Om: The Sound Symbol


Book Title

By: Swamini Aumaprajnanda Saraswati
April 2014
Distributed by Coronet Books
ISBN: 9788121512596
121 Pages, Illustrated
$35.00 Hardcover


Om: The Sound Symbol in on the various meanings of Om, as unfolded by Swami Dyananda Saraswati. The first part contains linguistic interpretation of Om, Om as a word symbol-pratika, superimposition of the three states of experience of AUM by the Upanisad, Om as a phonetic symbol of Brahman, and the mantra So'ham being Om.

The second part of the book is a collection of origin of Om in various Vedeic literatures - the Vedas, its origin is in Chandogya Upanisad. Om is equated with Brahman in Taittiriya superimposition of the three states of experience of A-U-M in Mandukya, Om being the representation of Saguna-Brahman as well as Nirguna-Brahman in Katha, Om as the bow in an imagery of archery in Mundaka, how chanting Om during the last stages takes a person to higher lokas, also is mentioned in Prasna Upanisads. Its references are in Isavasya, Bhagavadgita, Baudhayana Dharmasutra, and Manusmrti. The book has an elaborate Glossary and Index, along with some images.

The text will be immensely helpful to spiritual seekers, as well as Indological scholars in demystifying Om.


Part I. Unfoldment of Om

Part II. Origin and Interpretation of Om