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Mahaa Mrityunjaya Mantra
Just as the Gaayatri Mantra pays obeisance to the Sun, the Mahaa Mrityunjaya seeks Shiv's blessings to achieve immortality. There are many Mantra for warding off evils like death and other suffering given in the sacred literature of the Hindu's. These Mantra are of various types but the Mrityunjaya Mantra has been extolled in sacred literature as being the best. This Mantra is addressed to Lord Shiv and is taught in the Rig Ved (7 Mandal 59 Chapter) as well as the Yajur Ved (3-60) showing that it is a Shruti having been received by Maharshi Vashisth.
Anybody can recite this Mantra and attain good health, release from bondage and other problems. This is the greatest panacea for all evils and can be recited at any time like any other Mahaa-mantra. The preparatory rites should be learnt from any book on Karm-kaand (Poojaa method). However we give the simplest method of reciting this Mantra to overcome the greatest of evils. Nyaas is the method of protecting the self by placing the parts of the Mantra on five body parts. These body parts are the crucial centers for the spiritual energy.
(1) Rishi (Guru/teacher of the
Mantra) - Shir (head). In this case the Rishi is Maharshi Vashisth.
Since Shukraachaarya (Venus in astrology) passed the penance he was glorified as the Tapaswee Raaj (the king of the spiritual discipline and penance). The definition of Tapaswee Yog comes from this penance as Saturn (punishment, hard toil), Ketu (smoke blown into the nose and other forms of self inflicted torture) and Venus (desire and its renunciation) must come together to define the personal ability of the Tapaswee.
! ~yambakma yajaamaho saugaMiQama puiYT vaQa-nama\ . ]vaa-rukimava banQanaana\ maR%yaaomau-xaIya maamaRtat
The Meaning of the Mantra
Shukraachaarya said "The first Pad (Tryamabakam yajaamahe) means - we worship or sing the praise of Lord Tryambak. Tryambak is the name of Lord Shiv as the father of the three worlds - Bhoo, Bhuva and Swarg Lok. He is the father and Lord of the three Mandal's - Soorya, Som and Agni Mandal. He is Maheshwar, the Lord of the three Gun's - Sattwa, Rajas and Tamas. He is the Sadaashiv, the teacher of the three Tattwas - Aatm Tattwa, Vidyaa Tattwa and Shiv Tattwa. He is the father (cause and source) of the three energies (Agni) - Aavaahaneeya, Gaarhapatya and Dakshinaagni. He is the father of all physical creation through the three Moorti Bhoot - Prithvi (solid), Jal (liquid) and Tejas or Agni (energy). He is the Lord of the three Heavens created by the dominance of the three Gun - Rajas (Brahma), Sattwa (Vishnu) and Tamas (Shiva). Know him to be the Niraakaar (formless) Sadaashiv as he is above this physical mode and is their Maheshwar. This is the first foot of the Mantra (composed of eight syllables)."
"The second Pad of the Mantra," continued Shukraachaarya, "is "Sugandhim" refers to the fragrance of the flower that spreads in all directions, and in a similar way Shiv is present in the entire creation, both animate and inanimate. In all the Bhoot (modes of existence), in the three Gun (nature of creation as being Sattwa, Rajas or Tamas), in the 10 Indriyaas (five Gyaan-Indriyaan or senses and five Karm-Indriyaan or organs of action), in all the Devas (33 Devtaa are the source of all illumination and enlightenment) and the Gan (hosts of demi-gods), Shiv exists and pervades as the illumine Aatmaa (soul) and is their essence. "Pushtivardhanam" is now being explained. That inward dwelling spirit (Aatman), the Purush Shiv is the real sustainer of Prakriti (and not vice-versa as all people perceive). Starting with the Mahaa-Tattwa (primordial state of matter/energy) to the individual parts of creation, the entire sustenance of the physically created beings (both animate and inanimate) is done by the imperishable Purush. You, I, Brahma, Vishnu, the Munis and even Indra and Devtaa are maintained/ sustained (by the Aatmaa and that is Him). Since the Purush (Aatmaa - Shiva) is the granter of sustenance to Prakriti (body/ nature), he is 'Pushti-vardhan'."
Having explained the first two Pad of the Mantra, Shukraachaarya continued to explain the remaining two Pad. He said - "the next two Pad (consisting of sixteen syllables - Urvaarukmiv Bandhanaan Mrityormuksheeya Maamritaat) means - Prabhu! just as the ripe cucumber is severed from the bondage of the creeper, in the same manner may we be delivered from death for the sake of immortality (Moksh). Rudra Dev is like Amrit (nectar of immortality). Those who worship him with good Karm, penance and repentance, meditation, contemplation, prayer or praise, will surely renew life and vigor. The strength of truth force (in this Mantra) is such that Lord Shiv shall definitely free the worshipper from the bondage of death because Shiv alone is the giver of bondage and Moksh.
This is the Mrit-Sanjeevanee
Mantra and has the power to give back life and rescue from death and great
evils. You should adore Lord Shiv and recite this Mantra. Water sanctified
with this Mantra should be drunk all the time.
Dhyaan With This Mantra
Translation: We praise (meditate/ remember) on the eight armed, three eyed (Sun, Moon & Agni as the right, left and third eye respectively) Lord Mrityunjaya. He sits cross legged on a lotus (Padmaasan). He holds two Kumbh (water vessels) with two lower arms and uses two upper arms to sprinkle water on his own head. Two other lower arms hold the auspicious Kalash (pot containing water from five rivers etc) on the center of the legs. The remaining two hands are with Rudraaksh and Mrig Mudraa (Yogik postures). The Amrit (nectar) dripping from the crescent moon on his head has made his whole body wet. The daughter of the mountain king (Himavat or Himaalaya) sits next to Him.Number of repetitions - Based on the teachings of Sri Harihar in Prashn Maarg, we advise that this Mantra should be recited for 8,000 times in a period of forty days. The recitation of 108 Mantra for forty days both in the morning and evening covers this requirement. For other purposes larger number of repetitions are advised.
After lighting a lamp and sitting in any Yogik posture (preferably Padmaasan which is the picture of Lord Shiv in the picture) while facing east. Recite the Mahaa-Mantra 108 times (one rosary) or its multiples in each sitting. This is the greatest work of Maharshi Vashishth. Before commencing the Mahaamrityunjaya Mantra recite the Mantra to the everlasting spirit of the Maharshi Vashishth for his blessings and guidance. Thereafter, perform Rudra-abhishek (Ritual offering of the Panch-Amrit or the five forms of nectar as Honey, Ghee, Curd, Milk and Water) on the Shiv Ling.
Understanding the Mahaa Mrityunjaya Mantra
May all recite this Mantra and get the blessings of lord.
How to Recite Mantra
If you are reciting this Mantra for somebody else replace "Mam" with his name. It should be chanted facing East or North. Recite it with a Rudraaksh Malaa. Keep a copper vessel full of water in front of you. When you finish reciting this Mantra 108 times, drink that water. Start this practice on Monday. Sprinkle some water around you, this will stop negative energy coming to you.
This will cure your ailments internally.
It shows greater power if chanted on Mahaa Mrityunjaya Yantra. Keep the Yantra in front
of you, light the incense in front of it, and then practice the Mantra.
Why I am telling to recite just one Som Beej of Mahaa-mrityuanjaya Mantra which one of our friend pointed in this discussion. Look Beej is complete in itself and no Pranav, Prayog or Prasaad Beej is needed with Som Beej. There is a Nishedh of reciting 4-letter Mantra. The 3-letters Mahaa-mrituanjaya Mantra which includes Pranav, can be recited only if you have been initiated in Anulom Vilom or Sanhaar Srishti Praanaayaam as it needs some Yaugik Kriyaa. The complete Beej Mantra of Mahaa-mrityuanjaya Mantra but reciting 4-letter have Nishedh but can be done by those who have done Gaayatree initiation and Purashcharan.
3-letter Mantra - Om Joom Sah | 4-letter Mantra - Om Hraum Joom Sah
Please note it needs the Samput
of Sadaachaaree Gaayatree Jaap too ........................
Allow me to share a bit of what I have learnt. To the best of my knowledge, this Mantra is a Samputik form and should not be chanted by everyone and especially without proper initiation. Samputik Mantra are even more significant in this respect. Further, there are specific Vidhi (rules) to be observed. Mantra Shaastra is very clear on this. No Mantra will work without initiation from a Guru - a realized soul.
I am aware that there are some books which have published this and other Mantra with scant regard for secrecy that should be observed as per Shaastra. I have come across more variations but all these Mantra are to be used for specific purposes strictly with proper initiation and only when necessary.
It is very
heartening to note that you have some good experiences with the Mantra.
You are blessed. However, all Mantra *will not* suit everybody. A learned
person gave me a Mantra focused on a Jyotirling and the end result was it
affected my health. Only later it dawned on me and another learned person
advised me and taught me the reasons why it did not suit me. Of course, I
can understand why the Mantra gave you such
vibrations at Tryambakeshwar.
This is known as the Mahaa Mrityunjaya Mantra. If you recite it in front
of a phallic emblem of Shiv in a Shiv temple then you generate tremendous
positive energy........ specially in front of a Jyotirling with
real Rudraaksh beads. I recited it in Tryambakeshwar with my Rudraaksh
Maalaa the source of the Godaavaree..... and I felt a surge of vibrations
and energy.... that is the power of this Mantra and Rudraaksh.
There are some Vasheekaran, Mohan, Aakarshan, Stambh, Vidweshan, Uchhaatan, Maaran Mantras which shall not be used at all as they have negative boomeranging effect. Even a Guru has no right to give these Mantras to his Shishya unless those help the society at large or root out the evil. They are generally given/ used only by the king (lord of the land) to protect the people in their kingdom. These days so many books went public with publishing all these secret Mantras which is bad.
Mrityunjaya Mantra - it would give result only after recital of
100,000 (1 Lac) times continuously.
There are three Laghu (simple) Mrityunjaya Mantra:
The above Mantras give Siddhi after recital of them continuously as follows:
Such an extended practice with Mahaa Mrityunjaya Mantra can have a tremendous effect in stabilizing the mind in preparation for advancing in meditation. Such a practice simply must be done personally to understand the benefits. It does take quite a commitment to do this practice every day for such a long period, but it is well worth the effort.
In choosing the level of practice per day, it is important to have stability from one day to the next, and to not skip any days. It is best to choose the level that works for you consistently, rather than changing the number from day to day. For example, if two rounds per day is a good number (34 minutes), then it's better to stay with that amount each and every day, not to do none on one day, but four on the next day. By running your own experiment for 40 days, you can decide for yourself whether or not the practice is beneficial.
However, some learnt elders (Gurus) say that due to Dharm running on one pillar in Kali Yug compared to four in Sat Yug, the number of Mantra recital should be three times more than what is prescribed above.
Besides the above, the biggest
Mrityunjaya Mantra christened as Mrit Sanjeevanee Vidyaa is there but is forbidden
to pass this to public. Using this Mantra sage Shukraachaarya (Guru of Raakshasas)
brought back to life several dead Raakshasas. If a person is on the death bed or
suffering from chronic disease and doctors have declared no chance, then if we do
Abhishekam with buttermilk (chhaachh) while reciting this Mantra, the person would
regain his lost health soonest. I have done this for the benefit of few people in
Delhi where I live. However, immediately after this, the Shiv Ling shall be cleaned
with water and then with pure Gangaa Jal and then proper Rudraabhishek with cow milk
shall also be done.
! ~yambakma\ yajaamaho saugainQama\ puiYTvaQa-nama\ ]va-a rukimava banQanaana maR%yaaoma-uxaIya maamaRtat\
Mahaa Mrityunjaya Mantra
How to Practice this Mantra
Created and Maintained by Sushma Gupta
Created on 05/18/2008 and Updated on 08/24/2011