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Saturday, October 7, 2017

The Blessed Sacred Syllable OM


Dear Blog Visitors, Friends, and Subscribers:

I am 52 now and since I have been about 10 years of age, I have been active on the spiritual path learning from many sources and seeing arguments and statements made from many different perspectives and angles. I have heard the best from Christian Ministers. I have heard the best from Jewish Rabbi. I have heard the best from Buddhist Monks. I have heard the best from Hindu Swamis and Rishis. I have also heard great teachings from secular and non-religious individuals whose quest for the truth of our existence caused me to stop in my tracks and listen carefully. Paramahansa Yogananda once said that the Purpose of Life is simply to connect/reconnect with our Divine Source, seek it out, and connect. If that was easy, we all would have done this a long time ago and the world would have no problems. There would be peace, healing, joy and more everywhere. But that is not the case. The world is plagued by disease, death, tragedy, chaos, ignorance, and corruption. Sure, the Sun shines and the Mountains stand tall. Sure, the Oceans are beautiful but deep in the water swim Great White Sharks. So, how does one reconcile all of these teachings and experiences?

For me, the answer finds its origins in Ancient Himalayan Literature called the Upanishads. This word means to sit next to the Enlightened Master. In fact you are so close that the truth overflows from the Master into you. So, by existential osmosis, you become Enlightened. In the Upanishads, there is a Sacred Sound Syllable called OM. It is the Sound of a Bell when struck. It is also the sound of Thunder, Rain, the Oceans, the movement of the Earth, and all sound. OM is the essence of all speech, language, and hence truth. The men who revealed in the Upanishads, according to legend, spent years in meditation to understand existence, God, and being. Their conclusion is that OM is the Sound and Name of our Divine Source (God, if you will) as well as the means to get there. This is said in the Bible "The Word was with God and the Word was God". Christians will say that Jesus is the Word of God, but I believe Jesus would affirm to you that He is OM. He also said in the Bible that "I am the Alpha and the Omega". OM is the essence of Omega. He also said "I am the Great Amen". Amen, according to Paramahansa Yogananda, is the Great Grandson of the ancient Sanskrit word OM. Amen comes from OM. OM is also the essence of words like Omniscient, Omnipotent, Omnipresent, and Omnibenevolent. OM therefore is the very essence of our Divine Source, the Original Divine Being and Presence. OM represents Truth in both form and formless ways.

Occam's Razor suggests that of all explanations, the simplest one is the truest one. I agree. One word summarizes our existence and all phenomena. That same word exemplifies our lives, our journey, and our Source. OM. OM is the end of duality and the embracing of unconditional unity and oneness.

"All this ... is OM" - Mandukya Upanishad. Amazing discovery, isn't this?

All The Best.

Keith Johnson

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