Recently I came across four representations of the Om/Aum symbol in a period of 10 days. As all of the sightings were in rural Tasmania in Australia, I felt that it must be more than coincidence. This encouraged me to explore the relationship between the five elements and the universal and universally known symbol and sound of Om. I would not have done so if I hadn’t seen multiple sightings of this sacred symbol. Here is what I have discovered so far.
There must have been some reason why I saw so many Om/Aum symbols in such a short space of time. It was like I was being encouraged to discover the nature of the relationship between Om and the five Hindu elements of earth, fire, water, air and ether. Given the importance of both concepts in the Upanishads, the mystical texts associated with the Indian Vedanta philosophy, as well as in Yoga, I would expect some connection between them. Om is also part of the iconography of Buddhism and Jainism, with Buddhism having it’s own strong relationship with the five elements. Jainism may have as well – I haven’t had a chance to investigate that religion yet.
When searching on-line for ‘Om and the five elements’ the most striking ‘hit’ was a YouTube video on Transcedental Om meditation and the five elements. Three of the screen shots taken from the video (see below) outline the connection between the five elements and chanting OM. It touches on the relationship between the five elements and our health, as practiced through Ayurveda, the Indian science of medicine. Another connection that struck me was that Om and the five elements are different forms of energy.I also came across an interesting article on shaktima.org that described different mudras for the five elements. Each had an associated mantra that started with ‘Om’.
I imagine that somewhere someone has written about these connections so I will keep on exploring. For that moment though I will leave you this tantalising glimpse into a fascinating subject, with the hope that it will spark further interest. A pop-up post if you like.
I would love to learn more from people with deeper knowledge of the links between Om and the five elements who read this post.
Postscript: To show this Om phenomenon is more than coincidence – my sister Ruth, who is the best commenter on my blog posts (as noted in most recent post ‘Searching for the elements‘), was wearing her Om t-shirt today. It’s the first time she has worn it this summer! The Universe works in mysterious ways.
Another Om sighting, this time involving an Om clothing brand. Seen in a second hand shop in Melbourne. When you become aware…….Om is everywhere.