A Tribute To The Prayer Box

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The Om Symbol

Om (sometimes spelled "Aum") is a sacred symbol in Hinduism.  Om represents Brahman, the source of all existence. In essence, it is the symbol of God.   It is also  referred to as "the eternal syllable" from which all existence developed.  Om is also considered to be the fundamental sound from which all other sounds originate. As such, "Om" is sung more than said.  

When chanted, Om can bring peace to one's soul.  Hindus initiate every day, project, journey, etc., by chanting  "Om."  The symbol is often written on the letterhead of correspondences and on other important documents.  It can also be found in all temples and other places of Hindu worship.  

Om Jewelry

Of course, the Om symbol is often embedded into jewelry and worn, just as Christians wear the crucifix.  It can be found on rings, bracelets, and especially pendants worn around the neck.

Om Prayer Boxes

Not surprising, then, "Om" has made its way into prayer box jewelry, such as the gold vermeil box shown to the left.  A Hindu might even write the "Om" symbol on small scroll and carry it on their person, in their Om prayer box, throughout the day!

 


Prayer Box With Turquoise

 


On Prayer

"One single grateful thought raised to heaven is the most perfect prayer."

G. E. Lessing
German Dramatist
(1729 - 1781)

 

"Prayer is not an old woman's idle amusement. Properly understood and applied, it is the most potent instrument of action."

"Prayer is not asking. It is a longing of the soul. It is daily admission of one's weakness. It is better in prayer to have a heart without words than words without a heart."

Mahatma Gandhi
Indian Philosopher
(1869-1948)

"Prayer is an important practice that serves to internalize the ideals of the Buddhist path."

G. R. Lewis
Buddhist Faith
Fellowship Founder

 

"Prayer enlarges the heart until it is capable of containing God's gift of himself. "

Mother Teresa
(1910 - 1997)

"To be a Christian without prayer is no more possible than to be alive without breathing."

Rev. Martin Luther King
Minister and Civil Rights Leader
(1929 - 1968)

"No prayer is complete without presence." 


Mevlana Jalaluddin Rumi
Persian Sufi Mystic 
  (1207-1273) 

"In prayer, it is better to have heart without words, than words without heart."

John Bunyan
Puritan Minister and Writer
(1628-1688)

"Our prayers must mean something to us if they are to mean anything to God."

Maltbie Davenport Babcock
Presbyterian Minister and Poet
1858-1901