The Bhagavad Gita

Om/Aum Term Analysis

An sacred syllable and mantra (chant) with various religious meanings, which is ostensibly the highest of all sounds. Krishna encourages devotees to chant “om tat sat” (“om is the truth”) during their discipline and sacrifices to demonstrate their awareness of Brahman.

Om/Aum Quotes in The Bhagavad Gita

The The Bhagavad Gita quotes below are all either spoken by Om/Aum or refer to Om/Aum. For each quote, you can also see the other terms and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Penguin edition of The Bhagavad Gita published in 2008.
Discourse 9 Quotes

I am the father of the world —
its mother, its arranger
and its grandfather;
I am what is to be known;
the purifier;
the sound ‘Om’;
the Rig, the Sama
and the Yajur Veda.

Related Characters: Krishna (speaker), Arjuna
Page Number: 105
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Discourse 17 Quotes

Om tat sat.

Related Characters: Krishna (speaker), Arjuna
Page Number: 182
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Om/Aum Term Timeline in The Bhagavad Gita

The timeline below shows where the term Om/Aum appears in The Bhagavad Gita. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Discourse 7
Reincarnation and the Self Theme Icon
Krishna explains that he comprises everything, including the waters’ taste and the sound of “Om,” the Earth’s smell and the discipline of yoga practitioners. He is the “ancient seed of... (full context)
Discourse 8
Detachment and Dharma Theme Icon
Reincarnation and the Self Theme Icon
Forms of Worship Theme Icon
...on which one only desires knowledge of the infinite, restricts the body, and concentrates on “Om,” leads one on “the highest way.” (full context)
Discourse 9
Krishna, the Absolute, and Human Knowledge Theme Icon
...one gives in sacrifice; the father, mother, and grandfather of the world; the purifier, the “Om,” and the Vedas; the way, the seer, home, “birth, death and sustenance,” and the “eternal... (full context)
Discourse 10
Krishna, the Absolute, and Human Knowledge Theme Icon
...of waters, he is the ocean. He is the greatest of sages and the syllable “Om” among utterances, the ashvattha tree among trees, and so on—he continues through sages and chiefs,... (full context)
Discourse 17
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Forms of Worship Theme Icon
Brahman’s “threefold / designation” is “Om tat sat,” or (roughly) “Om is the truth.” Anyone who sacrifices, gives gifts, or performs... (full context)