Mrityunjaya Mantra

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OM TRYAMBAKAM YAJAAMAHE
SUGANDHIM PUSHTI VARDHANAM
URVAARUKAMIVA BANDHANAAN
MRITYOR MUKSHEEYA MA-AMRITAAT
(Taittiriya Upanishad 2.7)

“Let us worship Shiva (the three-eyed One), who is sacred (fragrant) and who nourishes all beings. Just as the ripe cucumber is automatically released from its attachment to the creeper, may we be liberated from (identification with) death (our mortal body and personality) and granted (realisation of) our immortality nature.”

The Mantra for Realising the Deathless State

Mritu = death. Jaya = victory.

This mantra is so called because, when chanted sincerely with reflection on its meaning, it can convey realisation of our Essential Nature which is beyond birth and death. In this way, it gives us victory over unquestioned assumptions and ignorance.

Constant repetition of this ancient Sanskrit mantra purifies the heart and awakens our perception (third eye) so that we start to understand on a deeper level. Simultaneous reflection on its meaning also helps to awaken our intuitive faculties.

It may also be chanted to aid those who are suffering or ill. For this purpose, we chant this mantra in the Ashram every Tuesday evening at 8.00.