TEXT 174
'praṇava' ye mahā-vākya--īśvarera mūrti
praṇava haite sarva-veda, jagat-utpatti
SYNONYMS
praṇavaoṁkāra; ye—that which; mahā-vākya—transcendental vibration; īśvarera—of the Supreme Personality of Godhead; mūrti—the form; praṇavaoṁkāra; haite—from; sarva-veda—all Vedic literature; jagat—of the material world; utpatti—production.
TRANSLATION
"The transcendental vibration oṁkāra is the sound form of the Supreme Personality of Godhead. All Vedic knowledge and this cosmic manifestation are produced from this sound representation of the Supreme Lord.
PURPORT
Oṁkāra is the representation of the Supreme Personality of Godhead in sound. This form of His holy name is accepted as the transcendental vibration (mahā-vākya), by virtue of which the temporary material manifestation has come into being. If one takes shelter of the sound representation of the Supreme Personality of Godhead (oṁkāra), he can realize his constitutional identity and engage in devotional service even though in conditional life.

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