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21AUMS

Updated: Feb 5




AUM is not just a sound or vibration

It is not just a symbol

It is the entire cosmos, whatever we can see, touch, hear and feel

It is all that is within our perception & all that is beyond our perception

It is the core of our very existence

 

-Amit Ray, Hindu Spiritual Mast-

 

 


Why 21AUMS?

 

A very important question I had to ask myself before I could freely start aumming during my meditation practice was why do we AUM and why repeat it 21 times?

 

I had already  learned at the very beginning of my yoga journey, that the repetition of "AUM" (also spelled OM) is commonly practiced in meditation and spiritual traditions, particularly in Hinduism, Buddhism, and Jainism. What I didn’t know, much about was the chanting itself. What is the significance behind it all and what purpose does it serve? I started researching and here’s what I found.

 

Chanting AUM 21 times is not necessarily a fixed rule. The number of repetitions is ultimately a personal choice and up to the individual. However, a few common regularly practiced repetitions are as follows:

 

Three Repetitions:** The number 3 is often associated with the three aspects of time—past, present, and future—or the three states of consciousness—waking, dreaming, and deep sleep.

 

Seven Repetitions:** In certain yogic traditions, chanting AUM seven times corresponds to the seven chakras or energy centers in the body.

 

108 Repetitions:** The number 108 holds significance in many Eastern traditions. It is seen as a sacred and auspicious number. Chanting AUM 108 times is common in meditation practices. This number has various interpretations, including the 108 Upanishads, 108 marma points in the body, and the 108 beads on a mala (prayer beads).

 

I have chosen 21AUMS as my personal repetition number and my ‘snazzy’ business name in order to capture the multiple aspects and the significance of the of the numbers three, seven and twenty-one. Numerology is a concept that is vastly full of knowlegde and wisdom and something I am in the early stages of grasping. There are multiple supporting documents online breaking down the meanings behind each number, but for the purposes of this post, I’m keeping it simple. See my math and numerology at work below 😁 followed by a few supporting links:

 

3 = (21/7)

 

7 = (21/3)

 

21 = (3 x 7) or (7 x 3)

 

21 = (2+1=3)

 

The number 21 is often associated with completion or mastery with 2 and 1 having their own very symbolic significance, equaling 3 and uniting as 21. Chanting AUM 21 times may represent the completion of a cycle or the attainment of a desired goal. Additionally, it can be seen as a way to deepen focus and connection with the divine or higher self. Ultimately, the significance of chanting AUM 21 times is subjective and can hold personal meaning for each individual practitioner.

 





 

While individual experiences may vary, some known positive benefits associated with chanting AUM include:

 

Relaxation and Stress Reduction

Chanting AUM is often believed to have a calming effect on the mind and body. It may help reduce stress and promote relaxation.

 

Focus and Concentration

Regular chanting of AUM is thought to enhance concentration and improve focus. It can be used as a meditative tool to centre the mind.

 

Spiritual Connection

In many spiritual traditions, AUM is considered a sacred and universal sound representing the essence of the ultimate reality or consciousness. Chanting it is believed to deepen one's spiritual connection.

 

Vibration and Energy Flow

The vibration created by chanting AUM is said to have positive effects on the energy flow within the body. It is associated with the activation of the chakras, promoting a sense of balance and well-being.

 

Sound Therapy

Some proponents of sound therapy believe that the resonance of chanting AUM can have healing effects on the body and mind.

 

Enhanced Respiratory Function

Chanting AUM involves controlled breathing, which can lead to improved respiratory function. This may help individuals become more aware of their breath and develop healthier breathing patterns.

 

Mindfulness and Awareness

Chanting AUM can serve as a mindfulness practice, encouraging individuals to be present in the moment and heighten their awareness.

 

Positive Mood and Emotional Well-being

Chanting AUM is associated with positive emotions and a sense of inner peace. Regular practice may contribute to improved emotional well-being.

 

Promotion of Self-Reflection

The practice of chanting AUM can encourage self-reflection and introspection, fostering personal growth and self-awareness.

 

Cultural and Community Connection

For many people, chanting AUM is not just an individual practice but a communal one, creating a sense of unity and connection with others who share similar beliefs.

 

It is important to note that these benefits are often subjective and can vary from person to person. Individuals should approach such practices with an open mind and seek out teacher’s if desired. Additionally, some scientific studies suggest that mindfulness practices, including chanting, can have positive effects on mental well-being, but more research is needed to fully understand the mechanisms involved.

 



 

The symbol and vibration of AUM is one that I personally resonate with and by incorporating it into my daily health and wellness routine, I have seen the positive influence it has had on my mental health, focus and overall well- being.



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Love and Light,

Stasia

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