What is the meaning of Mahamrityujay Mantra?Add Answer
Urvarukam iva bandhanaan mrityor maksheeya ma amritaat." I will write the Anvaya first. Sugandhim, Pustivardhanam,Trayambakam Yajaamahe. Mrityoho bandanaan urvaarukam iva muksheeya. Amritaat ma.
Now, the meaning. We propitiate/adore Trayambaka, the father of the three world; also means the three eyed god, who is also sugandhim, the bestower of fragrance and Pusti vardhana, the increaser/enhancer of potency. May I be released from the bondage of death like a ripe cucumber from its stalk, but may I never be detached from immortality.
Creatures invariably undergo six changes. They are:-Childhood, adolescence, youth, middle age, old age and death. Death is discarding the present body and assuming the new one, like we change our clothes. The soul as such is unaffected these changes. For ex: the empty space inside the coconut is unaffected by the changes which the coconut undergoes or when we chap it to drink. Thus the soul which is pure consciousness in nature is imperishable, indestructible, eternal. It is pure consciousness which is imprisoned in the three tiered body i.e. physical, subtle and causal body. Thus the soul is unmanifest, immutable something marvellous to speak about.
Mahamrityunjaya Mantra is made up of three Hindi language words i.e. “Maha” which means Great, “Mrityun” means Death and “Jaya” means Victory.
Here, is the Mantra: Om tryambakam yajamahe sugandhim pusti vardhanam Urvarukamiva bandhanan mrtyor mukshiya mamritat.
Om. We worship and adore you, O three-eyed one, O Shiva. We meditate on the Three-eyed reality which permeates and nourishes all like a fragrance. May we be liberated from death for the sake of immortality, even as the cucumber is severed from bondage to the creeper.
The mantra is a prayer to Lord Shiva who is addressed as Sankara and Trayambaka. Sankara is sana (blessings) and Kara (the Giver). Trayambaka is the three eyed one, the third eye signifies the giver of knowledge, which destroys ignorance and releases us from the cycle of death and rebirth.