Maha Mrityunjaya Mantra
This is the mantra we chant at the beginning of all Classical Hatha and Tantric Vinyasa classes. Below are it's transliteration and meaning:
OM TRAYAMBAKAM YAJAMAHE
SUGANDHIM PUSHTI VARDHANAM
MRITYOR MUKSHIYA MAMRITAT
This Great Death-conquering Mantra, also called the Trayambakam Mantra, is a verse of the Rigveda. It is addressed to Trayambaka, "the three-eyed one", Lord Shiva. It is also called the Rudra mantra, referring to the furious aspect of Lord Shiva. It is sometimes known as the Mrita-Sanjivini mantra because of its "life-restoring" powers.
TRAYAMBAKAM three-eyed God, Shiva
SUGANDHIM sweet smelling
URVARUKAM IVA like the cucumber
BANDHANAN tied down (under captivity)
MRITYOR from death
MUKSHIYA liberate, free
MA MRITAT give me immortality
Meaning: We worship the Three-eyed Lord whose essence is fragrance of flower of Life, and who nourishes and nurtures all beings. As is the ripened cucumber freed from its bondage (to the creeper vine), may He liberate us from death for the sake of immortality.
Maha Mrityunjaya Mantra is the great mantra for conquering death for it protects against all threats with its divine vibrations. It purifies the karmas of the soul at a deep level. It is beneficial for mental, emotional and physical health. It is also a moksha mantra which bestows longevity and immortality.
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