Om Ah Hum (or Hung) is a mantra from the Tibetan tradition. OM, AH, and HUM are individual seed syllables representing Body, Speech (or Sound) and Spirit (or Mind). Through chanting of this sound we aim to purify and transform our body, speech, and mind by identifying and connecting to the pure aspects of these. Body refers not just to our physical body but the entire material dimension. Sound also encompasses our life energy, while Spirit refers to that which lies behind our reason, the greater reality of us.
Tibetans tend to pronounce the Sanskrit HUM as HUNG, with a more resonant nasal tone.
I was taught the mantra with this interpretation:
The All-encompassing expression (OM)
of the flowering love (AH)
This Divine seed at the heart of me (HUM).
Sound this, standing, in one flowing movement. It should be comfortable so sound in three breaths if you wish. Start with your hands raised above the head, palms together and sound…
OM, the primal vibration, the source of all, and into which all things shall return. Sounding OM we link to all that is and to the source of all.
As we sound, we bring OM downwards through the crown chakra… bringing the hands down to the throat and heart (hands in western prayer position) to coincide with the AH sound at the throat chakra…
AH is ‘the Mother of All’, the ultimate female aspect. It is also the unbirthed, the essence of emptiness. AH is where the spirit comes from. AH is uncreated and is therefore the source of all. AH is the ground of Being.
… as the hands move down towards the navel from the heart, flattening out so only the fingertips touch (moving into the HUM sound)…
HUM is the descent of OM into the individual human heart, the infinite in the finite.
As I do this I feel the sound vibration moving down through my head and body, the energetic current moving with it.
Afterwards, come to stillness, being conscious of your breath.