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(This is known as
Mritunjay Mantra”. This Mahamritunjaya mantra
is from the Rig-Veda and needs initiation for attaining Siddhi. Anybody
can recite this mantra and attain good health, release from bondage and
other problems. This is the greatest reliever from all evils and can be
recited at any time like any other
It should be recited preferably for forty days both in the morning and
evening, after lighting a jyoti and sitting on a woollen asana while
facing east. Recite the Maha-mantra 108 times (one rosary) or its
multiples in each sitting. This is the greatest work of Maharishi
Vashistha. Before commencing the Mahamritunjaya mantra recite the
following small prayer to the everlasting spirit of the Maharishi for
his blessings and guidance.
OM SUCHIRMARKAIR BRIHASPATIM ADHVARESHU
NAMASYATAH (21 Times)
We pray to Brihaspati (the
Lord of this Universe and the teacher of this Vedic Knowledge), whose
wishes are inviolable, for good thoughts (that will lead to good speech
and actions that cannot be violated as it will be the truth).
VYAM VASHISHTHAYA NAMAH (21
This is the prayer to
Maharishi Vashistha (whose Holy Spirit is Omnipresent).
The initiated should practice the Pranayama ten times with the
Beejakshara Mantra "OM HOUM JUM
can skip this and go to the Maha-mantra directly.
This is to be followed by
the Dhyana Mantra (Meditation) of Sri Tryambakeswara (One of the twelve
Jyotirlinga) and then meditate on Sri Tryambakeshwara (Lord Shiva) and
Sri Amriteshwari (Gouri or Parvati Shakti) with the relevant beejakshara
and Rudra Pooja. Meditate for at least 15 Minutes before starting the
Japa (Recitation of Mantra).
Then repeat the following
Mahamritunjaya mantra 108 times
or multiples of this number. The Mahamritunjaya Mantra reads: OM
TRYAMBAKKAM YAJAMAHE SUGANDHIM PUSTIVARDHANAM URVAROOKAMEVA BANDANAAN
|| WHAT IS THE MEANING OF THIS
It is important to
understand the meaning of the words as this makes the repetition
meaningful and brings forth the results.
OM is not spelt out in the Rig-Veda, but has to be added to the
beginning of all Mantras as given in an earlier Mantra of the Rig-Veda
addressed to Ganapati.
TRYAMBAKKAM refers to the
Three eyes of Lord Shiva. 'Trya' means 'Three' and Ambakam' means eyes.
These three eyes or sources of enlightenment are the Trimurti or three
primary deities, namely Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva and the three 'AMBA'
(also meaning Mother or Shakti' are Saraswati, Lakshmi and Gouri. Thus
in this word, we are referring to God as Omniscient (Brahma),
Omnipresent (Vishnu) and Omnipotent (Shiva). This is the wisdom of
Brihaspati and is referred to as Sri Duttatreya having three heads of
Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva.
means, "We sing Thy praise".
SUGANDHIM: refers to His fragrance
(of knowledge, presence and strength i.e. three aspects) as being the
best and always spreading around. Fragrance refers to the joy that we
get on knowing, seeing or feeling His virtuous deeds.
Pooshan refers to Him as the sustainer of this world and in this manner,
He is the Father (Pater) of all. Pooshan is also the inner impeller of
all knowledge and is thus Savitur or the Sun and also symbolises Brahma
the Omniscient Creator. In this manner He is also the Father (Genitor)
'URVA' means "VISHAL" or big and powerful . 'AAROOKAM' means 'Disease'.
Thus URVAROOKA means deadly and overpowering diseases. The diseases are
also of three kinds caused by the influence (in the negative) of the
three Guna's and are ignorance (Avidya etc),falsehood (Asat etc as even
though Vishnu is everywhere, we fail to perceive Him and are guided by
our sight and other senses) and weaknesses (Shadripu etc. a constraint
of this physical body and Shiva is all powerful).
means bound down. Thus read with URVAROOKAMEVA, it means 'I am bound
down by deadly and overpowering diseases'.
means to deliver us from death (both premature deaths in this Physical
world and from the never-ending cycle of deaths due to re-birth) for the
sake of Mokshya (Nirvana or final emancipation from re-birth).
MAAMRITAAT means 'please give me some Amritam (life rejuvenating
nectar). Read with the previous word, it means that we are praying for
some 'Amrit' to get out of the death inflicting diseases as well as the
cycle of re-birth.