A Sanskrit word of special sanctity in the Hindu religion, generally interchangable with AUM. It is pronounced at the beginning and end of every lesson in the Vedas (ancient scriptures) and is also the introductory word of the Puranas (religious works embodying legends and mythology). The Katha-Upanishad states: “Whoever knows this syllable obtains whatever he wishes.”
There are various accounts of its origin; one that it is the term of assent used by the gods and possibly an old contracted form of the Sanskrit word evam meaning “thus.” The Manu-Sangita (Laws of Manu), a religious work of social laws, states the word was formed by Brahma himself, who extracted the letters a-u-m from the Vedas.
Om is also the name given by the Hindus to the spiritual sun, as opposed to Surya, the natural sun.
Aum represents the Divine, and is associated with Lord Ganesha, for its initial sound “aa,” vibrates within the muladhara, the chakra at the base of the spine upon which this God sits.
The second sound of this mantra, “oo,” vibrates within the throat and chest chakras, the realm of Lord Murugan, or Kumara, known by the Hawaiian people as the God Ku.
The third sound, “mm,” vibrates within the cranial chakras, ajna and sahasrara, where the Supreme God reigns.