Om v. Amen
No need to be afraid of the sound of Om!
"Om" is actually a recent translation of the spelling of the sacred sound in yoga. This was actually derived from the visual of the symbol. Om is originated from "Aum" which means sacred sound, or utterance, of the universe. When chanting Om, the sounds should be made in succession of "ah" "ou" "m" spelling out aum. Om and Aum are different variations of the same word. Similarly to the spelling of "color" and "colour."
"Amen" is a huge part of the Catholic faith as well as other Christian faiths. The root of Amen is from Hebrew and later translated to Greek. In Hebrew, it means "so be it." Amen is used to conclude each Catholic prayer, and many of the Jesus’ teachings, because it establishes and affirms truth (CCC 1061-4). Beyond saying Amen, the Catechism teaches that “Jesus Christ himself is the ‘Amen'” (CCC 1065).
The sacred word of Amen concludes every prayer in the Catholic religion while Aum concludes almost every yoga practice.
The sound “Aum” is said to be what ignited the creation of the universe. Sound familiar? The beginning of the gospel of John says, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God….All things came into being through Him, and apart from Him nothing came into being that has come into being” (NASB, John 1:1 and 3). John, the only gospel that is not synoptic, refers to Jesus as the Word throughout the gospel.
In short, the Word is Amen; Amen is Jesus; and Jesus is the Word. Aum and Amen are different translations of the same word. They are “the Word” that created the universe.
Speaking is about intention, like what I mentioned in the last blog post. Think about this: someone sends you a sarcastic text message and you get mad at them. You talk to them about it and they weren't trying to be sarcastic at all. The intent was good but the interpretation was incorrect.
My intent of saying om is the intent behind saying amen. I know who Jesus is and that is who I praise. Jesus will forever be my "Word" whether that be in Sanskrit, Greek, French, or Japanese.
Peace and Namaste,