Tuesday, Jul 17 2018
THE SIGNIFICANCE OF OM - 21 FEBRUARY 2005
Our Humble Pranams at the Divine Lotus Feet of Baba.
Sai Ram Dear Uncles, Aunties, Gurus, Brothers & Sisters. I am Sathish from Group 4. My topic for today is “The Significance of Om” as has been explained by our beloved Swami.
Last week, my fellow SSEHV student spoke about ‘Satchitananda’. In essence, Satchitananda is the ‘DNA’ of God. God is ‘Sat’ which means Existence or Eternal Truth, ‘Chit’ which means Consciousness or Awareness, and ‘Ananda’ which means Eternal Bliss, all in very simplified terms for us to understand.
Before creation, nothing existed except God. Swami has said “I separated Myself from Myself so that I could love Myself”. To help understand this better, think about a full glass of water. Assume that the water is the Divine energy. If the full glass of water is separated into 2 half glasses of water, the water has been separated, but it is still the same Divine essence of water in both glasses. The 1st glass represents God, while the 2nd glass represents Creation, or in other words, all of us. What Swami is telling us is that all creation is essentially a part of him. Everything, including ourselves, are Divine like Him. Our objective in life is to realize our Divinity within.
I am sure many of you are thinking, how can we realize our own Divinity? We can do so by engaging in spiritual activities like bhajans, light meditation, chanting of the Gayatri Mantra and many more. We should also be following Swami’s 9 Codes of Conduct which discipline our sadhana. In our SSEHV classes, we have all been given a ‘Spiritual Diary’. At the end of each day, we are supposed to perform a self audit to see if we were able to practice a few simple spiritual tasks. For example, we are supposed to chant the Gayatri Mantra in the morning, afternoon and night as a bare minimum. We are also supposed to sit for Light Meditation each day just to name a few. This is challenging but I know that this is a very good way to make us look within and realize our own Divinity.
Swami has said that creation began with the sound of Om. Interestingly, even in Christianity it is believed that the world was created with a word or sound. It is declared in the Holy Bible as “In the beginning was the word and the word was God”.
There is some evidence to show that science and creation are related. An interesting fact that I would like to share with you is that American scientists have scanned the universe with very sensitive sound detection instruments and have declared that there is a constant humming sound in the universe. Scientists attribute that sound to the Big Bang Theory of how the world was created. In fact, the Vedas have declared that the sound of Om pervades the entire universe … exactly what the scientists call the constant humming sound!
In summary, Swami has declared that the world was created with the sound of Om and that our ultimate objective is to realize the Divinity within by engaging in spiritual activities.
Jai Sai Ram
SSEHV Group 4