OM and Occam’s Razor

There is an academic and intellectual term that means a great deal to me. This term is “Occam’s Razor” which says that “of two explanations that account for all the facts, the simpler one is more likely to be correct. It applies to a wide range of disciplines, including religion, physics, and medicine.” So, let us compare the simple prayer “OM” versus “Om Mani Padme Hum” and/or “Om Namah Shivaya” and/or “Om Tare Tam Soha”. BTW, all of these prayers are very auspicious and wonderful. Is it not possible that “OM” embodies all of these other prayers and mantras? According to Occam’s Razor, the answer is “YES”. The Mandukya Upanishad even asserts that “This entire universe is OM.” So, with that said, all other (and more complex) prayers, meditations, contemplative practices and reflections also are within this universal domain of OM. When you consider the following drinks: lemonade, ginger ale, beer, orange juice, mineral water, fresh water, salt water, soda water, and pineapple juice, do they all not have an essential and yet simple aspect? Yes, of course – fresh water. Without fresh water, none of these would exist. And so it is with OM – it is the very essence of existence and hence more complex and regional prayers and attempts to connect to God, The Divine, Brahman, etc. As Swami Sivananda taught many times, “Chant OM. That is the surest path to God and hence inner peace.” I agree totally. I also find it amazing how OM is the root of auspicious words and archetypes like One, I am, Amen, Omega, Shalom, Omniscience, Omnipresence, and Omnipotence. Namaste, Keith

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