Gayatri Mantra and Maha Mrityunjaya mantra
I am new to this hub.Just wanted to share my thoughts about gayatri mantra and maha mrityunjaya mantra and some general info.
This is a rather long post.If u have patience plz read.if not then I have nothing to say.
Disclaimer:.I am not advertising any philosophy,or product,just sharing what I know for the benefit of all.
Gayatri Mantra addresses to the sun god(savita) and maha mrityunjaya mantra addresses to Lord Shiva.Its also called the Moksha mantra of shiva.
These mantras being very powerful,shud be chanted with correct pronunciation and if possible with vedic intonation.Then only they show their full effect on the individual who chants them.
To obtain the siddhi of these mantras,one shud chant them 1.25 lakh times in a course of 40 days.This is known as madhyam anushthan(middle sized discipline ).Other two forms of anushthans are laghu and uchcha anushthan wherein one chants one of these mantras for 24000 times in a course of 9 days and 24,00,000(24 lakh times) in the course of 1 year.
The best time to do laghu anushthan is during the Navratri festival,wherein one shud devote his time during these auspicious days to complete the discipline.These mantras are powerful enough to grant liberation to the chanter who chants them with full faith.These anushthans can also be done during anytime of the year.Once the discipline is started it shud be completed and shud not be left in the middle,otherwise great harm comes to the person.
Purascharana is one more discipline which grants immense spiritual potential and power to the person who does it.I am not stating any details about it here,but they can be obtained from a guru who himself has done this kind of massive japa of the mantras.In purascharana one has to chant the mantra a certain number of times.Gayatri has 24 syllables, so 1 purascharana of gayatri amounts to chanting 24x1,00,000 = 24,00,000 times in a year.Maha Mrityunjaya mantra has 33 syllables so 1 Purascharana amounts to chanting it 33,00,000 times in a year.It may sound similar to doing an uchcha anushthan but its different in the sense that,one has to do some other things like offering some part of the purascharana to guru,to homa(sacred fire) etc.
I have heard at many places that these mantras work only if the chanter of the mantra is initiated by a guru(who himself has undergone such penance),chanting without initiation may be fruitless.But as a personal question ,these mantras are available to everyone(sarva sulabha),and everyone may not have access to such a guru,so how can they chant the mantra,without initiation,and reap benefits??If anyone can answer this question,he shud surely do it ,to clear my doubts and others who have the same.
One more thing which people might not know-Gayatri mantra though available to everyone is said to be "keeled" ie. locked by ancient sages(Vasishtha,Vishwamitra,Shukracharya and Lord Bramha) bcoz of its misuse in ancient times.Anybody who chants the gayatri as a routine discipline shud know that the chanting will have marginal or no effect or even negative effect if it is not unlocked.There are special nyasa mantras addressing to these sages and deities which are to be chanted before doing any amount of japa,these will unlock the mantra and will thus release its full potential,and will prove beneficial to the chanter.
Mahamrityunjaya mantra is also very powerful.It is basically a "death conquering" mantra.I am not sure whether this is also locked or not,but to my current knowledge its not.This mantra is very powerful in curing various ailments of the body,mind and soul.Being the "Moksha mantra" of lord Shiva,if chanted for a long time,it connects one to their own inner divinity and increase the positive and divine vibrartions in the chanter.It also creates a protective shield(kavacha) which protects the chanter from negative influences and ills.
These mantras are no doubt powerful,but a true devotee will only benefit if he conserves the power generated by these in his body,mind and soul.Abstinence from any kind of sexual activity,pornography etc.,controlled food habits,having more natural foods than artificial ones,minimal usage of tamasic foods like garlic,onion,vinegar,and other pungent eatables,non-alcoholism etc .are very necessary for conserving the power generated by these mantras.One cant chant mantras and also indulge in an undisciplined lifestyle and expect to derive benefits out of the chant.Mind shud be kept pure,avoiding any kind of unpleasant,distressing or useless thoughts in order to conserve the power.Loud music,rock,pop,film music,and any kind of agitating or exciting music(western and these days indian movie music too) shud be avoided to reap complete benefits.These are some rules to be followed to really gain benefit.
To get more information on the gayatri sadhana one can visit the gayatri parivar website "awgp.org".There one can find gayatri mantra(in mp3 format) chanted by gurudev shri ram sharma acharya,who himself was an exponent of gayatri sadhana and one of the most powerful sages of 20th century.Another good audio chant is by "Sathya Sai Baba" on his website(just google it).These can be played everyday ,if possible thruout the day and all family members shud keep chanting them along with their work.One can also carry them in their ipods and mp3/mp4 players and listen them continuosly while they travel to work or even during working hours.This wud be beneficial compared to listening defiling movie songs,and other such stuff.
Another good source of any kind of mantra information is a person by name "Thomas Ashley Farrand".He has written many books on mantra vigyan,4 of which are very appealing-Mantra Sacred words of Power,Healing mantras,Shakti Mantras and Chakra Mantras.In these books and their audio companion CDs he has described at length about how to undertake a 40 day discipline of various mantras.He is one of the foremost authorities of mantra science in the western world.Unfortunately ,we do not have indians spreading such wisdom so we need to depend on the westerners for our own things.Anyway one can get these books and cds from amazon.com and improve their lives.
If anyone can provide a genuine answer to the question asked above I wiil be very thankful.
Thanks for reading...