How to do Pranav Mudra
Open your palms. Fold down the index finger and middle finger, keeping thumb, small finger, and ring finger straight.
The speciality of Pranav Mudra
Pranav means “Om”; In this mudra, the palms make a shape similar to the syllable “Om.” The hand was held in Pranav mudra during the practice of Anulom Vilom and Suryabhedi Pranayamas.
Meaning of recitation and meditation on the meaning of Om:
A mantra of Yajur Vedam saluted the sacred “om” syllable and comments on the meaning of Pranavam in the following way: “Oh man, for me, the shining protection, the material, the face of the eternal cause is the protected spirit LA-. the sun is in. The spirit that dwells in the sun is I. I am as vast as the atmosphere, the greatest of all in merit, action and nature.
The appearance of the Pranavam in Upanishads
A Maha Narayanopanishad mantra that recalls the previous message of Yajur Vedam as follows: “Aditya, the highest cause of this universe, a symbol of the syllable Om. This form of the sun is Brahman, that is … because it affects all water, fire, taste and ambrosia. (Immortality) Three Vyahritis (Bhu: .., Bhuva: 🙂 and Suvaha represent the three worlds and PRANAVA represents the cause of the universe which means Brahman, “says Maha Narayanopanishad.
Pranavam in Mandoukya Upanishad
The mantra of Mandoukya Upanishad explains the encompassing nature of Pranavam in the following way: “… OM (AUM) syllable is the world, it is the past, the present and the future, everything is just the word AUM” Pranavam is called here the incarnation of the resonant sound of the Supreme Being. That completely permeates space, time and form.
Prasanna Upanishads notes that AUM is recommended for meditation and the worship of higher reality, in its form of Saguna Brahman attribute and in the form of Nirguna Brahman without attributes. In Katopanishad Mantra, the Lord of Death (Yama Raja) reveals to the aspirant Nachiketas that “the word (OM) is really Brahman, the word is really the highest.” The one who knows that word, in fact, gets everything he wants. ”
Pranavam in Taittiriya Upanishad
A passage from the Taittiriya Upanishad in Brugu Valli explains the benefits of recognizing and worshipping Om as Brahman. He said, “Let it be meditated upon the aspirant in the Supreme (Aum) as support, he will have good support.” If worshipping Aum (Brahman) is so great, it will become the greatest. Aum Nama (obedience), all desires honour him, so that he meditates on them as the supreme, he will return to the supremacy of life “.
Pranavam in other Upanishads
At the end of the Vaiswa Deva Mantra Valli Narayana Upanishad passage, we still have a look at the meaning of Om. “Brahman is the meaning of Omkara, it is the embodiment of all that is subtle, coarse and insensitive Greetings to Brahman Omkaram It is found in the caves of the heart of man O Brahman (Pranavam) You are the ritual of sacrifice , you Vashatkaram (achievement) They are Indra, Rudra, Vishnu, Brahma, Water, Shining Stars and Ambrosia (Immortality) It is for these reasons that the Brahadaranyaka Upanishads emphasize again that Pranavam is identical with Brahman and should be venerated as Brahman. in the fourth Anuvakha of Siksha Valli of Taittiriya Upanishad Om, as the most sacred mantra designates, the aspirant allows all his faculties to be enlightened, including his own intellect (Medha Sakti), here the Brahman sheath and the OM invocation are declared as the equivalent of the invocation of Brahman.