The Aum symbol design can be seen as a symbolic representation of the various psychological compartments of the psyche; an inner dimensional map of the various compartments of human consciousness and the relationship each has to the divine within. The long lower curve represents the dreaming state. The upper curve stands for the waking state. The curve which emanates from the center represents deep sleep, beyond dreams. The crescent stands for the veil of material illusion. The dot is the transcendental self.