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The Story of Om

March 12, 2010 on 3:00 pm

From the desk of The Spiritual Explorer

om-beaded-brass-710968-2388247When I first started out in spiritual life I remember we always, as we called it, “Om’d” before the start and at the end of any group workshop or meditation. It immediately quieted us down and put us into an instant harmony within. I particularly loved it when people alternated the Om sound and the separate sounds merged into a harmonious synchronization of melody and sound. Sometimes we just sat around for no reason at all and would start to “Om.” Some would call that our “hippie” days. 

I later found out that Om originates from the Hindu religion. It is placed at the beginning of most Hindu texts as a sacred exclamation to be uttered at the beginning and ending of a reading of the Vedas or any prayer or mantra. Before people set out for a drive in their cars, the custom has been to invoke, “Om Sri Ganesh,” asking for Ganesh’s blessings. And before any mantra, it is customary to say Om Namah Shivaya or Om Namah Krishna. In the Tibetan tradition, one of course hears Om Mani Padme Hum, one of their most sacred mantras, invoking the powerful benevolent attention and blessings of Chenrezig, the embodiment of compassion. om-brass-725792-6510969

The Beaded Brass Om Wall Art at Ma’s India is not only ceremonial but a piece of art. Both Hindu and Tibetan elements are present with the rich turquoise, brass and coral composition and the brass Om in the middle. What is most outstanding of this circular piece is the Gayatri mantra inscribed in the inner perimeter. This mantra is recited every morning and evening as part of daily Brahmin practice and is addressed to God as the divine life-giver.

om-wood-painted-710691-9799147 A simpler statement of the Om is Brass Om, in 3 sizes which can be hung anywhere in your living space as a reminder of the desired stillness and peace in your life. If you are interested in a more “rustic” Om, you might prefer Painted Wooden Om in 4 sizes.”

As the humorists say, there’s no place like “Om.” Let us all join in and Om…….

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