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Mahamrityunjaya Mantra – om tryambakam

Mahamrityunjaya Mantra (maha-mrityun-jaya) is one of the more potent of the ancient Sanskrit mantras. Maha mrityunjaya is a call for enlightenment and is a practice of purifying the karmas of the soul at a deep level. It is also said to be quite beneficial for mental, emotional, and physical health. ~swamji.com

The Mantra goes as follows:

Om Tryambakam Yajamahe
Sugandhim Pushtivardhanam
Urvarukamiva Bandhanan
Mrityor Mukshiya Maamritat

Sanskrit of Mahamritunjaya Mantra


Please see below for a translation by Rolf Sovik and an interpretation from the Para Yoga Teachers Manual:

I worship the divine that is in and out. The one with three eyes, two for viewing the outer world and the 3rd to see our inner self. I pray to what is beautifully fragrant like the Jasmine flower, because it is the goodness of life itself. Like the skillful gardener who’s job it is to help me grow. Guide me to learn how to disentangle my leaves in the same way undo my own attachments, illness and fear and lead me to wisdom.

It is a healing and nourishing Mantra – the heart of the Vedas. The healing force awakened by this mantra sends forth its ripples from the body to the mind to the soul. It strengthens power of will, knowledge and action, unblocking the flow of enthusiasm, courage and determination. The vibration of this Mantra awakens the internal healing forces while attracting nature’s healing agents, creating an environment where the forces of both converge.

This Mantra is an invaluable resource for healers and teachers. It connects us to the healer within and helps us receive the full nourishment from food herbs or any discipline undertaken for our total well-being. The mantra removes physical, mental, and celestial ailments. It gives victory over Death, suffering, and disease. The Maha Mrityunjaya mantra removes obstacles and brings happiness to life.

Please see below for a very soothing video of the the Mahamrityunjaya Mantra:


You can also click on the player below to listen Manorama chanting this powerful Mantra. For more information please visit Manorama’s website at sanskritstudies.org

Below is an interpretation which can be found on Chanti‘s website – ohanashakti.com:

Aum Is the seed mantra of the universe. Absolute reality. That which encompasses the three states of waking, dreaming and deep sleep.

Trayambakam Trya Means three and Ambakam means eyes. The one with three eyes of the absolute. The qualities given to Shiva; creation, existence and dissolution/ destruction. Who has 2 to see the outer world and 3rd eye to see your inner universe/ self.  To see everything out and in is Shivas quality

Yajamahe Means the same as Namaha, I worship, love and meditate on all of this.

Sugandhim Means fragrant, that which spreads and permeates the whole of existence.  It’s like the Jasmine flower, a delicious fragrance because it is the goodness of life itself, the fragrance of Shiva.

Pusti Vardhanam That which sustains and nourishes all. The one who nurtures plants—the gardener. Essentially God. Makes god into a gardener who’s job it is to help me grow. I am the plant. The gardener knows the problems of the trees in his garden.

Uvarukamiva This is a gourd like plant. It creeps over everything (like the peppermint too) and get entangled and hold to the gourd by the stalk. The gardener knows to disentangle the guard from the vine. (teach me to be more like the gardener, more like god) Urva means big and powerful. Arukam means a kind of spiritual disease of ignorance and untruth.

Bandhanan To bound down, bound like a plant or to ignorance and untruth.

Mrtyor Ignorance and untruth; (from mytya meaning death)

Muksiya Liberation from the cycles of physical, mental and spiritual death

Mamrtat In the same way undo the attachments of illness, fear in my own life and lead me to wisdom.


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