A Sanscrit word, somewhat similar to Amen. When the gods
are asked to rejoice in a sacrifice, the god Savitri cries out Om (Be it so). When Pravâhan is asked if his father has instructed him, he
answers Om (Verily). Brahmins begin and end their lessons on the Veda with the
word Om, for “unless Om precedes his lecture, it will be
like water on a rock, which cannot be gathered up; and unless it
concludes the lecture, it will bring forth no fruit.”
Om mani padem hûm.
These are the first six syllables taught the children of Tibet and
Mongolia, and the last words uttered by the dying in those lands. It is
met with everywhere as a charm.
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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