Encyclopedia of Psychology and Religion

2020 Edition
| Editors: David A. Leeming

Lingusitc Sound and Religion

  • Amitabh Vikram DwivediEmail author
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-24348-7_200221

Introduction

Religions across cultures believe in the realization of inner sounds. For them, this is a necessary condition for the development of spiritual path. Scriptures too provide textual references to it worldwide. Also, it is believed that inner sound is a manifestation of Almighty who is indescribable and unnamed. Many universities, such as Auburn University at Montgomery, offer a major in Psychology at AUM, and they claim that the learners will develop critical skills and learn to conceptualize problems. In AUM, two vowel sounds and one nasal sound represent a corresponding psychological state. Interestingly, religions express the Supreme Being using different linguistic expressions: Hu (in Sufism), Tao (in Taoism), ॐ Aum (in Hinduism), Shabd (in Sikhism), Allah (in Islam), Father (in Christianity), and alike. Based on the number of followers, there are three religions, namely, Hinduism, Islam, and Christianity which are considered major as compared to lesser populated...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.College of Humanities and Social Sciences – Languages and LiteratureShri Mata Vaishno Devi UniversityKatraIndia