Om is a mantra and mystical sound of Hindu origin (geographically India and Nepal), sacred and important in various Dharmic religions such as Hinduism, Buddhism and Jainism. The syllable is also referred to as Omkara or Aumkara, and in Sanskrit it is sometimes referred to as Pranava, literally “that which is sounded out loudly”.
The syllable “Om” is first described as all-encompassing mystical entity in the Upanishads. Today, in all Hindu art and all over Nepal and India, “Om” can be seen virtually everywhere, a common sign for Hinduism and its philosophy and theology. Hindus believe that as creation began, the divine, all-encompassing consciousness took the form of the first and original vibration manifesting as sound “Om”. Before creation began it was “Shunyakasha“, the emptiness or the void. The vibration of “Om” symbolizes the manifestation of God. “Om” is the reflection of the absolute reality. The mantra “Om” is the name of God, the vibration of the Supreme. It also represents the divine energy (Shakti) united in its three elementary aspects: Bhramma Shakti (creation), Vishnu Shakti (preservation) and Shiva Shakti (liberation, and/or destruction).