Maha Mrityunjaya Mantra

Definition - What does Maha Mrityunjaya Mantra mean?

The maha mrityunjaya mantra is a verse of a hymn found in the "Rig Veda" (RV 7.59.12). The name comes from the Sanskrit, maha, meaning “great,” mrityu, meaning “death,” and jaya, meaning “victory.” As such, it may be translates as the “great death-conquering" mantra. It is also called the tryambakam ("three-eyed one") mantra.

Chanting a mantra is a practice that yogis use to focus concentration on one object at a time and/or to still the mind during meditation. The maha mrityunjaya mantra also offers healing and rejuvenating properties.

Yogapedia explains Maha Mrityunjaya Mantra

Chanting the maha mrityunjaya mantra creates divine healing vibrations, promoting physical, mental and emotional health. It is also called a moksha mantra because it is believed to kindle the Divine within the yogi and remove the fear of death. In essence, it works by creating liberation from cyclical rebirth.

The Sanskrit text of the mantra reads as follows:

OM. Tryambakam yajamahe

Sugandhim pushti-vardhanam.

Urvarukamiva bandhanan,

Mrityor mukshiya mamritat.

Because of the many levels of meaning that Sanskrit words have, no translation captures all of the nuances, nor is there a single agreed upon translation. Many, however, agree to the following translation:

We meditate on the three-eyed Absolute Reality

That permeates and nourishes all like a fragrance.

May we be bestowed with liberation from death for the sake of immortality,

Even as the cucumber is severed from its bondage to the creeper.

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