The Sacred Syllable OM was first discovered by ancient seers called “rishis” who lived in the Himalayan Mountains and who dedicated their lives toward understanding the truth of life and existence. Through Divine Grace, they learned, via meditation, that “OM” is not only the Original Name of God but also the very essence of all life. So, with that said, one can confidently say that OM is Universal. OM is the Name of God (Brahman, in Sanskrit). OM is the essence of the universe. OM is the essence of all living beings in the physical, astral, and causal universes. OM is the essence of time, matter, thought, and spirit. So, by chanting OM with sincerity and reverence, once eventually will come to know God (The Supreme Divine and Holy Spirit, above and beyond all forms). Namaste.