For decades, the monks have collected graphic Aums from around the world. Makes sense. The Aum is an ancient symbol of divinity. The Aum is the first sound, the first movement of creation.
Today we are putting online over 1,100 of these sacred images. They are in two basic formats, JPG for most needs and EPS for vector images. We encourage CyberCadets to use these in holiday cards, Thank You notes, newsletters, web blogs, home art and other forms of communication, or to make creative T-shirts.
In fact, we would not infrequently find ourAums on T-shirts, tattoos, city graffiti and ceramics displayed in hotel lobbies. Everywhere. We are celebrating getting these online today, and applauding Sivarathna Manick who did the heavy lifting on this new resource. Please browse the slideshow and enjoy (and if you have a favorite one, you might even take a moment and send it to): email@example.com. Click here to view the entire collection of over 1150 aums.
We end with our Hindu Lexicon's Aum definition:
Often spelled Om. The mystic syllable of Hinduism, placed at the beginning of most sacred writings. As a mantra, it is pronounced aw (as in law), oo (as in zoo), mm. Aum represents the Divine, and is associated with Lord Ganesha, for its initial sound "aa," vibrates within the muladhara, the chakra at the base of the spine upon which this God sits. The second sound of this mantra, "oo," vibrates within the throat and chest chakras, the realm of Lord Murugan, or Kumara, known by the Hawaiian people as the God Ku. The third sound, "mm," vibrates within the cranial chakras, ajna and sahasrara, where the Supreme God reigns. The dot above, called anusvara, represents the Soundless Sound, Paranada. Aum is explained in the Upanishads as standing for the whole world and its parts, including past, present and future. It is from this primal vibration that all manifestation issues forth. Aum is the primary, or mula mantra, and often precedes other mantras. It may be safely used for chanting and japa by anyone of any religion. Its three letters represent the three worlds and the powers of creation, preservation and destruction. In common usage in several Indian languages, aum means "yes, verily" or "hail."