraat|
Tene Brahma Hrdaa Ya Adikavaye Muhyanti Yat Surayah|
Tejo Vaari Mrdaam Yatha Vinimayah Yatra Trisargo Amrsha|
Dhaamna Svena Sada Nirastakuhakam Satyam Param Dheemahi|| Bhagavatam 1.1.1
Apart from the explanations given in previous answers i would like to add the following:
The usual description of the A,the U and the M in AUM is the following:
Veda Vyasa further explained that the Word ‘A’ meant Formation,
‘U’meant Protection and ‘M’ meant Demolition, reflecting the Three
Characteristics of Satvika Guna, Rajasika Guna and Tamasika ...