| The most sacred
symbol in Hindu dharma. Aum (OM) is the sound of the infinite.
Aum is said to be the essence of all mantras, the highest of all
matras or divine word (shabda), brahman (ultimate reality) itself. Aum is said to be the
essence of the Vedas.
By sound and form, AUM symbolizes the infinite Brahman
(ultimate reality) and the entire universe.
A stands for Creation
U stands for Preservation
M stands for Destruction or dissolution
This is representative of the Trinity of God in Hindu
dharma (Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva)
The three portions of AUM relate to the states of waking,
dream and deep sleep and the three gunas (rajas, satva, tamas)
The three letters also indicates three planes of existence,
heaven (swarga), earth (martya) and netherworld (patala)
All the words produced by the human vocal organ can be
represented by AUM. A is produced by the throat, U & M by the lips
In the Vedas, AUM is the sound of the Sun, the sound of
Light. It is the sound of assent (affirmation) and ascent (it has an upwards movement and
uplifts the soul, as the sound of the divine eagle or falcon.
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