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OM, tat and sat has been declared as the triple appellation of Brahman, who is Truth, Consciousness and Bliss. ~ Bhagavad Gita

Om, or Aum (written with the generic Devanagari symbol ॐ) is a sacred sound, spiritual symbol, mantra and mystical Sanskrit sound, used in Buddhism, Hinduism, Jainism & esoteric religions. The word signifies the essence of the ultimate reality, consciousness or Atman (soul, self within).

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I am the father of this universe, the mother, the support and the grandsire. I am the object of knowledge, the purifier and the syllable oṃ. ~ Bhagavad Gita
  • The earth is my altar, the sky is my dome, mind is my garden, the heart is my home and I'm always at home — yea, I'm always at Om.
    • eden ahbez, in tape recording to Joe Romersa (c. 1992), presented at Shadowbox Studio.

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We raise our hats to the hand a-moulding us
Sure 'nuff, he has the answer … Om mani padme hum. ~ Kate Bush
  • AUM (OM) is the Word of Glory; it signifies the Word made flesh and the manifestation upon the plane of matter of the second aspect of divinity. This blazing forth of the sons of righteousness before the world is achieved by following the rules herein contained. When all the sons of men have demonstrated that they are also Sons of God, the cosmic Son of God will likewise shine forth with increased intensity of glory.
    • Alice A. Bailey, The Light of the Soul (Yoga Sutras of Patanjali) Lucis Trust (1927)
  • I am the father of this universe, the mother, the support and the grandsire. I am the object of knowledge, the purifier and the syllable oṃ.
    • Bhagavad Gitā, 9.17

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  • To take part in Transmission Meditation, you only have to hold your attention at the ajna centre. In practice you will find that the attention will not stay there. It will keep dropping to its usual level somewhere around the solar plexus. As soon as the attention drops and you become aware of that, you have to bring it back to the ajna centre. This is done by thinking, inwardly, the mantram OM. As soon as you think OM, you find that your attention automatically comes back to the ajna centre. While your attention is held at the ajna centre, a connection, or alignment, is formed between the physical brain and the soul... If you say "OM" aloud, that vibrates at a certain level. If you say it under your breath (silently), at another. If you think it, that is the highest...
    The energies do not come from your soul. They come from the Masters, from the Kingdom of Souls. But they proceed from the soul level. While the alignment between the physical brain and the soul is kept, you are in the Transmission. As soon as your attention drops from the ajna centre, you are no longer taking part. As you think OM, the attention rises again, you are aligned. The process is one of being aligned, for a moment not aligned, and then, once again, aligned, back and forth.
  • It is the thought, the sound of the OM on the mental plane that you use, not seeing it as OM written. It is the sound of the OM, although you are not making a sound. But on the mental plane you are making a sound... Think OM. Just like you think any thought. Think the OM thought, not written OM, but thought OM... It should be in the mind, wherever your thought activity is, which will be your brain. You think OM. You say your name is John. Think John. Or Alice. Or Vera. It is a thought like any other thought. You do not think it differently, but the word itself is different, that is the point. The OM is the great mantram... You do not hear it, you think it. Hearing and thinking are two different things. You can do it fast or slow, but it is thought; it is not different from any other thought, except in its reverberation in the mind. That is what brings your attention to the ajna centre.... During Transmission Meditation it is best not to try to regulate or even be aware of the breathing at all. In practice, if the attention is truly held at the ajna centre, it will be found that the breathing practically stops for quite long periods and restarts with a sudden gasp.
    • Benjamin Creme, Transmission Meditation|Transmission: A Meditation for the New Age (1983)
  • You simply think OM. You can think OM any time, whether you are breathing or not breathing. It is not a question of “with the outbreath” or “with the inbreath”; it is simply when you realize that your attention is no longer at the ajna centre that you think OM. The reverberation on the mental plane of the OM brings your attention back to the ajna centre... You do not send it out. You think it. It is much simpler than people imagine... You simply let the breath follow its own rhythm, and it will get slower and slower until it almost disappears. As it slows, you will find your thoughts slow down. When you are really focused, when your breath is still – just the minimum to keep the body going – there is no thought. You go beyond thought.
    • Benjamin Creme, Transmission Meditation|Transmission: A Meditation for the New Age (1983)

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  • The Word Om is Brahma. OM has been split into A, OO, M and fourth word is considered as only humming, as per pronunciation. Every word here represent some spiritual power.
    • Gita 8-13, in “Discovery of God”, p. 102

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  • When Siddhartha listened attentively to this river, to the song of a thousand voices; when he did not listen to the sorrow or laughter, when he did not bind his soul to any one particular voice and absorb it in his Self, but heard them all, the whole, the unity; then the great song of a thousand voices consisted of one word: OM — perfection.

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  • All the multiverses are trying to merge, to create a true universe such as we have only imagined previously. Maybe it will be spiritual, like Zen or telepathy, or maybe it will be physical, one great big gang-fuck, but it has to happen: the creation of a universe and the one great eye opening to see itself at last. Aum Shiva! — Oh, man, you're stoned out of your gourd. You're writing gibberish.
  • Om — That (supreme Brahman) is infinite, and this (conditioned Brahman) is infinite. The infinite (conditioned Brahman) proceeds from infinite (supreme Brahman). Then through knowledge, taking the infinite of the infinite (conditioned Brahman), it remains as the infinite (unconditioned Brahman) alone. Om! Peace! Peace! Peace!

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Jai Guru Deva Om.
Nothing's gonna change my world. ~ John Lennon
  • Jai Guru Deva Om.
    Nothing's gonna change my world.
    • John Lennon, using a mantra variously translated as "glory to the shining remover of darkness", "Victory to God divine", "Hail to the divine guru", or "All Glory to Guru Dev", in "Across the Universe" (1968)

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  • You can eat beef on a weekly basis and become a genius intuitive if your energy is in present time. You can consume only organic food while running thirty-five miles a day and "om-ing" until dawn, but if your spirit is raging about your history and is saturated in regrets and unfinished business, you won't be able to intuit your left hand from your right.

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I swear to me that I am the Great God Om, greatest of gods! ~ Terry Pratchett

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Om is the Brahman, the indestructible Life force. Om is this universe. It is nameless, the Divine. It is the totality of you, I, and the whole creation. It is the totality of past, present and future of this existence. ~ Amit Ray
  • Soul means Brahma; and the Brhmajnan flows through soul to the intellect. That is termed Atmajnan. Thus Soul (Atma), Brahma, and Om have same meaning.
  • Om is the mysterious cosmic energy that is the substratum of all the things and all the beings of the entire universe. It is an eternal song of the Divine. It is continuously resounding in silence on the background of everything that exists.
    • Amit Ray, in OM Chanting and Meditation (2010), p. 16
  • Om is the Brahman, the indestructible Life force. Om is this universe. It is nameless, the Divine. It is the totality of you, I, and the whole creation. It is the totality of the past, present and future of this existence. At the same time, it is the eternal now unfolding this very moment. It is life-eternal flowing through this temporal existence.
    • Amit Ray, in OM Chanting and Meditation (2010), p. 16
  • Om chanting and meditation is all about getting connected with our true nature.
    • Amit Ray, in “OM Chanting and Meditation”, p. 16
  • Silence is the language of Om. We need silence to be able to reach our Self. Both internal and external silence is very important to feel the presence of that supreme Love.
    • Amit Ray, in OM Chanting and Meditation (2010), p. 50

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  • In 15th canto Ather Veda Vratyas were offered oblation. The idea of OM might have been the thinking of these scholars. After accepting OM, Aryans gave supreme respect to it. Manu directed that that OM should be uttered before all studies of Veda.
    • Arvind Savant, in "Discovery of God", p. 101

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  • In the universe, Brahman or the Cosmic first manifested himself as name, and then as form, i.e. as this universe. All this expressed sensible universe is the form behind which stands…the manifesteras Logo or Word. The manifester is the Logos. The Word was with God and the Word was God – and the Word IS God, and the Word is Om.
  • Om is...the basis of all sounds. The first letter, A, is the root sound, the key pronounced without touching any part of the tongue or palate. M represents the last sound in the series, being produced by closed lips, and the U rolls from the very root to the end of the sounding board of the mouth. Thus Om represents the whole phenomena of sound production. [It is] the natural symbol, the matrix of all the various sounds. It denotes the whole range and possibility of all the words that can be made.
    • Vivekananda, in "The Mind of Swami Vivekananda", quoted by Gautam Sen, p. 120
  • The eight petals of the lotus are eight powers of the yogi. Inside, the stamens and pistils are renunciation. If the yogi refuses the external powers he will come to salvation. So the eight petals of the lotus are the eight powers, but the internal stamens and pistels are extreme renunciation of all these powers. Inside of that lotus think of the Golden One, the Almighty, the Intangible, He whose name is Om the Inexpressible, surrounded with effulgent light. Meditate on that.
  • Om has become the one symbol for the religious aspiration of the vast majority of human beings
    • In "Learn Rajayoga from Vivekananda: A Grand Exposition of India's Unique ...", p. 119
  • This word Om, however, has around it all the various significance. As such it should be accepted by everyone...The repetition of this (Om) and meditating on its meaning (is the way).
    • In "Learn Rajayoga from Vivekananda: A Grand Exposition of India's Unique ...", p. 119
  • The first manifestation of the repetition and thinking of Om is that the introspective power will manifest, more and more, all the mental and physical obstacles will begin to vanish.
    • In "Learn Rajayoga from Vivekananda: A Grand Exposition of India's Unique ...", p. 120

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