When people think about yoga it’s almost impossible to imagine it without “OM” sound combined with the hand gesture. As a rule and part of the game, it’s something you do before and after every practice. Everyone also knows the “ॐ” sign, which is the Hindu script of OM, because you just face it everywhere what comes to the world of yoga. But how many average Western yogis actually know the meaning behind OM? To be such a short and little word/sound it actually has enormous contents. First of all it comes from the mystical and ancient Sanskrit language and it is said to be the highest of all mantras. It has been referred to the sound of Universe or the spirit of God. OM reflects the absolute reality – it has no beginning or end, and it includes all that exists. Hindus also believe that the world was created with the sound of OM.
Phonetically, the syllable is A-U-M, which represents Shakti, the divine energy, united with its three elementary aspects:
A stands for creation (Bhrahma Shakti)
U stands for preservation (Vishnu Shakti)
M stands for liberation or destruction (Shiva Shakti).
A-U-M also represents Past, Present and Future. Or waking, dream and deep sleep.
The three letters also indicates three planes of existence: heaven, earth and netherworld. Its sound also refers to the sound of the Sun or light. OM or AUM, what´s correct then? Many opinions and explanations exist, but it actually doesn´t matter which of the ways you choose. Important is what it means to you and that it has a nice balancing effect on your body, mind, emotions and spirit. And the last sound, unheard, is the silence.