Sutras 1.24 – 1.29

This is a particularly interesting section of Book 1. In here, Patanjali defines his version of God. God is someone who is not affected by attachment, therefore, is not attached to actions and the fruits of the actions. God has no I-Am-Ness so God is not afflicted by darkness. God supersedes gurus and he is all knowing.

In previous sutras, Patanjali explains the benefits of surrendering to God, but how do we get closer? The answers expressed were that of surrender, devotion, and sound.

Sutras 27-29 share the story of OM or AUM, the sound of God and Universe. Chanting OM has many positive benefits. To name a couple, it clears the mind and creates energy through vibration. Repeating OM encourages contemplation of God, which therefore as Patanjali mentions, brings you closer to the Devine. Through this practice of chanting OM, self-realization will occur because obstacles in the mind begin to disappear creating an opportunity to see the true self. When I practice AUM, I feel a sense of harmony, oneness and a feeling of being centered from within. I particularly enjoy practicing this chant while in a yoga class, where I am surrounded by students of yoga who also  enjoy chanting AUM. There is nothing like the vibrations of everyone one in the room. It can be moving!

When I practice chanting AUM, I get a sense of harmony, oneness and a feeling of being centered from within. I particularly enjoy practicing this chant while in a yoga class, where I am surrounded by students of yoga who also  enjoy chanting AUM. There is nothing like communal the vibrations of everyone one in the room. It can be moving!

To practice chanting AUM on your own, begin by opening the mouth to say A, as in “ahh.” Then funnel the lips together into an O shape to say U like “oooh.” Finish by bringing the lips together to say M like “mmmm.” A-U-M, is considered the seed sound, which is where all other sounds originate from.  A is for

A – represents creation

U- represents the universe

M- represents transformity and connectedness