Aum is one of the most popular chants in India. From
time to time Osho has suggested many ways of doing it;
if done properly, it can be a door to silence.
A caution from Osho: A mantra has to be chanted and
then dropped. A mantra is complete only when you can
drop it. Do not cling to it!
Here we discuss one of the ways of chanting the Aum
Sit down relaxed, either in a temple or in your room
and repeat AUM as loudly as possible, for one hour.
Use the whole body to repeat it, as if thousands of
people are listening to you without a microphone, and
you have to be very loud so that the whole body
trembles, shakes with it. Let the body be saturated
with the sound of Aum.
For almost three months, you should not bother about
anything else, and only practice this first stage. The
first stage is very important because it gives the
After three months, when you feel your body is
completely saturated, when you can feel deep down
inside you that the word has entered into the body
cells, as if your whole body can repeat it; then you
are ready for the second step. The second step is to
close your mouth and repeat and chant the word Aum
mentally. The throat, the tongue, the lips, everything
should be closed, the whole body locked, and this
chanting should only be in the mind -- but as loudly
as possible: with the same loudness you were using
with the body. Now allow the mind too to be saturated
When the mind feels saturated... it is just like
eating: you feel full, when it is enough; so also the
mind will feel full when it is enough. Then starts the
third step. Neither the body has to be used nor the
mind has to be used at this stage. Just listen, and
you will hear a sound coming to you from your own
heart of hearts. The Aum will be there inside you, as
if somebody else is chanting; and you are just the
This is the completion of the chant mantra.