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Om Mala : Meanings Of The Mystic Sound

Nityanand Misra

Published by Bloomsbury India | Language - English | Binding - Paper Back

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About the Book: The OM Mala: Meanings of the Mystic Sound

The OM Mala is a book (and a mala) which explains just one word—OM. OM is one of the shortest Sanskrit words, and yet is considered the most powerful word and a mystic mantra in Hinduism.

The OM Mala gives eighty-four names of OM as per classical, epic, and medieval Sanskrit texts and explains their various meanings in 109 sections or beads, corresponding to 109 beads in a mala (108 chanting beads and one 'sumeru bead). Each bead of this book presents simple meaning of one name (or more than one related names) of OM and offers an explanation along with listing the relevant traditions, explaining the etymology, and quotations. The book includes rare names of OM like 'shrutipada and 'rasa as well as its common names like 'om, 'udgitha, and 'pranava. Both popular meanings of OM (like the trinity of Brahma, Vishnu, and Shiva) and its rare meanings (like inhalation, holding the breath, and exhalation) are included.

The book presents teachings and narratives from Veda-s, Upanishad-s, Smriti-s, Purana-s, Ramayana, Mahabharata, Gita, Yoga, Tantra, Vaishnavism, Shaivism, and Shaktism in the context of OM. The use of OM in religious and spiritual activities like Yogic breathing and meditation is explained. Lucid English translations and explanations are offered for many common Sanskrit words, phrases, concepts, and verses.

The book also contains many pearls from poems, plays, and works on music and Ayurveda. It briefly touches the explanations/relevance of OM in Jainism, Buddhism, andSikhism too. Overall, the book is like a mini-encylopaedia on OM and associated concepts in Indian religions and culture.

The book is divided into 109 sections, or beads. Each bead presents simple meaning of one name (or more than one related names) of OM and offers an explanation along with listing the relevant traditions, explaining the etymology, and quotations. The first 48 beads are on relatively common names of OM like 'om, 'pranava, 'udgitha, 'akshara, 'svara, etc. Names 49 to 108 are on rare names of OM like 'adibija, 'hamsa, 'parama, 'rudra etc. Fourteen beads explain names which start with 'tri (=three). The last 'sumeru bead is special, it gives nineteen meanings of the name OM as per the Sanskrit grammar tradition. Each bead is complete on a single page or on a spread (left and right facing pages).

About the Author: Nityanand Misra

Nityanand Misra, an IIM Bangalore graduate, is a finance professional from the investment banking industry. At work, he specialises in quantitative finance and algorithmic trading. In life, Misra is a multifaceted personality a polyglot, grammarian, mlitt rateur, instrumentalist, musicologist, researcher, editor, author, and book designer.

Misra is passionate about Indian culture, especially about classical and medieval mliterature, classical and folk music, and about Indias traditional fine arts and performing arts. A disciple of Swami Ramabhadracharya, Misra is a scholar of Sanskrit and Hindi. His research and writings are primarily on Hindu religion, Hindu scriptures (Vedas, mPuranas, and Itihasas), and Hindu philosophy.

Misra has edited, annotated, translated, and authored nine books in Sanskrit, Hindi and English. He has designed and typeset all his books himself. He frequently writes short articles and sometimes book reviews. His work has earned praise and goodwill from many dignitaries, including Dr. Karan Singh (Rajya Sabha Member), Ch Vidyasagar Rao (Governor of Maharashtra), Anup Jalota (well-known singer), Ramanathan Krishnan(former tennis player), and Kala Nath Shastry (renowned

Sanskrit scholar). mMisra lives in Mumbai with his family. His tweeter handle is @MisraNityanand.


Book: Om Mala : Meanings Of The Mystic Sound
ISBN-13: 9789387471849
Product Code EBK0420973
Binding: Paper Back
Publishing Date: 2018-05
Publisher: Bloomsbury India
Number of Pages: 232
Language: English

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