Om Mantra - One of the most important thing about Om mantra is what whose Mantra is it and what is the meaning of Om Mantra.
- Om Meaning
- Om Symbol (ॐ)
- Om Chanting
Om is the most important mantra in Hinduism. The word Om (ॐ) is a mantra mentioned in the Vedas and Shrimad Bhagavad Gita. Om is considered the highest mantra in Hinduism. It is a mantra of worship of God Brahm (Kaal). God Brahm himself clarifies this in Shrimad Bhagavad Gita and the Yajurveda. Om is also called the Panchakshara mantra (mantra of five sounds). The meaning of word 'Mantra' is a power laden word recited or chanted to concentrate or meditate on a particular God or a deity. Om therefore is a power laden mantra used to meditate on God Brahm. To understand who is God Brahm, please read about Brahm (Kaal). Below we will discuss the Om mantra in Bhagavad Gita and the Veda.
Om Mantra in Vedas
The knowledge giver of Vedas is Kaal Brahm. Kaal Brahm has given information about his naam mantra for his worship. In Yajurveda Chapter 40, Verse 15, Kaal says that his mantra is Om (ॐ). Read Yajurveda Chapter 40 Verse 15.
Om Mantra in Bhagavad Gita
The knowledge giver of Bhagavad Gita is also Kaal Brahm. Kaal in Bhagavad Gita Chapter 8, Verse 13 says that the mantra of his worship is Om (ॐ), Read Bhagavad Gita Chapter 8, Verse 13.
Om Mantra in Shiv Purana
Shiv Purana has been written by Sage Ved Vyas. The knowledge however has been given by Brahma. Shiv Purana describes the Panchakshara Mantra which is Om. Read more about Panchakshara Mantra.
Om Mantras Distortions
There are various mantras which are commonly chanted in hinduism. Some of them are listed below. Most of these mantras start with the symbol Om. These variations of Om mantra are also very prevalent in Hinduism. However these are mere distortions and self made.
- Om Namah Shivay
- Om Shanti Om
- Om Jai Jagdish Hare
- Om Sai Ram
- Om Shanti
- Om Namo Bhagvate Vasudev
- Om Bhur Bhuva Swaha
- Hari Om
Important: none of the above mentioned Om related mantras are present in the Vedas or Bhagavad Gita. These mantras are arbitrary, imagination of some rishi or a saint and therefore completely useless as per Bhagavad Gita Chapter 16 Verse 23. Gita 16.23 clarifies that arbitrary mantras and worship cannot grant any happiness or salvation and are therefore futile. Gita 16.24 further says that scriptures are the only evidence on what should be done (in terms of worship).
Please see video below for distinction between Om and Om Tat Sat Mantra