ARTISTIC HINDU OM PENDANT
OF THE PENDANT:
or Aum is of paramount importance in Hinduism. This symbol (as
seen in the image on the right) is a sacred syllable representing
Brahman, the impersonal Absolute — omnipotent, omnipresent, and
the source of all manifest existence. Brahman, in itself, is incomprehensible;
so a symbol becomes mandatory to help us realize the Unknowable.
Om, therefore, represents both the unmanifest (nirguna) and manifest
(saguna) aspects of God. That is why it is called Pranava, to
mean that it pervades life and runs through our prana or breath.