The Book of Symbols: Om

The mantra “Om” is familiar to anyone who’s ever taken a yoga class, where it is often chanted at the beginning and end of the session. But what does Om mean?

Of Hindu origin, the syllable “Om” represents the beginning of all creation. The vibration of the sound Om symbolizes the manifestation of God. When taken letter by letter, A-U-M represents the divine energy (Shakti) united in its three elementary aspects: Bhrahma Shakti (creation), Vishnu Shakti (preservation) and Shiva Shakti (liberation, and/or destruction). The mantra Om is the most sacred symbol in all of Hinduism and Buddhism.

om meaningThe shape of the symbol Om itself contains meaning.

  • The long lower curve represents a waking state, or the conscious mind (the “A” of “A-U-M”), while the curve which starts from the center and flows right represents the dreaming state (the “U” of A-U-M) – together the A-U form “O”.
  • The upper portion of the left-hand curve represents a dreamless sleep, or deep meditative mind (the “M”).
  • Moving to the top of the symbol, the small upward curve is referred to as the veil of illusion, or maya, separating infinity from the finite, represented by the silence following “Om.”
  • The dot is the transcendental point or the absolute state of consciousness.

Given how important and sacred Om is, it is no surprise that it adorns many pieces in our collection, from earrings, rings, bracelets and necklaces in versions that are both simple and complex. We’ve selected pieces from our Om Jewelry collection featuring the simple gold Om earrings symbol unadorned, to pieces paired with jade, or yellow sapphire, so you can incorporate the meaning of Om into your everyday life.