The symbol OM is probably everywhere and you might have chanted it several times either in temples or the modern generation might have chanted it in yoga class. Why this word connects us all in a ritual way? What makes this word exist everywhere? What is the reason behind its glory?
So here are few facts which can clearly explain its symbolic presence
OM includes all human languages
OM encompasses all the languages and sounds. There is a particular way to pronounce this word. The sound A comes from the throat, M comes from the lip and the letter M is pronounced starting from the base of the tongue to the lips.
AUM and OM
There is a difference between the words in writing and in Sanskrit , the ‘O’ is spelled as ‘AU’. So, O is basically a diphthong( a complex vowel sound that begins with the sound of one vowel and ends with the sound of another vowel in the same syllable e.g. “ae” ,”au”, “ou”.
What AUM represents?
AUM is all about the sacred threes followed by a silence at the end which symbolises consciousness.
A is the waking state, Creation and represents BRAHMA
U is the dream state and preservation representing VISHNU
M is the state of deep sleep, destruction of dissolution representing Shiva.
Association of OM with Ganesha
OM is the physical form of Lord Ganesha wherein the upper curve represents the face and the head of Ganesha and the lower curve can be identifies as Lord’s belly and the curve on the right side is the trunk. All these shapes can be noticed by squinting eyes a little bit.
Visual symbol and meaning
The imperishable word OM represents a semicircle, a dot and three curves wherein the dot symbolize the fourth state of consciousness.
The upper curve depicts the state of deep sleep
The middle curve shows the dream state
The large curve at the bottom signifies the waking state.
And the semicircle at the top denotes Maya(money).
A person who leaves behind all this illusion of money can experience the state of realization and enlightment.