What is the significance of chanting Om and Namaha while praying to God? Bhagawan lovingly explains to us today in crystal clear terms, so that we may pray heart-fully.
To grasp the full significance of all-pervasive Omkara, it is necessary to have self-control to bring the sensory organs under control. In reciting any mantra, the primacy to be accorded to Om should be recognised. In the mantras, Keshavaya namah, Govindaya namah, Narayanaya namah, the significance of ‘Namah’ which occurs at the end should be noted. The worshipful attitude signified by Namah (salutations) will be lost if Om is not used at the beginning of each mantra. It is only when ‘Om’ is said at the beginning and Namah at the end, that the full purport of the mantra will be brought out. The integral connection between Om and namah should be recognised! Namah represents Prakriti (objective world). Om connotes Purusha (Divinity). The purpose of the mantra is to reveal the connection between Prakrithi and Purusha!
– Divine Discourse, Oct 01, 1984.