Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Why do we chant Om?




Dear Readers,


In this post, we will look at the technique of chanting OM.

The technique for chanting OM is as given below:

Sit in a comfortable cross-legged seated posture with the spine upright, head, neck and spine in a vertical (if comfortable) alignment. Close the eyes and take a deep inhalation. While exhaling, start uttering the OM sound. Begin by feeling the vibration of the "O" sound building up in the navel area and traveling upward. As you continue the chant, feel the vibration moving upward toward the base of the throat. When the vibration reaches the throat area, convert the sound to a deep humming sound of "M". Continue to feel the vibration moving upward until it reaches the crown of the head (called Sahasrara Chakra). You may repeat this process two or more times. At the end of the final chant, continue to sit still and feel the vibration of the OM sound permeating the whole body – every single cell of the body.

Benefits of chanting OM

The continued recitation of OM (called Udgita Pranayama) fills one with peace, calmness, tranquility and serenity. When we recite it with the understanding that OM is nothing but a representation of Ishvara, it brings us closer to our true nature, our own pure self. As mentioned above, OM is the primordial sound and this entire creation is a manifestation of this mystic sound. It represents the cosmic prana (the vital energy) and the air we breathe. Meditating on these thoughts can bring us closer to other human beings and lift the veil of separateness.

Section II: Information about Indian herbs

In this post, let us know about Peepal, also known as Ficus Religiosa.

· It’s a large tree with leaves that resemble betel leaves

· Bark of a young tree steeped in water overnight and the water drunk in the morning acts as a diuretic

· Berries dried in shade and powdered help in spermatorrhoea, nocturnal emissions, premature ejaculation and leucorrhoea

That concludes the post for the fortnight. Till the next post on 6th March, Radhekrishna!

Sarvam Guruvaarpanam



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