In different Eastern religion scriptures the Om is a symbol of rich and deep meaning that extends into the universe. A beautiful symbol that is used to express the source of all creation and life, the Om holds secrets far older than written texts. This symbol is used in chanting spiritual texts, and has been a part of Hindu, Buddhist, and Jain meditative practices for centuries. Inspired by the many meanings associated with the symbol tattoo artists have come up with designs celebrating the Om.
As you look at the Om you find the graceful flowing lines curving upward and downward representing the whole of life and existence. The syllable is considered to be the first sound of life, and the many Om Tattoos you find use variations on this theme. Combinations with traditional Indian symbols give rise to beautiful tattoo designs. The lotus, an ancient symbol of deep consciousness and beauty is often used in an Om tattoo design. You also find many tattoos that club the Om symbol with the head of Ganesha, the elephant-headed Hindu god. The curves of the elephant-head and Ganesha’s divine rounded form and the arches of the Om flow into each other quite naturally. Many designs also have the Om framed in a line of Sanskrit chants in a circular design that symbolizes the eternal circle of life. Here are some tattoo designs featuring the Om in single and many-colored patterns.
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