Will Maha Mrityunjaya Mantra ward off coronavirus?
Will Maha Mrityunjaya Mantra ward off coronavirus?
Hmm. Unfortunately, the SARS-CoV-2 virus, popularly known as COVID-19, doesn’t know Maha Mrityunjaya Mantra mantra. Even if it does, it wouldn’t care. It just does its Dharma. That’s all. Obviously, we have to take all precautions and care as instructed by the authorities. The mantra won’t do it for you.
Still, I would suggest you recite the Maha Mrityunjaya Mantra at lease 108 times a day, but only if you clearly understand the real meaning and the science behind it. I can assure you will become blissfully happy.
There is no point in reciting any sacred mantra and chant or performing any ritual, until and unless you know the science, logic and the concept behind it. Please do not blindly follow any superstitious belief from any religion. For, belief is not the truth, science is. So, let’s learn the science of the mantra. If it convinces you, do it; otherwise don’t.
Hindu sages saw the entire world as one, so all our prayers are universal, inclusive and naturally secular. Our prayers or chants are not the likes of “God Save ONLY Me” that came from foreigners. So please don’t approach Mrityunjaya Mantra mantra with such an idiotic hope that it miraculously would save you from something.
As I said in my previous article (http://udaypai.in/virus-prevention-in-ancient-hindu-script…/ ), the virus is a phenomenon in the spectrum of the universe. It is part of the Cosmos (in Sanskrit, Brahmam). It has the same right that you have in this universe. As said, it just follows it Dharma (Dharma = duty, responsibility, right, and privilege together).
I am copying the question as it is: “Uday sir, Can the Maha Mrityunjaya Mantra mantra created by sage Markandeya ward off coronavirus?”
It is Tryambaka mantra, though popularly called Maha Mrityunjaya Mantra. The mantra (Rig-Veda, Mandala 7, Hymn 59) is attributed to the sage Vashishta – one of the seven great sages (Saptarishis) 7000 years ago. So, it is not created by sage Markandeya, who is a puranic character. It is also known as Rudra mantra.
The mantra is wrongly attributed to Shiva. Shiva is not a Vedic God. Today’s concept of Shiva was not known during the Vedic period. But we can attribute this mantra to Shiva for a totally different reason. I shall explain it shortly.
This is the mantra:
“Om Tryambakam yajamahe sugandhim pushtivardhanam, Urvarukameeva bandhanan mrityormukshiya mamratat!”
The mantra starts with Om. Everyone knows the meaning of Pranavam or Ongkaaram.
The word “Tryambaka” is translated to three-eyed in classical (Pauranic) Sanskrit hence we believed it was about Shiva. But, according to knowledgeable people, the Vedic meaning of Tryambaka is pervading the three worlds. The word ‘Try’ (Tri) means three as in English, a language derived from Sanskrit.
First world: Jagrat – related to earth. The world as we experience through the five senses and believe or see as real. It is also called mano-lokam (the experiencing world). Second world: Swapnam – The world we create or a world that we dream of. Laymen like us call it “swargom” (No, not the Heaven in the Semitic stories) as it represents just a good dream. It is also called urdhalokam (upper world = dharmic world). Third world: Sushupthi – A state of deep sleep. You are in the territory of the unknown and uncanny. Laymen call it Pathala (No, not the Hell). It is also called adholokam (underworld = non-dharmic world).
In short, Tryambakam = 3 worlds.
Yajamahe = we do offerings.
Su-gandhim: our lives to become fragrant with dharmic deeds
Pushti-vardhanam: well-nourished (let it strengthen and increase)
Urvarukameeva: like field yielding crop – like a melon (or cucumber) tied through the vine (creeper) to the plant (which will naturally fall off the vine upon ripening). It means, in due time, the stem of the cucumber weakens, and the gourd is freed from the dried-up vine.
Bandhanat = we are also connected (like the cucumber) to these worlds with a vine
Mrityoh: death-like, from the bondage of pain or pain derives when a connection is severed.
Mukshiya: Be released, liberate, relieve to attain moksha.
Ma-amratat: May I never again be parted from amrata (immortality)
So the meaning of the Mantra is: When a melon (or cucumber) becomes ripen it will naturally (and with ease) get separated from its plant. Similarly, please bless us to get moksha from the three worlds (which are unreal) with ease and grant me immortality (being one with cosmic).
The mantra is so simple, yet profound.
Now, why do we attribute this mantra to Shiva?
Our brain always needs an image. (Image can be a picture, letter, sound or direction). And Shiva is an apt form here – he represents the three worlds.
How? According to Hindu Puranas, Shiva is a representative image of energy transformation and the process appears like a cosmic dance. (To know more about the science behind Shiva concept, please check http://udaypai.in/who-is-shiva-is-he-for-real/).
The latest researches confirm the existence of cosmic consciousness. The universe is a manifestation of this consciousness. Both together – the consciousness and its physical manifestation – is named as Brahmam by Hindu sages. The world is part of this manifestation. The manifestation has mass (energy), hence follows the principle of conservation of energy.
In high school classes, we learned it – energy cannot be created and destroyed.
There are three stages during energy transformation process: 1. destruction of one form of energy, 2. processing towards the next one (it has a time = kala) and 3. creation of the new form of energy. These three processes are actually one (transformation), though we divide it into three.
For instance, When you burn a paper to ash, the process is singular, but there are three stages or states. You create fire (from some other form, a match), the paper gets burned (the process sustains for some time) and it becomes ash (the end). In fact, here only one thing happens – the transformation of energy from one form into another. Our Puranas named the process as ‘Shiva thandav’ (cosmic dance). And it appeared like destruction of something.
As a part of the mass, we are also inside the energy transformation process (Shiv tandavam) and it is just a matter of time before changing our form. So Let’s don’t worry about this process and not to be carried away with that. It is a property of manifestation. So, let’s be with consciousness. The cosmic consciousness (Brahmam or here it is represented as Shiva) is immortal. Don’t get identified and connected with its manifestation, the way cucumber is connected to the vine.
Death happens only in the body-mind realm. The mantra makes you realize that death is not to be afraid, it is a normal process in the spectrum of life. When you accept reality, you will be happy and comfortable with that. It makes you feel safe and secure as a child on the laps of Lord Shiva. In other words, continuous chanting enlightens you with the realization that you are an essential part of the cosmic consciousness. It’s ecstasy!
That’s the logic of the mantra. It doesn’t call for any miracle.
So, the essence of the mantra is a one-liner: “Please relieve me from death and not from immortality.”
I am not that manifestation. I am pure immortal consciousness, so I won’t die. Please don’t let me away from the consciousness that I am an integral part of Shiv. In other words, “I am Shiva” (Shivoham)
Shiva also means mangalam (Auspicious). So praying to Shiva is for an auspicious life, isn’t that what you want?
You don’t die, you are deathless, you are Shiva.
Tell me, what more you want in your life? When you become Shiva, what can hurt you? A virus? Bah!
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