Brahman is the eternal, absolute Being, absolute consciousness and absolute bliss. Brahman is the Self of all living beings. Brahman is the creator, the preserver, the destroyer or transformer, of all things. In the Bhagavad Gita, Krishna says: “Brahman is that which is immutable, and independent of any cause but Itself. When we consider Brahman as lodged within the individual being, we call Him the Atman.”
The Kaivalyopanishad tells us: “That which is Supreme Brahman, the Self, the great support of the Universe, subtler than ... subtle, eternal, that alone Thou art. Thou art that Alone.” This affirmation, “That thou art,” “Tat-Tvam-Asi,” sums up the inner path of Hinduism—you are Brahman.
Chanting the OM draws the soul into union with Brahman and with the original Word who was with Brahman in the Beginning. Chanting the OM sends the soul back to her point of origin in the Great Central Sun. By the sounding of the Word, OM, the soul is repolarized to Brahman and recharged with the positive spin of the Atman primed for the Homeward journey as she reaps the karmas she has sown while filled with the gladness of her Lord.
Mark L. Prophet and Elizabeth Clare Prophet, The Masters and the Spiritual Path.
Elizabeth Clare Prophet, June 29, 1992.
- Bhagavad Gita 8:3, in Swami Prabhavananda and Christopher Isherwood, trans., The Song of God: Bhagavad-Gita (New York: New American Library, 1972), p. 74.