from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Hinduism & Buddhism Variant of Om2.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Same as aam.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A dialectal form of elm.
- n. See aam.
- n. A dialectal form of alum.
- n. See om.
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- n. a terrorist organization whose goal is to take over Japan and then the world; based on a religion founded in 1987 that combines elements of Buddhism with Christianity
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As the name “Rama” gives rise to the form of Rama, similarly, the name “Shiva, in Aum Namah Shivaya” gives rise to the form of Shiva (Maheshwara).
There are also countless manis, dykes of stone from six to sixteen feet in width and from twenty feet to a fourth of a mile in length, roofed with flattish stones, inscribed by the lamas (monks) with the phrase Aum, &c., and purchased and deposited by those who wish to obtain any special benefit from the gods, such as a safe journey.
The word Aum represents this homogeneous sound, it stirs up a power which is latent in it called the Yajna.
Ramayan defines what the word Aum represents, 620-l.
* The word Aum; this is the first sound of creation.
Jew would rather die than labor on the sabbath; the Persian would endure suffocation, before he would blow the fire with his breath; the Indian places supreme perfection in besmearing himself with cow-dung, and pronouncing mysteriously the word Aum; * the Mussulman believes he has expiated everything in washing his head and arms; and disputes, sword in hand, whether the ablution should commence at the elbow, or finger ends; ** the Christian would think himself damned, if he ate flesh instead of milk or butter.
Furthermore, the commission said Matsumoto still exerts what can be called absolute influence on cult members and that changes in Aum’s doctrine have not become a reality.
Within two months, the Web site, titled Aum Text Archive, attracted about 30,000 hits, nearly 30 percent of which were by current Aum members, according to the former cultist.
The name Aum comes from a word in Buddhism, the Sanskrit syllable which represents the universe. "
Then, barely two months later, members of a religious cult called Aum Shinrikyo unleashed a sarin gas assault on the Tokyo subways, killing 11 and injuring many more.
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