THE MEANING OF THE OM SYMBOL
‘Om’, ‘Ohm’ or ‘Aum’ is a sacred sound that is known generally, as the sound of the universe. Om is all encompassing, the essence of ultimate reality, and unifies everything in the universe. The vibrations that the Om sound creates are thought to energize, the chakras throughout the body.
Especially the third eye and crown chakras, which help us connect with our Divine selves.which is chanted to connect with and energize the chakras.
The Om symbol represents the sound in a visual form and has a lot of meaning behind it.
Om is one of the most important spiritual symbols and is found throughout many ancient Hindu texts, prayers and ceremonies.
Elements of the Om Symbol
The Om symbol is a combination of curves, a crescent and a dot. The meaning of the Om symbol, while purely looking at its visual form, the states of consciousness that Aum represents. The letter ‘A’ represents the waking state, ‘U’ represents the dream state and ‘M’ is the unconscious state, or state of deep sleep.
In the symbol, the waking state is represented by the bottom curve.The dream state is the middle curve and the state of deep sleep is represented with the upper curve.
Om Shiva Tattoo, The crescent shape above the curves denotes Maya, or Illusion. Which is the obstacle that sits in the way of reaching the highest state of bliss.
The dot at the top of the symbol represents the absolute state. Which is the fourth state of consciousness and is absolute peace and bliss. This fourth state is believed to be the state in which someone could truly connect with the Divine.
Who is Shiva?
Shiva is the third god in the Hindu triumvirate. Om Shiva Tattoo, The triumvirate consists of three gods who are responsible for the creation, upkeep and destruction of the world. The other two gods are Brahma and Vishnu.
Brahma is the creator of the universe while Vishnu is the preserver of it. Shiva’s role is to destroy the universe in order to re-create it.
Hindus believe his powers of destruction and recreation are used even now to destroy the illusions and imperfections of this world, paving the way for beneficial change. According to Hindu belief, this destruction is not arbitrary, but constructive. Shiva is therefore seen as the source of both good and evil and is regarded as the one who combines many contradictory elements.