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==A vibration in the Absolute Consciousness==
 
==A vibration in the Absolute Consciousness==
[http://epaperbeta.timesofindia.com/Article.aspx?eid=31808&articlexml=the-speaking-tree-Aum-As-The-Primordial-Effulgent-25092017020015  Sharda Batra, Aum As The Primordial, Effulgent, Divine Mother, September 25, 2017: The Times of India]
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[http://epaperbeta.timesofindia.com/Article.aspx?eid=31808&articlexml=the-speaking-tree-Aum-As-The-Primordial-Effulgent-25092017020015  Sharda Batra, Aum As The Primordial, Effulgent, Divine Mother, September 25, 2017: ''The Times of India'']
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The awareness of a human being passes through various modes of consciousness. The Mandukya Upanishad is a short exposition on layers of consciousness and their relationship to the Divine Sound. At the beginning ­ if one can demarcate a beginning to the Self-existent universe ­ there was a vibration in the Absolute Consciousness. The vibration was Aum, consciousness itself, for consciousness and its vibration are one and the same.
 
The awareness of a human being passes through various modes of consciousness. The Mandukya Upanishad is a short exposition on layers of consciousness and their relationship to the Divine Sound. At the beginning ­ if one can demarcate a beginning to the Self-existent universe ­ there was a vibration in the Absolute Consciousness. The vibration was Aum, consciousness itself, for consciousness and its vibration are one and the same.
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Showering unconditional love, she finally takes us to Oneness with our greater Self, earning the name Kaivalya Pad Dayini, the only One. As Lalita, she is transcendental Consciousness, pervading the universes and yet remains above them, enjoying the delightful play of dualities.The whole of Creation emanates from her effulgence.
 
Showering unconditional love, she finally takes us to Oneness with our greater Self, earning the name Kaivalya Pad Dayini, the only One. As Lalita, she is transcendental Consciousness, pervading the universes and yet remains above them, enjoying the delightful play of dualities.The whole of Creation emanates from her effulgence.
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==The Primordial Sound Of Creation==
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[https://epaper.timesgroup.com/Olive/ODN/TimesOfIndia/shared/ShowArticle.aspx?doc=TOIDEL%2F2020%2F01%2F14&entity=Ar01604&sk=C40D6C87&mode=text  Anup Taneja, Aum, The Primordial Sound Of Creation, January 14, 2020: ''The Times of India'']
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The initial creative impulses arose as ‘spandan,’ as thoughtvibration of the pure Being. The sound that emanated from the vibration was Aum. Sound is, in all creation, the one, powerful principle that widely influences and effectively brings under control all other manifestations. In its transcendental aspect, it is difficult to establish contact with the Supreme Being. However, the nearest approach is sound, also referred to as ‘Aparam Brahmn’, through which the seeker is able to experience oneness with the Supreme Spirit.
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According to Swami Vivekananda, Aum is the basis of all sounds. The first letter, A, is the root sound, the key, pronounced without touching any part of the tongue or palate; M represents the last sound in the series, being produced by closed lips, and the U rolls from the very root to the end of the sounding board of the mouth. Thus, Aum represents the whole phenomena of sound production.
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Vivekananda says that repetition of a mantra like Aum is the greatest stimulation that can be given to latent spiritual samskaras. The power of association is so great that even a moment of association with the holy is enough for a ship to cross the ocean of worldliness. To quote him: “This repetition of Aum, and thinking of its meaning, is keeping good company in your own mind. Study, and then meditate on what you have studied. Thus light will come to you, the Self will become manifest.”
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Through constant repetition of the holy mantra in meditation, seekers ultimately get connected with the subtle, divine sound of Aum, the Anahata Naad – the unstruck, mystic sound that occurs spontaneously and is not the result of striking or beating certain things. Swami Muktananda, sage of Ganeshpuri, says that Aum is self-begotten and arises by itself out of the upper spaces of sahasrara. When this ‘naad’ is heard in meditation, the seeker experiences ecstasy. In the initial stages of meditation, the seeker perceives the red aura that represents the gross, physical body through which the waking state of consciousness is experienced with the aid of five senses of perception. The individual soul in the physical body is seated in the eyes and is known as ‘vishva’, which is represented by ‘A’ – the first letter of Aum, the primordial sound.
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As the seeker makes further progress in meditation, he begins to perceive the white flame that represents the subtle or astral body of the size of the thumb. The dream state of consciousness is experienced through the astral body that is represented by ‘U’ – the second letter of Aum. The individual soul in this body is called ‘taijasa’ and is seated in the throat.
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The next stage in meditation is marked by the appearance of black light that represents the causal body through which the deep sleep state is experienced.
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The individual soul in the causal body is called ‘prajna’ which is seated in the heart and is the size of a fingertip. It is represented by the symbol ‘M’, the third letter of Aum.
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Constant hearing of the Divine Sound of Aum in deep meditation leads the seeker to the ultimate goal of yoga, the supra-causal state, wherein he experiences bliss of the eternal blue of Consciousness. In this state, the seeker’s ego gets completely dissolved in the Light of the Self.
  
 
=The range of experiences of life that Aum contains=
 
=The range of experiences of life that Aum contains=

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[edit] What is Om/ Aum?

[edit] A vibration in the Absolute Consciousness

Sharda Batra, Aum As The Primordial, Effulgent, Divine Mother, September 25, 2017: The Times of India


The awareness of a human being passes through various modes of consciousness. The Mandukya Upanishad is a short exposition on layers of consciousness and their relationship to the Divine Sound. At the beginning ­ if one can demarcate a beginning to the Self-existent universe ­ there was a vibration in the Absolute Consciousness. The vibration was Aum, consciousness itself, for consciousness and its vibration are one and the same.

Sage Mandukya related the Aum to various stages of Consciousness: ` Aa' is jagrat, the waking consciousness; `Uu' is swapna, dream consciousness, the subconscious mind; and `Mm' is sushupta, dreamless sleep consciousness, the unconscious mind.

The silence between two successive Aums denotes the fourth dimension of consciousness, the Turiya, which is the matrix of all sounds and its creations, giving rise to and supporting the other three dimensions of consciousness.

In the waking state we are extroverted; the five senses are active and the mind experiences pleasure or pain in the external world of gross objects. In dream-sleep, the five senses are inactive, but the still active mind enjoys the motion picture of subtle objects of the inner world. In deep sleep, the five senses and mind are suspended and the self sinks down to the deeper layers of the unconscious, deeper than the subconscious and due to its proximity to cosmic consciousness, returns recharged and revived.

If consciousness is graded like the rungs of a ladder, in sleep you sink down from waking to dream to deep sleep and from there may descend inadvertently into collective and cosmic consciousness. But, awareness is lost during this stage, though the sense of `i' is main tained and we say ­ `i had a restful sleep’.

In deep meditation, when the object of meditation, the process and meditator lose their distinction, you climb up the ladder of consciousness, and ascend to the realms above mind to Superconsciousness or Turiya. From there, you soar into cosmic consciousness. Samadhi is an elevated state where the fourth, pristine dimen ion of consciousness, the very ssence, is experienced which rases all samskaras. If sleep is deep unconsciousness, samadhi is heightened awareness. One may awaken refreshed from a deep sleep but not get transformed unless it is aware deep sleep, in which case it is Sushupta Sama dhi, and technically not sleep.

The Divine Mother is the vibration, the energy , of Absolute Consciousness; in fact, the two are one and same. And she holds the jivataman in thrall by the iridescent play of her myriad colourful roles. In deep sleep, she absorbs all colours to appear black and is Kalaratri ­ the deep night of dissolution. Kalaratri is the compassion of the Divine mother as Prajna which forces us to be antarmukhi, introverted, and thus draw sap from the source of life by sheer intimacy , In samadhi, she is Tripurasundari, the exquisitely beautiful form of the Universal Mother, universal energy; as the sovereign Raja Rajeshwari and Mother of the triad of jagrat, swapna and sushupta awasthas, (Tripura Ambika), which emanate from her and are her.

Showering unconditional love, she finally takes us to Oneness with our greater Self, earning the name Kaivalya Pad Dayini, the only One. As Lalita, she is transcendental Consciousness, pervading the universes and yet remains above them, enjoying the delightful play of dualities.The whole of Creation emanates from her effulgence.

[edit] The Primordial Sound Of Creation

Anup Taneja, Aum, The Primordial Sound Of Creation, January 14, 2020: The Times of India


The initial creative impulses arose as ‘spandan,’ as thoughtvibration of the pure Being. The sound that emanated from the vibration was Aum. Sound is, in all creation, the one, powerful principle that widely influences and effectively brings under control all other manifestations. In its transcendental aspect, it is difficult to establish contact with the Supreme Being. However, the nearest approach is sound, also referred to as ‘Aparam Brahmn’, through which the seeker is able to experience oneness with the Supreme Spirit.

According to Swami Vivekananda, Aum is the basis of all sounds. The first letter, A, is the root sound, the key, pronounced without touching any part of the tongue or palate; M represents the last sound in the series, being produced by closed lips, and the U rolls from the very root to the end of the sounding board of the mouth. Thus, Aum represents the whole phenomena of sound production.

Vivekananda says that repetition of a mantra like Aum is the greatest stimulation that can be given to latent spiritual samskaras. The power of association is so great that even a moment of association with the holy is enough for a ship to cross the ocean of worldliness. To quote him: “This repetition of Aum, and thinking of its meaning, is keeping good company in your own mind. Study, and then meditate on what you have studied. Thus light will come to you, the Self will become manifest.”

Through constant repetition of the holy mantra in meditation, seekers ultimately get connected with the subtle, divine sound of Aum, the Anahata Naad – the unstruck, mystic sound that occurs spontaneously and is not the result of striking or beating certain things. Swami Muktananda, sage of Ganeshpuri, says that Aum is self-begotten and arises by itself out of the upper spaces of sahasrara. When this ‘naad’ is heard in meditation, the seeker experiences ecstasy. In the initial stages of meditation, the seeker perceives the red aura that represents the gross, physical body through which the waking state of consciousness is experienced with the aid of five senses of perception. The individual soul in the physical body is seated in the eyes and is known as ‘vishva’, which is represented by ‘A’ – the first letter of Aum, the primordial sound.

As the seeker makes further progress in meditation, he begins to perceive the white flame that represents the subtle or astral body of the size of the thumb. The dream state of consciousness is experienced through the astral body that is represented by ‘U’ – the second letter of Aum. The individual soul in this body is called ‘taijasa’ and is seated in the throat.

The next stage in meditation is marked by the appearance of black light that represents the causal body through which the deep sleep state is experienced.

The individual soul in the causal body is called ‘prajna’ which is seated in the heart and is the size of a fingertip. It is represented by the symbol ‘M’, the third letter of Aum.

Constant hearing of the Divine Sound of Aum in deep meditation leads the seeker to the ultimate goal of yoga, the supra-causal state, wherein he experiences bliss of the eternal blue of Consciousness. In this state, the seeker’s ego gets completely dissolved in the Light of the Self.

[edit] The range of experiences of life that Aum contains

Pranav Khullar, Mapping The Universe With The Aum Syllable, Nov 25 2016 : The Times of India


The Mandukya Upanishad maps out the entire range of the ex perience of life in the sound of Aum, the Pranava Mantra. It sketches out the mystery of Brahmn, Pure Consciousness, in twelve short verses by juxtaposing the four states of consciousness with the syllable Aum and alludes to how this sound-syllable corresponds to each of those states. The opening aphorism sets the tone for an enquiry into the cause of this material-temporal world, by asserting that the Aum principle lies at the root of not only the manifest universe, but is at the heart of the cosmic rhythm itself.While establishing Aum as the sonic measure of the universe, the Mandukya Upanishad equates it with the “fourfooted“ Atman.

A description of the four stages of Consciousness defines the Atman as the jagrat or waking-state; the swapna or dream-state, sushupti or sleep-state and turiya, the fourth, transcendentstate. Analysis of the Self as Consciousness begins with the immediacy of sense-perceptions felt in the jagrat or waking-state where all of us are alive to the body and visible world. Vaishvanara or waking-consciousness, makes us aware of and respond to the external, as we go about our daily lives, operating through `seven limbs' and `nineteen mouths' ­ the five jnanendriyas, five karmendriyas, five pranas and four inner faculties of manas, buddhi, ahamkara and chitta.

Taijasa is the second aspect of the Self, the dreamconsciousness, which interiorises the external world within the mind. Mind creates an entire world of its own, coming alive with the same intensity as one was feeling the external world earlier in the waking-state. This dream-state could be triggered as a result of unfulfilled desi res or by tapping into a subtle realm inadvertently , but the dream-state is as real to the dreamer as is the waking-state to a person awake. The Mandukya Upanisahd indicates that the mind is active in both these states.

When the mind has withdrawn itself completely, arises the sushupti state of deep sleep. This prajna-ghanah, where there is no external or subtle movement of mind, induces a happiness greater than the one obtained through the senses. Ananda, bliss of deep sleep, is a causal state where one is not distracted by desires, a state enjoyed he momentarily by each of us in sleep, and we wake up refreshed and energised.

The Mandukya urges the seeker to refine his consciousness in such a way as to summon up this bliss ful state at will, through yogic sadhana.

Turiya is the fourth state of consciousness wherein thought itself has found its source and has got absorbed in it ­ and the knower and the known become one.

The Mandukya corresponds the turiya state of pure consciousness with the syllable Aum, the primordial Sound of Silence. It then breaks up the syllable Aum into the three mantras of A, U and M, with the letter `A' corresponding to the waking-state of consciousness, the letter `U' to the dream-state and the letter `M' to the deep sleep-state. The fourth letter and state is the sound of Aum itself, from which the manifest universe has burst forth, Sphuta, the frequency at which Primal Energy resonates, into which all sounds of the world get absorbed.When sounds merge into pranava, Atman alone remains.

[edit] What Aum signifies

The Times of India, May 30 2016

Vijay Hashia

Every change affects the energy equilibrium ­ till disturbances settle down. The universe is made up of various energy fields and the quantum of Aum' is the base for all energy equilibrium.` While scientists debate the first sound energy ever to occur in the universe, rishis had documented it extensively in the upanishads. Modern physicists believe Aum' is the sound of cosmic creation that ` occurs throughout the universe. Sound can travel through any medium, collide with molecules and push them closer together. It enters our brain through stimulus of external vibration, created by chanting of Aum. It can stimulate prana, the life source that keeps everything moving. Piaanjali says, Aum is the sound that is identified with the continual omnipresent stochastic energy of zeropoint continuum, which is interpreted as the constant fluctuation of ether present throughout the universe, our physical wave existence. The Katha Upanishad says, it is the goal that all vedas declare, all austerities aim at, and which all desire when we lead the life of continence. This syllable is the best and highest support, adored in the world of Brahmn. Aum is indeed Brahmn.

Aum is considered as third eye chakra, at the centre of the forehead, directly in line with the centre of the brain. In the beginning was the sacred sound of Aum, it was with God and God was Aum. Through this sacred sound all things were made. Aum mantra connects with the ultimate without possessions, relationships and the physical world.

Vedic texts equate Aum with Bhur-bhuvah-svah, symbolising the whole veda. It offers various shades of meaning of the universe beyond the sun and that which is mysterious and inexhaustible, the infinite language, infinite knowledge, essence of breath, life, everything that exists. All Hindu texts recommend Aum as a tool for meditation.Aum is also referred to as letter of the alphabet imperishable, immutable, and Omkara means literally , the beginning of female divine energy .

Aum' chanting will cleanse and heal ` the whole system. It is the seat of intuition and of life purpose; its chanting will attune us to the sound of the cosmos just like a droplet dissolves into the ocean, its resonating will open the ocean of love within.

The upanishads say , time is threefold ­ past, present and future and all these are Aum. The fourth of time is that which transcends time and that too is expressed by Aum. Aum defines four states of Atman, the physical, inner thought, spiritual consciousness and the fourth state if realised with the Self, the eternal.

Aum is four states of consciousness ­ wakefulness, dream state, deep sleep and state of ekatma (being one with Self). Aum is all of knowledge, its first element is A, which is apti ­ obtaining, reaching or adimatva being first. The second element U, is utkarsa, exaltation or ubhayatva, intermediateness. The third element M, is miti ­ erecting, constructing or from minati, annihilation. The fourth is without development, beyond the expanse of universe.

Its chanting sequentially activates the stomach, spinal cord, throat, nasal and bran regions. It activates prana that will move from the base all the way up to the brain, thereby channelising energy and activating the spinal cord and brain. Its continuous chanting will shift the attention and echo the harmonic relationship of every vital organ, our heartbeat, breathing, brain wave pulsing, neuron cells, metabolic, enzymatic and hormonal rhythms, and will bust stress, addictions and improve behaviour. It acts as brain stabiliser, and by practising it, one can enter into one's own natural state.

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