“Aum” and “Amen”

Aum-AmenMany of us have heard from the ancient Hindu tradition that the word “Aum” represents the sacred sound from which the world was divinely created. In other words, this sound conveyed Absolute “Truth.” So Hindus participate in a ritual of chanting to confirm and give witness to this notion by personally reproducing this world-creative sound.

I believe I have read somewhere in George Gurdjieff’s unique writings that “Aum” and “Amen” represent this same universal Truth. I recall Gurdjieff even saying that the word “Amen” could be voiced or sung in a way that a full octave could be produced from it, therefore, conveying a unit of fullness.

Scientist/theologian Emanuel Swedenborg stated that the word “Amen” represented Divine confirmation, or witness to the Divine Truth. Furthermore, he offered rational reasons for believing that this word was more than a positive nod, or a simple verification of the truth of all the sacred words appearing before it—that “Amen” actually held, and was composed of, all the meanings (fullness) of those preceding statements of truth (like a single physical body holds all the vital organs and processes of life).

Jesus often referred to Himself as the “Amen.” He could not have done so if the word did not, in itself, represent the orderly progression of truth (the Divine Proceeding by which spiritual love takes form) in its wholeness.

My dear fellow readers, God’s new revelations continue!


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EDWARD F. SYLVIA, M.T.S. Philosopher/Theologian Edward F. Sylvia attended the School of Visual Arts in New York and received his Master of Theological Studies at the Pacific School of Religion in Berkeley, CA and a Certificate of Swedenborgian Studies from the Swedenborgian House of Studies. He is a member of the Center for Theology and the Natural Sciences (C.T.N.S.) and the Swedenborg Scientific Association (S.S.A.). Award-winning author of "Sermon From the Compost Pile: Seven Steps Toward Creating An Inner Garden" and "Proving God," which fulfills a continuing vision that God’s fingerprints of love can be found everywhere in the manifest universe. His most recent book, "Swedenborg & Gurdjieff: The Missing Links" is an edgy collection of anti-intuitive essays for personal transformation that challenges and inspires. He has been a student of the ideas of both Emanuel Swedenborg and George I. Gurdjieff for over thirty years. Read more about TheGodGuy, his books and his ideas at http://www.staircasepress.com
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