Aum is the most important syllable in Hindu chanting. It is the beginning as well as the culmination of every mantra in the divine language of Sanskrt. It is a composite of three different phonetics, namely ‘a’, followed by ‘u’, and finally ‘m’. Contained within the aum is the entire linguistic range of man; as such, chanting aum is to have chanted the Vedas and all of itihasa. A powerful syllable such as the aum is the sounding board of all spoken languages, the pronunciation of which is indispensable to the practice of yoga.
The wall-hanging that you see on this page is the Brahmi symbol for aum. It is sculpted from pure brass and has the characteristic golden sheen of the medium. It is a minimalistic composition, a mere set of strategically juxtaposed curves, with a great deal of meaning. It takes a remarkable degree of skill to fashion something so simple yet so pregnant with meaning. Note the near-perfect ratio and proportion of the curves of the Brahmi letter.
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