Compiled by London swaminathan
Date: 30 December 2016
Time uploaded in London:- 18-28
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January 2017 Good Thoughts Calendar
8- Vaikunda Ekadasi, 13-Bogi Festival, 14-Pongal/Makarasankranti, 15-Mattu Pongal, 17- Tiruvaiyaru Thyagaraja Aradhana, 26-Republic Day 27- Thai Amavasya.
Ekadasi- 8, 23; New moon day- 27; Full moon day- 12.
Om or Aum is also known as Pranava, Eka Akshara and Udgita
1 January Sunday
I am the syllable Aum in all the Vedas- Bhagavad Gita 7-8
2 January Monday
He who utters the single syllable Aum which is Brahman, remembering Me, as he departs, giving up his body, he goes to the highest goal Bhagavad Gita 8-13
3 January Tuesday
I am the syllable Aum and I am the Rik, the Sama and the Yajus as well –Bhagavad Gita 9-17
4 January Wednesday
Aum stands for the inexpressible Absolute – Dr Radhakrishnan
5 January Thursday
Truly seeing Thy golden feet this day, I have gained release.
O Truth! as the Omkaram dwelling in my soul—- Manaikkavasakar in Tiruvasakam 1 (Tamil)
Showed me the way to escape; and taught the meaning of the mystic OM
—- Manaikkavasakar in Tiruvasakam 51 (Tamil)
6 January Friday
The sacred syllable Aum is verily the lower Brahman and it is also said to be the Higher Brahman. Aum is without beginning, unique, without anything external to it, unrelated to any effect and imperishable- Gaudapada.
7 January Saturday
If we worship Aum as Isvara, we pass beyond grief; Know Om to be Iswara, ever present in the hearts of all. The wise man realising Aum as all pervading does not grieve- Gaudapada.
8 January Sunday
Firstly there was an unexcelled king among kings, namely Vaivasvat-Manu, an estimable one for all sensible people, like the unexcelled mystic syllable Om for Veda-s. [Raghuvamsa 1-11]
9 January Monday
Vedic Recitation begins with Aum and ends with Hari: Aum or Om Tat Sat.
10 January Tuesday
In making a sound we use the larynx and the palate as a sounding board. Is there any material sound of which all other sounds must be manifestations, one which is the most natural sound? Om (Aum) is such a sound, the basis of all sounds. The first letter, A, is the root sound, the key, pronounced without touching any part of the tongue or palate. M represents the last sound in the series, being produced by the closed lips, and the U rolls from the very root to end of the sounding board of the mouth. Thus, Om, represents the whole phenomena of sound-producing. As such, it must be the natural symbol, the matrix of all the various sounds. It denotes the whole range and possibility of all the words that can be made- Swami Vivekananda
11 January Wednesday
The word OM has been retained at every stage of religious growth in India and it has been manipulated to mean all the various ideas about God. Monists, dualists, mono-dualists, separatists, and even atheists took up this Om. Om has become the one symbol for the religious aspiration of that vast majority of human beings. Take, for instance, the English word God. It covers only a limited function, and if you go beyond it, you have to add adjectives, to make it Personal, or Impersonal, or Absolute God. So with the words for God in every other language their signification is very small. This word Om however, has around it all the various significances– Swami Vivekananda
12 January Thursday
Aum or Om or Pranava or Eka Akshara is found in the scriptures of Hindus, Buddhists, Jains and Sikhs.
13 January Friday
When someone correctly enunciated the syllableOM according to the rules, the lore that he had previously rehearsed came back to him.- Vana Parva, The Mahabharata
14 January Saturday
The Panchbhutas (five elements) came from the Omkara; all the movable and immovable things came from it; Om has the three types of living beings; and Om is not only Pranava but also the Symbol of Shiva – Tirumanthiram
15 January Sunday
Since the two words Om and Atha came from the mouth of Brahma, bot are considered auspicious (Sanskrit works begin either wwith Om or Atha)—Patanjala darsanam.
16 January Monday
The great hail it ever as OM,
it smashes karma and quells evil;
it wipes out embodiment and ushers weal
Nor name nor form is it endowed with
And is beyond the pale of mind and buddhi.
It is of the shape of all things existent;
It is, aye, Wisdom, pure and unalloyed
Whose nature is Bliss absolute – Tamil Poet Bharati
17 January Tuesday
Devas chanted: OM OM OM
Heaven rumbled its Amen
The earth did quake; a blizzard
Smote the sky with a storm of dust.
The elements of five then attested;
It is Dharma who is the Lord of the Earth
Our mission stands fulfilled
May this world four fold be in bliss immersed. Bharati
18 January Wednesday
OM, the imperishable sound
is the seed of all that exists
The past, the present, the future,
all are but the unfolding of Om
And whatever transcends the three realms of Time
that indeed is the flowering of OM
19 January Thursday
The pure Self and Om are as one;
and the different quarters of the self
correspond to om and its sounds A U M
20 January Friday
Experience of the inner world corresponds to A, the first sound
This initiates the action and achievement.
Whoever awakens to this acts in freedom and achieve success
21 January Saturday
Experience of the inner world corresponds to U,
the second sound
This initiates upholding and unification
Whoever awakens to this upholds the tradition
of knowledge and unifies the diversities of life
Everything that comes along speaks to him of Brahman
22 January Sunday
The state of dreamless sleep corresponds to M,
the third sound.
This initiates measurement and merging.
Whoever awakens to this merges with the word
and has the measure of all things.
23 January Monday
The pure Self alone,
that which is indivisible,
which cannot be described,
the supreme good,
the one without a second,
That corresponds to the wholeness of OM.
Whoever awakens to that becomes the Self
24 January Tuesday
By sound alone is the non-sound revealed. Now here the sound is Aum. Moving upward along it one rises to the non-sound. So this is the way, this is immortality, this is the total union and peace. Just as the spider moving upward by the thread reaches unbound space, certainly the meditator moving upward by the syllable Aum reaches the self-sufficiency
– Maitryopanishad VI-22
25 January Wednesday
OM is a word of solemn invocation, affirmation, benediction and consent. The word is used at the commencement of prayers and religious ceremonies, and is generally placed at the beginning of books —-Dictionary of Hinduism
26 January Thursday
OM is a compound of three letters A U M, which are typical of the three Vedas; and is declared in the Upanishads, to have a mystic power and to be worthy of the deepest meditation. In later times the monosyllable represents the Hindu triad or union of the three gods, A being Vishnu, U Shiva and M Brahma. This monosyllable is called Udgitha- Dictionary of Hinduism
27 January Friday
Image of Ganesh looks like OM: parAdicatvArivAgAtmakaM – who is the embodiment (AtmakM) of the four levels (catvAri) of speeches (vAg) commencing with parA (parAdi) , namely parA, pashyanI, madhyamA, and vaikharI
praNavasvarUpavakratuNDaM – who has a curved (vakra) trunk (tuNDaM) in the shape of (svarUpa) the sacred mystic syllable “Om” (praNava) – Muthuswamy Dikshitar
28 January Saturday
In every piece of music there are three aspects, namely (1) the meaning of the song; (2) the laws of music, and (3) the sound of the song. Similarly, on OM there are three aspects. The first is the mere sound, the mere mantra as pronounced by the mouth; the second is the meaning of the syllable, which is to be realized through feeling; and the third is the application of OM to your character, singing it in your acts, and so through your life— Chinmayananda
29 January Sunday
No sound is beyond the ken of Om; all sounds are permutations and products of Om. Brahmam too is Om, identified by It and with It. The Brahmam, which is beyond Vision, is manifest for the vision as Atma. —Sathya Sai Baba
30 January Monday
Subrahmanya taught the meaning of OM to the sage Agastya and Lord Shiva and so Subrahmanya is called Swami Nathan.
31 January Tuesday
I want to soak myself in the Omkara and remain motionless like a picture, Grant me it _ Arunagirinatha’s Tiruppugaz