vinodh wrote:Hi All,
I just wanted to know the earliest Buddhist reference to the Bijakshara "Om" and the Syllables "Svaha".
Is there any Mahyana-specific explanation for "Om" & "Svaha" ? These are virtually contained in every other Dharanis & Mantras of Mahayana. I am expecting some early Mahayana Sutra to contain the explanation for the use of these syllables.
I am aware Om is explained in Vajrayana as the Vak, Kaya & Citta of the Buddhas. (If I remember from E-Sangha, Eijo quoted an east asian Tantric text where "Om" was considered referring to the Trikayas). I presume, the Tantric texts are dated much later, hence would have had time to come up with an Buddhist association for these.
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