“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!
Also Read: Theme Reveal, A – Arrival, B – Baby Cries, C – Colour, D – Diapers, E – Exercise, F – Fingers, G – Gym, H – Hair, I – Image, J – Juice, K – Kicking Around, L – Lullabies, M – Massage Time, N – Nani