And so to the first visitors on the nodes of nexes, the chase begins. The symbol of course is "om." You usually hear it somehow made fun of on TV, or made cheesy by wanna-be's. Of course, anytime something is ridiculed and left unexplained, there is more to it--as there is more to the image above if you find it . . .

This image is a stylized representation of the sound which is described for over 3,000 years as the key to the universe, the essence of truth, reality, the Vedas, life, and death.

A beginning is the little dot. It means to make the sound nasal. This also symbolizes the connection of all sounds at the top of the nose-- the focal point of the sound behind and between the eyes--the seat of the ultimate in every person.

An odd thought about om--totality--you see, it isn't just, as in the West, totality of all that "is"--we see life too static to grasp om that way. Om, when an act of creating the akshara (learn sanskrit),represents life as it is--physics is daring to call this chaos--constant change.

Making a website is the great metaphor for the universe. Through sign, symbol, and syntax, we weave a reality of it's own essence: language. Breaking down the walls betwen the creator and created, the webmaster weaves as s/he surfs--grabbing images to heighten their own wave while online to someone else's. I just did it--used (handy and quick)--and dashed off for a link to get you a great Mac screen capture doo-dad-- PICTify. The program saved my ass on this project, and if you're interested in multi-lingual site work, check out the saga. By the way--for you takers--excite is great, but megacrawler (where you wound up) is good for those thorough searches for serious digging.

Interesting to think of the consequences for critical thought when the thing created becomes mechanism for thing created. Outside of a PPP connection right now--there is very little barrier between act and reality. So it is with language, so it is evidenced with OM.

Oh, and these pages aren't on the map.

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This rendition of the "Sacred Syllable," om, was kindly produced for this site by Sneha Ramesh Viratia.