Monday, November 5, 2012

the Power of Om (Aum)

Read the part what it says about power of chanting Om daily. I highlighted it and made it bigger fonts with blue color.

The Om (Aum) symbol is a sacred syllable representing Brahman, the impersonal Absolute — omnipotent, omnipresent, and the source of all manifest existence.

By sound and form, AUM symbolizes the infinite Brahman (ultimate reality) and the entire universe.

A stands for Creation
U stands for Preservation
M stands for Destruction or dissolution

This is representative of the Trinity of God in Hindu dharma (Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva)

The three portions of AUM relate to the states of waking, dream and deep sleep and the three gunas (rajas, satva, tamas)

The three letters also indicates three planes of existence, heaven (swarga), earth (martya) and netherworld (patala)

Turiya is a state of pure consciousness, or the experience of ultimate reality and truth. It is a fourth state of consciousness, the momentary silence after each chanting of Aum.

When you experience Turiya you realize nothing is real. Waking is not real, dream is not real, sleep is not real, the world of multiplicity is not real. If that is so, bondage is not real and liberation is not real.

You don't talk of liberation of the Self or Brahman. Liberation and bondage relate to the individual soul and the individual soul itself is unreal. Therefore there is neither bondage nor liberation.

However, this remarkable realization is experienced only through enlightened intellect. It is only upon waking up from a horrible dream that you realize there was no horror. While you are trapped in the dream world your experiences are very real to you. As long as the intellect has not been enlightened, even though you are in the state of Turiya all the time, your problems have not ended. You are trapped in a world, a dream within a dream. Only when you wake up from the long dream of the world-process through enlightenment do you understand your true identity as Turiya Consciousness.

Thus, meditation on Om--A, U, M, and the ardha matra--leads the mind gradually to the higher levels of samadhi in which all sublime truths are revealed.

The Power of Chanting Om:
1. The chanting of Om drives away all worldly thoughts and removes distraction and infuses new vigor in the body.
2. When you feel depressed, chant Om fifty times and you will be filled with new vigor and strength. The chanting of Om is a powerful tonic.
3. Those who chant Om will have a powerful, sweet voice.
4. Those who do meditation of Om daily will get tremendous power. They will have luster in their eyes and faces.

Meditation on Om:
Retire to a quite place, sit down, close your eyes and completely relax your muscles and nerves. Concentrate on the space between your eyebrows and quieten and silence the conscious mind. Begin to repeat "Om" mentally while associating the ideas of infinity, eternity, immortality, etc. You must repeat Om with the feeling that you are the infinite and all-pervading.

Be patient and persistent and meditate on the formula of Om again and again. Gradually you will ascend the ladder of Vedantic wisdom in the proper way.

This sound can be heard as the sound of one's own nerve system, and meditators and mystics hear it daily, like the sound made by an electrical transformer or a swarm of bees, or a thousand vinas playing in the distance. It is a strong, inner experience, one that yogis hold with great reverence. Hearing it one draws near to God Consciousness. When we are living in the lower chakras, or when the world too strongly dominates our mind, this sound may, for a time, not be heard. But it returns as awareness withdraws, as the mind becomes perfectly quiescent, silent, still. Listen for this sound in your quietest moments and you will learn to recognize it as a daily encounter with the Divine that lives within all men, within all creatures, within all existence.

The difference in spelling ["Om" or "Aum"] is merely a matter of transliteration.

-taken from video

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