Term #1: Om

The term Om is seen throughout Siddhartha’s journey in finding enlightenment. Om means to have oneness and unity in all things. Siddhartha first faces this idea in his training as a Brahmin. The people around him who also believe in this concept do not fully exhibit this idea. Siddhartha notices that there is something more and decides to look for it. When he is standing on the riverbank thinking about killing himself he hear Om again. This helps him realize that he needs to just be what he his. To live in the moment he is in and to not try to force situations and destinations. As Siddhartha goes on he realizes that Om is more complex than he had ever known. He sees that Om involves and encompasses much more that the physical and spiritual aspects but that it include “all things”. He finds this enlightenment at the end when he realizes that there are more possibilities than he had ever thought, there were more paths he could take, and that each of these are valid.
I found this term very interesting because we are taught to have unity in all things as well. 2Nephi 1:21 reads, “ And now that my soul might have joy in you, and that my heart might leave this world with gladness because of you, that I might not be brought down with grief and sorrow to the grave, arise from the dust, my sons, and be amen, and be determined in bone mind and in one heart, united in all things, that ye may not come down into captivity;”

Without unity we subject ourselves to the will of the devil. Not only should we be unified with our brethren or with our families but with other things around us.