Omyoga blog friends, followers, and visitors - I have entitled this post "RIO - Refuge in Om" because this is a high and very beneficial truth. There are three realms that we are part of - at any given moment - body, mind and spirit. The body is an external shell (the gross body, if … Continue reading RIO: Refuge In Om
Dear Omyoga blog followers, subscribers, and visitors: Yesterday, as I was driving home from work, during rush hour, a woman was riding her bike on a busy street where there was no bike path. She should have been biking on the sidewalk, per our local ordinances. Anyway, she rode along and proceeded at a good … Continue reading Ignorance Is Not Bliss
According to the late and great Paramahansa Ramakrishna, OM is the definitive spiritual sound, name, word, and symbol for God (Divine Spirit) in form and beyond form. So, OM is appropriate as the essence of spiritual concepts like love, compassion, wisdom, intuition, energy, being, presence, and awareness. OM also is appropriate as the essence and … Continue reading Universal OM
There are four major sounds that comprise the Blessed Sacred Syllable OM prayer. AH, UU, MM, and silence. Yes, that is right - silence is the fourth quarter. Why is this? According to Swami Sivananda and many other prominent yoga and meditation masters, the energies that manifest during AH, UU, MM actually merge into the … Continue reading OM Has Four Quarters
Today, my wife and I took our dog Ben (above) to the local dog park. He was on a leash. Another car pulls up alongside our car and two women let out of the car three small dogs, but without a leash. All are totally free. I was a bit concerned but I trusted them. … Continue reading The Problem: Limited Self
There is too much violence in this world today. Terrorism. War. Family Strife. Societal Strife. Political Strife. Religious Strife. The list goes on. In the New Testament of the Bible, Jesus (Yeshua, in Hebrew and Aramaic) tells us that "a divided house cannot stand" (Matthew 12:26). Humanity is terribly divided today and the nightly news … Continue reading Division is Violence; Unity is Peace
The late Hindu saint Paramahansa Ramakrishna once said: "The sound of the waves of the ocean indicates the presence of the Ocean. The same is true of OM. You hear OM and know that you are close to Brahman, the Supreme Spirit. Follow OM until you are one with Brahman, the Supreme Spirit." Namaste.
The essential mantra (sound-formula) for Buddhahood (spiritual awakening) in Tibetan Buddhism is "Om Ah Hung". This mantra purifies the top three chakras (energy centers) in the human body: the heart chakra, the throat chakra, and the head chakra. Many of the Buddhist mantras and prayers begin with "Om Ah Hung" and whatever follows describes a … Continue reading Om Ah Hung, Tibetan Mantra