500 hour yoga teacher training courseBy Dr. Rita Khanna

The Maha Mrityunjaya Mantra is a life-giving Mantra. This Mantra wards off deaths by snake-bites, lightening and accidents of all descriptions such as motor-accidents, fire-accidents, cycle-accidents, water-accidents, air-accidents. Besides, it has a great curative effect when chanted with sincerity, faith and devotion by anybody or in any place where you wish to create a positive, protective and high energy environment. This Mantra is also chanted during auspicious occasions such as initiation ceremonies, birthdays and Havans that will bestow on you health, long life, peace, prosperity and Moksha.

MEANING OF MAHA MRITYUNJAYA MANTRA

The Sanskrit word Maha means ‘great’, Mrityu means ‘death’ and Jaya means ‘victory’. Mantra is a word of great power that can give protection against negative forces and even change one’s destiny. The Mahamrityunjaya Mantra consists of 34 Aksharas (literally ‘imperishable’) or eternal sounds, and is as follows:

MAHA MRITYUNJAYA MANTRA

Om Trayambakam Yajaamahe

Sugandhim Pushtivardhanam

Urvaarukamiva Bandhanaan

Mrityormuksheeya Maamritaat

The literal meaning of the Mantra is as follows: “We worship the three-eyed one (Lord Shiva) who is fragrant (in a state of supreme bliss), and who sustains all living beings. May He liberate us from the eternal cycle of birth and death. May He lead us to immortality, just as the cucumber is released from its bondage (the vine to which it is attached).”

BENEFITS OF CHANTING THE MAHA MRITYUNJAYA MANTRA

• The Mahamrityunjaya Mantra is Lord Siva’s Mantra. It bestows long life (Deergha Ayush), peace (Shanti), wealth (Aishwarya), prosperity (Pushti), satisfaction (Tushti) and immortality (Moksha). It is a potent combination of sounds that, if repeated with faith, dedication and perseverance over a period of time, leads not only to victory over the fear of death, but eventually to victory over death itself or Moksha (liberation). It is, therefore, also known as ‘Moksha Mantra’.

• It is stimulating and heating (unlike the Gayatri Mantra, which is soothing and cooling). It bestows longevity, and is designed to cure illness.

• It wards off evil or negative forces by creating a protective psychic shield around the practitioner. It destroys sorrow and poverty, and fulfills all of one’s desires.

• Anyone who wishes to remove obstacles in life and overcome difficult situations or illness, should repeat this Mantra regularly. If chanted a minimum of eleven times, last thing at night, it will ensure a better sleep and more positive dreams.

BACKGROUND TO MAHA MRITYUNJAYA MANTRA

200 hour yoga teacher training intensiveThe Mahamrityunjaya Mantra is from the Krishna Ya