VAac Yoga – Yoga of Sound – Part 2: Representation of AUM

Posted on October 11, 2010


Guest post. Multipart series on “VAac Yoga – Samskrita” by Ravindra Koul.  The purpose of this series is to emphasize the importance of learning and comprehending Samskrita as a means to realization.. Continuation from previous post on VAac Yoga

Physical representation of the Ganapati:

When AUM is rotated by -90 degrees about vertical axis and two dots are added, the picture represents the main outline of the elephant’s trunk with one tusk and eyes – the so-called elephant head. The rest of the details are further artistic innovations on this initial manipulation. Ganesha is called Eaka Danta (Single tusked), because written form of AUM in Samskrutam has single Chandra (crescent moon) as shown in the drawing. And the Modhakam (Indian sweet of round shape) in Ganesha picture is the representation of bindu (dot) in the Chandra of the Sanskrit AUM. The fact that Ganesha’s trunk winds both clock wise and anti-clock wise has to do with the different ways “AUM” is written in different Indian languages. Thus so far as the physical representation of the Ganesha is concerned it is primarily Sanskrit representation of the AUM.

Next consider the non-physical Attributes of the Ganesha. Ganesha is invoked before any Pooja or Yajnya is started. One can start an auspicious activity by either saying AUM or by invoking Ganesha (Sri Ganeshaaya Namaha). Ganesha is the giver and embodiment of knowledge at the non-duality level. So is AUM as will be shown below. Ganesha is Vighneshwara (remover of obstacles). Without going through the details of the nature of Vighana (Obstacles), this aspect of Ganesha is again tied to knowledge (as all knower), and the action out of knowledge removes the obstacles. Ganesha is Sad-Chit-Aananda, so is the nature of AUM, as I will elaborate below. Ganesha is a non-dualistic concept so is AUM.

 Representation of AUM at VaiKhary (dualistic) level of language:

At the VaiKhary level of speech the sound “AUM” starts with the first vowel in the (Samskrutam) language “A” standing for “Anusara”.  The sound then goes through all the parts of mouth (without obstruction by tongue etc.) until Sanskrit Vowel “U” standing for Shaktee and ending with “Anusawara” (Nasal sound) “M”. All vowels occur between the Vowels “A” and “M”. Thus AUM contains all the group of vowels of the language in the undifferentiated form. Now consonants are by definition the restrictions of the vowels in different parts of the mouth by the tongue and lips. Hence Consonants are already contained in the Vowels. Hence Vowels are called MAatrukAa (Mother). Thus AUM contains both the vowels and the consonants in an undifferentiated form. Next note that all knowledge can be represented in the form of words, which in are represented by vowels and consonants. Hence all knowledge is contained in the “AUM” in an un-differentiated form.

The point of the above elaboration is to show that at the VaiKhary level sound AUM captures the crux of the non-dual nature of all knower, which is the representation of Ganesha. What we have shown that Ganesha is the physical representation of what is also called the Shabda Brahman AUM.

Next write-up will further elucidate the power of Ganesha/AUM in tantra

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