In Hinduism, we often come across ‘Om’. A sacred symbol as well as a chant often said with prayers. We place the symbol on places of religious significance and constantly say the word when we pray, but why do we do that? Why do yogis and spiritual gurus stress the importance of using the word ‘Om’?
The Om Mantra or “AUM” is the highest sacred symbol in Hinduism. Om is considered to be sacred and resonates a high spiritual and creative energy. It is believed to represent the basic sound of the universe; the cosmic vibration that gives birth to all other sounds.
Om is a representation of the Hindu trinity which consists of Brahma, Vishnu and Mahesh. Om is finite as well as infinite. It also represents the 3 Vedas – Rig Veda, Yajur Veda and Sama Veda.
The Om mantra is considered to have high spiritual and creative power and chanting it in a high and prolonged note raises vibrations of the individual practicing it and, as a result, people who chant it feel alive, at peace and centered. It affects every part of the body. Om is considered so divine in Hinduism that they place it before and after every other Mantra.
We all know that in order to attain good physical health and happiness, the body requires adequate exercise, proper diet, and rest. More importantly and more overlooked, is the health of our inner self which also requires nourishment and attention. When we neglect our spiritual inner self, we become imbalanced and negative in attitude and emotions. “Om” destroys the negativity of the mind.
Chanting of the Om Mantra purifies the environment around you and creates positive vibrations. Om not only benefits the person who is chanting it but also to the people around them wherever its vibrations flow. It cleanses your aura and can be recited by anyone. It can place you in a meditational state which deeply relaxes your body. Your concentration increases when you chant this universal hymn. The ॐ chanting removes toxin from your body. It is said to give you better immunity and self-healing powers. It improves your concentration and helps you focus on whatever your goals may be.
Hence, every individual must take out a few mintues daily, to close their eyes and meditate and chant the word ‘Om’ to calm the mind and body.