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  • If the syllable um is properly pronounced, it becomes a powerful mantra and produces fluid currents of harmony in the psyche through the siakra, or frontal plexus.

    --Umberto Eco, 1988, Foucault's Pendulum, p. 197

    October 3, 2008

  • Well, now you've got me all piqued about the 'Um'.

    Siakra though, who knew I had one? I vow herewith to start taking much better care of it, as much is so.

    October 3, 2008

  • A different translator might have rendered these as om and chakra. Pro, what's the Italian edition say?

    October 4, 2008