For centuries, chanting has been a daily practice of many yogis, spiritualists and individuals engrossed in religious activities. The combination of sound, breath, and rhythm in chanting has been honored sacred across cultures because it leads to union with the cosmos and harmonizes the internal system, including the brain.
Chanting of Aum is a common practice during meditation and yoga. ‘AUM’ is a word, sound, or vibration considered holy in Vedic traditions. It’s both a sound and a symbol having spiritual connotations. In Hindu mythology AUM is regarded as the sound of the universe, everything sprang from this vibration. Also, AUM is known as the sound of Pranava and vibration that represents four states of Supreme Being.
When you chant AUM, the vibrations of the sound correlate with the sound of the universe and that is how it helps in union with the universe. On a mental level, repetition of Aum sound deeply affects the consciousness and fosters awareness.
History of AUM:
The AUM sound finds mentions in the Mandukaya Upanishad. “It claims that AUM is perishable. It was in the past, it is in the present, and will be there in the future. OM is anything that exists beyond the bounds of time.”
Postural Alignment for Chanting AUM:
● Sit in a peaceful place with legs crossed and back straight
● Either join your hands in front of the heart or fold them in the lap in Dhyan Mudra
● Keep the eyes closed
● Take a deep breath and come slip into a calm state
● On next breath, mumble AUM. When you are halfway through your breath, seal the lips and make the ‘Mmmmmm’ sound longer
● Chant for 10 minutes and tap into your inner silence
Significance of OM:
Embrace positivity and internal healing with the divine AUM.
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