Many people are becoming familiar with the symbol which represents 'Om,' in fact it is becoming so popular that people are not only tattooing it on their bodies, they are also adorning their living spaces, clothing, jewellery and other personal effects with it. It is also used in the practice of Yoga but do people really know what 'Om' is and what it represents?
'Om' or 'Aum' as it is pronounced, is one of the most important symbols in the Hindu religion but it is also used by the Buddhists and Janes. Om is believed to be the 'Sound of Creation,' the 'Cosmic Sound!' It is also believed that the three phonetic sounds of A U M represent three stages of cosmic creation and when it is read or said, it celebrates the creative powers of the Universe. Even the Bible speaks of creation as beginning with sound e.g. in Genesis it says, "In the beginning was the Word!"
Spiritual words such as Om can be brought together with others to form Mantras or chants which are very powerful. One of the most well know Mantras is 'Om Mani Padme Hum.' If you chant this yourself, you will begin to feel a resonance building, however, when you chant with a group, it takes that resonance to new levels and can form an amazing spiritual experience for all involved. It can also be very helpful to know what the words mean because they can then be spoken or chanted with intention. Due to the differences in religions and cultures, it can be quite difficult to find a definitive translation of what 'Om Mani Padme Hum' actually means but here below is a very good place to begin in that understanding:
- Generosity, wisdom, the sound of creation, purifies pride and ego and its colour is white
- Ethics & compassion, purifies jealousy and lust for entertainment. Its colour is green
- Patience, body mind and speech. It purifies passion and desire and its colour is yellow
- Diligence, balance of the mind and it purifies ignorance and prejudice. Its colour is blue
- Renouncing material things, bliss. It purifies greed and possessiveness and its colour is red
- Wisdom, perfect compassion. It purifies hatred and aggression and its colour is black
So we can see that from a very simple chant, the words are powerful and meaningful and help to release us and purify us from much negativity but also to welcome in true spiritual blessings and a spiritual way of life.
If you wish to hear some actual chanting of Om Mani Padme Hum, you can click here