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Om \Om\, interj. & n. [Also Aum, Um.] [Skr. [=o]m.] A mystic syllable or ejaculation used by Hindus and Buddhists in religious rites, -- orig. among the Hindus an exclamation of assent, like Amen, then an invocation, and later a symbol of the trinity formed by Vishnu, Siva, and Brahma.

Om mani padme hun, a sacred formula of buddhism (esp. of the Lamaists) translated ``O, the Jewel in the Lotus, Amen,'' and referring to Amitabha, who is commonly represented as standing or sitting within a lotus.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

mystical word in Hinduism, Buddhism; an utterance of assent, 1788.


n. (context Hinduism Buddhism English) A sacred, mystical syllable used in prayer and meditation.

Om (disambiguation)

Om is a sacred syllable of Hinduism. The syllable Om is also referred to as Omkara

OM and similar may also refer to:


Om (, IAST: Auṃ or Oṃ, ) is a sacred sound and a spiritual icon in Indian religions. It is also a mantra in Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism, and Sikhism.

Om is part of the iconography found in ancient and medieval era manuscripts, temples, monasteries and spiritual retreats in Hinduism, Buddhism, and Jainism. The symbol has a spiritual meaning in all Indian dharmas, but the meaning and connotations of Om vary between the diverse schools within and across the various traditions.

In Hinduism, Om is one of the most important spiritual symbols (pratima). It refers to Atman (soul, self within) and Brahman (ultimate reality, entirety of the universe, truth, divine, supreme spirit, cosmic principles, knowledge). The syllable is often found at the beginning and the end of chapters in the Vedas, the Upanishads, and other Hindu texts. It is a sacred spiritual incantation made before and during the recitation of spiritual texts, during puja and private prayers, in ceremonies of rites of passages ( sanskara) such as weddings, and sometimes during meditative and spiritual activities such as Yoga.

The syllable is also referred to as omkara (ओंकार, ), aumkara (औंकार, ), and pranava (प्रणव, ).

Om (band)

Om (sometimes stylized as OM) is an experimental psychedelic rock band from San Francisco, California. Formed as a duo in 2003 by the rhythm section of the stoner doom metal band Sleep, OM is currently a trio.

Om's earliest works incorporate musical structures similar to Tibetan and Byzantine chant, as heard on the debut album Variations on a Theme. The band's name itself derives from the Hindu concept of Om, which refers to the natural vibration of the universe. Every album from Pilgrimage onward features Eastern Orthdodox iconography in the cover art.

Om's first three albums feature Al Cisneros on vocals and bass and Chris Hakius on drums.

On December 5, 2007, Om performed in Jerusalem. Their performance lasted for over five hours and a portion of that show was released on 12" vinyl by Southern Lord as Live at Jerusalem.

The band's 2007 album Pilgrimage was chosen as Mojo Magazine's Underground Album of the Year.

On January 31, 2008, Chris Hakius left the band and was replaced by drummer Emil Amos of Grails. On the last tour with Hakius songs that would later become "Gebel Barkal" and "Thebes" were being performed live.

On August 15, 2008, Om released a 7" 45 entitled Gebel Barkal for Sub Pop's Singles Club. A live vinyl-only LP, Conference Live, followed in 2009 on Important Records.

Om's 4th full-length studio album, God is Good, was recorded by Steve Albini and released by Drag City on September 29, 2009.

The band's 5th studio album, Advaitic Songs, was released by Drag City on July 24, 2012. It met with critical acclaim.

In November 2013, the band played the final holiday camp edition of the world famous All Tomorrow's Parties festival in Camber Sands, England.

OM (Negură Bunget album)

OM is a concept album by Negură Bunget, released on October 20, 2006, on the Code666 label. It was recorded in Negură Music Studio and produced, mixed and mastered by the band. A double LP of the album with a bonus track was released by Enucleation Records in 2008. Another double LP edition, remastered but without the bonus track, was released by Blood Music in 2014.

Om (2003 film)

Om is a 2003 Bollywood action movie conceived and directed by noted action-film maker Ashok Honda. It stars then-newcomer Attin Bhalla as Om, Pankaj Dheer as Mr. Dhariwal, Sandali Sinha as Dhariwal's daughter Sandali and Sharat Saxena as the nefarious Inspector Katkar. The plot is somewhat convoluted and difficult to follow because the timeline frequently skips from past to present.

Om (Ibarra album)

Om is the third album from Mexican singer Benny Ibarra. This album was influenced by Indian sounds and introspective atmospheres. Three singles were released: "Cada Mañana", "Mas de Ti" and "Sutil Dolor".

Om (actor)

Om is an Indian Bengali film actor who works in Indian and Bangladeshi films. His first acting role in a film was Arjun – Kalimpong E Sitaharan which was released in 2013.

Om (John Coltrane album)

Om is a 1968 album by John Coltrane recorded in October 1965.

Om refers to the sacred syllable in Hinduism, which symbolizes the infinite or the entire Universe. Coltrane described Om as the "first syllable, the primal word, the word of power". Issued posthumously, the 29-minute recording contains chants from the Bhagavad Gita, a Hindu holy book, as well as Coltrane and Pharoah Sanders chanting from a Buddhist text, The Tibetan Book of the Dead, and reciting a passage describing the primal verbalization "om" as a cosmic/spiritual common denominator in all things.

It was included on The Major Works of John Coltrane CD released in 1992.

Om (The Moody Blues song)

"Om" is a 1968 song by the British progressive rock band The Moody Blues. It was composed by the band's keyboardist Mike Pinder. "Om" has a heavy Indian influence and sound to it. "Om," which is chanted repeatedly throughout the song, represents Aum, a sacred mantra in the Hindu, Jain and Buddhist religions.

"Om" is the final track on the Moody Blues 1968 album In Search of the Lost Chord. On the album, "Om" is preceded by a short spoken-word interlude named "The Word". "The Word" was written by drummer Graeme Edge, and is recited by Mike Pinder. "The Word" explains the album's concept, and that the mantra "Om" is the lost chord referenced in the album's title, which concludes with:

To name the chord is important to some.
So they give it a word,
And the word is "Om"

While "The Word" and "Om" are generally played together, "The Word" was released on The Moody Blues 1974 compilation This Is The Moody Blues without "Om." However, the final word of "The Word", which is also the first word of "Om", was included.

Like many of the album's preceding tracks, "Om" make use of a variety of different instruments. "Om" features both Mike Pinder and Ray Thomas on lead vocals, and on their usual instruments, the mellotron and the flute, respectively. The remaining band members are featured on instrument other than their usual instruments, which includes Justin Hayward on sitar, John Lodge on cello, and Graeme Edge on tabla, a popular Indian percussion instrument used in the classical, popular and devotional music of the Indian subcontinent and in Hindustani classical music.

"Om" has a very similar influence and sound to The Beatles' 1967 song " Within You Without You," which was written by George Harrison, and included on their 1967 album Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band.

Om (1995 film)

Om , stylized as , is an 1995 Indian Kannada crime drama film written and directed by Upendra. The film was produced by Parvathamma Rajkumar under the production company Sri Vajreshwari Combines. The film stars Shivarajkumar and Prema in lead roles with Srishanthi, G. V. Shivanand, Sadhu Kokila and along with real life gangsters Bekkina Kannu Rajendra, Tanveer, Korangu Krishna, Jedaralli Krishnappa portraying supporting roles.

The film was notable for its exposure of Bengaluru's criminal underworld. The film's plot revolves around Satya, son of a priest who becomes a gangster after his lover framed him in a murder. Rest of the film is about Satya leaving the rowdyism. The soundtrack was composed by Hamsalekha who also written the lyrics for all songs. B. C. Gowrishankar and Shashikumar handled cinematography and editing respectively.

Om was remade in Telugu as Omkaram (1997) starring Dr.Rajshekar and Prema which was also directed by Upendra. Bollywood's 1998 blockbuster Satya shares many similarities with Om, including the fact that both deal with criminal underworlds and each protagonist's name is the same: Satya. The film became a successful venture at box office. It remains a cult following among audience owing to its re-release every year and the film re-released more than 600 times.

Usage examples of "om".

Even zag zij in de aangrenzende donkere kamer naar het witte bed van haar kind om, begon zich toen, zuchtende, te ontkleeden en liet de kanten japon, als een wolk van zwart, haar heupen afglijden.

Paul om, zij rende voort als had zijn kus haar met den angel van een bij gestoken en haar razend van machtelooze woede gemaakt.

Zoo bereikte zij de Javastraat en sloeg zij rechts om, naar de Laan van Meerdervoort toe.

Alsof Sandoz Johns gedachten had gelezen, draaide hij zich met een scheef grijnsje om, boog zich voorover om de mand te pakken en bleef toen op commentaar staan wachten.

Sandoz draaide zich niet om, maar hij bleef staan wachten bij een grote rotspartij, een deel van de geologische formatie waar de oude gebouwen op de heuvel achter hen uit op waren getrokken.

In India it was forbidden to pronounce the word AUM or OM, the Sacred Name of the One Deity, manifested as Brahma, Vishna, and Seeva.

A functioning human being was necessary to flip the arming switches for the OMS deorbit burn.

The seven other cunies escaped frOm the palace along with the Lady Om.

Years came and went, and the seven cunies and myself and the Lady Om, passing through middle life into old age, more and more directed our footsteps to Fusan.

And you shall have sOme corn, provided locally by Josiah Frument and Sons, Seed Merchants, but ultimately by the grace of Om.

The OMS kits were another Space Shuttle hand-me-down and included both the large 26.

The Great God Om, although currently the small god Om, ate a lettuce leaf.

The thing is, you can't load an OMS file unless you have five hundred megs of memory.

The merest accident of microgeography had meant that the first man to hear the voice of Om, and who gave Om his view of humans, was a shepherd and not a goatherd.

His left hand caught hold of the tunic and hauled the Honorable Oms to his feet.