This great mantra dedicated to Shiva as Mrityunjaya is found in the Rig Veda. It is called the Maha Mrityunjaya mantra, the Great Death-Conquering mantra. It is a mantra that has many names and forms. It is called the Rudra mantra, referring to the furious aspect of Shiva; the Tryambakam mantra, alluding to Shiva's three eyes.
Sometimes known as the Mrita-Sanjivini mantra because it is a component of the life-restoring practice given to the primordial sage Shukra after he had completed an exhausting period of austerity.
The Maha Mrityunjaya mantra is hailed by the sages as the heart of the Veda. Along with the Gayatri mantra it holds the highest place among the many mantras used for contemplation and meditation.
This Great "Victory over Mortality" Mantra is a powerful prayer invoking the fullness, ripeness and completion of the practice of letting go of the illusion of limitation.
OM. Tryambakam yajamahe
Mrityor mukshiya mamritat
"OM. We worship Tryambakam (literally the "Three Eyed One" [Siva] symbolizing perfect knowledge of the three realms - physical, thought, spirit) by whose grace we are increasingly strengthened and nourished to a state of perfect readiness - like the fragrant, ripe melon that is effortlessly released from its vine, leaving no scar.
Please liberate us from identification with the mortal body and its certain death, and from the illusion of all limitation, which is like death. And do not let us forget the imperishable nature of the soul, nor our own immortality."
The Mahamrityunjaya is among the most sacred of Sanskrit mantras. Its continuous chanting, along with meditation on its meaning, can create the power to overcome all obstacles, including the fear of death.
NB: In BPHS, Maharishi Parashara (recognised as the father of Vedic astrology), prescribes mahamrityunjaya mantra as an astrological remedy for adverse planetary influences.
From time immemorial this mantra has been chanted for easing afflictions such as:-
Bhava roga: Disease of worldliness; ignorance, ego and the six inner enemies.
Mental: Afflictions such as confusion, fear, sorrow, depression, pain etc..
Physical: All bodily diseases.
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