oṁ tryambakaṁ yajāmahe sugandhiṁ puṣṭi-vardhanam ǀ
urvārukam-iva bandhanān mṛtyormukṣīya māmṛtāt ǁ
When this Maha Mrityunjaya hymn or mantra is recited in a rapid rhythmic note with complete devotion, it transforms into a very powerful instrument to manifest one’s desires or heart-felt wishes. Vibrations out of chanting this mantra generate a powerful energy that mitigates all obstacles, negative vibrations and evil conditions from human mind and life situations. On simple translation, “Maha Mrityunjaya” means the great hymn on victory over death.
This mantra of conquering death is a verse of the oldest spiritual book of Hindus, the Rig Veda in which this hymn is dedicated to one designated as Rudra, the one who rules all forces of Nature. This “Rudra” was later interpreted as God Shiva. This mantra was revealed to sage Vashishta in his deep meditation. Mention of this mantra was again found in Yajur Veda.
Meaning of this mantra:
This hymn is chanted with the primordial (seed mantra) sound “OM” – the God sound that opens all channels of one’s physical body and psychic mind to receive divine energies. The words in the first line are an intimate clarion call to Shiva, the Supreme Being with three eyes (tryambakaṁ), through complete devotion and surrender (yajāmahe). Supreme Being is invoked as the beautiful, fragrant and glorious being (sugandhiṁ), who nourishes humans with divine power and energy (puṣṭi-vardhanam). You may also call upon your favorite deity to empower you manifold or fulfill your wishes.
Just like a cucumber or melon (urvārukam) detaches all its ties (bandhanān) with the vine, the Supreme Being can liberate one from the cycles of repeated death and birth and make one immortal (mṛtyormukṣīya māmṛtāt). A soul, whose all wishes are fulfilled, is never reborn. This mantra is a call to the divine forces to fulfill all desires of present life and liberate the soul from being caught in the process of reincarnation on earth.
While chanting the mantra, become one with its words – visualize your God as the effulgent and noble being with complete devotion. And then, see him or her enlightening you by showering divine energies. As you dissolve your ego with these words, the beauty of the words makes a very powerful impression on your mind.
How to chant this mantra:
Find a quiet and secluded place, sit in a meditative posture with your spinal cord upright and feel at peace with yourself. Wipe all worries from your mind and begin to observe your breathing – the inhale-exhale process, and become calm. Imagine your favorite God in your mind and see him or her grow bigger and effulgent till his or her presence occupies your mind completely. Then with complete surrender to your God, chant this mantra. As you take a deep breath, chant the mantra in the correct rhythm so that your mind starts resonating with it.
You may chant this mantra, 9 times, 21, 36 or 108 times in a day.
Healing touch of this mantra:
Repeated chanting with faith and perseverance generates a powerful heat in the body that consumes all negative emotions. At the same time, its vibrations create an aura in your personality that protects you from all evils and obstacles to help you realize your strong desires.
When you imagine your effulgent God at a center between your heart and navel (the solar plexus from where all nerves branch out), it provides good vibrations and a power to heal all diseases and even conquer death. Chanting this mantra by concentrating on your third-eye helps you increase focus and awareness, awaken the inner divinity. This mantra restores health and vitality, brings positive vibes for emotions and thoughts and provides protection against external calamities or any hidden fears.