Aum (also Om) is a mystical or sacre syllable in the Hindu, Jain and Buddhist religions. It is placed at the beginning of most Hindu texts as a sacred exclamation to be uttered at the beginning and end of a reading of the Vedas or previously to any prayer or mantra and also is said in the beginning of any puja (religious ritual). The Mandukya Upanishad is entirely devoted to the explanation of the syllable.

Trivia about om

  • This mystical word used in mantras contains 3 sounds, but in English it's 2 letters
  • Sacred syllable uttered as a mantra during meditation
  • The Sikh Guru Nanak taught the singleness & unity of God, whom he represented by this mystic syllable
  • In Hinduism the greatest of all mantras is this sacred syllable
  • (Cheryl of the Clue Crew displays a symbol.) Curves represent the waking & dream states, & the dot is the metaphysical/ transcendental state in this Sanskrit syllable
  • This syllable is repeated many times by Hindus while meditating; its written form is a symbol of the religion
  • A tradition of yoga teaches that the cosmos was once filled with this 1-syllable mantra