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AUM in Nature III

In the ancient Vedic scriptures, the primordial sound AUM (ॐ) is described as the origin of the universe and the inner essence of mantra. The photographs in the AUM Nature Gallery feature various expressions of this sacred symbol seen on the vibrant grounds of Shree Muktananda Ashram.

Reflecting on the beauty of these images can inspire us to look for hints of AUM in the natural world that surrounds us—and can support us in perceiving divinity around and within us.


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For me, all these divine Aum apparitions in nature are as if Shri Guru is saying to us, “Surprise! Can you see me? I am all these Forms. I am in the trees, the leaves, the branches, the lake, the sky—and especially in your heart!”

St. Laurent, Canada

As I looked through these images of Aum in nature, I began to feel joy. What had been an unpleasant feeling toward someone just moments before was transformed into love. I realized that I could allow myself to see the viewpoint of this person, as we share the same Self.

Warrnambool, Australia

I have huge gratitude for this magnificent Siddha Yoga path website and all the wonders it reveals. I also have great appreciation for the exquisite images that show myriad aspects of nature at Shree Muktananda Ashram.

I often view these photographs as part of my morning quiet time, or while I pause for a cup of tea during the day. I love the spontaneous deep breaths that often accompany my viewings. I’m always amazed at how profoundly my state is affected as I look at these photos. They seem to draw me to the awareness of my own inner divinity and help me to feel a sense of oneness, belonging, and deep peace. 

Florida, United States

These photographs have transformed my daily dog walk. I see this sign in the flowers making a pattern on the grass, in the sea as the tide comes in around an arch, and in the clouds above as they change with the wind but hold long enough for me to make it out. It is impossible not to feel surrounded by joy and less alone. The world has taken on a whole new dimension!

Peacehaven, United Kingdom

The pristine-white snowy landscape lush with forest trees and adorned with the AUM symbol was, for me, like God leaving clues of God’s existence— everywhere!

Ville St. Laurent, Canada