Sanskrit: etymology of ॐ ?

Michael Zwingli

Senior Member
English - American (U.S. - New England)
Hi there.

I am sure that this question may have been posited before, but I cannot find any information on it. Does ॐ, the "sacred syllable" of the Upanishads have any etymological meaning going back to the PIE roots? I have read that it connotes the concept of "beginning" or "a beginning", but I can find nothing in Pokorny's list of etyma which would lend support to this. If there are any out there who can provide information on this topic, I shall be quite appreciative. I will also post this query in the Etymology/linguistics forum, for good measure.

Thanks much,
Mike
 
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