Sunday, 13 May 2012

Mahamrityunjay - Victory over Death

 The mahamrityunjaya mantra is considered one of the maha mantras or great Sanskrit mantras because of its potency to give protection and manifold blessings. Maha mrityunjaya literally means the great victory over death. It is associated with Shiva, the destroyer of ignorance, and the liberator from the cycle of death and rebirth. It is therefore a life giving mantra that not only protects the physical body and gives health, but purifies the mind at a deep level.

Lord Shiva

 

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, according to Swami Satyananda, can even change one’s destiny.
The benefits of the recitation of this great mantra are numerous, the recitation of mahamrityunjaya provides blissful state of mind, japa of this mantra its very helpful to reverse depressions, grief, stress, and many other mind related problems. The recitation of this mantra emits divine vibrations and creates a divine armour (kavacha) around you, this mantra saves you from diseases and the negative influences.This mantra will cure your ailments and help you override harsh circumstances. It will rejuvenate you no end and embellish you. This mantra is the only mantra panacea for bad planets influence and is the best armour against shani dosha or bad saturn, mars and manglik doshas and kalsaarp dosha. its also the best short kavach or protection mantra against all shots of black magic. Mahamrtyunjaya mantra is a moksha(bliss) mantra, and happiness is what we all look for. Its also a wealth giver mantra, many people have gain wealth by the recitation of this mantra, and the person who recites this mantra, will magically turn family quarrels into good moods. The mantra goes like this-------
OM TRYAMBAKAM YAJAMAHE--SUGANDHIM PUSHTI VARDHANAM-URVA RUKAMIVA BANDHANAM-MRITYOR MUKSHIYA MaAMRITAT-
Translation---I worship the three eyed lord shiva, who is full of fragrance and who nourishes everybody with health and vitality. may he liberate me from death and not from immortality; just as the same way a pumpkin is severed from its bondage from the creeper. there are many ways to practice  meditation, but the siddha yogis let us a powerful heritage of mantras to attain salvation, fullfil our wishes and reach samadhi.
The Mahamrityunjaya mantra 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 known as a ‘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 is said to destroy sorrow and poverty, and to fulfill 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.
Chanting of mantra should be done 108 times  morning and 108 times evening daily without missing a day.  Women should chant the mantra all the  thirty days. Only thing is that if they are not eligible to sit in front of god  then  they should chant mantra on the bed. Once in a week you should go to Shiva Temple and chant the mantra 108 times or more  and after that give some money to poor.
Visualisation during chanting of Mantra
Imagine that you are in the Himalayas, sitting alone beside the crystal clear, dark blue Manasarovar lake. Before you, in the distance, is the snow-capped peak of Mount Kailash, the presence of which is overpowering. (Pause) Surrender to it and feel that you are in the home of the gods, the abode of Lord Shiva. (Pause) There is no sound, no vibration. All around you is the open blue sky, the vast space of pure consciousness. You have nothing to do there but sit down quiet and still, like one of the gods, peaceful within and without, and close your eyes. (Pause) Become aware of the presence of Lord Shiva (supreme consciousness) all around you and penetrating you, as you sit in your chosen asana, ready to chant the Mahamrityunjaya mantra. (Pause)
Your head and spine are upright and straight and your hands are resting on the knees in chin or jnana mudra. You are watching the breath coming and going in the nostrils as the mind becomes more and more calm and steady and relaxed. (Pause) In your right hand you are holding a mala with which to count the 108 Shiva mantras, and your awareness is fixed at bhrumadhya (the eyebrow centre) where it will remain throughout the chanting. (Pause) Before commencing, you will chant the mantra Om, long and deeply, three times. Then you will start chanting the Mahamrityunjaya mantra, visualizing Lord Shiva (or your ishta devata/symbol) throughout, at the eyebrow centre.

Shri Mrinal Kanti Pal
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