In this booklet we will try to delve deeper into the word AUM which means sure, faithful.
Aum of the Vedas, or Hum of the Tibetans, Amin of the Moslems, Amen of the Egyptians, Greeks, Romans, Jews, and Christians.
Cosmic Sound of Aum that is heard in meditation is God
Aum is the Creative Word, the whir of the Vibratory Motor
Aum is the bridge between human and cosmic consciousness, and hence Aum is UPLIFTING.
Aum is also the vibration of the energy centres or chakras within living beings.
But first we need to understand the meaning of "Maya" or Cosmic Illusion or Delusion
Maya is the magical power in creation by which limitations and divisions are apparently present in the immeasurable and inseparable. Goddess Kali represents the Eternal principle in nature. She is traditionally pictured as a four-armed woman, standing on the recumbent form of the God Shiva or the INFINITE; because the activities of nature or the phenomenal world spring from the latent spirit. The four arms symbolise cardinal attributes: two beneficent, two destructive; the essential duality of matter and creation.
Emerson wrote the following poem about Maya
Illusion works impenetrable
Weaving webs innumerable
Her gay pictures never fail
Crowd each other, veil on veil
Charmer who will be believed
By man who thirsts to be deceived
Chanting Aum helps us penetrate the impenetrable, untangle the webs, remove the veils and show us the truest form of Spirit. To explain this in more simpler terms, if you are in a ground floor of a building and see from the window, you are able to see very limited views for a limited viewing angle. But as soon as you climb the upper floors say 2nd, 3rd or 20th floor of that building, you see the boundaries are getting blurred and you are able to see the bigger picture with a vaster viewing angle.
This is what AUM does to our consciousness. Our awareness and experiences expand beyond imagination.
By your actions or KARMA, you can either uplift yourself / go up clockwise or cause a downfall / go down anti-clockwise in the spiral form, also represented in the Golden Ratio.
References: Autobiography of a Yogi - By Sri Sri Paramhansa Yogananda