Aumkar, Omkar

Aumkar is the supreme power of the universe from which Shri.Ganesha is originated.Aum is domination of the senses and inner purification.There are 21 various pre-ancient forms and legends of Aumkar Ganesh,which are related to the era when the universe was created.

'Aum' is considered to be a cosmic sound, a primordial sound, the totality of all sounds."Aum" is the manifest symbol of the Shabdabrahaman vibration or God.Aum has tremendous power over the mind, body and soul.

Aumkar is ultimately a symbol of Parabrahim.The soundof Aum is the complete essence of divine wisdom,which takes us from attachment to detachment, from ignorance to knowledge, from darkness to There is no translation of "Aum". It consists of three letters-A, U and M. It signifies the three periods of time, the three states of consciousness and all of existence.

"A" is the waking state, "U" is the dreaming state, and "M" is the deep sleep state. "Aum" contains Naad and Bindu. Naad is the prolonged vowel sound and Bindu is the humming sound to end the Mantra.

4 Forms of Aumkar

The Vedas are the most ancient scriptures of the Hindus,created by the great Rishis. All the mantras are started with the syllable 'Aum', which is now the most powerful and vibrant sound used in meditation. By chanting the Aum mantra and conquering the self,it is possible to eventually reach heights of Self-Realization where humanity will learn the Truth.

Aum is a symbol of pure consciousness which resides in three states like- waking, dreaming and deep-sleep. When you chant Aum, all three of these states are purified and your activities, mental thoughts, speech and actions become powerful and enlightened which brings peace and well being to all.

To practise the Aum Mantra,one has to get detached from the outer world of senses and conquer the inner evils like- passion, anger, greed,jealousy, temptation etc. The word AUM begins with letter 'A'.

The first alphabet pronounced in Arabic is 'Alif',in Greek it is 'Alpha', In the Roman it is A. Thus in many languages the first letter in the alphabet has the syllable A. Moreover,In the Greek alphabets, the last letter is 'Omega' which has a close resemblance with 'Aum'.This shows that the syllable Aum has worldwide significance.

Shri. Ganesha

Shri. Ganesha, the HinduGod, who is originated from the 'Aumkar' is the son of Lord Shiva and Mata Parvati,has features of an elephant like, a curved trunk,big ears,a huge stomach and body of a human being.Ganesha became the Lord of all existing beings (Ganas) after winning the contest with his brother Kartikaya. The word 'Ganesh' is formed by union of 'Gana+Ish' ie the God(Ish) of Ganas(Troops),Similarly 'Ganapati'=Gana+Pati ie the Leader of Ganas.

Ganesha appeared in a clearly recognizable form in the 4th and 5th centuries,during the Gupta period.Ganesha images were prevalent in many parts ofIn 9th century,Ganesha was included in the five primary deityies,in 'Smartism',one of the Hindu Sects. The principal scriptures dedicated to Ganesha are the Ganesha Purana, the Mudgal Purana, and the Ganapati Atharvashirsha.

According to the Kundalini Yoga ,Ganesha resides in the first Chakra,called 'Muladhara'(main support) ie is the base of the spine.Thus, Ganesha has a permanent abode in every being at the Muladhara. Ganesha holds, supports and guides all other chakras, thereby governing the forces that propel the wheel of life.

Ganesha's Symbolism

Elephant head represents the mighty strength of many elephants and the human form is a symbol of wisdom, brilliance and abilities. The mouse is the symbol of a sharp mind.Ganesha's four hands represent four directions of the universe.He carries a rope,in his hands to carry his devotees to the truth. An axe to cut the devotees' attachments and the sweet dessert ball " Laddoo " for devotees,as blessings.

The broken tusk that Ganesha holds like a pen in his lower right hand is a symbol of sacrifice, which he broke for writing the 'Mahabharat'.Shri.Ganesha's fourth hand's palm is always extended to bless dissiples. Shri.Ganesha is the symbol of auspiciousness He is the Lord of success and destroyer of evils and remover of obstacles.Ganesha is also the destroyer of vanity, selfishness and pride.He is the personification of material universe in all its various magnificent manifestations.

Ganesha is the most widely worshipped deities in Hindus.His image is found through out India and Nepal.All Tantric and spiritual worship in the Hindu tradition begins with the invocation of Ganesha. He is also worshipped as the god of education, knowledge,wisdom and wealth.Ganesha is one of the five prime Hindu Gods.Ganesha is remembered by all his devotees at every moment of their lives.

He has so many myths and legendsto his credit, which show his importance and extent of his power and also cause for his popularity in the whole universe. There will be no religious objection if Ganesha's image is given different forms.

The Shrines of Ganesha are not only found in India but pre-ancient temples and the sculptures are found all over the world.Ganesha has various forms and also names but faith of devotees has always remained the same.

"Shri. Ganesh Chaturthi" is the most popular Hindu festival. This is the birthday of Ganesha which comes on the fourth day of the bright fortnight of the month "Bhadrapada"(Aug.-Sept.). Meditation on the Ganesha Yantra creates internal balance.On the begining of every auspicious events, Shri.Ganesha is remembered by the dissiples by reciting the bhajans and by chanting "Ganesh Mantras".