In every religion, there are some Mantras/ Incantations / Hymns / Chants that catch fancy of followers, buck every trend & fad and stick around for eons together in the absolute same pristine form, providing solace and comfort to its followers.
From Hinduism standpoint too, there are some mantras/chants which have held significant importance and considered to provide great merits to those who chant them with fervor and faith. Chief among them are
- Gayatri Mantra
- Maha Mrityunjaya Mantra
- Aditya Hrudayam Stotram
- Vishnu Sahasranamam Stotram
- Hanuman Chalisa
There is 1 common thread in these 5 mantras which is possibly the reason why people have caught on to them in greater frenzy than others. From their core intent point of view, all these hymns are aimed at addressing the most basic/carnal weak-link that drives our thoughts, words, and deeds either directly or indirectly – Fear.
From the day we are born, whatever we do is fundamentally a derivative of fear. Fear may be divided into 3 core categories –
- Fear of death
- Fear of losing things/ people dear to us and
- Fear of failure of any form
All efforts of man are towards conquering fear. These mantras have been powerful tools for human beings in overcoming fear.
Maha Mrityunjaya Mantra Lyrics
ॐ त्र्यम्बकं यजामहे सुगन्धिं पुष्टिवर्धनम् |
उर्वारुकमिव बन्धनान्मृत्योर्मुक्षीय माऽमृतात् ||
Aum Tryambakam yajaamahe sugandhim pushtivardhanam |
Urvaarukamiva bandhanaan-mrityormuksheeya maamritaat ||
Maha Mrityunjaya Mantra, by definition, protects us from our deepest fear – Fear of death.
Scores of articles and deliberations have been done ruminating over each word of this Mantra, but in this article, we shall aim to simplify some of the core concepts and help get a sharper perspective on “who”, “what”, “why”, “how” and “when” of this Mantra.