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Pranavam - The cosmic sound

Updated: Jun 7

Since the days of origin of human race, man has been an ardent seeker of knowing about his own existence and the source of the existence (nature) surrounding human life. The external surrounding factors made him a happy person as well as created fear and also made him anxious. Our ancient masters in pursuit of this truth understood that there is a strong connection between their existence and the surrounding nature in which they live.

The infinite nature of the cosmic system has always been looked upon with astonishment.

They recognized that the changes that takes place in the surroundings also influences changes in the mental and physical conditions of human beings. They comprehended that human life is only a small part of the complex interconnected cosmic system and that resonances within them. The subtle movements in the universal system impacts human existence. existence is beyond time, space and form and that it cannot be limited to names or words. However, only in order to express it through a language, such an eternal and everlasting system was referred to as 'Pranav- am', commonly reffered as 'Omkar'.

'Omkar' stands as the essence and embodiment of this universal consciousness (Brahman). It is also known as 'Pranavam' which implies 'prakarshena navam' (always or ever new).There are two approaches adopted in contemplating the meaning of 'Omkar' which are Samastha (com- prehensive) and Vystha (component based). Under the Samastha approach 'Om' is taken as a phrase and its meaning is explained. In Vyastha approach the syllables of the word are dissected and its distinct meaning is analyzed.

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