Title: Enquiry into the sacred Symbol OM ॐ
ॐ The curiosity about Symbol OM, it's occurrence within, intuited while searching for that 'perfect shot' at the Pistol shooting ranges. Search for 'that which is the doer'. Diving into Yoga and scriptures offered a clue; It was taming of 1. Sight, 2. Vision and 3. Mind, that constitutes archer's precision. Separating sight from vision was yet possible, but mind? Where is that? Then I was told..." You know it, mind does not exist". By now the trained architect would find more love from animals than humans. This took me to sleep and EEG labs to figure out what was happening in my head. After two decades of searching, my compelling offering is on Neurotheology of Symbol OM. ॐ
Existing doctrine: Sound of OM is cosmic. OM is also light. The icon 'ॐ' is 'the Form of the Sound and Light of OM'. If this be the Naam-Roopa or Name and Form, then the Shape/form/ icon of ॐ must be present within the body. The form or Symbol ॐ must lead us to Brahma - Samadhi - Self. To note, icon ॐ requires the being as observer, the symbol ॐ is man-made hence is open to scrutiny. Sound of OM (A.U.M.) is pronounced with exhalation, as speech, in awake, or is heard, all are dependent on senses. The being can realize the eternal vibration of OM , internally, with inhalation or exhalation, in awake or early stages of sleep. So there remains a doubt, uncertainty and perplexity over the Symbol of ॐ and it's relation with the sound and light of OM ( A.U.M.)
Hypothesis: Sound/Name and Shape/Form, of OM, must lead to One, for all beings, at all times.
Proposition: The Pranav Veda begins with OM OM. (Twice). OM as sound and OM as light. The Akshara or the indestructible Symbol OM must represent both the Sound aspect and the Light aspect of OM . Based on Mandukya Upanishad and Gaudapada Karika, the five Bindu Upanishads, Sat Darshana Bhasya, my humble offering is not only derived from personal intuition and realisation, as also study of scriptures followed by biometrics, sleep analysis and QEEG. The theory is then tested on humans and with animals. The conclusion is further tested against Vedanta literature. The concluding authority, the final test is to put the offerings at the feet of Ramana Maharishi and Ramkrishna Paramhansa. I feel the offerings have passed these tests.
Vedic OM- 'Nada Brahma', Amen in Hebrew, in Arabic as Amin, is sound. Pranav Veda states that the visual world of sculptures, objects and architecture manifests from the light aspect of OM. The sound aspect of OM creates music, notes and is represented by the indestructible Akshara OM, which is the Shape, icon or the symbol OM.
The method of Enquiry is structured on a Vedic format:
1. Subject, 2. Curiosity 3. Prima facie view or prior art. 4. Hypothesis or proposed theory, 5. Evidence, 6. Synthesis and summation. Refinement by further query. 7. Objections, 8. Contradictions. 9. Validation. Furthering of enquiry on the same thread ( sutra ).
Conclusions and Summation on Symbol OM :
1. ॐ symbol traces the brain anatomy. 2. It Sets the flywheels of mind in motion. 3. It traces the flow of energy in human brain. 4. It represents four stages of mind. 5. It triggers Brain waves - Beta, Alpha, Theta, Gamma and Delta. 6. It is a tool to control brain waves. 7. In Religion, Yoga and Tantra Symbol OM leads to the Self. It represents seven stages of consciousness. 8. It represents the eight stages of 'Ashtanga Yoga'. 9. It explains energy or prana transfer in Kundalini. 10. It explains breath- speech- mind connection. 11. It activates the sleep-awake zone. 12. It activates all the cranial nerves. 13. It stimulates brain hormones. 14. stimulates the Reticular Activation System. 15. It activates the zones as in invasive DBS - deep brain stimulation. 16. Symbol OM activates the Cerebrospinal Fluid CSF. 17. It is the visual icon of the Sound and Light of OM, is present within. 18. The Shape of OM and the sound of OM lead us to ONE. 19. The Shape of OM is present in all the beings, every moment, in every breath. 20. Symbol OM can be termed a tool or a natural occurring in the state of Sahaja.
Validatiton: The thesis is supported by scriptures and references and texts from religion, Yoga ,Tantra, Veda and Upanishad and Advait Vedanta also scientific experiments QEEG, sleep tests and test of compassion with animals. To note, is that sound of OM is cosmic, the shape of OM is man made, hence open to enquiry.
The form of OM is a trace of pattern of flow of energy activated by breath, speech, mind and activates brain anatomy and more. It energises four stages of mind and also emanates quantifiable mind waves. The dissolution of OM into the heart, beyond Ego-Self where even the mantra OM ceases to exist is OM Shanti- Shanti-Shanti, is the stage of silence beyond OM. Thus OM is present in all beings, at all times in awake, dreaming, REM, dreamless sleep. The state of meditation, realisation or knowing can be Dvait or Advait.
The Symbol OM is coming together of Visual OM and Vocal OM can be applied to elevate individual consciousness to the benefit of humankind firstly I n the realm of 'How am I', thereafter 'Who am I'. The verbal OM is subject to pronunciation and frequency distortions while the representative visual Icon OM is constant, uniform, fast as blink of the eye ever present in every being that carries a head on the body.
A personal note:
- My findings on shape of OM: I am unable to distinguish or draw a line to say what is spiritual or what is scientific. Just as Prana or breath or speech are distinguished yet cannot be put into compartments. Same with sight and vision. As all brain waves are sequential stages of ONE wave coming from the same pool or resource ( sometimes termed Samskara). It is both with form and is also formless when it is detached from impressions of mind or Samskara. The Shape of the Sound, as the pattern of OM which is most sublime as a trace of pattern of flow of energies, intelligible, intangible, omnipresent in every being that carries a head on the body.
To note is that the Sound & Light of OM is cosmic , the representational shape or the sacred Symbol OM is man made.