Trivia Tuesday: Om wha?

You see a lot of people using ‘om’ out of context these days, as in ‘Om nom nom’, etc.

But no, this is not what Om means. Prepare yourself for some deep spirituality, my friends.

 

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According to Wikipedia, ‘Om is not just a sound or vibration. It is not just a symbol. It is the entire cosmos, whatever we can see, touch, hear and feel. Moreover, it is all that is within our perception and all that is beyond our perception. It is the core of our very existence. If you think of Om only as a sound, a technique or a symbol of the Divine, you will miss it altogether. Om is the mysterious cosmic energy that is the substratum of all the things and all the beings of the entire universe. It is an eternal song of the Divine. It is continuously resounding in silence on the background of everything that exists.’

Lonely Planet describes it in simpler terms: the bit on the left is the creation (in Hindu philosophy, this is Brahma); the bit on the right is destruction (Shiva), the curved line above the main figure is the ‘mirror of reality’ (the way we perceive reality) and the dot is our essential spirit or soul.

 

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