AUM (or OM)
A sacred sound in Hinduism, composed of three syllables—
A-U-M—merging into each other. The sound is used to preface
and end the reading of sacred scriptures and prayers and is
used in most mantras. AUM is also the subject of intricate mystical
symbolism as a subject for meditation and is said to contain
the origin of the alphabet and all sounds. In this respect
it parallels the Shemhamforasch of Jewish mysticism and the
creation of the universe. The Hindu scripture Mandukya Upanishad
is devoted entirely to an exposition of the mysticism of
AUM.
Sources
Prabhavananda, Swami, with Frederick Manchester. The
Spiritual Heritage of India. Garden City, N.Y. Doubleday, 1963.
Atziluth Encyclopedia of Occultism & Parapsychology • 5th Ed.
116
Wood, Thomas E. The Mandukya Upanishad and the Agama
Shastra An Investigation into the Meaning of the Vedanta. Honolulu
University of Hawaii Press, 1990.

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