Pierre Arnold Bernard (the Omnipotent Oom)

From Kook Science

“ᴛʜᴇ ᴏᴍɴɪᴘᴏᴛᴇɴᴛ ᴏᴏᴍ”
Pierre Arnold Bernard
Born Peter Coons or Perry Baker
31 October 1875(1875-10-31)
Leon, Iowa
Died 28 September 1955 (79)
Nyack, New York
Nationality American
Affiliations Bacchante Academy (with Mortimer K. Hargis); New York Sanskrit College; Brae Burn Club (of Nyack, New York) and the Secret (or Sacred) Order of Tantriks
Known for Study and teachings of Hatha and Tantric Yoga for American audiences
Relative(s) Theos Bernard (nephew)

Pierre Arnold Bernard (October 31, 1875 - September 28, 1955), also known as Oom (as in "Oom the Omnipotent", "The Great Oom", and other such accolades), was an American hatha and tantric yogi and occultist.

Selected Bibliography



  • Boswell, Charles (January 1965), "The Great Fume and Fuss over the Omnipotent Oom", True: 31-33, 86-91 
  • Urban, Hugh B. (2001), "The Omnipotent Oom: Tantra and Its Impact on Modern Western Esotericism", Esoterica: Journal of Esoteric Studies 3: 218-239