Om Mantra is an ancient Sanskrit mantra and spiritual symbol in Indian religions. Which was first felt by rishis as they meditated. Eventually, as the experience proliferated, the word came forth and people started chanting it to feel the same experience. OM is also one of the most important spiritual symbols. It refers to Atman (soul, self within) and Brahman (the entirety of the universe, the ultimate reality, and cosmic knowledge). Om is a sound with a complex meaning. It is the whole universe fused into a single word, representing the union of body, mind, and soul.
Om is misunderstood as a religious mantra that is only related to Hindus. But in reality, it is a cosmic vibration that initiated the creation of the whole universe. The sound of om has three syllables A, U, and M pronounced as AUM. Chanting of ‘aaaa’ gives sensation to the nervous system besides the chest and stomach, making ‘oooo’ sensation at the throat and the chanting ‘mmmm’ resonates with the nasal and the brain. Due to the high spiritual and creative power, when chanted AUM, energy starts moving from the abdomen up to the brain.
Benefits of chanting Om Mantra
There are many benefits of chanting Om Mantra, which is very helpful for your body and the environment. Some of the benefits are as follows:
The Om Mantra improves our cardiovascular activity which helps in controlling our blood pressure and our heart starts beating with a regular rhythm.
- The positive vibration of Om Mantra purifies the environment around you.
- The vibrations of Om Mantra opens up the sinus and clear the airways which improve your breathing.
- The effects of the Om mantra amplify when chanted in groups, producing a massive amount of positive vibrations that charge up the entire place.
- Om chanting improves your voice by giving strength to your vocal cords and the muscles around them. This is very helpful during old age.
- Chanting of Om Mantra improves your concentration and helps you focus.
The science behind chanting Om Mantra
Science has proven, chanting the Om mantra affects your brain positively. A study in 2011, evaluated the effects of using Om as a mantra by taking MRI (magnetic resonance imaging ) scans of the brains of volunteers as they chanted Om.
Om chanting is an experience of relaxation, specifically beneficial changes in the autonomic nervous system, and deactivation of limbic brain regions. Researchers also observed brain activity that was similar to that created by vagus nerve stimulation, used to treat depression and epilepsy.
Scientists concluded that chanting Om may have potential in the treatment of a major depressive disorder. These results offer scientific support for the positive effects that many people experience from chanting Om Mantra.
Significance of chanting Om Mantra 108 times
Chanting the Om mantra can improve your body, mind, and soul. It is always advised to chant the Om mantra 108 times. Our ancestors knew the significance of the number 108.
In Sanatan Dharma, it’s believed that our outer cosmology should mirror our inner spirituality. The number 108 represents the distance between our body and our inner god. According to Ayurveda, there are a total of 108 vital points of life forces in our body. This is why the Om mantra is chanted 108 times because each chant renders a journey from the material self towards our higher spiritual self.
Each chant brings you one step closer to the god within your body. 108 is also considered as a Harshad number. A number is an integer and divisible by the sum of its digits. In Sanskrit, harsa means “pleasure” and da means “give”. Thus, Harshad translates to the One who Gives Pleasure”.