A “Mantra” may generally be considered as a sacred set of words and thoughts communicating an invocation or prayer. a mantra could also be just some syllables, for example, Beej-Mantra or Seed-Mantra.
Mantras originated in Hinduism and were later adopted into other eastern beliefs in Buddhism, chiefly in Tibet, mainland China, japan and other Asian countries.
There are 2 ways to invoke a Mantra.
A Mantra is typically repeated or chanted 3, 108, or more times, usually in multiples of 9. The chanting should be done in basic tone. Specific hand-gestures are used with specific sounds. Scriptures of Sam-Veda and Natya-Shastra codified the sounds, music, and drama.
In the recent times, a lot of Mantras are sung musically.
In a musical form, a Mantra can be considered as a kind of performing art.
As mentioned above, using a Mantra is more of a kind of Performance Art than Performing Art.
In the Western mysticism, chantings have been used, independent of the concept of Mantra.
Writing / Calligraphy
A Mantra can also be invoked by writing, instead of chanting.
Maha Mritunjaya Mantra Jap
(Great Death-victory Mantra Chanting)
(AKA Maha Mritunjaya Mantra, Rudra Mantra, or Trambakam Mantra)
This Mantra is mentioned in Rig Veda (1500 B.C.), the oldest of the Hindu scriptures. It was a secret Mantra and once known only to Sage Markandeya. He gave it to Sati (who was in Haridwar), daughter of Daksha, and she helped Moon who was in trouble. Another version on the transmission of the Mantra is that Lord Shiva (the superior of the Hindu Trinity) gave the Mantra to Shukracharya who gave it to Sage Dadhichi (after whom the Param Veer Chakra, the highest Indian award for bravery, equivalent to the British Victoria Cross and American Medal of Honor, is named). It appeared in the scripture Shiva-Purana and thus to common man.
In the modern times, the Mrityunjaya Mantra is chiefly used for the following purposes
- To seek good health
- To seek postponing death
- To seek cancellation of death
- To seek painless and easy departure (death) for a terminally ill person
This Mantra is to be chanted typically 108 times. At times it is also chanted 3, 9, or large number of times, by the person concerned or by a near and dear one of the relevant person.
There are several other suggestions for effectiveness.
Om, we proffer our salutations to the three eyed Lord (Shiva) for enhancing our vitality; to release us from the bondage of death, so effortlessly, as a ripe cucumber falls off its creeper effortlessly.
Calligraphy / Writing (simplified Sanskrit)
Chanting (slow for comprehension) –
1st line text –
Om Trayambakam Yajamahe,
1st line audio –
2nd line text –
Suganadhim Pushti Vardhanam.
2nd line audio –
3rd line text –
Urvarukam Eva Bandhanat,
3rd line audio –
4th line text –
Mrityo Mukshiya Ma Amritat.
4th line audio –
Complete (all 4 lines together)-