Sacred Geometry

Sacred Geometry

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Sacred Geometry

       Sacred geometry is school of thought, which seeks to comprehend the absolute underworkings of existence through mathematical structures and codes. Throughout history, it’s mathematical principles have been used in the planning and construction of religious structures such as churches, temples, mosques, religious monuments, altars, tabernacles; as well as for sacred spaces such as temenoi, sacred groves, village greens and holy wells, and the creation of religious art. In sacred geometry, symbolic and sacred meanings are ascribed to certain geometric shapes and certain geometric proportions. According to Paul Calter, “In the ancient world certain numbers had symbolic meaning, aside from their ordinary use for counting or calculating … plane figures, the polygons, triangles, squares, hexagons, and so forth, were related to the numbers (three and the triangle, for example), were thought of in a similar way, and in fact, carried even more emotional value than the numbers themselves, because they were visual.”

The belief that God created the universe according to a geometric plan has ancient origins. Plutarch attributed the belief to Plato, writing “Plato said God geometrizes continually.” In modern times the mathematician Carl Friedrich Gauss adapted this quote, saying “God arithmetizes.” At least as late as Johannes Kepler (1571–1630), a belief in the geometric underpinnings of the cosmos persisted among scientists.

Sacred geometry can be described as a belief system attributing a religious or cultural value to many of the fundamental forms of space and time. According to this belief system, the basic patterns of existence are perceived as sacred, since contemplating one is contemplating the origin of all things. By studying the nature of these forms and their relationship to each other, one may seek to gain insight into the scientific, philosophical, psychological, aesthetic and mystical laws of the universe. The Flower of Life is considered to be a symbol of sacred geometry, said to contain ancient, religious value depicting the fundamental forms of space and time.

The strands of our DNA, the cornea of our eye, snowflakes, pine cones, flower petals, diamond crystals, the branching of trees, a nautilus shell, the star we spin around, the galaxy we spiral within, the air we breathe, and all life forms as we know them emerge out of timeless geometric codes. The designs of exalted holy places from the prehistoric monuments at Stonehenge and the Pyramid of Khufu at Giza, to the world’s great cathedrals, mosques, and temples are based on these same principles of sacred geometry. As far back as Greek Mystery schools 2500 years ago it was taught that there are five perfect 3-dimensional forms – the tetrahedron, hexahedron, octahedron, dodecahedron, and icosahedron … collectively known as the Platonic Solids; and that these form the foundation of everything in the physical world. Modern scholars ridiculed this idea until the 1980’s, when Professor Robert Moon at the University of Chicago demonstrated that the entire Periodic Table of Elements – literally everything in the physical world – truly is based on these same five geometric forms. In fact, throughout modern physics, chemistry, and biology, the sacred geometric patterns of creation are today being rediscovered.

The ancients knew that these patterns were codes symbolic of our own inner realm and that the experience of sacred geometry was essential to the education of the soul. Viewing and contemplating these forms can allow us to gaze directly at the face of deep wisdom and glimpse the inner workings of The Universal Mind.

Vesica Pices

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       The vesica piscis is a shape that is the intersection of two circles with the same radius, intersecting in such a way that the center of each circle lies on the perimeter of the other. The vesica piscis has been the subject of mystical interpretation throughout history, and is viewed as a fundamental shape in many traditions including Egyptian mystery schools, freemasonry, as well as some forms of Kabbalah. Some believe that this is the first split created when God/existence came into being. This “as above so below” revelation can be seen in many material examples most profoundly as the splitting of an eggcell into its many replicate cells (telophase) forming a new living creature.

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       One of the earliest known occurrences of the Vesica Piscis, and perhaps the first, was among the Pythagoreans, who considered it a holy figure. The Vesica Piscis is a basic component of the Flower of Life. According to some religious beliefs, the Vesica Piscis represents the second stage in the creation of the Seed of Life, in that it was constructed by “the Creator” (or “God”) through the creation of a second spherical octahedron joined with the first. It is said that the Creator’s consciousness began inside the first sphere and journeyed to the furthest edge, where it then formed the second circle. Purportedly in reference to this, the Old Testament refers to “the spirit of the Creator floating upon the face of the waters.” The Vesica Piscis has been called a symbol of the fusion of opposites and a passageway through the world’s apparent polarities. It has also been noted as the geometry for the human eye. It is also known to be the basis for the Ichthys fish, which is a Christian symbol representing “The Son”, Jesus Christ.

Tripod of Life (Trinity, Borromean Rings)

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       The Triquetra or “Tripod of Life” (also known as “Borromean rings”) is formed from a third circle being added to the Vesica Piscis, where the third circle’s center point is placed at the intersection of the first two circles’ circumferences. The triquetra has been used as a sacred symbol in a number of pagan religions, including Celtic and Germanic paganism, since ancient times. Within the neopagan religion of Wicca, the triquetra symbolizes the Triple Goddess of the Moon and Fate; and also her three realms of Earth, sky, and sea. Within the Christian religion, the Tripod of Life has been used to symbolize the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit of the Christian Trinity. In mathematics, the Borromean rings[a] consist of three topological circles which are linked and form a Brunnian link (i.e., removing any ring results in two unlinked rings). In other words, no two of the three rings are linked with each other as a Hopf link, but nonetheless all three are linked. 

Seed of Life (Egg of Life)

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       The “Seed of Life” is formed from seven circles being placed with sixfold symmetry, forming a pattern of circles and lenses, which act as a basic component of the Flower of Life’s design. The Seed of Life is used in Judeo-Christianity depict the six days of creation; Genesis 2:2-3, Exodus 23:12, 31:16-17, Isaiah 56:6-8. The first day is believed to be the creation of the Vesica Piscis, then the creation of the Tripod of Life on the second day, followed by one sphere added for each subsequent day until all seven spheres construct the Seed of Life on the sixth day of Creation. The seventh day is the day of rest, known as the “Sabbath” or “Shabbat.”

In the 13th century, a Cabalist group from France succeeded, through geometric interpretation, in dividing the entire Hebrew alphabet into an order using the Seed of Life. The resulting alphabet was remarkably similar to that of the Religious sage Rashi who wrote his commentaries on the Old Testament at that time in France.

Fruit of Life

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       The “Fruit of Life” symbol is composed of 13 circles. The fruit of Life is said to be the blueprint of the universe, containing the basis for the design of every atom, molecular structure, life form, and everything in existence.

Platonic Solid Sculptures Found in Scotland Dating to 3,200-2,500 BC!?!

Flower of Life

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            The flower of life has been called the shape of the universe by Nasseim Harramein, and was referred to as the “key to the universe” in the Forbidden City in China, where it was closely guarded by the temple dragon dogs. The Flower of Life is a name for a geometrical figure composed of multiple evenly-spaced, overlapping circles. This figure, used as powerful symbol since ancient times, forms a flower-like pattern with the symmetrical structure of a hexagon. Some researchers assert that they represent ancient spiritual beliefs, and that they depict fundamental aspects of space and time. Melchizedek claims that Metatron’s Cube may be derived from the Flower of Life pattern, and that the Platonic solids within it were “thought to act as a template from which all life springs.” The five platonic solids are the Tetrahedron (Fire), Hexahedron (Earth), Octohedron (Air), Icosahedron (Water), Dodecahedron (Ether). It was originally thought that the Temple of Osiris in Abydos, Egypt contained the oldest known examples of the Flower of Life. The design forms part of a gypsum or alabaster threshold step that originally existed in one of the palaces of King Ashurbanipal, and has been dated to c. 645 BC. The symbol of the Tree of Life, which may be derived from the design of the Flower of Life, is studied as part of the teachings of non-Jewish Hermetic Qabalah. Leonardo da Vinci studied the Flower of Life’s form and its mathematical properties. He drew the Flower of Life itself, as well as various components such as the Seed of Life. He drew geometric figures representing shapes such as the platonic solids, a sphere, and a torus, and also used the golden ratio of phi in his artwork; all of which may be derived from the Flower of Life design.

Kathara Gird

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Torus

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       In geometry, a torus is a surface of revolution generated by revolving a circle in three-dimensional space about an axis coplanar with the circle. When the axis is tangent to the circle, the resulting surface is called a horn torus. Modern research has coincided with spiritual teachings that our bodies radiate an electromagnetic energy field that flows in a horn toroidal manner. In addition, researchers believe that all entities exude this type of energy field from an apple to a tornado to a galaxy to quite possibly our own universe. This energetic field seems to be the basis for individual energetics and important in how individuals interact. Some say the Tube Torus contains a code of vortex energy that describes light and language in a unique way, perhaps as something of an Akashic Record.

Overlayed Toruses

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       When three toruses are overlayed at 90 degree angels to each other, they create a full functioning space-time spiral torus. This overlay is also represented by the Knights Templar Cross and can additionally be found in ancient Egyptian temples, as well as Sumerian artwork.

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       When two toruses are overlayed they create a balanced non-spiraling torus, which has been represented in a symbol known the “Ashoka Chakra,” or the wheel of righteousness. The Ashoka Chakra (the wheel of Ashoka) is a depiction of the Dharmachakra or Dhammachakka in Pali, the Wheel of Dharma. The wheel has 24 spokes. The Ashoka Chakra has been widely inscribed on many relics of the Mauryan Emperor, most prominent among which is the Lion Capital of Sarnath and The Ashoka Pillar. The most visible use of the Ashoka Chakra today is at the center of the National flag of the Republic of India, where it is rendered in a Navy-blue color on a White background, by replacing the symbol of Charkha (Spinning wheel) of the pre-independence versions of the flag. Ashoka Chakra can also been seen on the base of Lion Capital of Ashoka which has been adopted as the National Emblem of India.

Ashoka Maurya (304–232 BCE) commonly known as Ashoka and also as Ashoka the Great, was an Indian emperor of the Maurya Dynasty who ruled almost all of the Indian subcontinent from ca. 269 BC to 232 BC. One of India’s greatest emperors, Ashoka reigned over most of present-day India after a number of military conquests. His empire stretched from the modern Iranian provinces of Khorasan, Sistan and Balochistan (unpartitioned), through the Hindu Kush Mountains in Afghanistan, to present-day Bangladesh and the Indian state of Assam in the east, and as far south as northern Kerala and Andhra Pradesh. The empire had Taxila, Ujjain and Pataliputra as its capital. In about 260 BC Ashoka waged a bitterly destructive war against the state of Kalinga (modern Odisha). He conquered Kalinga, which none of his ancestors (starting from Chandragupta Maurya) had done. His reign was headquartered in Magadha (present-day Bihar). He embraced Buddhism after witnessing the mass deaths of the Kalinga War, which he himself had waged out of a desire for conquest.

“Ashoka reflected on the war in Kalinga, which reportedly had resulted in more than 100,000 deaths and 150,000 deportations.” Ashoka converted gradually to Buddhism beginning about 263 BC at the latest. He was later dedicated to the propagation of Buddhism across Asia, and established monuments marking several significant sites in the life of Gautama Buddha. “Ashoka regarded Buddhism as a doctrine that could serve as a cultural foundation for political unity.” Ashoka is now remembered as a philanthropic administrator. In the Kalinga edicts, he addresses his people as his “children,” and mentions that as a father he desires their good. Ashoka is referred to as Samraat Chakravartin Ashoka – the “Emperor of Emperors Ashoka.” His name “aśoka” means “painless, without sorrow” in Sanskrit. In his edicts, he is referred to as Devānāmpriya (Pali Devānaṃpiya or “The Beloved of the Gods”), and Priyadarśin (Pali Piyadasī or “He who regards everyone with affection”). His fondness for his name’s connection to the Saraca asoca tree, or the “Asoka tree” is also referenced in the Ashokavadana. H.G. Wells wrote of Ashoka in A Short History of the World (H. G. Wells): “In the history of the world there have been thousands of kings and emperors who called themselves “Their Highnesses,” “Their Majesties,” “Their Exalted Majesties,” and so on. They shone for a brief moment, and as quickly disappeared. But Ashoka shines and shines brightly like a bright star, even unto this day.” Along with the Edicts of Ashoka, his legend is related in the 2nd-century Ashokavadana (“Narrative of Asoka,” a part of Divyavadana), and in the Sri Lankan text Mahavamsa (“Great Chronicle”). Ashoka played a critical role in helping make Buddhism a world religion. The emblem of the modern Republic of India is an adaptation of the Lion Capital of Ashoka.

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Swastika

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       Some researchers believe that the swastika is a two dimensional representation of the spinning nature of the spiral torus. In Merkaba mediation, one visualizes a three dimensional hexagram (as illustrated below) where the two tetrahedrons of the hexagram are spinning counter rotationally. The Upper pointing tetrahedron represents the masculine and spins clockwise, while the downward pointing tetrahedron represents the feminine and spins counterclockwise. When the two are combined they represent unity, and the hexagram has often been thought of as similar in nature to the yin yang symbol. In Merkaba meditation, one first visualizes the two tetrahedrons spinning slowly and then gradually increasing speed until it approaches the speed of light. At this point some researchers believe that one’s toroidal field will begin to compress until it begins to look like a hexagramal torus, which is in essence bending spacetime. Some researchers even speculate that when fully understood, sentient beings can use this technique to travel to remote destinations, using evidence of some UFO’s as the result of beings using this particular technique. Given the duality of our universe, the torus can either spin in a destructive motion, as illustrated by the bloody Nazi Swastika. Or on the other hand can find balance in motion as represented by the peace brought about by the calm loving wisdom of the Buddha.

Other interpretations of the swastika are that it is a derivative of the original cross surrounded by a circle, which is at times believed to represent the sun,  the four seasons, the galactic arms of the milky way, etc. It is also theorized that like the toroidal energy flows of the sun, milky way, etc., that the swastika is a representation for how cosmic energy enters and interacts with the human body.

The Hexagram and Merkaba Meditation

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Octahedron

       In geometry, an octahedron (plural: octahedra) is a polyhedron with eight faces. A regular octahedron is a Platonic solid composed of eight equilateral triangles, four of which meet at each vertex.

Wormholes

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       A wormhole, also known as an Einstein-Rosen Bridge is a hypothetical topological feature of spacetime that would be, fundamentally, a “shortcut” through spacetime. For a simple visual explanation of a wormhole, consider spacetime visualized as a two-dimensional (2D) surface. If this surface is folded along a third dimension, it allows one to picture a wormhole “bridge”. A wormhole is, in theory, much like a tunnel with two ends each in separate points in spacetime. There is no mainstream observational evidence for wormholes (although some claim to have already been able to create these portals in black projects), yet on a theoretical level there are valid solutions to the equations of the theory of general relativity which contain wormholes. Because of its robust theoretical strength, a wormhole is also known as one of the great physics metaphors for teaching general relativity. The first type of wormhole solution discovered was the Schwarzschild wormhole which would be present in the Schwarzschild metric describing an eternal black hole, but it was found that this type of wormhole would collapse too quickly for anything to cross from one end to the other. Wormholes which could actually be crossed in both directions, known as traversable wormholes, would only be possible if exotic matter with negative energy density could be used to stabilize them. (Many physicists such as Stephen Hawking, Kip Thorne, and others believe that the Casimir effect is evidence that negative energy densities are possible in nature.) Physicists have not found any natural process which would be predicted to form a wormhole naturally in the context of general relativity, although the quantum foam hypothesis is sometimes used to suggest that tiny wormholes might appear and disappear spontaneously at the Planck scale, and stable versions of such wormholes have been suggested as dark matter candidates. It has also been proposed that if a tiny wormhole held open by a negative-mass cosmic string had appeared around the time of the Big Bang, it could have been inflated to macroscopic size by cosmic inflation. This analysis forces one to consider situations where there is a net flux of lines of force, through what topologists would call “a handle” of the multiply-connected space, and what physicists might perhaps be excused for more vividly terming a “wormhole”.

Helix (Twisted Torus)

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       In molecular biology, the term double helix refers to the structure formed by double-stranded molecules of nucleic acids such as DNA and RNA. The double helical structure of a nucleic acid complex arises as a consequence of its secondary structure, and is a fundamental component in determining its tertiary structure. The term entered popular culture with the publication in 1968 of The Double Helix: A Personal Account of the Discovery of the Structure of DNA, by James Watson. The DNA double helix polymer of nucleic acids, held together by nucleotides which base pair together. In B-DNA, the most common double helical structure, the double helix is right-handed with about 10–10.5 nucleotides per turn. The double helix structure of DNA contains a major groove and minor groove, the major groove being wider than the minor groove. Given the difference in widths of the major groove and minor groove, many proteins which bind to DNA do so through the wider major groove

Hebrew Language

Some researchers have been developing the theory that the Hebrew language is derived from the toroidal form, which has much deeper written and vocalized meaning than popularly understood. For more on this topic, look into the work of Stan Tenen.

Vortex

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       In fluid dynamics, a vortex is a region within a fluid where the flow is mostly a spinning motion about an imaginary axis, straight or curved. That motion pattern is called a vortical flow. Vortices form in stirred fluids, including liquids, gases, and plasmas. Some common examples are smoke rings, the whirlpools often seen in the wake of boats and paddles, and the winds surrounding hurricanes, tornadoes and dust devils. Vortices form in the wake of airplanes and are prominent features of Jupiter’s atmosphere. Vortices are a major component of turbulent flow. In the absence of external forces, viscous friction within the fluid tends to organize the flow into a collection of so-called irrotational vortices. Within such a vortex, the fluid’s velocity is greatest next to the imaginary axis, and decreases in inverse proportion to the distance from it. The vorticity (the curl of the fluid’s velocity) is very high in a core region surrounding the axis, and nearly zero in the rest of the vortex; while the pressure drops sharply as one approaches that region. Once formed, vortices can move, stretch, twist, and interact in complex ways. A moving vortex carries with it some angular and linear momentum, energy, and mass. In a stationary vortex, the streamlines and pathlines are closed. In a moving or evolving vortex the streamlines and pathlines are usually spirals.

Fractals

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                A fractal is a mathematical set that has a fractal dimension that usually exceeds its topological dimension and may fall between the integers. Fractals are typically self-similar patterns, where self-similar means they are “the same from near as from far.” Fractals may be exactly the same at every scale or they may be nearly the same at different scales. The definition of fractal goes beyond self-similarity per se to exclude trivial self-similarity and include the idea of a detailed pattern repeating itself. As mathematical equations, fractals are usually nowhere differentiable. An infinite fractal curve can be perceived of as winding through space differently from an ordinary line, still being a 1-dimensional line yet having a fractal dimension indicating it also resembles a surface. The mathematical roots of the idea of fractals have been traced through a formal path of published works, starting in the 17th century with notions of recursion, then moving through increasingly rigorous mathematical treatment of the concept to the study of continuous but not differentiable functions in the 19th century, and on to the coining of the word fractal in the 20th century with a subsequent burgeoning of interest in fractals and computer-based modelling in the 21st century. The term “fractal” was first used by mathematician Benoît Mandelbrot in 1975. Mandelbrot based it on the Latin frāctus meaning “broken” or “fractured,” and used it to extend the concept of theoretical fractional dimensions to geometric patterns in nature. There is some disagreement among authorities about how the concept of a fractal should be formally defined. The general consensus is that theoretical fractals are infinitely self-similar, iterated, and detailed mathematical constructs having fractal dimensions, of which many examples have been formulated and studied in great depth. Fractals are not limited to geometric patterns, but can also describe processes in time. Fractal patterns with various degrees of self-similarity have been rendered or studied in images, structures and sounds and found in nature, technology, art, and law.

Golden Mean

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       In mathematics and the arts, two quantities are in the golden ratio if their ratio is the same as the ratio of their sum to their maximum. The golden ratio is also known as the golden section, golden mean, extreme and mean ratio, medial section, divine proportion, divine section, golden proportion, golden cut and golden number. Throughout history, many artists and architects have proportioned their works to approximate the golden ratio—especially in the form of the golden rectangle, in which the ratio of the longer side to the shorter is the golden ratio—believing this proportion to be aesthetically pleasing. Mathematicians since Euclid have studied the properties of the golden ratio, including its appearance in the dimensions of a regular pentagon and in a golden rectangle, which can be cut into a square and a smaller rectangle with the same aspect ratio. The golden ratio has also been used to analyze the proportions of natural objects as well as man-made systems such as financial markets, in some cases based on dubious fits to data.

Kryst Spiral

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       Many observable aspects of our universe, including plants and buildings in antiquity reflect the golden ratio. However some believe that our system should reflect the Kryst spiral, which is a spiral that is always connected to its center and not only receives energy from source, but also gives back to it. It does not vampire form other living systems because it does not have to. It has a continuous transmitting and receiving energy exchange from source keeping it and all within it growing to a point of eternal life and eventual return to source. In a natural system the Kathara Grid has the 12 on top and an open spinning rod with Yan-Yun flows to communicate energy. In the “Bloom of Doom” the rod does not spin anymore, and instead of natural flows looking like a butterfly, a “Poison Apple” magnetic grid is formed by unnatural Yin-Yang flows. Yan-Yun flows are natural electromagnetic flows through Light Body and Spirit Body systems. When you constantly recycle your energy you deplete it faster and faster. This is why we age, and our cells become less and less efficient copies of each other. It is because with each division the body has less and less source/quantum/zero-point field energy to use, because it is simply recycling the finite amount of source energy it was born with.

Cymatics (Harmonic Geometry)

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       Cymatics (from Greek: κῦμα “wave”) is the study of visible sound and vibration, a subset of modal phenomena. Typically the surface of a plate, diaphragm, or membrane is vibrated, and regions of maximum and minimum displacement are made visible in a thin coating of particles, paste, or liquid. Different patterns emerge in the excitatory medium depending on the geometry of the plate and the driving frequency. The apparatus employed can be simple, such as the ancient Chinese spouting bowl, or Chinese singing fountain, in which copper handles are rubbed and cause the copper bottom elements to vibrate. Other examples are a Chladni Plate or advanced such as the CymaScope, a laboratory instrument that makes visible the inherent geometries within sound and music. Pythagoras is often credited for discovering that an oscillating string stopped halfway along its length produces an octave relative to the string’s fundamental, while a ratio of 2:3 produces a perfect fifth and 3:4 produces a perfect fourth. However the Chinese culture already featured the same mathematical positions on the Guqin and the tone holes in flutes, so Pythagoras was not the first. Pythagoreans believed that these harmonic ratios gave music powers of healing which could “harmonize” an out-of-balance body.

Om

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       Om or Aum is a mystical Sanskrit sound of Hindu origin, sacred and important in various Dharmic religions such as Hinduism, Buddhism and Jainism. The syllable is also referred to as omkara or aumkara, literally “om syllable,” and in Sanskrit it is sometimes referred to as praṇava, literally “that which is sounded out loudly,” also attested as “to make a humming or droning sound” in the Brahmanas. Additionally, om is written ō̄m, meaning “three times as long,” indicating the time it takes to say three syllables, an overlong nasalized close-mid back rounded vowel. The name omkara is taken as a name of God in the Hindu revivalist Arya Samaj and can be translated as “I Am Existence.” It is placed at the beginning of most Hindu texts as a sacred incantation to be intoned at the beginning and end of a reading of the Vedas or prior to any prayer or mantra. It is also used at the end of the invocation to the god being sacrificed to (anuvakya) as an invitation to and for that God to partake of the sacrifice. The Māndukya Upanishad is entirely devoted to the explanation of the syllable and has often been associated with the third eye chakra or pineal gland.

The syllable “om” is first described as all-encompassing mystical entity in the Upanishads. Today, in all Hindu art and all over India and Nepal, ‘om’ can be seen virtually everywhere, a common sign for Hinduism and its philosophy and theology. Hindus believe that as creation began, the divine, all-encompassing consciousness took the form of the first and original vibration manifesting as sound “OM.” Before creation began it was “Shunyākāsha,” the emptiness or the void. Shunyākāsha, meaning literally “no sky,” is more than nothingness, because everything then existed in a latent state of potentiality. The vibration of “OM” symbolizes the manifestation of God in form (“sāguna brahman”). “OM” is the reflection of the absolute reality, it is said to be “Adi Anadi,” without beginning or the end and embracing all that exists. The mantra “OM” is the name of God, the vibration of the Supreme. According to Hindu philosophy, when taken letter by letter, the letter A represents creation, when all existence issued forth from Brahma’s golden nucleus; the letter U refers to Vishnu the God of the middle who preserves this world by balancing Brahma on a lotus above himself, and the letter M symbolizes the final part of the cycle of existence, when Bharma falls asleep and Shiva has to breathe in so that all existing things have to disintegrate and are reduced to their essence to him. It is said to be the original sound that contains all other sounds, all words, all languages and all mantras. Further, A-kara means form or shape like earth, trees, or any other object. U-kāra means formless or shapeless like water, air or fire. Ma-kāra means neither shape nor shapeless (but still exists) like the dark energy content of the Universe.

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       The Katha Upanishad states: “The goal, which all Vedas declare, which all austerities aim at, and which humans desire when they live a life of conscience, I will tell you briefly it is aum…The one syllable [aum] is indeed Brahman. This one syllable is the highest. Whosoever knows this one 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.” Similarly, the Chāndogya Upanishad states: “The udgi:tā [“the chanting,” that is, the syllable om] is the best of all essences, the highest, deserving the highest place, the eighth.” The Bhagavad Gi:tā also states that: “Uttering the monosyllable Aum, the eternal world of Brahman, One who departs leaving the body (at death), he attains the Supreme Goal (i.e., he reaches God).” In Bhagavad Gi:tā: Lord Krishna says to Arjuna, “I am the father of this universe, the mother, the support and the grandsire. I am the object of knowledge, the purifier and the syllable oṃ. I am also the Ṛig, the Sāma and the Yajur Vedas.” The Bhagvad Gi:tā has: “OM, tat and sat has been declared as the triple appellation of Brahman, who is Truth, Consciousness and Bliss.” In the following sūtra it emphasizes, “The repetition of om should be made with an understanding of its meaning.”

The Yoga teacher and Swami, Paramahansa Yogananda mentions Om/Aum numerous times in his teachings, for example on page 277 of his “Autobiography of a Yogi”: “Patanjali speaks of God as the actual Cosmic Sound of Aum that is heard in meditation. Aum is the Creative Word, the whir of the Vibratory Motor, the witness of Divine Presence. Even the beginner in yoga may soon hear the wondrous sound of Aum.” In Advaita philosophy it is frequently used to represent three subsumed into one, a triune, a common theme in Hinduism. It implies that our current existence is mithyā and maya, “falsehood,” that in order to know the full truth we must comprehend beyond the body and intellect the true nature of infinity. Essentially, upon moksha (mukti, samādhi) one is able not only to see or know existence for what it is, but to become it. When one gains true knowledge, there is no split between knower and known: one becomes knowledge/consciousness itself. In essence, Om is the signifier of the ultimate truth that all is one.

After much research, this author believes that one of the many function of chanting and humming Om is to help revitalize the pineal gland by helping to decalcify the crystals within the gland. According to doctors, the pineal gland is highly susceptible to calcification and by humming Om repeatedly, I believe that one may separate the healthy pineal gland crystals from the unhealthy calcification buildup, much like separating gold from sand, allowing the pineal gland to function appropriately. 

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