Why do we
Chant Om ?
is one of the most chanted sound symbols in India.
IT has a profound effect on the body and mind of the
one who chants and also on the surroundings. Most
mantras and vedic prayers start with Om. All
auspicious actions begin with Om. It is even used as
a greeting – Om, Hari Om etc. It is repeated as a
mantra or meditated upon. Its form is worshipped,
contemplated upon or used as an auspicious sign.
Why do we chant Om?
Om is the universal name of the Lord. It is made up
of the letters A (phonetically as in “around”), U
(phonetically) as in “put”) and M (phonetically) as
In “mum” The sound emerging from the vocal chords
starts from the base of the throat as “A”. with the
coming together of the lips, “U” is formed and when
the lips are closed, all sound ends in “M”. The
three letters symbolise the three states (waking,
dream and deep sleep), the three deities )Brahma,
Vishnu, and Shiva), the three Vedas (Rig, Yajur and
sama) the three worlds (Bhub, Bhuvab, Savab) etc.
The Lord is all these and beyond. The formless,
attributeless Lord (Brahman) is represented by the
silence between two Om chants. Om is also called
pranava that means “that (symbol or sound) by which
the Lord is praised”. The entire essence of the
Vedas is enshrined in the word Om.
It is said that the
lord started creating the world after chanting Om
and atha. Hence its sound is considered to
create an suspicious beginning for any task that we
The Om chant should have the resounding sound of a
bell (aaooommm). It fills the mind with peace makes
it focused and replete with subtle sound. People
meditate in its meaning and attain realization.
Om is written in different ways in different places.
The most common form symbolizes lord Ganesha. The
upper curve is the head; the lower large one, the
stomach; the side one, the trunk; and the
semi-0circular mark with the dot, the sweet-meat
ball (modaka) in lord Ganesha’s hand.
Thus Om symbolizes everything – the means and the
goal of life, the world and the Truth behind it, the
material and the Sacred, all forms and the