God’s favourite flower the lotus has earned such a reputation by appearing front and centre in religious myths around the world. Considered to be perfection in form, the lotus has been associated with many creation myths. With its radiating petals, the lotus connotes the “divine vulva” that gave birth to the gods and goddesses of ancient religions. These deities are often depicted in the company of this pristine flower. It became a sacred symbol for all that is beautiful on earth, and a reflection of divinity, purity and eternity.
The OM symbol is made up of threeÂ SanskritÂ syllables – ‘aa’, ‘au’, and ‘ma’. First came the sound and from it everything in creation. Believed to be the source of all manifest existence, the sound of OM is the sound of the infinite. Referred to as prana, or the breath of life, OM pervades all of existence. In meditation, the intonation of the sound creates a vibration in tune with the very oscillation of the cosmos. When intoned correctly, harmony and bliss resonate in the body, reaching the centre of one’s being – the atman or soul.
OM is symbolic of many ‘triads’ including earth-atmosphere-heaven, past-present-future; also, birth-life-death, as well asÂ the elementsÂ of fire, sun and wind. It is the symbol of the Hindu holy trinity, Brahma, Vishnu, and Shiva (Creation, Preservation, and Destruction.)
For the devout Hindu, OM is the sound uttered at the beginning of each day, the start of a journey, and going to work. It is placed at the beginning and end of most Hindu texts as a sacred exclamation to be uttered upon commencing and completing. Prayers and mantras are framed by the same intonation. lotus and om design done in morbid tattoo parlor in cash and carry mall Makati Manila, Philippines.