OM is a direct path: Remembering the sound vibration of AUM (or OM), along with a deep feeling for the meaning of what it represents (1.28), brings both the realization of the individual Self and the removal of obstacles that normally block that realization (1.29). In a sense, this practice is like a short cut, in that it goes directly to the heart of the process.
Systematically piercing the levels: This practice takes one on a direct route inward, systematically piercing the levels of consciousness. It is done with sincerity and dedication (1.23) towards the untainted creative source or pure consciousness (1.24), which AUM represents (1.27). That consciousness contains the seed of omniscience (1.25), which is the source of the teachings of all the ancient sages (1.26).
Remember the meaning: For it to have its effect, the sound of AUM is remembered with deep feeling for the meaning of what it represents. (1.28)
From a special process of devotion and letting go into the creative source
from which we emerged (ishvara pranidhana), the coming of samadhi is
Through the sincere, dedicated, and
devoted practice towards the pure consciousness known by words such as purusha, God, or Guru, which is symbolized by AUM, the results of samadhi
come more quickly. In other words, the practice of following AUM through
the levels of reality and consciousness is a short cut of sorts, meaning
direct route to the center of consciousness. This can be better understood
by a close reading of these articles:
Meaning of Ishvara: In the Upanishads, the word Īśvara is used to denote a state of collective consciousness. Thus, God is not a being that sits on a high pedestal beyond the sun, moon, and stars; God is actually the state of Ultimate Reality. But due to the lack of direct experience, God has been personified and given various names and forms by religions throughout the ages. When one expands one's individual consciousness to the Universal Consciousness, it is called Self-realization, for the individual self has realized the unity of diversity, the very underlying principle, or Universal Self, beneath all forms and names. The great sages of the Upanishads avoid the confusions related to conceptions of God and encourage students to be honest and sincere in their quests for Self-realization. Upanishadic philosophy provides various methods for unfolding higher levels of truth and helps students to be able to unravel the mysteries of the individual and the universe. (from Swami Rama in the section What God Is from Enlightenment Without God)
That creative source (ishvara) is a particular consciousness (purusha)
that is unaffected by colorings (kleshas), actions (karmas), or results of
those actions that happen when latent impressions stir and cause those
The pure consciousness itself that is represented by AUM is not colored the way that the samskaras are commonly colored (klishta, 2.3, 2.1-2.9, 2.10-2.11). It is also not subject to the playing out of karmas, nor do actions cause the creation of new samskaras (2.12-2.25).
In that pure consciousness (ishvara) the seed of omniscience has reached
its highest development and cannot be exceeded.
The pure consciousness identified by AUM is also the seed of pure knowledge or omniscience. That level of knowing is sought in the practice of OM.
From that consciousness (ishvara) the ancient-most teachers were taught,
since it is not limited by the constraint of time.
This pure consciousness, being eternal in nature, is the direct teacher of all of the ancient, earlier, or even the first of the teachers within humanity. In other words, some of the original teachers of humanity have learned directly from this pure consciousness, not from a human lineage of teacher-student, etc., whereby there is just a passing of information. This direct learning from the source continues to be available at all times and places, though the help of human teachers is surely a useful, if not essential aid.
The sacred word designating this creative source is the sound OM, called
AUM has a vibrational quality along with other meanings, one of which is as a designator or term to denote the pure consciousness referred to in the sutras above. The word pranavah literally translates as "humming."
This sound is remembered with deep feeling for the meaning of what it
It is important to remember not only the vibration (japa), but also the deep meaning of the mantra, rather than to perform merely parrot-like repetition in the mind.
From that remembering comes the realization of the individual Self and the
removal of obstacles.
Two direct benefits come from the proper practice of the OM mantra:
If one is able to sincerely, devotedly, intensely practice the AUM mantra in the depth of its meaning, it is a complete practice unto itself.
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