Healing with Om
In the Kathopanisad, Maharshi Yama explained to Nachiketa that among the various names of God, Om is the highest sound value for God. It has the essence of three Vedas.
In the Prashnopanisad, Maharshi Pipplada said: “Om has three parts, A,U,M. Dilating on the first part of it is physical meditation, dilating on the second part is mental meditation and dilating on its third is spiritual meditation.”
Om is the remedy for the afflictions of the soul and the door to salvation. It’s meaning is the Infinite, the Supreme Lord. Om represents God who is the Protector, the Dearer than life, the Destroyer of afflictions and the Bestower of happiness.
Those who breathe their last while meditating on Om, advance to the high er planes of existence. This is explained in the first part of the Chandogya Upanisad. But everybody may not or cannot meditate on OM while dying.
Loud or silent chanting of Om or any other inspiring word has been found effective in various systems of psychotherapy. This was disclosed in a report published in Time magazine that now patients enrolled for heart operations are offered optional programmes of massage, yoga and meditation at the Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center. Most of the patients are being urged to chant OM before surgery since the mantra has a relaxing as well as healing effect.