What is OM & How to Use it – Part 1 of Chanting

What is OM & How to Use it - Part 1 of Chanting

I’ve been getting a lot of questions about the word OM:

Patanjali the father of yoga said this: “Chant Om and you will attain your goal. If nothing else works, just chant Om.”

AUM and OM

In Sanskrit, the sound “O” is a blending spelled “AU”, so the difference between OM and AUM is simply one of transliteration.

AUM represents the 3 Fold Division of Time
A – is the waking state
U – is the dream state
M – is the state of deep sleep

The visual symbol represents the meaning of AUM

what is OM
The symbol OM visually consists of three curves, one semicircle, and a dot.

The large bottom curve symbolizes the waking state, A.
The middle curve signifies the dream state, U.
The upper curve denotes the state of deep sleep, M.

The dot signifies the fourth state of consciousness, Turiya.

The semi circle at the top represents Maya and separates the dot from the other three curves. It signals to us that it is the illusion of Maya that is an obstacle to realization of the Highest.

OM is associated with Ganesha 

what is omThe physical form of Lord Ganesha is said to be that of OM.  The upper curve, of OM, is identified with the head or the face of Ganesh. The Lower curve his belly. The twisted curve, on the right side of OM is the trunk.

Yogis say it’s the “Om is the prime mantra of the Higher self and it attunes us with our true nature.


What is OM?

OM is a matrix of all sounds, when in its diversified form gives rise to all words used in language.

Linguistically, all audible sounds are produced in the space within the mouth beginning at the root of the tongue and ending at the lips. The throat sound is A, and M is the lip sound; and the sound U represents the rolling forward of speech articulation which starts at the root of the tongue, continuing until it ends in the lips.

The Mandukya Upanishad, which is entirely devoted to om, begins like this: “Om is the imperishable word. Om is the universe, and this is the exposition of om. The past, the present, and the future, all that was, all that is, all that will be is om

How to Chant

Simply set a positive intension, put a smile on your face and start by pronouncing it in three separate syllables “aaah,” “oooh,” and “mmm.”


- Practical uses for OM

  • I like to use it as a energetic vibration to start and finish my meditations. The vibration can be used to activate your mid brain or where your pineal gland is, same as your third eye chakra as well as your crown chakra, it’s connected to both.
  • Beginning and/or End of Meditation - It’s used in the beginning of meditations because it can bring you out of your everyday reality and into the altered consciousness you are trying to achieve in meditation and it can also be used at the end because it can bring you out of an altered state and back to your body. The vibration works in both ways.
  • Chanting Meditation:Chanting meditations allow you to escape your thoughts by concentrating on the sound and the vibration so chanting om slowly is used through out an entire chanting meditation as well.
  • During Mindless activities - I also like to chant OM when I’m in my car driving, as it calms my nervous system and relaxes me as opposed to being upset abut the traffic. I know for sure is that if everyone on the road was doing that there would be a lot more peace as it will help to relax you. my intention and belief in that is very firm so of course it’s going to work in that case.


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