What is the proper way to pronounce Om? Some people call it Aum, and some people call it Om.What is correct OM or AUM?
Om and Aum are two different beejas..
OM is for Sahasrar and Aum is for Angy
and as you spell it so is the result
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The most sacred symbol in Hindu dharma. Aum (OM) is the sound of the infinite.
Aum is said to be the essence of all mantras, the highest of all matras or divine word (shabda), brahman (ultimate reality) itself. Aum is said to be the essence… of the Vedas.
By sound and form, AUM symbolizes the infinite Brahman (ultimate reality) and the entire universe.
A stands for Creation
U stands for Preservation
M stands for Destruction or dissolution
This is representative of the Trinity of God in Hindu dharma (Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva)
The three portions of AUM relate to the states of waking, dream and deep sleep and the three gunas (rajas, satva, tamas)
The three letters also indicates three planes of existence, heaven (swarga), earth (martya) and netherworld (patala)
All the words produced by the human vocal organ can be represented by AUM. A is produced by the throat, U & M by the lips
In the Vedas, AUM is the sound of the Sun, the sound of Light. It is the sound of assent (affirmation) and ascent (it has an upwards movement and uplifts the soul, as the sound of the divine eagle or falcon.
The potency of Ohmm comes when you speak it in the mind silently and feel it vibrating in the entire body .
“Aum” is the correct pronounciation
’om includes all sounds’ because, om’s primary components are a, u, m. ‘a’ and is pronounced with the open mouth . ‘m’ is pronounced with your lips closed. ‘u’ is the connector. om hence engulfs all sounds that are generated. a-u-m is used in Pranayama
”a’ is for naval breathing
‘u’ thoracic breathing
‘m’ is shoulder and above.
While saying ‘a’, for a complete breath, inhale air deeply into your stomach region.
Exhale while saying ‘u’ for a complete breath.
Take deep breaths in your chest region. Then exhale. with ‘m’, for a complete breath.
Inhale air into the region of your shoulders and above. The final a-u-m can be felt by raising your shoulders closer to your ears with deep inhalation.
As a beeja-akshara, (meaning, the source ofall sounds) it is pronounced as om.
By the rules of Sanskrit and internal sindhi, the spelling of aum becomes om.
Aum has become popular because when you translate the sanskrit characters to latin characters, it’s there, but it doesn’t account for the internal sindhi that sanskrit has and english doesn’t.
Meditation experts say that the Sanskrit word ‘Aum’ has, over a period of time and owing to the ravages of spread and travelling, has become ‘Om’. There’ is science behind it.
Om is basically a monosyllabic word, as compared to Aum, which is tri-syllabic. This is because of the difference in the way the two words are pronounced. Om is simply pronounced the way it is written. Against this, Aum is pronounced as aa-uu-eemm.
In Sanskrit, ‘O’ is a diphthong sound. This means that it is formed by combining the two sounds ‘A’ and ‘U’. The difference between the two variations, Aum and Om,is developed with time due to transliteration.
The Concept of Anahat Nada
‘Anahat Nada’ or the ‘unstruck sound’ basically refers to sounds that do not cause any obstruction in the oral cavity while they are pronounced. Aum is one, and perhaps only, such chanting.
The idea behind chanting certain sounds is that they cause vibrations in our body. This has a corollary in science where scientists see the entire universe as reverberations of energy. This translates the entire existence as being an amalgamation of sounds.
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When you chant the three syllables of Aum, you will experience vibration in your body at three spots named below.
When you chant AA: You will experience the vibration around your navel and abdominal area. It is related to the waking state.
When you chant UU: You will experience the vibration in and around your chest cavity. It is related to the dream state.
When you chant EEMM: You will experience the vibration in and around your throat. It is related to the state of deep sleep.
The Short, Practical Answer
OM is usually mentioned for short chanting. It is chanted as a single beat in rhythmic repetition, usually at the beginning of a longer mantra, like Oṁ Gaṁ Gaṇapataye Namaḥ.
AUM is usually mentioned for extended chanting. If you’re chanting AUM as a mantra meditation on its own, it will take you 3 to 10 seconds or more to pronounce each unique vowel sound, and only then will the M sound, slowly internalize the sound back into mere silence.
Sometimes, in properly transliterated mantra material, you’ll also see a dot above the M, as in Oṁ or Auṁ, to indicate a special Sanskrit pronunciation called “anusvara,” sometimes translated as “the after-sound.” This dot indicates that the sound dissolves into a single point before being absorbed back into silence.
The Nerdy Tantric Sanskrit Answer
The vowel sound O in OM is made up of equal parts of A and U. It is a perfect blend of the first position (guttural) and the fifth position (labial).
The vowel sound AU in AUM is made up of two parts A and one part U. It emphasizes the first position (guttural) more than the 5th position (labial).
Since the A sound is more prominent, and A represents infinite consciousness (cid śakti),A sound itself has a direct heart-opening power, it could be considered to be more powerful than the blended O sound.
The Infinitely Esoteric Answer
It really doesn’t matter how you spell OM, or how you chant it, because audible OM is only an echo of the inaudible sound. The true essence of OM cannot be perceived by our ordinary senses.
Our ability to hear it is available only through our internal, spiritual and subtle senses.
If you listen to any sound deeply enough, and trace it back to its source in silence, you can hear OM within that sound, whether it be the wind in the trees, a rushing river, a speeding train, or a dinner conversation in a restaurant.
We chant OM as a mantra meditation practice not to “make the perfect OM sound,” but to focus our minds, experience the power of sound vibrations internally, and tune ourselves to listen to the inaudible sound of OM.
The Final Answer
Regardless of the fact whether your are chanting OM correctly (regardless of how you spell it and how protracted each sound syllable) or not, the mere thought of OM, without even opening your mouth, gets you absorbed in the bliss of fullness and love.
If chanting audibly is required for any particular moment, either to serve your own internal focus during your own meditation, or to serve an audience of listeners to join you in chanting, the sound will be saturated with that magnitude of love. It should come from the heart of sound, and touch the hearts of all around you.
“Let Om be the bow, mind the arrow, and Higher Consciousness the target.Those who want enlightenment should reflect on the sound and the meaning of Om. When the arrow is released from the bow it goes straight to the target.”
~Dhyāna Bindu Upaniṣad