“Om!, this syllable is this whole world”
– Mandukya Upanishad

When one learns what ingredients make up an omelet, one can build all the possible combinations ever. Imagine the same accomplishment but on discovering what produces the world we live in. This knowledge is available in one of the eleven highest treaties on consciousness ever: the Mandukuya Upanishad. What is most impressive is that it achieves this in only twelve verses.

The focus of the Mandukya Upanishad is to define consciousness as OM. It describes it as a four-fold concept that is best described in the following image by AshleyTurner.com

The not so obvious

Consciousness or Samadhi is achieved when its three components are experienced: dream, deep sleep and waking. This means reality is divided between what we perceive (waking), what we imagine (dream) and the meaning of it (deep sleep). For instance, if I recall the image of an Omelette and have not tasted it I’m not fully conscious of it. Nor am I if I know its image, tasted it but have not give it meaning as a healthy food. Not experiencing all three is an illusion. Experiencing all three is to be conscious and by conscious we mean being able to differentiate something.

The never obvious

In the first verse of the Mandukya Upanishad it is said that AUM OM transcends time: past, present and future. What follows is a teaching of Jose Luis Parise founder of the E.D.I.P.O. school of research on Psychoanalysis and Occultism. When we say AUM OM we are pronouncing the impossible for our minds, because the position of the mouth for each sound is exactly opposite. The sound for “O” indicates to open the mouth while the sound for “M” indicates to close the mouth. To combine two opposite sounds at the same time means to transcend time. The same way that understanding something in each of the three states is to be fully conscious.

I illustrated this in a design that explains both AUM and OM:

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