Omkara

February 1, 2007

By Mohan 

No, this post is not about the latest movie or a Kannada villain or hero’s name… its about the actual OM.

‘Om’ is made up of A-kara, U-kara and M-kara. Upanishads have taught us that A-kara is the vibration of creation, U-kara is the vibration of sustenance and M-kara is the vibration of destruction. Further they have stated a deity for each of these “Beejaksharas”.

Chaturmukha Brahma is the creator of the world, Lord Vishnu is the sustainer of prakurthi, The great shiva is the destroyer of this world.

The three deities with specific jobs have the responsibility of this world. Brahma is the constructor, Vishnu the preserver and Shiva the destructor.

OM is just not a representation of this worldly object. The great acharyas have established the relationship between the creator, the world and the created in their own ways or methods of understanding.

OM has a much deeper significance and multiple meanings. Swami Sukhabodananda in one of his recent enlightenment series explains thus:

What ever be the religion, when you open your mouth to chant the holy Koran, Bible , Mantras – you create sound. This gives a specific meaning / vibration and produces different types of effects. When you close your mouth and stop these chantings, the silence takes over. There is a beauty in this noiselessness too. The OM vibration encaptures the entire gamut of this worldly aspects within itself and thus is at the epic of the vibrations.

How does this help us in day-to-day life? The great ones tell – practice first and ask next.

Tangentially thinking, if you have been watching a movie which is just interesting, you will notice and say – Wow! it was just great, I cant believe it took 2 hrs I feel like it just happened in 5 minutes!

Yes – you can recall so many incidents in your life of this nature. What has happened there is you have INTEREST there or you have concentrated without your knowledge due to which you had shut off all the other senses, which take you away normally.

Why are we talking about this? The meditation you did in the cinema hall in the above example was involuntary. We have the ability to do this voluntarily. Why am I calling movie watching as “meditation”? The reason is that you have concentrated and taken all the vibrations of the movie object.

Little further down the lane, if you concentrate on object vibrations just like movie watching or talking to your loved ones, you start meditating. If the object which gives out those vibrations are positive – you get positively charged.

Omkara meditation or forms of the same have been used for many years from our rishis to give the much-required solace to the troubled human mind.

Most of us being in tension filled days take on so many ailments without knowing how to relax.

Just sit cross legged in front of an OM picture, observe it for 20 seconds, close your eyes and keep seeing this OM. The minute this goes away from your mind, open your eyes and see the picture again. Repeat and increase this gradually starting from 10 minutes to 30 minutes. This is the proven technique of Omkara meditation.

Of course there are many teachers, methods, techniques. Most of them involve concentration on your breathing too but the ultimate goal is the same.

May the Omnipotent in us give the strength to evolve from the monkey to the supreme!

6 Responses to “Omkara”

  1. Diya Says:

    Very ell written Mohan..And very helpful too…Keep more such guest posts coming🙂


  2. Coincidently Today RB spoke about ‘Shri’ & even that was very nice !
    OMKARA is part of Panchaakshari & shadakshari mantras…
    Good Piece of information.

    This is for Silkboard(who often visits), Pranav is a synonym of Omkara…

  3. Srik Says:

    Good info🙂

  4. travel plaza Says:

    Very good post. I found it very informative. Thanks Mohan.

  5. M O H A N Says:

    Divya, Srik, Travel plaza

    Thanks for your words. Hope it helps somebody there.

    Veena,
    Yes, pranava is OMKARA. We actually refer to the supreme god in terms of invoking his blessing before comencing any manthra, tantra and close the ritual normally with another OM

    So all the manthras invoke “pranva” before specific diety names as in panchakshari etc and not that its part of THAT mantras only.

  6. praneshachar Says:

    Mohan
    OM karada marma mohanavagide
    OM karada savisthara vishaya tilisi nivu nammannu
    bahala olleya vichar maduva hage madiddira.
    a wonderful write up and again I must say people here are genius in their own way and in their own way
    hats off and three cheers to you
    a great post


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