THE KODO BLOG — chanting
A note on "OM"
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Om is the name of God/the universe/all of creation according to the ancient Indian Hindu texts known as the Upanishads. As the story goes, Brahman (absolute reality/God) was one and non-dual. Brahman thought, "I am only one - may I become many." This caused a vibration which eventually became sound. This sound was OM. Thus, OM is the closest vibration/sound that we can get to God. In Sanskrit, OM translates to avati or Rakuati which means, "The one who protects or sustains." In essence: God. So, OM is both a name for God and a sound that can be chanted...