The vanquisher of death

ॐ त्रियम्बकं यजामहे
सुगंधिं पुष्टिवर्धनं
उर्वारुकमिव बँधनां
मृत्योर्मुक्षीय मा:मृतात

om triyambakam yajaamahe
sugandhim pushtivardhanam
urvarukamiva bandhanaam
mrityormukshiya ma-mritaat

o three-eyed one, i honour you
the fragrant one
the strength-giver

as a fruit falls from its tree
may i fall away from my bondage
free from death
into immortality

– Mahamrityunjaya mantra, Rig Veda 7.59.12

 

Shiva – mrityunjaya, vanquisher of death – is evoked by one on the quest of freedom from the clutches of the sufferings of this world.

Not a person, not a myth, but an energy that is fierce, yet transcendent of all that there is. He ignites, he burns, he destroys all that is not the essence of our being, leaving alone the truth in its pristine glory. He is the lord of the mystics, the deity of those who aspire to break the bonds of this earth.

What would it be like if Shiva was, to us, not a mere myth, a belief, an image, but a living presence in our consciousness?

The question cannot be answered, for Shiva is above all, a mystery.

The mystery is not unveiled by ideas, but by the archaic chants of the Sanskrit language, which, as if rising from beyond the beginning of time, carry the fragrance of eternity, and evoke the vanquisher of death with power, for all those willing to listen without ego.

 

 

 

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~ by tdcatss on June 22, 2017.

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