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The Power of AUM

Posted by on Jan 23, 2013

The Pineal Gland is Positively Affected by the sound, Aum

The Pineal Gland is Positively Affected by the Sound of Aum

The sound “OM” or AUM is said to be the seed syllable of all creation. It is a powerful mantra in its singularity and reaps enormous benefits not only for the physical body, but also the etheric and causal bodies. There is much more to the sound of Aum than may initially be apparent.

The Physiology of AUM

When we say Aum, we let go of mental chatter and find focus. We relax the entire nervous system and body. When we inhale and then exhale Aum, we emanate sound from the abdomen, the heart and solar plexus, bathing those chakras with positive energy. The “M” consonant that resonates in the head as we get towards the end of our exhale actually stimulates the pineal gland in the middle of the brain. This gland releases melatonin, relaxing our entire bodies. It is for this reason that Aum chanting is used even in clinical settings now to treat cancer patients and other patients with various dis-eases.

Aum in the Upanishads

It is said in the Katha Upanishad, “The goal which all the Vedas declare, which all austerities aim at, and which men desire when they lead the life of continence is Om. This syllable Om is indeed Brahman. Whosoever knows this 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.” According to old Hindu scriptures, Aum originates from the beginning of time. The vibration produced by chanting Om in the physical universe corresponds to the original vibration that first arose when the manifest world was born.

Pranava Sound & The Third Eye Activation

This sound is also called Pranava because it sustains all of life and can be detected in the breath. This is its correspondence to the Pranava mudra often utilized in meditation. We are channeling the source of all life into our bodies and etheric selves. Om represents the four states of the Supreme Being and also the three states of waking, dreaming and deep sleep. In the Madukya Upanishad, “Om is the one eternal syllable of which all that exists is but the development. The past, the present, and the future are all included in this one sound, and all that exists beyond the three forms of time is also implied in it.” To chant OM, we begin with the first letter of the Sanskrit alphabet (and many other alphabets as well) “Ah.” This sound should arise from the belly and be formed with an open throat. It should be voiced with the mouth open. It is from this sound that the primordial vibration begins. Next we chant “U” from the middle of the mouth. We start to close the syllable here, bringing the lips together. The third sound, “M” is made by buzzing the lips together and bringing the sound into the nasal passages. The great vibrations that ensue from the “M” sound massage the pineal gland in the brain. This gland is located just above the pituitary gland in the center of the brain. More specifically, it is located in the third ventricle of the brain. It is from here that the “third eye” or “second sight” is developed. The pineal gland also contains a pigment that is similar to that found in the eyes and controls the action of light on our bodies. It is connected to the optic thalami in our eyes. This gland keeps the pituitary gland in check. It makes sure we do not develop sexually in a premature way.

The pineal gland also prohibits us from acting on every single thought that arises in our minds – can you imagine how chaotic that would be! When the pineal gland is massaged through vibration, it invites us to look within and to become more at ease and contemplative. Through this redirection of our conscious awareness, we can experience full realization. When we chant Aum, we are actually awakening subtle chemistry in our bodies as well. Recently, scientists have discovered that the pineal gland hormone, melatonin, is a specific ligand for the brain-specific nuclear receptor RZR beta. RZR beta exhibits a highly restricted brain-specific expression pattern. This pattern is linked to spiritual awakening. Melatonin, otherwise known among scientists as 5-methoxy-N-acetlyltyptamine is found in all living creatures from algae to us humans. Melatonin has an effect on everything from our dream cycles, to our immune systems, to fertility, reducing headaches and depression, as well as numerous other functions.

Simple Benefits of Aum Chanting

The initial benefits of chanting Aum inlcude: a calming effect in the body and mind; the heart will regulate itself and the breathing will naturally slow down.

You will achieve the first stage of meditation by drawing your attention away from external noise, and things, bringing your awareness within; you will feel a pleasant harmonic vibration within the body, especially in the heart, chest and forehead. This increases when practicing Om with others; your organs will begin to function at their peak. They become “entrained” with the vibration you are making with your voice. Your concentration and brain functioning will improve. You will feel an indescribable sense of peace and well being. Finally, Om chanting is a wonderful way to introduce the body and mind to a more in depth meditative practice. You can also just continue to chant OM, bringing your awareness deeper and deeper within yourself. Not all the positive results of OM chanting appear to you right away. If you are looking for a spiritual awakening, especially, it will take many hours, many days in succession to feel the true benefits.

108 times or 21,600 Times A  Day

After a lengthy practice of Aum, you may feel the limbs becoming light, or feel an expansion of the “self” as you know it. Just observe these phenomena and continue your practice. Chanting OM for a long duration will actually change the energy field in your body and around you. You will notice people behaving differently in places where OM is chanted often. Experiment with this mantra for yourself, and notice any changes. You are certain to feel a great connection with the promordial energy of all things. Swami Sivananda Saraswati says that, “You can repeat any Mantra (sacred syllable), such as pure Om or Om Namo Narayanaya, Sri Ram, Sita Ram, Sri Ram Jaya Ram Jaya Jaya Ram, Om Namah Shivaya, Om Namo Bhagavate Vasudevaya, Om Saravanabhavaya Namah, Hari Om, or Gayatri (a sacred Vedic Mantra), according to your taste or inclination, from 108 times to 21,600 times daily. Devotees of Christ may repeat the name Jesus or Hail Mary, Mother of Jesus. Parsis, Sikhs and Muslims may select a name or Mantra from the Zend Avesta, Granth Sahib or Koran respectively.” These mantras will bring you closer to the spiritual realm.

(c) 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 Christina Sarich

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