The Characteristics of Attainment of Omkara ||20||

1Vayu said: Henceforth, I shall explain the characteristics of Omkara and the ways of its attainment. It consists of three Matrds inclusive of vowels and a consonant.
2The first Matra is Vaidyuti; the second is Tamasi, the third Nirguni, which follows the syllable (?)
3The Matra born of the Gandhara note, shall be known as Gandharvi. When employed on the head, its touch is like the touch of an ant.
4The Omkara so directed ceases to blow (sound) in the head. The Yogin so full of Omkara becomes imperishable in the imperishable Being.
5The Omkara is the bow. The Atman is the arrow. Brahman is its target. It should be hit unerringly. Like the arrow, the Atman shall be wholly absorbed in Brahman.
6The single-syllabled Om is the Brahman hidden in the cavity of the heart. This Om is the set of the three Vedas, three worlds, three fires, three steps of Vishnu and the Rik, Saman and Yajur mantras.
7It should be known that in fact, it consists of four Matras. The Yogin who is in communion with these will attain the sdlokya form of salvation.
8The letter should be known as the phoneme (?) The letter “A” is svarita (the circumflexed note between the high and the low). The letter “M” is the prolated syllable. The three Matras thus termed shall be known.
9The letter “A” is Bhurloka. The letter “U” is Bhuvarloka. The letter “M” with its consonant part is Svarloka.
10The Omkara is a set of three worlds. Its head is the heaven. It is the entire universe. It is the region of Brahma.
11The region of the Matras is Rudraloka but “A” alone is the region of Siva. He (the Yogin) worships that region by specific meditation.
12Hence the devotee shall always take delight in meditation. He should worship the Matra-less syllable strenuously if he aspires for eternal region.
13The first Mat rd is the short vowel; the second is long and the third is indicated as pluta (prolated).
14These Matras shall be known precisely and in due order. They shall be retained as far as possible.
15He who concentrates the sense-organs, mind and intellect in the Atman, even if he bears only half Matra, will attain the fruit.
16He who worships with Asvamedha every month for a hundred years, will not attain the benefit which accrues through a single Matra.
17One can attain through a Matra that benefit which a man attains by drinking a drop of water from the tip of Kusa grass, once in a month, for full hundred years.
18One can attain through a Matra that benefit which accrues from Istapurta, from sacrifice or from truthful utterances or refraining from meat-diet.
19One can obtain through one Matra the fruit which accrues to the warriors fighting for their master without turning away from the battlefield.
20What one fully attains through one Matra cannot be attained through austere penance or through (performance of) sacrifices with plenty of gifts.
21The half Matra there, which is known as prolated, shall be pursued by the Yogins who are householders.
22This is specially the Matra characterised by Aisvaryas (supernormal powers). Thereby, the Yogins gain the eightfold super-power like Anima. Hence he shall practise the Yoga thereof.
23A Yogin who is thus in communion (with the soul) becomes pure. Having suppressed the sense-organs and conquered them, he can realize the Atman and one who realizes his soul, gets everything (i.e. becomes omniscient).
24The intelligent Yogin who engages (himself) in meditation, attains the knowledge of the Rgveda, Yajurveda, Samaveda and the Upanisadic lore through (his) Yogic knowledge.
25Thus with all his elements (that constitute his body) dissolved, he becomes element less. He then transmigrates to the eternal region whence there is no return.
26After seeing it with divine sight he meditates on the four-armed, four-faced Prakriti designated as Visvarupa (one manifested as the universe).
27One goat (i.e. unborn individual soul) takes pleasure and sleeps (enjoys) with this female goat (i.e. the unborn Prakriti) which is beautiful, and red, white, black in complexion (i.e. consisting of the Rajas, Sattva and Tamas Gunas) and procreates creatures in great numbers. But the other goat (liberated soul) abandons her after enjoying her.
27(A)The wise attain immortality after realising the reality about the primordial Prakriti of eight syllables, of sixteen hands and feet, of four faces, of three tufts, of a single horn, who is primordial, unborn and the creator of the universe after its own form. The Brahmanas who know (realize) the Omkara are never born again (i.e. get liberated from Samsara).
28-29He who understands properly and again meditates upon the imperishable supreme Brahman called Omkara leaves off the cycle of worldly existence. He becomes liberated from all ties and bondages. Undoubtedly he attains the auspicious eternal region devoid of attributes. Thus, I have described to you the way for the attainment and realization of Omkara.
30[Prose portion] Obeisance to the lord of the worlds who has grasped the idea and knowledge of the Kalpas, and whose worship is beneficial to you. Obeisance to the attribute less, eternal Brahman to whom the lord of Yogins is devoted. One should worship him who is extremely pure and unaffected like the lotus-leaf untouched by water. Omkara is the holiest of holy things. Consisting of syllables short and prolated, it is holy and full of sanctifying things. One shall worship Omkara devoid of sound, touch, colour, taste and smell. Obeisance to the lord of Prakriti, obeisance to Yogisvara by whom has been made the fierce firmament, the earth firm and the heaven extended, by whom Elysium has been created and Ether made—the two being the abode of Devas. He has universe as (his) form. He is incomparable with Prana and Apana. He is a sacrifice and constitutes all things. The sacrifice is Veda. Veda |is obeisance. Obeisance is Rudra. Hail to Rudra. Obeisance to the lord of the chiefs of Yogins. This prayer for success should be performed in the evening, morning and midday. Rudra bestows the fruits of all desires.
31The obeisance to Rudra is decisively the bestower of the fruits of all pious rites, but so is not the case with the obeisance to other Deves. He who bows to other Devas does not attain the same benefit.
32Hence a Yogin should worship the supreme lord after taking bath thrice a day. Brahman is extensive. Brahman is tenfold extensive.
33The lord created everything at the opportune time with Omkara all round. Vishnu was also created by him as well as obeisance.
34Obeisance as well as Omkara eulogise the lord. Yajna eulogises Omkara, obeisance eulogises Tajtia. Rudra eulogises prayer. Hence Rudra’s region is auspicious.
35These are the secrets of the ascetics in due order. He who understands meditation attains the highest region.