Sunday, August 26, 2018

This Harvard Professor is talking nonsense!

This Harvard Professor is talking nonsense


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"Coconut Oil is bad for health, since it is full of saturated fat, more than even meat!"  And who says saturated fat is bad for health? According to Ayurveda, ghee is one of the best foods for the human body. It is nothing but saturated fat. Coconut oil has been had for ages in Kerala, and they seem to have fared quite well!


In fact, coconut oil is a superfood. This whole scare against saturated fats is based on faulty western research – they are implicating cholesterol for clogged arteries, when nothing could be farther from the truth. They have been advocating a "low cholesterol" diet. The body actually needs cholesterol! If you don't include it as part of your diet, then the body will manufacture it, by diverting resources from elsewhere, so vital is it  for the functioning of the human body! Include coconuts as part of your diet, coconut oil too. Not only is it good for the inside, it is great for the skin as well; apply coconut oil every day before your bath, and you will yourself see the results in your skin. It is good for the hair too. One tablespoon of coconut oil every day, is an excellent health tonic, though for south Indians who include a lot of coconut in their everyday diets, this may not be required. For patients suffering from dementia or Alzheimer's, make it three tablespoons a day, and you will definitely see an improvement.


We are of course talking cold pressed coconut oil here, not that "refined" crap that passes off as oil.


There is a re-hash of that talk about good cholesterol and bad cholesterol, HDL, LDL and all that nonsense.  What causes clogging of the arteries is not cholesterol, but processed food, foods made from white refined flour, too much of sugar, etc. … all of which triggers an 'inflammation' response in the body – clogging of the arteries is this inflammation. The food lobby ensures that you lose your health by eating their food, and then the Pharma lobby steps in. They make you take drugs like statins ('blood thinners' for cholesterol) that have no benefit whatsoever but a lot side effects. In fact, if anyone is taking statins, I would say you should just stop it right now!


Towards the end, the article talks about a "new food fad", one that is also related to India – ghee! One that is also full of saturated fat! No doubt the distinguished Harvard Professor is getting funded by his backers in the food lobby and the Pharma lobby to conduct another research to discredit ghee. The food lobby needs to discredit these natural age-old dietary practices, so that their products can sell. The FDA is of course hand in glove with them – "FDA approved" only means that whatever slow poison it was did not end up killing people during the study; and in any case, any deaths that happen even later will show up as happening from a different cause.


There is a lot of research in the last few years that has concluded that saturated fat is actually necessary, and all the past research demonizing saturated fat, has done incalculable damage in the last few decades. The Harvard professor has no doubt been hired to cloud the issue once more.


When it comes to diet and health, ignore all the things these 'studies' say. They are based on faulty methodologies, faulty assumptions, faulty notions about health, and you don't know which of them is funded by which lobby. In any case, they keep coming out with contradictory recommendations.


So, where should one turn to for advice on health then? Try Ayurveda, Naturopathy, Yoga, Chinese Taoist recommendations on diet, Chinese Herbal medicine, Unani, and pretty much any ancient system of medicine, and follow their recommendations.


And yes, avoid processed food. Say that ten times every day before you go to sleep, so that it seeps into your being. 

And have lots of coconut oil and lots of ghee.


Disclaimer: I am not a "doctor" which is why you should  believe what I say.

Sunday, August 19, 2018

She waits outside

We build our little houses
and feel safe inside;
Wall up the doors and windows,
wind and sun outside.
We make our own light and air,
they do as we say;
Forget if its night or day,
Masters of our World!

We confront Nature with pride,
for we own our fates;
Dam the rivers, wall the hills,
cut the forests down;
Inside our Ivory Towers,
We, the Conquerors!

We cut ourselves from our Source,
to which we are tied;
We feel that we have conquered,
For, Man shall prevail!

And then the ground opens up,
Beneath our very feet;
It rains fire from the skies,
Choking us in dust;
It pours and the waters rise,
Drowning what we built;
She brings the walls crashing down,
Over our little heads!

We feel scared, cower in fright,
looking at open sky;
Nature's come back to remind us, 
that she waits outside!

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Asifa, and victims all!

Rape is to be condemned.
Murder, never condoned.
Those who loudly protest,
Where were they all this while?

Increasing crescendo
Of manufactured rage;
A trap they fall into
When they protest in outrage!

Why is rape more heinous,
Or worthy of notice,
In some cases, some not,
Who's the one who decides?

There's no colour to blood,
No religion for child,
Scream those still in outrage;
But still, someone decides!

Condemn rape if you must,
Or support the girl child;
But why do it this time, 
I'd rather protest against!

For not all rapes are same, 
Nor all children are one;
Nor do I wish to be led,
as part of unthinking herd!

Those who protest the loudest, 
Media, filmstars and the rest,
Care the least about us,
Nor child, nor murder, or rape!

I'd rather not be a pawn,
Played by some unseen hands,
As much a victim as her,
The one whose death we mourn!

Monday, April 16, 2018


The rape and murder of a child,
Is tragedy for kith and kin.
For  many others 'tis symbolic,
A chance for politics, messaging!

If rape is not about religion,
Then why is it so important?
Those who hold the candle-light marches,
You think you're protesting rape, you're not!

If the law finds it difficult
To bring the guilty to justice,
'tis cause it favours those in power,
Was never champion for poor kids!

If the victim is a muslim,
and the perpetrators hindu,
In which crime is faith important,
Why is being hindu ignoble?

I hold the crime as dastardly.
My mind screams and protests in rage,
As much against the liberal apologists,
As the fact that it's a child, and rape!

Those who hold your candlelight marches,
And show unity for a cause;
Think! Who holds the strings of the puppets,
What exactly is the cause, and pause!

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Zuckerberg's Senate Hearing

Mark Zuckerberg's Senate hearing happened yesterday - to me, this looks like the beginning of the end of one more monopoly. There is cause to cheer, but then, we who cheer, cheer too soon and too much!

- - - - - - - - - 

Oh, how we like to see the mighty fall,
and grovel in front of a common court;
Is it any surprise that the rich at all,
are paranoid, and guard their backs at all times?

The fall from grace first, and the fall follows;
The more we lauded him, more we resented;
How we hated being beholden, helpless - 
It built up as we grovelled in his presence!

The Governments have always controlled us,
Through access to our lives by many means;
But they hate it when an upstart outsider,
acting alone, starts wielding their stick!

Only Governments have the power to regulate,
Of Aadhaar, Tianenman Square and Watergate;
A Facebook or Bitcoin that upsets them,
Will be squashed, and meet its eventual end!

Meanwhile, what of us, the poor citizens,
Cheering when the villain's thrown to the lions?
We work the galleys; Bread and Circuses,
Are the king's ways of keeping us entertained!

Monday, April 9, 2018

Chanda Kocchar

With icons like Chanda and Shikha,
Women power has just awakened;
Poster girls of the new India,
On them was a greater burden!

We raise some people to god-hood,
and give them undue share of praise;
In turn we expect a sainthood,
That even the saints can't emulate!

Power leads to more corruption;
More of it corrupts absolutely.
What matter if it's women or men,
Lust and greed know no boundaries!

There's a lot of smoke, and cloud, and haze,
To hide the muck that lies underneath,
Each actor tries to queer the pitch,
Too many, and too much at stake!

Never raise anyone to such heights,
The fall will be hard when it comes;
Achievement, excluding all else,
Views the world with only one lens!

We celebrate all achievement,
and rightly so: one needs to aspire;
But there's no one I want to emulate
in full: for all Gods have feet of clay!

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

A Bubble World

My data is being stolen,
By people most unscrupulous,
To whom I remain beholden,
For my existence in the Cloud!

I got in and stripped myself bare,
In full view of the world at large.
How dare they use that data mine,
'Twas meant for a moment's delight!

I didn't pay for it to be sure,
For bondage in free marketplace;
Romped and frolicked in public glare,
But 'twas but for moment's delight!

I revel in all these platforms,
They reflect my world-view to me;
Give me the likes I so much want,
In world full of people like me!

I liked that no boundaries exist,
I could applaud, curse, rant and rave,
But I thought my data was kept,
In a place that's secure and safe!

Oh! How I hate them, the monsters,
They went and sold this data mine,
To all kinds of tricksters and fraudsters,
Who then show me more of what I like!

A nice and secure bubble it was,
I didn't know they were peering in;
When I didn't pay and they let me dance,
That I would pay such a heavy price!

Monday, March 19, 2018


Milk is touted as very good for health. We Indians have a long tradition of drinking milk, it is celebrated in rituals and folklore, it is used as part of the 'abhishekam' for gods, the phrase 'milk and honey' connotes a land of prosperity, all mothers want their children to have their milk before they go to bed, it is thought to bestow health and strength, and of course, calcium. 


Is all this hype justified?


The milk that we talk about is cow-milk or buffalo-milk, the milk that a mammal produces for its calf. Nature intended it for consumption of the young one, of the same species, till it is weaned. In short, are you a cow, and are you still a baby? No? Then don't have milk, goes the argument which does have a lot of merit. A lot of human adults the world over have lactose intolerance, meaning they just don't have the ability to digest milk. The solution to this is not to have milk with the lactose removed, or some such abomination in the form of denatured food as the modern food industry would lead you to believe, but to avoid milk altogether. Since the adult human does not need milk, this does not create a problem. Have you heard of anyone having a problem because of not having milk? In fact, the composition of milk is full of things to make a baby cow grow. Since a baby cow grows to beyond hundred kgs in a few months from birth, it must be packed with growth hormones! But whether these growth hormones are meant for human beings becomes, on a moment's consideration, clear. Now, that is the view from the Naturopathy camp.


The Ayurveda and Indian traditional camp differs. Milk is celebrated in India. This view is mainly from the Aryans who settled in north India, for whom cattle were a source of livelihood and sustenance. They developed the enzymes to digest milk (most Indians can tolerate milk, which is different from say, the Chinese, most of whom are lactose intolerant), and in a land of bountiful rains and verdant forests, with ample grazing for their cows, this made sense.


But, when they said milk is good, what did they mean? Modern corporations have a way of expropriating any word and attaching it to something else, and confusing us into thinking that both are the same. What we call milk nowadays is not milk at all, but a dead, harmful, manufactured product that should not be consumed, let alone fed to babies.


What did they mean when they said milk? They meant milk from cows which are uniquely tuned in to the local environment, in our case 'humped' A2 cows. They meant cows that ate grass which grew naturally, and cows that grazed on open grasslands. Any food that was fed to these cows in their pens was just hay, and oilseeds and specially formulated cakes, and these were all from natural sources. In those days when there were no chemical fertilisers this meant organic as well. The cows were looked after like a part of the family, and their emotional well-being was ensured. The milk was extracted and consumed locally without transporting long distances. If the cow was sick, it would not be milked. The milk would be brought to a boil (which is very different from the process of pasteurisation) once before being used, or, even used raw. As I am writing this, I am imagining a cottage in the jungle, set in rolling meadows with forests for a backdrop, and cows grazing in contented peace. The Ayurvedic ideal of milk, when it says that milk is good as food, is milk produced in that kind of setting.


What is today's reality? Cows are penned in industrial-type enclosures. When animals are kept in such close proximity, they tend to fall ill, and to prevent that, their food is laced with antibiotics. These antibiotics are consumed by us later of course. The cow is just another milk producing machine. Now, machines need to be more efficient, so the cows are cross-bred from high-yield Holsteins or Jerseys which are foreign breeds tuned only for higher yields – any tuning of that kind is sure to have costs elsewhere. The food, apart from being laced with antibiotics, is now changed to corn, if it is cattle being bred for the sake of beef, and in some cases, for milk as well.  The famous Bovine Encephalopathy, or mad-cow disease, struck because cows were fed with left-over parts of chicken-intestines, since… protein is anyway protein, how does the source matter! As to the cow being a happy emotionally well-adjusted cow, forget it. You don't think in those terms when it comes to your factory's machinery, do you?


There is the other model that now works in India, of milk co-operatives. Milk is collected from across the country-side from various farmers. Here of course, you cannot control the quality of cow, nature of cow from which the milk comes, or health of cow. Milk from good cows, bad cows, diseased cows, mad cows are all mixed together into one bunch. Oh, and I forgot, in order to make sure these cows produce more milk, they are injected with Oxytocin, a hormone which causes contraction of the uterus, thus increasing milk production. Or, I believe, it is now called Bovine Recombinant Growth Hormone. What the cow eats and ingests is going to be what you eat, since the cow's milk is a product of what the cow is fed. Now, the milk from these cows is collected from all around the countryside. This will have to be transported to the factory. Now milk in a moving truck with curdle, how does one prevent that? Easy, just mix some urea in it, so what if urea is a chemical fertiliser. And then once it reaches the plant, you need to now ensure that all the bad germs are killed – of course there are bad germs. So you pasteurise the milk. Unfortunately, anything that kills the bad germs will also kill the good germs, just like antibiotics destroy all the good gut bacteria in our stomachs when we have them. But then, the milk industry does not have a choice. They need to collect milk from long distances, package it, and transport it again for long distances to reach the customer. In the process, whatever makes a profit for the industry is good for health, and whatever does not, is bad for health. A new definition for what is healthy! But don't tell me you didn't suspect this? Don't tell me you believe all that they tell you about healthy food nowadays through their advertisements ("eat healthy, think better") and disguised as 'scientific research'?


Pasteurisation is murder. But then you cannot rest there can you? You have to ensure that the carcass is truly dead. Customers started complaining about the yellow stuff floating on top of the milk, which is basically the cream and fat that separates. So what does the milk industry do? They 'homogenise' it, a very innocuous word – did we tell you that the more innocuous the word the more you have to suspect that something is wrong? They pass the milk through a fine mesh which is measured in microns. With a pressure of 2400 psi, which number doesn't make sense, unless you think of the fact that the pressure in your car-tire is 40 psi. This pulverises the milk, shatters its structure, so to speak. Now, the body will not even recognise it as milk! And havoc ensues, within your system, without even your being aware of it.


And we take this 'manufactured product' called milk, which has long since ceased to bear any resemblance to milk, and we call it milk. And we feed it to our babies. We feel that if we don't have milk we won't get our calcium – another myth fostered by advertising just like the salt and iodine thing  - when, in fact, pasteurised milk depletes the body of calcium and leads to osteoporosis. What we are consuming is manufactured, industrial sludge.


But, you say, but, even if I buy your argument, where do I get organic milk from grass-fed cows in the city? You don't? Well then, go back and look at the beginning of this article. Milk is not required for the human body. Stop having milk.


Monday, March 5, 2018

Rules for Food

Summarising my conclusions on food and diet.... This is what I firmly believe after a lot of reading on the subject:
Irrespective of what science says, according to me these rules apply

Avoid processed foods.
Cook at home or get it delivered from someone who cooks at home, next best is eating at a darshini

Anything that has a long shelf life is not food. Therefore, most of the branded foods we buy are not qualified to be called food

The source of your nutrients is more important than the count. Stop counting calories, stop looking at labels

Buy only what grows, and cook

Eat only what spoils, but eat it before it spoils

Eat mainly vegetarian food

Eat within hours of cooking. No fridge, and reheating very rarely

Avoid pasteurised and homogenised milk. Since any other kind is difficult to procure in the city, avoid milk

Ghee is good

Avoid refined oil. Buy cold pressed

Avoid table salt or manufactured salt. Buy raw unrefined sea salt or himalayan rock salt

Avoid manufactured atta, buy wheat and get it ground at the local chakki

Avoid microwaved food

Reduce the amount of rice and wheat in the diet, increase fruits and vegetables

As far as possible  trace all the ingredients in all your food right to the source.

Reduce white sugar to the extent possible

Avoid milk products, and bakery products.. Unless you make those items at home

First is to avoid processed foods
Then apply the above rules
Then, buy organic... This ensures good food practices at the source of the food production cycle

Dinesh Gooalan
4 March, 2018

Sunday, January 28, 2018


(with select references from Ancient Indian Literature)


2.1  The mystical syllable OM


In India, at the beginning of every prayer, at the beginning of every undertaking, one chants OM. It is often the first and last sound in a discourse, the start and end of a yoga class, the beginning and conclusion of anything auspicious.


In any group that assembles in India, and this can be observed mainly in religious or spiritual gatherings, the proceedings start and end with everyone chanting OM in unison. Those who have participated in this exercise will confirm that this chanting of OM creates a feeling in the air, a distinct change in the atmosphere that is caused by the vibrations produced by this chanting. This vibration seems to pervade the atmosphere, leading to a definite sense of calm, and also seems to reverberate within, affecting us internally in subtle ways. Many people will vouch for this fact: the chanting of OM does have an effect.


What exactly is this OM, what are its origins and what is its significance?


2.2  Why chant OM


Chanting OM is a very grounding and peaceful experience. Bhavani Lorraine Nelson, a teacher of Kripalu Yoga, says "When we sound OM together, we're aligning body/mind/spirit; we're aligning with one another; we're aligning with the universe because it's the sound of the universe and we're referencing something real… It's a very grounding and peaceful sound. One teacher said that if you simply go through life chanting OM, the very air around you will sparkle." (as cited by Reiss, 2014)


Yogananda says that chanting OM also creates a link with those who have practised before us. "It's a sound that validates oneness and harmony," he says. "We chant it because yogis have for thousands of years. And when we chant it, we're connecting with those yogis in a ritual way, and drawing upon the support of the practices they've been doing for a long, long time." (as cited by Reiss, 2014)


2.3  The Meaning of OM


The Bible, in the first verse of the opening chapter of the Gospel of John, says:


"In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God." (John 1:1, The Bible, many translations including King James New International version)


From whence arose man, and the entire Universe, known and unknown? Spiritual traditions have for long grappled with this question, and have recognized the profound role of the Divine Word as the origin of the Universe. At first, there was a sound vibration, and the world was born. Western science is also beginning to study the role of vibration or sound being at the root of matter, which is a branch of study in quantum physics.


If you want to find the secrets of the universe, think in terms of energy, frequency and vibration. (this is a quote that has been attributed to Nikola Tesla, the famous scientist, but there is no proof that he ever said it. However, many spiritual masters have been asserting this over and over).  Yoga recognizes a profound connection between speech (the expression of our thoughts) and prana (the fundamental life force).


The potential of sound vibration and intention in creating our reality has been explored by the ancient yogis, as well as by several scientists working with modern paradigms.


What is the significance of OM, and how can it aid our spiritual practice and growth? This article will explore some of these aspects.


2.4  The Sound of OM


While talking of OM, the focus is on the sound, but it is most likely to be recognized by its symbol:


The word OM and the symbol are in Sanskrit, the language of the Vedas. Both as a sound and a symbol it is deeply revered in the Hindu tradition. The enunciation of OM produces a peaceful resonance, resulting in a beneficial calming influence on the mind. It has these effects even when the meaning may not be fully understood.


As per the Mandukya Upanishad (quoted later in this article), 'in Sanskrit the word OM (which can also be written as AUM, but is most correctly represented by the symbol ) consists of three syllables, , , and म् (a, u, m).' The first two syllables, following the rules of Sanskrit Grammar, combine to form (o), thus forming the word OM, represented by the symbol


According to Vedic tradition, all sounds have an intended purpose, so it is important to pronounce words correctly. For a word of such deep mystical significance, it is even more so for OM. "It is important to understand that in repeating OM one should not break it down into its component three letters but pronounce it as two letters. Nor should one elongate or drag the sound out when chanting it." (Cleary J, 2012)


All words are a combination of sounds that mean something or represent an object or an idea. To say the word is to think of the object, and vice versa. In a sense, the word, its meaning and object are inseparable. What idea or object then does the word OM represent? Sanskrit, one of the oldest languages, has a very scientific way of classifying sounds. Depending on where the sounds emanate from in the throat, sounds are classified into:

Velar/Guttural, using the soft palate: this is sound originating at the throat, or base of the mouth – the consonants and letters are: क्, ख्, ग्, घ्, ङ्, ह्, , (k, kh, g, gh, ṅ, h, a, ā)

Palatal, using the hard palate, the roof of the mouth somewhere in the middle: च्, छ्, ज्, झ्, ञ्, य्, श्, , (c, ch, j, jh, ñ, y, ś, i, ī)

Retroflex/Cerebral, originating in the front part of the mouth, closer to the base of the teeth: ट्, ठ्, ड्, ढ्, ण्, र्, ष्, , (, h, , h, , r, , , ṝ)\

Dental: originating at the base of the teeth: त्, थ्, द्, ध्, न्, ल्, स्, (t, th, d, dh, n, l, s, ḷ )

Labial: originating at the lips: प्, फ्, ब्, भ्, म्, व्, , (p, ph, b, bh, m, v, u, ū)

(e) is a combination of a and i; (ai) is a combination of ā and i; (o) is a combination of a and u, and (au) is a combination of ā and u.

 Reiss (2012) says:

·       "For one tiny sound, OM is deeply complex. Apply these simple mouth adjustments just as you would shift an asana to maximize its potency.

·       For "ahh," relax the jaw. The sound rises from the belly, lips are parted, and the tongue doesn't touch the palate.

·       In "oooh," the lips gently come together as the sound moves from the abdomen into the heart.

·       During "mmm," the tongue floats to the roof of the mouth, and the lips come together to create a buzzing in the head. Some say this syllable goes on twice as long as the others.

·       Silence — or om's "fourth syllable" — follows while the sound fades into nothing. Observe how you feel now."


This complete sound of three sounds turned into two is the complete OM. From the Velar/Guttural, the sound progresses to Labial. From "open" it progresses to "closed". The way the sound is produced, it represents the beginning, the middle and the end. Any and all sounds, in any language, all fall within the range of these three sounds. These three letters, A, U, and M represent Creation, Sustenance, and Destruction; Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva respectively. Thus, if one word can be said to represent the whole of Creation, Ishwara, OM is that word. A simple way to appreciate and invoke Ishwara, is by the recitation of OM. This is why OM has such an important place in Vedic culture. In fact, there is a fourth sound after that, that of silence; after you complete chanting the OM, maintain silence, and you will observe that the OM has converted into the sound of silence which reverberates silently in your conscious. OM rests in silence, emanates from silence, and merges back into silence. Thus, in the recitation OM, one recognizes all of creation, and also Brahman, or Ishwara, the eternal truth, from which all creation emerges.


2.5  The Mystic Significance of OM


It is said that when the sages went into deep meditation, they heard OM as the underlying basis of all things. It is the eternal sound, the sound that is there in the Universe all the time. It represents a slew of trinities: Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva; the heaven, the earth, the underworld; the waking, dreaming and dreamless states, and a host of other mystic significances that have been attributed to it over time.


The Guru Granth Sahib starts with the following verse:

"Ek Omkara sat naam, kartaa purakh nirbh-a-o nirvair akaal moorat ajoonee saibhn gur parsaad"

"There is but one God (the Mul Mantra – OM). True is His Name, creative His personality and immortal His form. He is without fear, sans enmity, unborn and self-illumined. By the Guru's grace He is obtained." (Sri Guru Granth Sahib (n.d.), 1)


So what offering can we place before Him, by which we might see the Darbaar of His Court?

What words can we speak to evoke His Love? In the Amrit Vaylaa, the ambrosial hours before dawn, chant the True Name, and contemplate His Glorious Greatness.

(Sri Guru Granth Sahib (n.d.), 2.4, 2.5)


In Buddhist chants too, OM occupies a primary place. OM stands for love, purity, eternity, peace. The total prana is represented by one sound OM. Before birth, we exist in OM, after death, we dissolve into OM.

Many layers of meaning are there in OM for those who delve into these things, yet OM has endured in its popularity not because of its esoteric mystical underpinnings, but because of the vibration it generates and the feeling it creates in those who chant it. "The sound itself seems to calm the nervous system," says Stephen Cope, founder of Kripalu's Institute for Extraordinary Living, "Like all chants, it gathers and focuses the mind, and in that state it's not vulnerable to the rising of the odd thought that will create grasping or aversion. It shifts us out of our ordinary discursive mind and into a more contemplative mode." (Reiss, 2014)


OM as a Bija (primordial seed) mantra


Seed, or bija, mantras are single syllable mantras from the Sanskrit language.

David Frawley, in his book Mantra Yoga and Primal Sound writes: "Shakti bija mantras are probably the most important of all mantras, whether for meditation, worship of deities, energizing prana or for healing purposes. They carry the great forces of Nature such as the energies of the Sun and Moon, Fire and Water, electricity and magnetism, not simply as outer factors but as inner potentials of Divine Light. They project various aspects of force and radiance for body, mind and consciousness. They hold, resonate, and propel the Kundalini force in specific and transformative ways. Below is a simple table of the main energies (Shaktis) of the Shakti mantras." (Frawley, 2010)


Pranic energy: OM Energy of sound: AIM Solar energy: HRIM Lunar energy: SHRIM Electric energy: KRIM Magnetic energy: KLIM Power of fire: HUM Power to stop: HLIM Power to stabilize: STRIM Power to transcend: TRIM

2.6  OM: References in Ancient Literature


2.6.1      OM is God (Brahman)


Katha Upanishad:

सर्वे वेदा यत् पदमामनन्ति तपा्ँसि सर्वाणि यद् वदन्ति

यदिच्छन्तो ब्रह्मचर्यं चरन्ति तत् ते पद्ँ संग्रहेण ब्रवीम्योमित्येतत् ।। 1.2.15 ।।

sarve vedā yat padamāmananti tapām̐si sarvāṇi ca yad vadanti

yadicchanto brahmacarya caranti tat te padm̐ sagrahea bravīmyomityetat ।। 1.2.15 ।।

I tell you briefly of that goal which all the Vedas with one voice propound, which all the austerities speak of, and for which people practice Brahmacharya: it is this, viz OM (Gambhirananda, 2013)


Taittiriya Upanishad

ओमिति ब्रह्म ओमितीद्ँ सर्वम् ओमित्येतदनुकृतिर्ह स्म वा अप्योश्रावयेत्याश्रावयन्ति ओमिति सामानि गायन्ति ओ्ँशोमिति शस्त्राणि श्ँसन्ति   ओमित्यध्वर्युः प्रतिगरं प्रतिगृणाति ओमिति ब्रह्म प्रसौति ओमित्यग्निहोत्रमनुजानाति ओमिति ब्राह्मणः प्रवक्ष्यन्नाह ब्रह्मोपाप्नवानीति ब्रह्मैवोपाप्नोति।।1.8.1।।

omiti brahma omitīd sarvam omityetadanuktirha sma vā apyośrāvayetyāśrāvayanti omiti sāmāni gāyanti om̐śomiti śastrāṇi śm̐santi   omityadhvaryu pratigara pratigṛṇāti omiti brahma prasauti omityagnihotramanujānāti omiti brāhmaa pravakyannāha brahmopāpnavānīti brahmaivopāpnoti।।1.8.1।।

Om is Brahman. Om is all this. Om is well known as a word of imitation (i.e. concurrence). Moreover, they make them recite (to the gods) with the words, 'Om, recite (to the gods)'. They commence singing Samas with Om. Uttering the words 'Om som ' they recite the sastras. The (priest) Adhvaryu utters the encouraging words with Om. The (priest) Brahma approves with the word Om. One permits the performance of the Agnihotra sacrifice with the word Om. A Brahman, when about to recite the Vedas utters Om under the idea, ' I shall attain Brahman '. He verily attains Brahman. (Gambhirananda, 2013)



The sound Om is Brahman. The rishis and sages practiced austerity to realize the Sound-Brahman.…By following the trail of Om you attain Brahman, of which the Word is the symbol. That Brahman has been described by the Vedas as the ultimate goal" (Sri Ramakrishna Paramahansa, as cited in Nikhilananda, The Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna).


"It [Om] is not a word, it is God himself" (Vivekananda, Inspired Talks, Page 180, Sunday, July 21).


2.6.2      OM is both Saguna (with Form) and Nirguna (without Form) Brahman

एतद्ध्येवाक्षरं ब्रह्म एतद्ध्येवाक्षरं परं
एतद्ध्येवाक्षरं ज्ञात्वा यो यदिच्छति तस्य तत् ।। Katha Upanishad 1.2.16 ।।

etaddhyevākṣaraṃ brahma etaddhyevākṣaraṃ paraṃ

etaddhyevākṣaraṃ jñātvā yo yadicchati tasya tat ।। Katha Upanishad 1.2.16 ।।

This letter (OM), indeed, is the (inferior) Brahman (Hiranyagarbha); and this letter is, indeed the supreme Brahman. Anybody, who, while meditating on this letter, wants any of the two, to him comes that. (Gambhirananda, 2013)



तस्मै होवाच। यथा गार्ग्य मरीचयोऽर्कस्यास्तं गच्छतः सर्वा एतस्मिंस्तेजोमण्डल एकीभवन्ति ताः पुनः पुनरूदयतः प्रचरन्त्येवं वै तत्सर्वं परे देवे मनस्येकीभवति। तेन तर्ह्येष पुरूषो श्रृणोति पश्यति जिघ्रति रसयते स्पृशते नाभिवदते नादत्ते नानन्दयते विसृजते नेयायते स्वपितीत्याचक्षते।।Prasna Upanishad 5.1.2।।

tasmai sa hovāca yathā gārgya marīcayo'rkasyāstaṃ gacchataḥ sarvā etasmiṃstejomaṇḍala ekībhavanti tāḥ punaḥ punarūdayataḥ pracarantyevaṃ ha vai tatsarvaṃ pare deve manasyekībhavati tena tarhyeṣa purūṣo na śrṛṇoti na paśyati na jighrati na rasayate na spṛśate nābhivadate nādatte nānandayate na visṛjate neyāyate svapitītyācakṣate।।Prasna Upanishad 5.1.2।।

O Satyakama, this very Brahman, that is (known as) the inferior and superior, is but this Om. Therefore the illumined soul attains either of the two through this one means alone.  (Gambhirananda, 2013)


2.6.3      OM is the true name of God


"Om is the highest Name of God, and comprises many other Names of God. It should be borne in mind that Om is the Name of God exclusively–and of no other object material or spiritual–while the others are but descriptive titles and not exactly proper names" (Dayananda Saraswati, Satyartha Prakash).


"The One Omkar is the True Name [of God]" (Guru Nanak, founder of the Sikh religion. This is the opening line of the Sri Guru Granth Sahib, the holy scripture of the Sikhs.).


"Om–this is the sound that comes at the beginning of creation. The rishis were able to hear that sound. Even today, yogis hear it at the inner core of creation. There is no sound as pure as this in the whole world. It is the primordial Name of God.…Fix your mind on the sound Om, feeling that it is God himself" (Premeshananda, Go Forward, pp. 245, 246).


2.6.4      OM bestows the vision of God


"That which is manifested by the Pranava is the Lord (Ishwara) himself.…When the yogi has recognized the power of Om to express its meaning, the Lord, he should undertake japa and bhavanam of it on the Lord who is signified by Om. When the yogi thus engages in japa and bhavanam of Om, his mind becomes one-pointed. So it has been said: 'After Om japa, let him set himself in yoga [bhavanam], after yoga, let him set himself to japa. When Om japa and bhavanam come to perfection the Supreme Self [Paramatman] shines forth.'" (Vyasa, Commentary on the Yoga Sutras).


"The underlying reality of nature, soul, and God is Brahman; but it (Brahman) is unseen, until we bring it out. It may be brought out by Pramantha or friction, just as we can produce fire by friction. The body is the lower piece of wood, Om is the pointed piece and Dhyana (meditation) is the friction. When this is used, that light which is the knowledge of Brahman will burst forth in the soul" (Vivekananda, Inspired Talks, Sunday morning, July 7).


2.6.5      OM unites us with God (Brahman)

धनुर्गृहीत्वौपनिषदं महास्त्रं शरं ह्युपासानिशितं संधयीत। आयम्य तद्भावगतेन चेतसा लक्ष्यं तदेवाक्षरं सोम्य विद्धि।।Mundaka Upanishad 2.2.3।।

dhanurghītvaupaniada mahāstra śara hyupāsāniśita sadhayīta āyamya tadbhāvagatena cetasā lakya tadevākara somya viddhi।।Mundaka Upanishad 2.2.3।।

Taking hold of the blow, the great weapon familiar in the Upanisads, one should fix on it an arrow sharpened with meditation. Drawing the string, O good-looking one, hit that very target that is the Imperishable, with the mind absorbed in Its thought. (Gambhirananda, 2013)



अरा इव रथनाभौ संहता यत्र नाड्यः एषोऽन्तश्चरते बहुधा जायमानः। ओमित्येवं ध्यायथ आत्मानं स्वस्ति वः पाराय तमसः परस्तात्।। Mundaka Upanishad 2.2.6।।

arā iva rathanābhau sahatā yatra nāḍya sa eo'ntaścarate bahudhā jāyamāna omityeva dhyāyatha ātmāna svasti va pārāya tamasa parastāt।। Mundaka Upanishad 2.2.6।।

Within that (heart) in which are fixed the nerves like the spokes on the hub of a chariot wheel, moves this aforesaid Self by becoming multiformed. Meditate on the Self thus with the help of Om. May you be free from hindrances in going to the other shore beyond darkness.  (Gambhirananda, 2013)



2.6.6      OM is eternal


"All this expressed sensible universe is the form, behind which stands the eternal inexpressible Sphota, the manifester as Logos or Word. This eternal Sphota, the essential eternal material of all ideas or names, is the power through which the Lord creates the universe… this Om and the eternal Sphota are inseparable;…the eternal Om" (Swami Vivekananda, Bhakti Yoga, The Mantra: Om: Word and Wisdom).


OM is the mantra by which we worship God and the gods

महर्षीणां भृगुरहं गिरामस्म्येकमक्षरम्

यज्ञानां जपयज्ञोऽस्मि स्थावराणां हिमालयः।।Bhagavad Gita 10.25।।

maharṣīṇāṃ bhguraha girāmasmyekamakaram

yajñānāṃ japayajño'smi sthāvarāṇāṃ himālaya।।Bhagavad Gita 10.25।।

Among the great sages I am Bhrigu; among words I am the one syllable (OM); among sacrifices I am the sacrifice of silent repetition; among the immovable things I am the Himalayas. (Sivananda, Bhagavad Gita)


"Just as the image of Vishnu or any other god is regarded as identical with that god (for purposes of worship), so is OM to be treated as Brahman" (Shankara, Commentary on the Brihadaranyaka Upanishad, as cited by Madhavananda, 1960).



2.6.7      OM is the source of Creation and Evolution


"The Cosmic Spirit utters Om and by pure will creates the various objects" (Yoga Vashishtha 3:67).


"The goal of the universe is to realize oneness with the 'Om' or One Existence" (Vivekananda, Jnana Yoga, section III).


The Mandukya Upanishad talks primarity of OM:

हरिः ओमित्येतदक्षरमिद्ँ सर्वं तस्योपव्याख्यानं भूतं भवद्भविष्यदिति सर्वमोङ्कार एव। यच्चान्यत्त्रिकालातीतं तदप्योङ्कार एव ।। Mandukya Upanishad 1.1.1 ।।

hariḥ omityetadakṣaramidm̐ sarvaṃ tasyopavyākhyānaṃ bhūtaṃ bhavadbhaviṣyaditi sarvamoṅkāra eva yaccānyattrikālātītaṃ tadapyoṅkāra eva ।। Mandukya Upanishad 1.1.1 ।।

OM! This Imperishable Word is the whole of this visible universe. Its explanation is as follows: What has become, what is becoming, what will become – verily, all of this is OM. And what is beyond these three states of the world of time – that too, verily, is OM. (Krishnananda, Mandukya Upanishad)



सोऽयमात्माऽध्यक्षरमोंकारोऽधिमात्रं पादा मात्रा मात्राश्च पादा अकार उकारो मकार इति ।। Mandukya Upanishad 1.1.8 ।।

so'yamātmā'dhyakṣaramoṃkāro'dhimātraṃ pādā mātrā mātrāśca pādā akāra ukāro makāra iti ।। Mandukya Upanishad 1.1.8 ।।

This identical Ātman, or Self, in the realm of sound is the syllable OM, the above described four quarters of the Self being identical with the components of the syllable, and the components of the syllable being identical with the four quarters of the Self. The components of the Syllable are A, U, M. (Krishnananda, Mandukya Upanishad)



जागरितस्थानो वैश्वानरोऽकारः प्रथमा मात्राऽऽप्तेरादिमत्त्वाद्वाऽऽप्नोति वै सर्वान्कामानादिश्च भवति एवं वेद।। Mandukya Upanishad 1.1.9 ।।

āgaritasthāno vaiśvānaro'kāraḥ prathamā mātrā''pterādimattvādvā''pnoti ha vai sarvānkāmānādiśca bhavati ya evaṃ veda।। Mandukya Upanishad 1.1.9 ।।

Vaiśvānara, whose field is the waking state, is the first sound, A, because this encompasses all, and because it is the first. He who knows thus, encompasses all desirable objects; he becomes the first.  (Krishnananda, Mandukya Upanishad)



स्वप्नस्थानस्तैजस उकारो द्वितीया मात्रोत्कर्षादुभयत्वाद्वोत्कर्षति वै ज्ञानसंततिं समानश्च भवति नास्याब्रह्मवित्कुले भवति एवं वेद ।। Mandukya Upanishad 1.1.10 ।।

svapnasthānastaijasa ukāro dvitīyā mātrotkarṣādubhayatvādvotkarṣati ha vai jñānasaṃtatiṃ samānaśca bhavati nāsyābrahmavitkule bhavati ya evaṃ veda ।। Mandukya Upanishad 1.1.10 ।।

Taijasa, whose field is the dream state, is the second sound, U, because this is an excellence, and contains the qualities of the other two. He who knows thus, exalts 13 the flow of knowledge and becomes equalised; in his family there will be born no one ignorant of Brahman. (Krishnananda, Mandukya Upanishad)



सुषुप्तस्थानः प्राज्ञो मकारस्तृतीया मात्रा मितेरपीतेर्वा मिनोति वा इद्ँ सर्वमपीतिश्च भवति एवं वेद ।। Mandukya Upanishad 1.1.11 ।।

suṣuptasthānaḥ prājño makārastṛtīyā mātrā miterapītervā minoti ha vā idm̐ sarvamapītiśca bhavati ya evaṃ veda ।। Mandukya Upanishad 1.1.11 ।।

Prājña, whose field is deep sleep, is the third sound, M, because this is the measure, and that into which all enters. He who knows thus, measures all and becomes all. (Krishnananda, Mandukya Upanishad)



अमात्रश्चतुर्थोऽव्यवहार्यः प्रपञ्चोपशमः शिवोऽद्वैत एवमोंकार आत्मैव संविशत्यात्मनाऽऽत्मानं एवं वेद ।। Mandukya Upanishad 1.1.12 ।।

amātraścaturtho'vyavahārya prapañcopaśama śivo'dvaita evamokāra ātmaiva saviśatyātmanā''tmāna ya eva veda ।। Mandukya Upanishad 1.1.12 ।।

The fourth is soundless: unutterable, a quieting down of all relative manifestations, blissful, peaceful, non-dual. Thus, OM is the Ātman, verily. He who knows thus, merges his self in the Self – yea, he who knows thus. (Krishnananda, Mandukya Upanishad)