The power of Om.
The power of Om.
So powerful, I got it tattooed on my wrist when I was 18, although some say it looks like a monkey.
A potent mantra and one we usually start or end a yoga class with the sound of Om.
Om or AUM has 4 sounds vibrationally when chanted: "A" "U" "M" and silence, space for the Om to resonate within us. The sound of Om mimics the progression towards enlightenment as we move the sound forward from belly and chest to throat and mouth to lips and head. Each sound resonating with a state of consciousness.
The sound "A" symbolizes jagrat, waking state.
The sound "U" symbolizes swapna, dream state.
The sound "M" symbolizes sushupti, deep sleep state.
The silence held after the chant or between breaths symbolizes turiya, superconscious state.
Turiya, or enlightenment is oneness of being, and exactly where we want to be in yoga. The sound of Om embodies the essence of yoga, yoking all dualities into one, similar to the vibrational sweetness when all our voices come together in harmony when chanting Om.
In the guided meditation below we start with rolling Oms, chanting together or simply remaining in silence and listening. Each of us chant Om at our own pace with our breath for a few minutes together. The sound when our voices join creates an endless Om, powerful in the repetition. We then reflect and sit in the sweet silence of the mantra, feeling the vibration, noticing the effects, and bathing in the healing mantra Om.
tataḥ pratyak-cetanādhi-gamo ’pi-antarāya-abhāvaś ca
From repetition of and reflection on Om, comes Cosmic Consciousness as well as the destruction of physical and mental diseases. PYS 1.29
The Yoga Sutra 1.29 describes the potent mantra of Om, the translation taken from Jules Febre's Jivamukti Focus of the Month. Sharon Gannon and David Life passed down the information on the mantra Om and can be found in their book Jivamukti Yoga.
I hope you enjoy this guided meditation. A sweet, huge, and loving thank you to Philly's own Jivamukti class held at the amazing Amrita Yoga & Wellness community for letting me record their angelic and powerful voices.