The Mantra Aum is the king of Mantras which is simple to chant but profound when experienced. Most of the other mantras are generally limited as it is intended for a specific purpose or for a particular type of person, unlike Aum which is non-specific and can be practised by everyone.
A-U-M is not a mono syllable and the sound is realised by the ancient Rishisin their highest state of meditation and for this reason that continuous and intense awareness of Aum can take the spiritual aspirants to the same state as that ancients who realised it.
Though there are many interpretations on Aum, from varied ancient texts, as in Mandukya Upanishad which says Aum is the Brahman, the absolute, and it transcends time while Sheweteswatara Upanishad explains it as a sacred syllable that can ignite the fire in and of the self. Dhyanabindu Upanishad infers that an aspirant can merge with the absolute who reflects on Aum and Maitri Upanishad contexts Aum to the sound of the Universe and form of the self itself.
However, the real meaning of Aum is rather impossible to put in words because as soon as you try the words to explain, you distort the real significance of the mantra. It is impossible to explain the meaning rationally and is beyond intellectual conceptualisation. The meaning can only be attained by personal realization by contemplating on the sound deeply, continuously, intensely with total awareness. And then one cannot speak about its meaning – one becomes speechless.
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