OM – Purnamadah

The below Shanti mantra/slogan/prayer whatever may be, is inspired me lot. The below lines really tells about the secret of universe and the truth of life.

“OM – Purnamadah Purnamidam Purnat purnamudachyate.
Purnasya Purnamadaya Purnamevavashisyate.”


“That is whole, this is whole, from whole comes out of whole.
If Whole is subtracted from whole, still whole is left.”‘Whole’ can be replaced as ‘infinity’ also. ‘That and this’ refers to OM.

(Understanding this meaning might not help, you have to fell it, but still I intend to write about this so that at any point in your life you might sense this meaning.)

This describes the secret of the universe origin. The ‘OM’ which is the static silence initially spread across the entire universe called as free-space. Due the self compression properties of the energy particles, there created pressure and force which is described as shakti. By the virtue of evolutionary process the living beings are originated in this universe. We are all part of the static silence or core consciousness (you can say it also GOD).

The circle represents the ‘mind’ which enclose the individuality of the person. Only the mind forms the finite due to the ignorance which is caused by the egoism. If God created everything, then who created God? The answer is, the thing which has no beginning or end is called as God and others are only manifestation of God. The finite things undergo changes, but those are illusionary. Thus God is referred as infinity. So mind must think of the unlimited to experience the infinity. It is like the air filled in the balloon and suspended in space. Only the balloon moves in the space not the space itself.

This infinity is spread across the universe. By ‘Thuriyatheetham’ mediation you can very well sense the static silence.

And you will accept this equation if you understood the meaning : 0 x Infinity = 1

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14 thoughts on “OM – Purnamadah

  1. wow.. i rele liked this page..thanx a million..the meaning is so deep it has to be meditated upon..i’m grateful to u…truly..

  2. This is of similar thought which I had for a long time. “I and I not” . I ( self ) and I not ( God/ Infinite / Universe / …… and so on ). “I” can see/ visualize “I not” only when “I” thinks that “I” is different from “I not”. Both merges or unifies when I understands that there are no two ( “I” and ” I not “), but ONE.

  3. The explanation given is speculative and concocted one. we are human beings with all our imperfections. According to the scriptures we all have 4 manufacturing defects- of defective sense organs,subject to delusion,
    defect to make mistakes, and to have a propensity to cheat. With all these defects, we have no right to give our concocted defective interpretation to something as beautiful as that Invocation mantra. ‘Isopanisad’ from where this mantra has been culled means “knowledge which takes us nearer to the Supreme Person, Sri Krishna”. If we see Him as ‘infinite’ there is no question of feeling any nearness to vacuum.
    we have to perceive Him as a person, not as an infinite void.
    i request that everybody read the following translation, as it is:
    m purnam adah purnam idam
    purnat purnam udacyate
    purnasya purnam adaya
    purnam evavasisyate (- Isopanisad. Invocation)
    He is “perfect and complete, and because He is completely perfect, all emanations from Him, such as this phenomenal world, are perfectly equipped as complete wholes.”
    I hope it helps everybody. My intention is not to hurt anybody’s feeling but trying to share what i have learnt and realized.

    Dr Vrinda Baxi

  4. this mantra also means : when donate something with fully dedicated mind (poorna manase ). then the thing you given will remain in poornam at you also. take the example of 100 rupee. if you give the 100 rupee to a person with fully dedicated mind. the money value will in you in its full dimension. ie i you are dedicated then you will have shanti………….. om shanti shanti shanti hi……..

  5. “a little bit of fragrance always clings to the hand that gives you roses.” -when you work to improve the lives of others, you indirectly elevate your own life in the process.
    ” the quality of your life will come down to the quality of your contribution.”

  6. A very good attempt,though different authorities have explained it differently.Swami Chinmayananda has translated thisVedic Invocation Prayer as under:”That is, Whole, this is Whole; from the Whole, theWhole becomes manifest. From the Whole, when the Whole is negated, what renains isnegated, what remains isagain the Whole'”


    Earlier it was impossible for us to give any satisfactory answer to this question. But modern science, rather we should say that Einstein, has made it an easy task for us. And Stephen Hawking has provided us with the clue necessary for solving this riddle. Actually scientists in their infinite wisdom have already kept the ground well-prepared for us believers so that one day we can give a most plausible and logically consistent answer to this age-old question. Let me first quote from the book “A Brief History of Time” by Stephen Hawking:
    “The idea of inflation could also explain why there is so much matter in the universe. There is something like ten million million million million million million million million million million million million million million (1 with eighty zeroes after it) particles in the region of the universe that we can observe. Where did they all come from? The answer is that, in quantum theory, particles can be created out of energy in the form of particle/antiparticle pairs. But that just raises the question of where the energy came from. The answer is that the total energy of the universe is exactly zero.”
    Here the question stops. So the clue is this: if we can ultimately arrive at zero, then no further question will be raised, and there will be no infinite regression. What I intend to do here is something similar to that. I want to show that our God is a bunch of several zeroes, and that therefore no further question need be raised about His origin. And here comes Einstein with his special theory of relativity for giving us the necessary empirical support to our project.
    God is a Being. Therefore God will have existence as well as essence. So I will have to show that both from the point of view of existence as well as from the point of view of essence God is zero. It is almost a common parlance that God is spaceless, timeless, changeless, immortal, and all-pervading. Here we are getting three zeroes; space is zero, time is zero, change is zero. But how to prove that if there is a God, then that God will be spaceless, timeless, and changeless? From special theory of relativity we come to know that for light both distance and time become unreal. For light even an infinite distance is infinitely contracted to zero. The volume of an infinite universe full of light only will be simply zero due to this property of light. A universe with zero volume is a spaceless universe. Again at the speed of light time totally stops. So a universe full of light only is a spaceless, timeless universe. But these are the properties of light only! How do we come to know that God is also having the same properties of light so that God can also be spaceless, timeless? Scientists have shown that if there is a God, then that God can only be light, and nothing else, and that therefore He will have all the properties of light. Here is the proof.
    Scientists have shown that total energy of the universe is always zero. If total energy is zero, then total mass will also be zero due to energy-mass equivalence. Now if there is a God, then scientists have calculated the total energy and mass of the universe by taking into consideration the fact that there is also a God. In other words, if there is a God, then this total energy-mass calculation by the scientists is God-inclusive, not God-exclusive. This is due to two reasons. First of all, even if there is a God, they are not aware of the fact that there is a God. Secondly, they do not admit that there is a God. So, if there is a God, then they have not been able to keep that God aside before making this calculation, because they do not know that there is a God. They cannot say that they have kept Him aside and then made this calculation, because by saying that they will admit that there is a God. At most they can say that there is no God. But we are not going to accept that statement as the final verdict on God-issue, because we are disputing that statement. So the matter of the fact is this: if God is really there, then total mass and total energy of the universe including that God are both zero. Therefore mass and energy of God will also be zero. God is without any mass, without any energy. And Einstein has already shown that anything having zero rest-mass will have the speed of light. In other words, it will be light. So, if God is there, then God will also be light, and therefore He will be spaceless, timeless. So from the point of view of existence God is zero, because he is spaceless, timeless, without any mass, without any energy.
    Now we will have to show that from the point of view of essence also God is zero. If there is only one being in the universe, and if there is no second being other than that being, then that being cannot have any such property as love, hate, cruelty, compassion, benevolence, etc. Let us say that God is cruel. Now to whom can He be cruel if there is no other being other than God Himself? So, if God is cruel, then is He cruel to Himself? Therefore if we say that God is all-loving, merciful, benevolent, etc., then we are also admitting that God is not alone, that there is another being co-eternal with God to whom He can show His love, benevolence, goodness, mercy, compassion, etc. If we say that God is all-loving, then we are also saying that this “all” is co-eternal with God. Thus we are admitting that God has not created the universe at all, and that therefore we need not have to revere Him, for the simple reason that He is not our creator!
    It is usually said that God is good. But Bertrand Russell has shown that God cannot be good for the simple reason that if God is good, then there is a standard of goodness which is independent of God’s will. Therefore, if God is the ultimate Being, then that God cannot be good. But neither can He be evil. God is beyond good and evil. Like Hindu’s Brahma, a real God can only be nirguna, nirupadhik; without any name, without any quality. From the point of view of essence also, a real God is a zero. Mystics usually say that God is a no-thing. This is the real God, not the God of the scriptures.
    So, why should there be any need for creation here, if God is existentially, as well as essentially, zero?
    But if there is someone who is intelligent and clever enough, then he will not stop arguing here. He will point out to another infinite regression. If God is light, then He will no doubt be spaceless, timeless, etc. Therefore one infinite regression is thus arrested. But what about the second regression? How, and from whom, does light get its own peculiar properties by means of which we have successfully arrested the first regression? So, here is another infinite regression. But we need not have to worry much about this regression, because this problem has already been solved. A whole thing, by virtue of its being the whole thing, will have all the properties of spacelessness, timelessness, changelessness, deathlessness. It need not have to depend on any other external source for getting these properties. Thus no further infinite regression will be there.
    H. S. Pal

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