Yoga and the sacred syllable OM

The goal which all the Vedas declare, which all austerities aim at, and which men desire when they lead the life of continence, I will tell you briefly: it is OM. This syllable OM is indeed Brahman. This syllable is the Highest. Whosoever knows this syllable obtains all that he desires. This is the best support; this is the highest support. Whosoever knows this support is adored in the world of Brahma. — Katha Upanishad I, ii, 15-17


This is the beautiful Chennakeshava temple in Belur, India, built in 10th century.

” OM (AUM) is such a sound, the basis of all sounds.The first letter A is the root sound, key, pronounced without touching any part of the tongue or palate; M represents the last sound in the series being produced with closed lips, and U rolls from the very root to the end of the sounding-board of the mouth. Thus Om represents the whole phenomenon of sound production”, according to Swami Vivekananda.

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