The Significance of the Divine Syllable Om

Since the time of ancient Vedic civilization, the syllable “Om” has had a prominent place in Hindu philosophy.  Today, it can be found in many Hindu contexts, whether or not authentic, and it has several mentions in pop culture.  But regardless of its representation, “Om” has retained its profound spiritual significance for Hindus around the world. Om often serves as a divine invocation in prayer and precedes the revered Gayatri Mantra (Om Bhur Bhuvah Svah).  However, the syllable can stand alone in our prayers, as well.  Shvetashvatara Upanishad likens the perishable body and the syllable “Om” to two distinct...

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