THE FRACTAL OF OM
When the Hindu sacred syllable AUM is uttered it is a sound and meaning fractal. Although it is not a word, but just itself, OM. It is heard as OM, but is contains three Sanskrit parts, sounds that are nevertheless universal.
A is the natural sound that arises with the open human mouth without manipulating the lips or throat or tongue..the sound first heard from a newborn baby..AHHHH! AHHHHH! AHHHH!
It is the first letter of the Sanskrit English, Islamic, Greek, Roman, Hebrew and many other alphabets used by the human family.
Emitting this first sound and slowly bringing the open mouth to closed, the sound becomes UUUU, or phonetically OOOO. I don’t know enough of other alphabets but I know this is the last vowel U in English. When these two sounds come together they form the dipthong (two vowels sounded or elided, merged together as one) O, the sort of “middle” sound and position of the lips, that is heard as we say OM. I reflect on the synchronistic connection of the Alpha and the Omega of the Greek alphabet, the beginning and the end.
We see thus the symbol referred to as AUM, the correct written form of the sign OM. The OM symbol actually represents these both, the script and the way it is heard with the dipthong (two vowel-sounds sounded together) and the nasal MMM sound of the close. There are Jain, Tibetan and other script forms of OM also.
The culminating nasal MMMM sound of course is the other universal closed mouth sound of the human voice – the hum, a word that sounds like the sound itself .
Here, the syllable is brought together in harmony, to a unity, closing and embracing all the sounds, from beginning to end. The other sometimes overlooked part is the silence after and between the OMs when chanted. The chanting of the OM makes the very silence powerful too, with all its meanings. One thinks on these rich meanings after chanting or before, not during. There are other connections and meanings too, not mentioned here, even of Yin and Yang, Brahman, Tao. But when chanting one does not think, one gets lost….in the Universe.
When chanted slowly and with resonance and even more with the background drone of the Indian Sitar or Tibetan sacred bowls or other resonating instruments or with other human voices, the effect of it reverberates through the whole body and head increasingly.
They say it is the sound of the Universe. Sure sounds like it.
Peace. OM. Namaste. _/\_
The world is afflicted by death and decay. But the wise do not grieve, having realized the nature of the world.” – Buddha
Tibetan Buddhist Mantra – To eliminate not only pain of diseases but also help in overcoming the major inner sickness of attachment, hatred, jealousy, desire, greed and ignorance. Mantra chanted by Khenpo Pema Chopel Rinpoche from the CD ‘The Blessing from H.H. Penor Rinpoche for World Peace’.