One of the most commonly used words in the Vedic tradition is Aum, with it’s chanting being heard in yoga studios and meditation rooms across the country. However, very few people understand the full depth and meaning of Aum, and what it can actually do for you.
Becoming fully aware of the significance of Aum can immediately take your spiritual journey to the next level and thus becomes a powerful lesson for you to know.
The Benefits Of Aum
Imagine being able to control your mind and emotions in a matter of seconds, and also to be able to revitalise your spirits at the same time. These are just some of the amazing results you can enjoy once you begin to comprehend the power of Aum.
The Deeper Secrets To Aum
Aum is a Sanskrit word made up of three syllables, “aaa, ooo and mmm.” The “aaa” sound, in the beginning, signifies the first of the three primal energy sources in the conscious trilogy and represents the creation (Brahma) of all matter, sounds and vibrations.
The “ooo” sound signifies the maintenance (Vishnu) of all that has been created, and symbolises the continuity and evolvement of life, as we know it at any given moment.
The final vibration “mmm” is related to the end of whatever has been manifested, and the eventual transformation (Shiva) and the return of consciousness to its original source.
Together these three vibrations making up the word Aum constitute the creation, maintenance and transformation of every vibration of energy that has ever existed.
The true beauty of yoga knowledge is the way universal truths are related to each of us at a very practical level, and so, to understand the personal implications of chanting Aum, we need to delve a little further.
Releasing The Energy Within You
Our nervous system runs throughout the spinal cord. Along the length of our spine, lies a series of energy centres, or chakras as they are more commonly known.
Each chakra has the ability to release a certain aspect of consciousness within our mind-body complex.
When all seven of these centres are opened in unison, we find ourselves completely connected to the universal source of energy that governs our entire existence.
The first chakra is located at the base of the spine, the second just behind the genitals, the third behind the navel, the fourth in the heart, the fifth behind the throat, the sixth between the eyebrows and the final one is found just above the top of our head.
The path of the energy fields released from the first chakra to the seventh chakra runs up the spine in a criss-cross manner; just like a snake (the uncoiling movement of energy is also referred to as the rising of the kundalini from the base chakra).
Understanding The Vibrations Of Aum
When chanting the sound of Aum; remember we spoke about the first “aaa” sound representing creation? I want you to try a little experiment: close your eyes and sing out the sound: “aaaaaaaaahhhhh…” Observe your body closely, and notice where you feel any sensations deep within your body. You should feel the lower part of your spine vibrating in a lively manner.
Now take a deep breath and as you exhale, chant the second sound of Aum: “ooooo…” Here you should notice a tingling sensation in your heart. Finally, take another deep breath and chant the final sound “mmm…”From here, you will feel your head vibrating in an easy manner.
It may take a few moments of practice to realise these vibrations when initially making the sounds, but with a little bit of perseverance, you will definitely notice the relevant vibrations within your body.
The three syllables constituting the word Aum; releases every energy centre within our spine from the base right through to the top of our head.
Chanting Aum awakens our latent life forces, and connects our individual consciousness with the higher universal consciousness. Thus, this one simple word is able to elevate us to our highest potential.
Connecting Back To Source
It’s worth mentioning that when we speak about the higher consciousness, notice that there is no reference to terminology such as “God”.
Energy has always existed; the words we use to describe its power have brought about many differences and wars in the world today, and somewhere down the line, mankind has forgotten the original source of where all these words came from.
As well as having an immense devotional application to a seeker’s spiritual growth, Aum also has a strong scientific approach to its everyday use.
When the ancient Rishis uncovered the universal truths of life, the truth was simply spoken as the truth.
In subsequent years, knowledge has been broken down into such categories as religion, politics, science, maths, physiology etc, but every wisdom must, ultimately, always come back to the same place.
Aum is probably the most powerful word in the Vedic language, due to the depth and nature of its meaning.
Through chanting this one word alone, we release all our internal energy centres and connect with the supreme source of life energy (which I personally call God, but everyone is free to call it whatever they wish to).
The Power Of Faith
For a scientist, there is a great deal of research that can be done to further study the effects of chanting Aum’s vibrations on the nervous system, but for a devotee like myself, Aum is the connection between myself and God.
Each time I chant Aum before any meditation I am seeking the divine; like a lover would call their beloved. Though fully aware of the scientific implications of this word, my only concern is to reach this universal source of energy.
Faith, in any practice, is a strong component of what you may experience. Normally in science, the proof is required before belief can occur, but for us spiritual yogis, it’s the other way round; we start with the belief and then end up with the proof.
I could speak forever just on this one topic about Aum, but hopefully, there is enough written here to give a deeper meaning to this enchanting word, and why all of us true seekers hold this primal sound with such reverence and affection.
Love and blessings to you all,