Om (also spelled Aum) is a sacred sound that is considered the greatest of all mantras.
The syllable Om is composed of the three sounds a-u-m (in Sanskrit, the vowels a and u combine to become o) and the symbol's threefold nature is central to its meaning.
The three worlds - earth, atmosphere, and heaven
The three major Hindu gods - Brahma, Vishnu, and Siva
The three sacred Vedic scriptures - Rig, Yajur, and Sama
The continued recitation of OM (called Udgita Pranayama) fills one with peace, calmness, tranquility and serenity. When we recite it with the understanding that OM is nothing but a representation of Ishvara, it brings us closer to our true nature, our own pure self. As mentioned above, OM is the primordial sound and this entire creation is a manifestation of this mystic sound. It represents the cosmic prana (the vital energy) and the air we breathe. Meditating on these thoughts can bring us closer to other human beings and lift the veil of separateness.
The three letters of OM thus correspond to the three gunas as follows:
A = tamas (darkness, inertia, ignorance)
U = rajas (passion, activity, dynamism)
M = Sattva (purity, truth, light)
Om is a sound and symbol, rich in meaning and depth
Om represents the sound of divinity in all things in the past, present and future.
In any religion, no matter what the name, no matter the country or the tradition, the primary concern of that religion is Om, the God energy, even if that religion does not use that word. This is most easily discernible in a quiet environment. It sounds like and can be a quite remarkable and blissful realization when it happens. Of course, one needs to have the mind quiet also.
Om is time itself past, present and the future.It is also that which exists beyond time. Om is not just a sound or vibration. It is not just a symbol. It is the entire cosmos, whatever we can see, touch, hear and feel.
Aum begins with the sound of silence. The A sound begins deep below the throat, in the belly. The U sound is made by the reverberations within the belly. And finally the M sound is produced from the nasal noise. Aum closes with a sound of silence.
Dimensions of locket: 34 mm (H) x 29 mm (W) x 4 mm (thickness)
Weight: 5 grams