WHAT IS OM?
Om is a sacred sound that is considered the greatest of all mantras. Om mystically embodies the essence of the entire universe. This meaning is further deepened by the philosophical belief that God first created sound and the universe arose from it. As the most sacred sound, Om is the root of the universe and everything that exists and it continues to hold everything together.
The vibration produced by Om in the physical universe corresponds to the original vibration that first arose at the time of creation. The sound of Om is also called Pranava, meaning that it sustains life and runs through Prana or breath. Wear it close to your body or you may choose to use it as a meditation tool. The chanting of Om drives away all worldly thoughts and removes distraction and infuses new vigour in the body. When you feel depressed, chant Om and you will be filled with new vigour and strength. The chanting of Om is a powerful tonic.
When you chant Om, you feel you are the pure, all pervading light and consciousness. Those who chant Om will have a powerful, sweet voice. Whenever you take a stroll, you can chant Om. You can also sing Om in a beautiful way. The rhythmic pronunciation of Om makes the mind serene and pointed, and infuses the spiritual qualifications which ensure self-realization.