Om

The sacred syllable A+U+M, pronounced “ome” as in “home” or “holy” in the Rig Veda (e.g., the hymn to Siva [Chan, Ismail Ragi and Raju 1969: 25, 29n79; see also ibid., 35]). 2) One of the most important mantras in Tantric (Tibetan) Buddhism [e.g., Evans-Wentz 1960; 1967: 127, 301, 312, 320n2, 340], in which “when the disciple’s mind id properly attuned, the inner vibrations of this word symbol together with its associations in the consciousness of the initiate … open his mind to higher dimensions” [Kapleau 1966: 346]. 3) This Tantric sense, perhaps via the translations of Evans-Wendt’s work which occurred in the 1960’s, seems to inform Rainbow usage, in which it becomes a somewhat desacralized pacifying syllable that people chant, typically, before meals, after Councils, during meditations and prayers, in order to “harmonize” vibrations.” The exact route from Tibet to Rainbow is obscure, however, since North Americans tend to lump all “Eastern religions” together in practice [e.g., D. 1966: 261].

September 14th, 2016 by John Anderson