Om signifies the essence of the ultimate reality, consciousness or Atman (soul, self within) and Brahman (ultimate reality, entirety of the universe, truth, divine, supreme spirit, cosmic principles, knowledge).
The Aitareya Brahmana of Rig Veda, in section 5.32, for example suggests that the three phonetic components of Oṃ (a + u + ṃ) correspond to the three stages of cosmic creation, and when it is read or said, it celebrates the creative powers of the universe. They offer various meanings to Om, such as “the universe beyond the sun”, “mysterious and inexhaustible”, or “essence of breath, life, everything that exists”, or that “with which one is liberated”.
In the context of Om-Tat-Sat, Om is the trigger of all thoughts, deed and conduct. It is the source of creation, harnessing unbound energy around us. Om therefore denotes the unbound energy around us. It symbolizes all the resources that we have at our disposal in meeting our purpose in life. The practical outcomes of believing in the philosophy of Om are as follows:
- Each resource is significant – We start appreciating value of each and every creation around us, howsoever snall it may seem. We acknowledge that each object has its place under the sun, and plays its part in accomplishing our tasks. We begin to respect and leverage each resource, whichever shape and form it comes to us.
- Zero wastage – Once we believe in utility of smallest of the resources and assets, there is no opportunity for wastage. We explore recycle, reuse and re-purpose opportunities for what may appear to have lost its utility for today.
- Complete harmony and balance – Once we are aware of the larger ecosystem around us, our thoughts and actions cease to emanate from a self centered view of preserving our own well being. We raise our consciousness beyond our own physical self. Concepts like majority, minority, inequality, discrimination, prejudices, preferences etc. lose their meaning and our deeds become more inclusive and responsible.
- Full Commitment – We bring our 100% to the enterprise, leaving behind excuses, biases, alibis, exceptions and caveats. We feel confident that we have made use of all possible avenues and options available to us.
Om becomes the toll gate for initiating any act, before we can qualify it further with respect to its intended outcome