Associated with the concept of “the primordial cosmic sound”, the OM is a sacred chant and spiritual icon in Indian religions. Found at the beginning and the end of chapters in the Vedas, the Upanishads, and other Hindu texts, it is a pious incantation made before and during the recitation of holy texts, during prayers, in rites and ceremonies and also sometimes during meditative activities such as Yoga.
The Om symbol is a combination of curves, a crescent and a dot. The meaning of the Om symbol, while purely looking at its visual form, comes from the states of consciousness that Aum represents. It is often expressed as the three syllabic AUM (to imply the inherent Trinity) the letter A denoting creation, U is for manifestation, and M for destruction.
It’s all-encompassing and believed to be the entire universe’s encapsulation into a single sound representing the union of the mind, body, and the spirit. There are several diverse shades of the meaning to Om, such as it being “the universe beyond the sun”, or that which is “mysterious and inexhaustible”, or “the infinite knowledge”, or “essence of breath, life, everything that exists”, or that “with which one is liberated”.
As the world gradually discovers the power of the Vedanta philosophy, the chanting of OM has become more and more in vogue. The vibration and rhythm generated during the chant are known to have several benefits and meditating on the sound current transports us to the subtler levels of awareness, leading ultimately to the reunion with the Supreme. It helps in reducing stress levels, improving concentration, regulating our sleep cycle, letting go of negativity and feeling more energized and invigorated. Referred to, sometimes, as the “Pranav”, OM also means to be in control of one’s life force.
With multiple positive reinforcements that it brings, the image of OM is a must-have for the spaces we inhabit. This particular design combines the intuitive wisdom of OM with the magnificence of the colour red. The spiritual representation of red is energy, vitality, dominance, action, creation and passion. All in all, this seemingly simple yet supremely subliminal art piece aptly titled, ?TURIYA: The 4th dimension? will be your everyday reminder to slow down and breathe, and eventually BE more.