The Om Mala
The OM Mala is a book (and a mala) which explains just one word—OM. OM is one of the shortest Sanskrit words, and yet is considered the most powerful word and a mystic mantra in Hinduism. The OM Mala gives eighty-four names of OM as per classical, epic, and medieval Sanskrit texts and explains their various meanings in 109 sections or beads, corresponding to 109 beads in a mala (108 chanting beads and one ‘sumeru bead’). Each bead of this book presents simple meaning of one name (or more than one related names) of OM and offers an explanation along with listing the relevant traditions, explaining the etymology, and quotations. The book includes rare names of OM like ‘shrutipada’ and ‘rasa’ as well as its common names like ‘om’, ‘udgitha’, and ‘pranava’. Both popular meanings of OM (like the trinity of Brahma, Vishnu, and Shiva) and its rare meanings (like inhalation, holding the breath, and exhalation) are included.
About The Author
Nityanand Misra is a rare multifaceted personality. By education, he is an engineer and an IIM graduate. By profession, he is a finance professional who works in the investment banking industry. By interest, he is a polyglot, linguist, grammarian, littérateur, instrumentalist, musicologist, prosodist, researcher, editor, translator, author, critical reviewer, publisher, typesetter, book designer, font designer, speaker, satire-writer, meme-creator, and several other talents rolled into one. Misra is passionate about Indian culture, especially classical and medieval Indian literature, classical and folk Indian music, and traditional fine arts and performing arts of India. His research and writings are primarily focused around Hindu religion, Hindu scriptures (Veda-s, Purana-s, and Itihasa-s), and Hindu philosophy."