The syllable OM is the symbol of the one God
that the Geeta illuminates.
OM, also called pranav-the word or sound,
expresses the Supreme Being.
In the Vedic literature it is said that the past, present,
future are all nothing but OM.
The syllable represents the omnipresent, omnipotent,
changeless God. From OM are born all that is propitious, all faiths, all celestial beings, all the Ved, all yagya, all utterances, all rewards, and
inanimate or animate.
Sri Krishn tells Arjun in the eighth verse of Chapter 7:
“I am … the sacred syllable OM.”
In the following chapter it is said:
“He who departs from the body intoning OM, God in word, and remembering me, attains to salvation.” (Verse 13).
And he, too,Sri Krishn affirms in the seventeenth verse of Chapter 9, is
“the bearer and preserver of the whole world as also the giver of rewards for action; father, mother, and also the grandsire; the sacred, imperishable OM who is worthy of being known; and all Ved-Rig, Sam, and Yajur.”
In Chapter 10 he calls himself:
“OM among words” and “the vowel akar among the letters of the alphabet”-the first sound of the sacred OM.”
(verses 25 and 33).
The twentythird verse of Chapter 17 declares
“OM, tat, and sat are three epithets used for the Supreme Being from whom at the outset there came forth Brahmin, the Ved, and yagya.”
And in the very next verse it is added:
“It is hence that the deeds of yagya, charity, and of penance, as ordained by scripture, are always initiated by the devotees of Ved with a resonant utterance of the syllable OM.”
Sri Krishn’s final verdict is that recitation of OM is a prime necessity and that its proper mode has to be learnt by sitting devotedly
at the feet of some
[Revered Swami Adgadanandji Paramhans]