Tuesday, May 03, 2005

Indelibly one with the One

Om also Aum

For Hindus, Buddhists, and Sikhs, a mystic word or mantra. Om is regarded as the syllable of the supreme Reality. It is often found at the beginning of prayers, mantras, and scriptures as a word of invocation and adoration.

In Hinduism its three Sanskrit phonemes (transliterated a, u, and m) symbolize the triad of Brahma the creator, Vishnu the preserver, and Shiva the destroyer, or the three levels of consciousness: waking, dreaming, and deep sleep. In Buddhism it is often understood as symbolizing the true empty character of reality, as that truth has been communicated by various historical Buddhas, celestial Buddhas, and, directly, by the true character of reality itself. For Sikhs, it is the most direct and concise divine Name.


Blogger Jon said...

OM Shanti, shanti, shanti.

(My mantra.)

10:02 PM  

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