Om ---- Amen

N. Ganesan naga_ganesan at HOTMAIL.COM
Wed Nov 18 01:52:26 UTC 1998

> Also in early Upanisads "Om" means just "yes," equivalent to
>"tathaa."  Is  it possible that it could have first just been an
> affirmative particle that  later gained its cosmic signifcance and
> was not fabricated from the vowel tables of the Sanskrit alphabet?

>>Interestingly, in archaic or formal Tamil,
>>"Aam" means "yes".
>>Wonder if there's a connection.

  I was informed:
  "In earlier Sanskrit upon chanting mantrams, one has
  to say "Om" which means 'yes'. Only in the later
  times, tathaa takes its place." An example will be

  Not only in archaic Tamil, even today "aamaam";
  It is just "Am" repeated twice "Am Am = yes, yes".

  Jaffna dialect of Tamil possesses many archaic
  features of Old Tamil. In Jaffna Tamil,
  people say 'Om' for 'yes' all the time.

  I think the praNavam's meaning as a+u+m was
  formulated later.

  N. Ganesan

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