Aum is used in Hinduism, Sikhism, Jainism, and Buddhism and is said to be “the primordial sound that was present at the creation of the universe”. It is said to be “the original sound that contains all other sounds, all words, all languages and all mantras”. The roots of the Sanskrit name given to the sound are based on the two parts “to utter the syllable” and "to make a humming or droning sound".
The name AUM is connected with the three letters a (a-kāra), u (u-kāra), m (ma-kāra), of which it consists.
A-kara means earth,
Ma-kara means neither of these but formless – entirely spiritual and having no connection with form – aether .
The name is variously pronounced or spelled Om or Ohm or Aum and we in the West get the word AMEN from this word.
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