Om Auṃ or Oṃ, Sanskrit: ॐ is a sacred sound and a non secular icon in Hindu faith. It’s also a mantra in Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism, and Sikhism.
Om is a part of the iconography present in historical and medieval period manuscripts, temples, monasteries and non secular retreats in Hinduism, Buddhism, and Jainism. The image has a non secular that means in all Indian dharmas, however the that means and connotations of Om fluctuate between the various faculties inside and throughout the assorted traditions.
In Hinduism, Om is likely one of the most vital non secular symbols (pratima). It refers to Atman (soul, self inside) and Brahman (final actuality, entirety of the universe, fact, divine, supreme spirit, cosmic rules, data). The syllable is commonly discovered originally and the top of chapters within the Vedas, the Upanishads, and different Hindu texts. It’s a sacred non secular incantation made earlier than and in the course of the recitation of non secular texts, throughout puja and personal prayers, in ceremonies of rites of passages (sanskara) akin to weddings, and generally throughout meditative and non secular actions akin to Yoga.