The ‘AUM’ sound is sometimes called "the 4-syllable Veda."
The various Upanishads also comment on the centrality of Om in Hindu thought, especially the Taittiriya, Chandogya and Mundaka Upanishads.
Hence, ‘Aum’ is considered to be the sum and substance of all the words that can emanate from the human throat.
The concept of ‘Om’ continues to play a prominent role in Sikhism.
When one gains true knowledge, there is no split between knower and known: one becomes knowledge/consciousness itself.
When correctly pronounced, ‘Aum’ is said to have four sounds: “A” emerges from the throat, originating in the region of the navel, “U” rolls over the tongue, and “M” ends on the lips.
Each aspect of its appearance is said to symbolize something deeper.
The Sanskrit word ?iva or Shivam (Devanagari ???) is an adjective meaning kind, friendly, gracious, or auspicious.
Mantras that include the sacred sound of 'Aum / Om' are used in many different religious contexts for different purposes.
In China, the character ‘Om’ appeared as "?" in Chinese Buddhism, and was also utilized in prayers towards Amitbha Buddha in Pure Land Buddhism, among other sects.
The abdominal vibration symbolizes creation and it is often noted that the "creative" or reproductive organs are also located in the lower abdomen.
The "alphabet soup" scheme of Chappell and White was proposed initially to divide granites into "I-type" (igneous protolith) and "S-type" (sedimentary protolith).
The aurochs are considered ancestral to both Zebu and European cattle.
Probably the most famous of these is the six-syllabled mantra, Om Mani Padme Hum.
So in Tibet, for instance, where this mantra is on the lips of many Tibetans all their waking hours, the mantra is pronounced, "Om mani peme hum."
The popular prayer and chant to Shiva, "Om Namah Shiva" also utilizes the sacred sound of Om.
Aum (), also rendered Om, is the most sacred sound in Hinduism, symbolizing the infinite energy of divinity.
The symbol of 'Aum / Om' contains three curves, one semicircle and a dot.
The semicircle symbolizes Maya and separates the dot from the other three curves.
The common translation of this mantra is, "Hail the jewel in the lotus" (‘Aum’ = Hail, ‘Mani’ = Jewel, ‘Padme’ = Lotus and Hum).