सप्तदशोऽध्यायः Types of Pranav (Aum, OM), Shiv Puran Chapter 17

सप्तदशोऽध्यायः

Chapter 17

सूत उवाच ॥

Suta Goswami said

प्रणवं द्विविधं प्रोक्तं सूक्ष्मस्थूलविभेदतः || 8 ||
सूक्ष्ममेकाक्षरं विद्यात्स्थूलं पंचाक्षरं विदुः | 9

The Pranava (Om) is said to be distinguished in two types: subtle and gross. Know the subtle one as one-lettered (Om); the gross one as five-lettered.

Panchakshara (five-lettered) in this Purana and generally is a synonym of Namah Shivaya.

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