OM, the Syllable of Assent and Fulfillment of Humanity’s Desires

Sri Aurobindo translates Chhandogya Upanishad, Chapter One, Section One, Verses 7-8:  “He becometh a gratifier of the desires of men who with this knowledge worshippeth OM the eternal syllable.  Now this OM is the syllable of Assent; for to whatsoever one assenteth, one sayeth OM; and assent is blessing of increase.  Verily he becometh a blesser and increaser of the desires of men who with this knowledge worshippeth OM the eternal syllable.”

OM is the symbol and the sound-body of the Eternal.  When one worships OM, one is worshiping the Eternal and there is a union of the devotee with the object of devotion, thus bringing about knowledge by identity.  When one is identified with the Eternal, both the unmanifest and the manifest, everything that exists comes within the purview of that seeker.  It is thus that all things become possible to such a one as this.

Desire is a force of propulsion in the universal creation.  It is the creative impulse and the seeker who has become one with the Eternal Brahman thus supports and helps drive forward the universal creation.  The Rig Veda calls desire “the primal seed of mind”.

The desires of humanity are actually the driving force of the progressive evolutionary stream within which we grow, achieve and exceed our current limitations.

There is a truth, of course, to the idea that even individual desires or gratification can be sought, and received, as wherever the attention is turned with concentration, the force moves to bring that about.  The seeker of the Eternal becomes one with the Eternal.  The seeker of worldly satisfactions can receive those along the way as well.  Everything is accessible to the seeker who has become one with the Eternal Brahman through concentration on OM.

Sri Aurobindo, The Upanishads, Chhandogya Upanishad, pp.349-366

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