O is for Om and Other Mantras #A2ZChallenge

“Om is not just a sound or vibration. It is not just a symbol. It is the entire cosmos, whatever we can see, touch, hear and feel.” – Amit Ray

When I was in my personal ‘Womb Inn’, there were times when Mommy was happy and then there were times when she used to be stressed. At those stressful times she would chant “Om”, with full concentration. She and Miss A used to do it regularly and was often be followed by the Gayatri Mantra.

After we came home (from the hospital), for almost a month, she totally forgot about these sessions of chanting ”Om” to me. As you all must be aware of how crucial the first month is for both the mother and the newborn. Both of us were busy adjusting to each other and not to forget we were sleep-deprived (I because of my new surroundings that I was facing and she because of giving birth, which is equivalent to a second life … be it normal or by c-section).

The day when Modi Uncle asked us to clap, ring a bell or beat the thali, Mommy suddenly realised that she had never chanted Om to me after I was with her. The clapping by Nani and ringing of bells by Miss A and Mommy were different sounds altogether. I had never heard such soothing sounds live …right in front of me (as at that time I was amidst them all). I was very contented and without making any noise smiled and happily enjoyed the tinkling of bells and the rhythmic clapping. Later in the evening, Nani, Miss A and Mommy sat down and chanted ‘OM’ for me. It sounded really nice. I felt calm and the vibrations created positivity around me.

The next day Nani put a Hindi bhajan – Yagya Roop Prabho Hamare. She asked Miss A to get the Havan mantra book and they started the singing of bhajans, one after another and for nearly half an hour or so. I loved these melodious songs as well. These days every evening Mommy plays them for a calming environment. These are usually followed by Om and Gayatri Mantra. Miss A also enjoys these evening musical sessions, and I must say that she has a beautiful melodious voice.

Whenever I am very very cranky and refuse to settle down to any lullaby, Mommy starts chanting OMMMMM.  This calms me down and I slowly doze off. She also sings the Gayatri Mantra or the bhajan. But she makes sure that she sings something which creates positivity around me. Not only Mommy, but Miss A also chants the Om and the Gayatri mantra to me, when she sees Mommy is busy and I am low.

Mommy says, there is a deadly virus (COVID19)’ in the air these days which can only be overcome by chanting ‘Om’ and not vaccinations. I guess I will agree with her!

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Well, about me I can say that I am a certified dentist, healthcare analyst, medical writer and above all a mother of a 6-year-old. Most of my day to day activities revolve around her and she is my inspiration to start this blog. As a mother, I experimented with a lot of new things for my little one in a quest to find the best for her. I just want to share my experiences of being a happy and content mum.

32 Comments

  1. April 17, 2020
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    I also chant Om and Gayatri mantra often to Miss A. In fact, i silently chanted the gayatri mantra all through my c sec. It was as if someone had played a CD player in me. It was magical and gave me the needed strength. Little Miss A also calms down when i chant. Adorable as always

    • Shubhra Rastogi
      April 17, 2020
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      Thanks Arushi. When I was scheduled for C-section with Baby A and Miss A, I also chanted the Gayatri Mantra. It does magic … doesn’t it?

  2. April 17, 2020
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    Om has the mystical effects. It cannot be expressed into words. You know what my son’s name is OM. We do chant Om everyday before starting meditation. recently, there was one mass chanting done in the USA. And we also joined it. It felt so serene and full of positive vibes…

    • Shubhra Rastogi
      April 17, 2020
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      Yes Alpana it does give a calm and serene environment

  3. April 17, 2020
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    Om is the primordial sound. It creates harmony in body, mind and surrounding.

    • Shubhra Rastogi
      April 17, 2020
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      Yes, it does! Thanks for visiting by!

  4. April 17, 2020
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    Chanting Om does emit positive energy in the vicinity. Nice that you have such small chanting sessions with your little ones. 🙂

    • Shubhra Rastogi
      April 17, 2020
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      Thanks Dashy

    • Shubhra Rastogi
      April 17, 2020
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      Am glad to hear that

  5. Jyoti Jha
    April 17, 2020
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    “Om is the entire cosmos”, very true. I chant this mantra and have also taught this and many more mantras to my son. In general, we might be forgetting the importance of our own cultures and traditions lately, however, the people across the world are now realizing its importance and adapting to this.
    I visited a Hindu temple in the UK once where they have depicted the power of Mantras and the significance of OM chanting…’ it is the sound of the cosmos when converted to audible range’ they have mentioned. Although I was embarrassed I had to learn this so far from my own land, About time we realize the significance of our ancient knowledge, decode and understand them.

    • Shubhra Rastogi
      April 17, 2020
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      Totally Jyoti. better late than never

  6. April 17, 2020
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    Om is the most powerful of all the sounds that a human body and soul can resonate with. It has a calming effect on the one who chants as well as one who listens. Good to see that the little baby is used to OM chanting right from the early stages of development.
    -Its O for Once Again at https://canvaswithrainbow.com/once-again/

    • Shubhra Rastogi
      April 17, 2020
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      Thanks Anagha

  7. April 17, 2020
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    That’s lovely Shubhra. I would also sing kirtan and other traditional songs to my son when he was being extra difficult and fussy!

    • Shubhra Rastogi
      April 17, 2020
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      I guess the soft and melodious music calms them down instantly

  8. April 17, 2020
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    True Shubhra whatever the baby hear in the womb they find tat sound very soothing when they are out. I used to play Sai bhajans time my son and when he was born no matter how badly he was crying, he will be quiet as soon as I played the same

    • Shubhra Rastogi
      April 17, 2020
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      True Roma

  9. April 17, 2020
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    My kids have grown up listening to bhajans and hunuman chalisa as lullabies. And now I am trying to instill the habit of OM chants before sleeping. Your moms doing the right thing kid. Go with the flow.

    • Shubhra Rastogi
      April 17, 2020
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      Thanks Anupriya

  10. April 17, 2020
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    This is very powerful thing. Mantra has the power to reduce the malefic effect and restore peace within. A very important post.

    • Shubhra Rastogi
      April 17, 2020
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      Thanks Swarnali!

  11. April 17, 2020
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    Chanting mantras during pregnancy and later after birth have a profound effect on babies. I used to listen to Dr. Balaji Tambe’s Garbha Sanskaar during my pregnancy and later whenever the baby was cranky, he would calm down immediately!

    • Shubhra Rastogi
      April 17, 2020
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      Yes it is magical isn’t it

  12. April 17, 2020
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    OM is magical . Thanx for this post . May be it helps me start again with chanting .

    • Shubhra Rastogi
      April 17, 2020
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      Am sure it will 🙂

    • Shubhra Rastogi
      April 20, 2020
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      Thanks Sundeep

  13. April 19, 2020
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    Om has powerful effects indeed. Glad to know its powers have a calming effect on babies too. 🙂

    • Shubhra Rastogi
      April 19, 2020
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      Yes indeed

  14. April 28, 2020
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    Whether mantras chase away the virus is yet to be seen but I do believe in its healing and restorative properties . Ms Papaya and I say the gayatri mantra every day and I’ve recently taught her the Mrityunjay mantra. We both love the reverberations of Om before and after the prayers .

    • Shubhra Rastogi
      April 28, 2020
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      Yes Om does have a calming effect

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