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Swami Sivananda on OM and Soham

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    SIVANANDA DAILY READING FOR 13 SEPTEMBER PHILOSOPHY OF OM The sound produced in the flowing of the river Ganges, the sound that is heard at a distance, the
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      SIVANANDA DAILY READING FOR 13 SEPTEMBER
      PHILOSOPHY OF OM

      The sound produced in the flowing of the river Ganges, the sound that
      is heard at a distance, the sound that proceeds from the bustle of
      the market, that is produced by the fly-wheel when it is set in
      motion, that is caused when it rains, or there is a conflagration, or
      thunder - it is all Om only. Split any word and you will find Om
      there. Om is all-pervading, like akasa (space), like Brahman, the
      absolute.

      Om is the symbol of Brahman. It is the word of power. It is the
      sacred monosyllable. It is the essence of the vedas. It is the boat
      to take you across to the other shore of fearlessness and
      immortality.

      The word Om is the most appropriate name of Brahman. By its
      application, by its chanting, he becomes propitiated Om is emblematic
      of Brahman, as images are of material objects. When you hear the
      sound 'tree'. you at once understand it has a root, a stem, branches,
      leaves, flowers, fruits, etc. Similarly too, when you hear the sabda
      (sound) Om it denotes satcidananda Brahman - existence absolute,
      knowledge absolute, bliss absolute.

      Sabda (word) and artha (meaning) are inseparable. All collections of
      words (speech), terminate in one sound - Om. All objects are denoted
      by sounds, and all sounds merge in Om. The whole universe comes out
      of Om and is absorbed into Om. Hence Om is very important.

      Om should be worshipped. Om should be chanted loudly. Om should be
      repeated mentally, with deep meaning and feeling. Om should be
      meditated upon.

      Watch the breath. When you inhale, the sound so is produced. When you
      exhale, the sound ham is produced. You are naturally uttering soham -
      I am he -- or - he am I - with every breath. The breath reminds you
      that you are in essence identical with the supreme self.

      In soham the s and the h are consonants. If you delete them you get
      oam or om. Consonants depend on vowels for their existence. S and h
      represent names and forms, or this universe which is phenomenal or
      relative or empirical or dependent existence. Om is the only solid
      reality. Om is the soul of your breath.

      As soon as you sit for meditation chant Om loudly, three, six or
      twelve times. This drives away worldly thoughts from the mind and
      removes vikshep (tossing of the mind). Later you may take to the
      mental repetition of Om.
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