Meditation: Aum Chanting: Other scriptural references

There are a vast number of other Indian scriptures which also mention the cosmic Aum. They all speak of it in glowing terms. The following are a few selected quotations: “Those who want enlightenment should reflect on the sound and meaning of Aum. Aum is the indestructible Brahman. Aum is the bow, the individual being is the arrow and Brahman is the target. When the arrow is released from the bow it goes straight towards and into the target. Like this, the sadhaka (spiritual aspirant) should reflect on Aum and thereby merge with Brahman.” (Dhyanabindu Upanishad)

“Fire, though potentially present in firewood, is not seen until one stick is nabbed against another. The Self is like that fire; it is realized by constant awareness of the sacred syllable Aum. Let your body be the stick that is rubbed and Aum be the stick that is mbbed against it. Thus you will realize your real nature, which is hidden within, just as fire, in a sense, is hidden in wood.”

(Shweteswatara Upanishad)

“Aum is the holy sound of the universe. It is the sound form of the Self.” (.Maitri Upanishad)

Aum is mentioned in numerous other traditional yogic scriptures: the Bhagavad Gita, the Yoga Vashishtha as well as many of the tantric texts.

Don’t make the mistake of assuming that Aum is confined to Indian spiritual systems. It is found in the Islamic faith in the slightly modified form of Amin; it is also found in the religions of Judaism and Christianity in the form of Amen. It does not take much imagination to see that these mantras have the same root. Also it is said in the ancient Indian scriptures that Aum is the first cause of the material universe, it is the power of Brahman (the absolute) through which the universe is created. It is the shakti of tantra. In the Gospel according to St. John, in the very first verse it says: “In the beginning was the word (Aum) and the word was with God (Brahman) and the word was God …”

This is exactly the same as the utterances of the ancient rishis, recorded for posterity in the Upanishads and other Indian scriptures. Compare this previous biblical statement with the following quotation: “This word (Aum) is verily Brahman. It is the highest. He who knows its meaning and worships it attains the supreme goal and knows everything.” (Katha Upanishad)

From this and other selected verses we have given previously you will realize that we are talking about exactly the same thing. We could go on, but will stop at this point. All we want to say is that Aum is truly the universal mantra. It is far better to start chanting Aum and reflect on its meaning yourself than to become deluded by verbal knowledge. In this manner you will be on the path to finding out the real meaning of Aum, the meaning that cannot be conveyed by any book. If you do this there will be absolutely no need to read about Aum.

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