--- In FairfieldLife@yahoogroups.com, wmurphy77 <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> wrote:
> Right on...even MMY says that in his little book, "The Vedas". 
> Additionally, when you transcend, *consciously* you will experience 
> the mother of all mantras, AUM! The very vibration that has created 
> the cosmos is Mother Divine.
> --- In FairfieldLife@yahoogroups.com, Rick Archer <groups@> wrote:
> >
> > 
> > 
> > Brahman is the highest of all. Om is his name. Om is also your 
> > name. It covers the threefold experiences of man. From Om this 
> > world has been projected. The world exists in Om and dissolves in 
> Om.
> > 
> > Om is the greatest of all mantras (mystic formula). Om bestows 
> direct
> > liberation. All mantras begin with Om. Om is the life, the soul, 
> > all mantras. Every Upanishad begins with Om. Oblations that are
> > offered to the various gods are all preceded by Om.
> > 
> > All languages, all sounds, come out of Om. The essence of the four
> > vedas is Om. A-U-M covers the whole range of sound vibrations. A
> > starts from the root of the tongue, U proceeds from the middle 
and M
> > comes from the end, by closing the lips.

I believe, in a sense "om" (awm) is sandhi for "aum". But 
according to CDSL (the last sentence of this entry):

 om ind. (%{av} Un2. i , 141 ; originally %{oM} = %{AM} , which may 
be derived from %{A} BRD.) , a word of solemn affirmation and 
respectful assent , sometimes translated by `" yes , verily , so be 
it "' (and in this sense compared with Amen ; it is placed at the 
commencement of most Hindu1 works , and as a sacred exclamation may 
be uttered [but not so as to be heard by ears profane] at the 
beginning and end of a reading of the Vedas or previously to any 
prayer ; it is also regarded as a particle of auspicious salutation 
[Hail!] ; %{om} appears first in the Upanishads as a mystic 
monosyllable , and is there set forth as the object of profound 
religious meditation , the highest spiritual efficacy being 
attributed not only to the whole word but also to the three sounds %
{a} , %{u} , %{m} , of which it consists ; in later times %{om} is 
the mystic name for the Hindu1 triad , and represents the union of 
the three gods , viz. a (Vishn2u) , %{u} (S3iva) , %{m} (Brahma1) ; 
it may also be typical of the three Vedas ; %{om} is usually called %
{praNava} , more rarely %{akSara} , or %{ekAkSara} , and only in 
later times %{oMkAra}) VS. S3Br. ChUp. &c. ; (Buddhists place %{om} 
at the beginning of their [EMAIL PROTECTED] or mystical formulary in 
six syllables [viz. [EMAIL PROTECTED]@[EMAIL PROTECTED] ; according to T. %{om} 
be used in the following senses: %{praNave} , %{Arambhe} , %
{svIkAre} , %{anumatau} , %{apA7kRtau} , %{asvIkAre} , %{maGgale} , %
{zubhe} , %{jJeye} , %{brahmaNi} ; **with preceding %{a} or %{A} , 
the %{o} of %{om} does not form Vr2iddhi (%{au}) , but Gun2a (%{o}) 
Pa1n2. 6-1 , 95.)** 

That is, for instance if sandhi would require, say, "ojas"
to be "reduced" to "aujas", that (om > aum) doesn't happen to "om", 
which stays like that even if preceded by the "letter" 'a'.

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