Hinduism and Tribal Religions

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| Editors: Pankaj Jain, Rita Sherma, Madhu Khanna

Aum

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-94-024-1036-5_444-1

Introduction

Realization of inner sound leads to a development of spiritual path, and a reference to this is found in almost all traditions, religions, and philosophies worldwide [ 1]. This inner sound represents the Almighty that is unnamed and indescribable; however, interestingly this Supreme One has got different expressions in human languages across cultures. Some call it AUM (in Hinduism), Allah (in Islam), God, Father (in Christianity), Hu (in Sufism), Shabd (in Sikhism), Tao (in Taoism), and Word of the Almighty, Consciousness, Awareness, Self, Brahman, and the like. The list is endless; however, the philosophical works and scriptures name the following (Table 1):
Table 1

Linguistic expressions for the Almighty in different religions

Linguistic expressions

Works/scriptures

Cultures/religions

AUM, Naad, Akash Bani, and Sruti

Vedas

Hinduism

Nada and Udgit

Upanishads

Hinduism

Akshar

Bhagavad Gita

Hinduism

Aum

Mahayana

Buddhism

Aum, Namo

Agamas

Jainism

The Music of Spheres

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.College of Humanities & Social Sciences – Languages & LiteratureShri Mata Vaishno Devi UniversityKatraIndia