In Hinduism there is a mantra called the “Maha Mrityunjaya Mantra”, this mantra is very useful for people who are suffering with physical ailments, for people who are about to leave their body, or those who have already left their body, or those who died in a sudden way, as well as, for the loved ones of the person who has passed away. It is usually chanted either 21 times or 108 times.
English : Om Trayambakam Yajamahe, Sugandhim Pushti Vardhanam,
Yajamahe: Worshiped in Yagya or sacred fire rituals
Pushti vardhanam: Nourisher of health, wealth and life
Uravaruk : Cucumber-like – physical and mundane
Bandhanan: Bondage or fetters like
Mrityu : Death like
Mukshiya: Liberate or give Moksha
Ma : Me
Amritat: Divine nectar of life, serenity and prosperity
Om, Tryambaka (the three-eyed Shiva), fragrant nourisher of life. May we be bestowed with liberation from this cycle of life and death, just as a cucumber is severed from its bondage to the creeper.
This mantra was incorporated very beautifully in a Hindi movie called ‘Neerja’. The plot is based on a real-life event: Libyan-backed Abu Nidal Organization’s hijacking of Pan Am Flight 73 in Karachi, Pakistan, on 5 September 1986. The film is shown from the point of view of the flight’s head purser, Neerja Bhanot, who thwarted the hijack attempt by alerting the pilots, thus grounding the plane; Neerja died trying to help save 359 of the 379 passengers and crew on board. Posthumously, she became the youngest recipient of India’s highest peacetime gallantry, the Ashok Chakra Award, as well as several other accolades from the government of Pakistan and the United States.
Recently I heard a story from a client that had me experiencing deep feelings of grief. Having trained myself to hold feelings and hold space for my clients, it’s usually easy; but I have to admit, this one hit really hard.
Growing up with a neglectful, absent or abusive mother is one of the hardest things in the world. A mother’s love is the closest to unconditional love most of us experience. Unfortunately, many of us do not get this opportunity. But it does not mean that you can never experience it. Here is a beautiful celestial mantra that will fill the gap of a mother’s unconditional love in your heart. I know a lot of people do not believe in the power of mantras; but trust me – just give it a go. Listen to this beautiful mantra by Nirinjan Kaur once a day for 40 days, and feel the love of the celestial mother descend upon you. This mantra will heal the mother wound that most of us carry within our hearts. Translation is below :
Oh my child, this is thy mother’s prayer. This is thy mother’s prayer. Remembering the Lord, all sins are erased and past and future generations are saved. May you always say His name, He who has no end. Oh my child, this is your mother’s prayer that you don’t forget the Lord even for an instant. Worshipping forever the Lord of the Universe. May the true Guru be kind to you, may you keep company with the Saints. May your clothing be the protection of God, may your food be the singing of God’s praise. May you drink the divine nectar. May you live long, may the meditative remembrance of the Lord give you infinite delight. May joy and pleasure be yours. May your hopes be fulfilled, and may you never be troubled by worries. Let your mind be a bumble bee, and let the Lord’s feet be the lotus flower. Says Servant Nanak, attach your mind to them, and blossom forth like the songbird, upon finding the raindrop.