om

the chant, the mantra

Om grafitti on a truck Seattle

Om symbol imageOm is one of the most sacred of sounds to Hindus, Buddhists, Sikhs, and Jains. Om, also known as Aum or Pranava, is a truly universal sound. It’s used in chants and meditation. As you’d expect, Wikipedia has a great page about Om.

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Om written in Sanskrit is a widely used symbol in art, both sacred and pop. Many incorporate Om into their tattoos. The popularity of yoga has spread the glyph far and wide.

Om is part of the Tibetan Buddhist mantra “Om mani padme hum”, sometimes written “Om mani peme hum”. This is the mantra of Avalokiteshvara, also called the mantra of Chenrezig, and loosely translates as “Behold! The jewel in the lotus!”. This mantra is found in Tibetan prayer wheels too.

I always smile when I see street art incorporating Om appear around Seattle. I hope the tuck owner didn’ wake up and flip out.

Om grafitti West Seattle     Om grafitti West Seattle     Om grafitti West Seattle

That said, I&rsquuo;d love to find out who does finds “Om” inspiring enough to spray paint it all over town. What does it mean to them?

It&rsquuo;s said that the pitch of Om is 136.1 Hz (low C#), known as Nada Brahma. This frequency is also called the fundamental tone, the primordial vibration, and the ever-sounding tone.

BTW, the character for Om is Unicode U+0950. One a font nerd, always a font nerd.

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