also Aum (ōm)
n.Hinduism & Buddhism
The supreme and most sacred syllable, consisting in Sanskrit of the three sounds (a), (u), and (m), representing various fundamental triads and believed to be the spoken essence of the universe. It is uttered as a mantra and in affirmations and blessings.
I can remember being a child vividly. The sights, sounds, smells. The hopes and the fears. I remember laying in my bed at night in my parents’ home and pondering what it “all” means. There came a point in time where I was consumed with the permanence of death and the concept of having limited time on earth. When it was time for bed, I had to remove every watch and clock from my room that made a ticking sound; hearing time pass by while I was wasting it in bed was all too much for me to handle.
In the dead silence of my bedroom, I clearly remember thinking that it was never really silent. No matter what I did, there was a constant “hum” surrounding me. I couldn’t chalk it up to traffic, television, electronics; none of these were present. I often wondered why.
I remember listening to a conch my parents had brought back with them on their honeymoon in Jamaica. “Listen to the conch” they said, “you can hear the ocean”. Holding the empty shell to my ear, I could hear it. It was the energy of the ocean washing over me and transporting me to a different time and place.
To me, this is the definition of “om”. The silent sound that surrounds us every day, permeating from every thing in the universe. Even when it is silent, it is never *really* silent. I believe it is life force energy making itself heard, reminding you that it is there, and asking you to embrace it.