The Maha Mritunjaya Mantra is an ancient Vedic mantra chanted on the Indian Subcontinent for thousands of years.
The essence of the mantra points to the existence of an underlying Reality beneath the surface of life and the ever-changing dance of manifestation, which is undying and entirely free from bondage or suffering.
A core doctrine of yoga as well as adavita and tantra is that we can realise this Reality as our own essential nature, beyond the individual body and mind.
We chant the Maha Mrityunjaya Mantra in recognition of this, and also in the spirit of compassion for those, including ourselves, who are suffering in body or mind.
The above recording is of the mantra being chanted 108 times by a group at the Ashram.
The words of the mantra (transliterated from the original Sanskrit) are as follows:
Om Tryam bakam Yajamahe
Sugandhim Pushti Vardanam
Mrityor Mukshiya Mamritat
Om Shanti Shanti Shantih
Swami Nishchalananda, the Ashram founder, gives the translation as follows:
Om to Consciousness which manifests through the Third eye of intuitive Insight, and which is resplendent with All Potential. Release 'me' from 'my' bondage in ignorance and mortality like a cucumber is severed from the vine, and lead me to Realisation of my Deathless Nature.
Om Peace Peace Peace
(Translation reproduced from 'Mantra Yoga and Ashram Chants', available from the ashram online shop.
Every Tuesday evening at 8 pm, in the Sadhana (practice) Hall of Mandala Yoga Ashram, we gather to chant the Maha Mrityunjaya Mantra 108 times.
You are welcome to join us in spirit if you would like to be part of this each Tuesday evening. Simply tune in at 8pm BST and chant the mantra silently or otherwise, lightly holding your awareness in the heart space and offering the mantra to anyone you know who is suffering in any way.
You can download the mantra recording for offline use and sign up for weekly reminders about the Tuesday evening chanting sessions >>here<<
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