Om is a mantra and mystical sound of Hindu origin (geographically India and Nepal) and is a sacred syllable representing Brahman, the impersonal Absolute of Hinduism — omnipotent, omnipresent, and the source of all manifest existence.
It is placed at the beginning of most Hindu texts as a sacred incantation to be intoned at the beginning and end of a reading of the Vedas or before any prayer or mantra.
The vibration of “OM” symbolises the manifestation of God and is the reflection of the absolute reality. It is also the name of God.
Today, in all Hindu art and all over Nepal and India, ‘om’ can be seen almost everywhere.
Om in Daily Life
Om is in use daily. It is often found at the head of letters, at the beginning of examination papers and so on. The symbol is enshrined in every Hindu temple and in some form or another on family shrines.
Many Hindus, as an expression of spiritual perfection, wear the sign of Om as a pendant.
It is important to newly born children, who are ushered into the world with this holy sign. After birth, the child is ritually cleansed and the sacred syllable Om is written on its tongue with honey. Thus right at the time of birth the syllable Om is initiated into the life of a Hindu and ever remains with him as the symbol of piety.
Om is also a popular symbol used in contemporary body art and tattoos and jewellery.
Om Jewellery from LoveTaliesin