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The Dalai Lama and Entourage Chant for Vaclav Havel

This is a recording of His Holiness the Dalai Lama and his entourage chanting prayers at the sickbed of his dear friend Vaclav Havel. It was recorded on a ba...

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Comment by James Bloom on May 31, 2013 at 7:41am

Comment by James Bloom on May 30, 2013 at 7:38am

Hein Braat - Maha Mrityunjaya Mantra
Love, Light, Blessings

OM = Almighty God
Thryambhakam = three-eyed
Yajamahe = We worship, adore, honor, revere
Sugandhim = sweet fragrance
Pushti = A well-nourished condition, thriving, prosperous, full, and complete Vardhanam = One who nourishes, strengthens, causes to increase (in health, wealth, well-being); who gladdens, exhilarates, and restores health; a good gardener
Urvarukam = disease, attachment, obstacles in life, and resulting depression
Iva Like, just as
Bandhanaan = Stem (of the gourd); but more generally, unhealthy attachment
Mrithyor = From death
Mukshiya = Free us, liberate us
Ma = not
Amrithaaath = Immortality

The great mantra dedicated to Shiva as Mrityunjaya is found in the Rig Veda. It is called the Maha Mrityunjaya mantra, the Great Death-Conquering mantra. It is a mantra that has many names and forms. It is called the Rudra mantra, referring to the furious aspect of Shiva; the Tryambakam mantra, alluding to Shiva's three eyes; and its is sometimes known as the Mrita-Sanjivini mantra because it is a component of the "life-restoring" practice given to the primordial sage Shukra after he had completed an exhausting period of austerity. The Maha Mrityunjaya mantra is hailed by the sages as the heart of the Veda. Along with the Gayatri mantra it holds the highest place among the many mantras used for contemplation and meditation.

The Mahamrityunjaya Mantra is a great timeless Mantra revealed by the Heart of the Divine for the welfare of all.
Maha Mrityunjaya Mantra is very much a protector from accidents, mishaps and daily calamities in the modern busy life.

Comment by James Bloom on May 30, 2013 at 7:23am

Om Trayumbakam Yajamahe
Sughandhim Pushti Vardanam
Urvar-ukamiva Bandhanan
Mrityor Muksheeya Mamritat

OM is not spelt out in the Rig-Veda, but has to be added to the beginning of all Mantras as given in an earlier Mantra of the Rig-Veda addressed to Ganapati.

TRYAMBAKKAM refers to the Three eyes of Lord Shiva. 'Trya' means 'Three' and 'Ambakam' means eyes. These three eyes or sources of enlightenment are the Trimurti or three primary deities, namely Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva and the three 'AMBA' (also meaning Mother or Shakti' are Saraswati, Lakshmi and Gouri. Thus in this word, we are referring to God as Omniscient (Brahma), Omnipresent (Vishnu) and Omnipotent (Shiva). This is the wisdom of Brihaspati and is referred to as Sri Duttatreya having three heads of Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva.

YAJAMAHE means, "We sing Thy praise".

SUGANDHIM refers to His fragrance (of knowledge, presence and strength i.e. three aspects) as being the best and always spreading around. Fragrance refers to the joy that we get on knowing, seeing or feeling His virtuous deeds.

PUSHTIVARDHANAM: Pooshan refers to Him as the sustainer of this world and in this manner, He is the Father (Pater) of all. Pooshan is also the inner impeller of all knowledge and is thus Savitur or the Sun and also symbolizes Brahma the Omniscient Creator. In this manner He is also the Father (Genitor) of all.

URVAARUKIMIVA: 'URVA' means "VISHAL" or big and powerful or deadly. 'ARUKAM' means 'Disease'. Thus URVARUKA means deadly and overpowering diseases. (The CUCUMBER interpretation given in various places is also correct for the word URVARUKAM, but not apt for this mantra). The diseases are also of three kinds caused by the influence (in the negative) of the three Guna's and are ignorance (Avidya etc), falsehood (Asat etc as even though Vishnu is everywhere, we fail to perceive Him and are guided by our sight and other senses) and weaknesses (Shadripu etc. a constraint of this physical body and Shiva is all powerful).

BANDANAAN means bound down. Thus read with URVAROOKIMIVA, it means 'I am bound down by deadly and overpowering diseases'.

MRITYOR MUKSHIIYA means to deliver us from death (both premature death in this Physical world and from the neverending cycle of deaths due to re-birth) for the sake of Mokshya (Nirvana or final emancipation from re-birth).

MAAMRITAT means 'please give me some Amritam (life rejuvinating nectar). Read with the previous word, it means that we are praying for some 'Amrit' to get out of the death inflicting diseases as well as the cycle of re-birth.

Along with the Gayatri Mantra, the Maha Mrityunjaya Mantra is regarded as one of the most powerful mantras for contemplation, protection, healing and spiritual liberation.

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Comment by Kathryn ~ Param Gian on May 28, 2013 at 11:28am

Thanks Daniel ~~~ yours is the correct information I could not recall properly ~ thanks for your kind clarity ~ and loving explanation :-) 

Comment by Daniel Delgadillo on May 28, 2013 at 11:15am

I'm sorry to report that this is NOT actually a recording of the Dalai Lama.

This mantra is in fact not chanted by his Holiness but by Hein Braat, a , self effacing Dutchman whose devotion to chant and mantra has over many years produced many extraordinary versions of some of the most sacred chants and beloved mantras in the canon of mantra.

When Hein was told that this version of his recording was making the rounds and people were coming out and saying that the voice of the Dalai Lama was healing them, he became very concerned.

Not because of the fact that they thought it was the Dalai Lama's voice - but that if they subsequently knew that it was not his voice but Hein Braat's, their healing might drop away and they would become ill again!

Comment by James Bloom on May 28, 2013 at 6:56am

"Om Mani Padme Hum" first known description of the mantra appears in the Karandavyuha Sutra (佛說大乘莊嚴寶王經/ The Buddha Teaches the Sutra of Mahayana King's Sublime Treasure), which is part of certain Mahayana canons such as the Tibetan's. It was stated inside the sutra, Shakyamuni Buddha said, "This is the most beneficial mantra, even I made this aspiration to all the million Buddhas and subsequently received this teaching from the Buddha Amitabha." This text is first dated to around the late 4th century CE to the early 5th century CE.

"The Powers of the Six Syllables"
The six syllables perfect the Six Paramitas of the Bodhisattvas.
Gen Rinpoche, in his commentary on the Meaning of said:
"The mantra Om Mani Pädme Hum is easy to say yet quite powerful,
because it contains the essence of the entire teaching. When you say
the first syllable :

"Om" it is blessed to help you achieve perfection in the
practice of generosity,
"Ma" helps perfect the practice of pure ethics, and
"Ni" helps achieve perfection in the practice of tolerance and patience.
"Päd", the fourth syllable, helps to achieve perfection of perseverance,
"Me" helps achieve perfection in the practice of concentration, and the final sixth syllable "Hum" helps achieve perfection in the practice of wisdom.

So in this way recitation of the mantra helps achieve perfection in the six practices from generosity to wisdom. The path of these six perfections is the path walked by all the Buddhas of the three times. What could then be more meaningful than to say the mantra and accomplish the six perfections?"

The six syllables purify the six realms of existence in suffering.

Comment by James Bloom on May 28, 2013 at 6:54am

Comment by Kathryn ~ Param Gian on May 28, 2013 at 5:09am

yes Dear James ~ the Tibetan Book of the Dead ~~~ liberating us from attachments of all perception, attractions, identifications, ~~~ emptiness is empty of inherent existence ~~~ space ~ Beingness

as a young woman I once had the assignment of typing our the entirety of the Tibetan Book of the Dead manually ~ that was a wonderful immersion for me ~ so much is communicated beyond the mind stuff when we are immersed....  also typed out Bhagavad Gita ~ and Gospel of John ~~~ was a wonderful endeavor for this little mind stream to be immersed ~~~~ maybe not be able to put into new words, but experienced :-)    so heart is happy to hear of your immersion :-)  may all beings in all the worlds be free from suffering and the causes of suffering ~~~ may all beings abide in the spaciousness of being free from attachment and aversion ~~~  loving you all ~ kpg

Comment by Kathryn ~ Param Gian on May 28, 2013 at 4:17am

Dear James ~ thank you so much for including also this beautiful compassion healing medicine Buddha mantra  ~ healing gentle liberating heart ~~~ space ~~~ much appreciated ~ 

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