Have you ever noticed that when a disaster or tragedy happens we feel a strong urge to protect ourselves and others by: 1. seeking shelter and safety; 2. looking to our community for assistance, or seek to assist others; and 3. hoping and praying.
Now, understanding that a number of people consider prayer a religious act, I see it as anything we say or think that seeks intention for a particular (generally positive) outcome.
This week while “Superstorm” hurricane Sandy approached the mid-Atlantic coast of the United States, there was, no doubt, a lot of hoping and praying happening among the residents of these areas for the hurricane to be kind to their families, homes, trees, coastal areas and the towns they live in – and I was one of them.
Calm in the Midst of the Storm
While listening to the wind ripping through the numerous trees in my yard, I knew I needed to remain calm and present, as well as open to whatever outcome the storm would bring to my surroundings.
Thanks to my yoga and meditation practices staying calm and present was something I had practiced a great deal. However, the day of the storm, I felt even more compelled to focus on what I had trained to do, to be and think.
So what better time to meditate with a mantra that protects than during a threatening force of nature like a hurricane?
To lessen stressful thoughts of the storm, I continued with my daily meditation using my favorite rose quartz mala and a japa meditation with the Maha Mrityunjaya Mantra.
While doing my round of 108 mantra repetitions, I could actually feel the gusts of wind as they heightened during the storm. In my mind there was a surge of colors, in my body I felt a surge of intense energy flowing around me.
Meditation for Protection & Healing
In yoga, similar to prayer, we use mantras which are words of the ancient Sanskrit language that are specifically linked together bring about powerful intent through their sounds and meanings. In fact, the Maha Mrityunjaya Mantra is regarded as one of the most powerful mantras for protection and healing.
It is said that by chanting this mantra, vibrations are produced which envelope the body like a protective shield and protects form evil forces and misfortunes of any kind. This mantra is said to also have healing powers, and is capable of warding off negative influences and granting peace.
After the storm finally passed my home, I felt very fortunate that I had experienced only minor power outage, downed branches and leaves and the loss of one small tree. My home, family and community were safe.
While I consider myself lucky, I can’t help but wonder if my ongoing faith in meditating with the Maha Mrityunjaya Mantra helped. I can only assume so knowing the real power and intention of this mantra.
Helping Those in Need with Mantra
The mantra also has healing powers that can help our own body as well as those who are suffering. Therefore meditating or repeating the Maha Mrityunjaya Mantra at this time, is a perfect way to send healing energy the communities that have been affected by hurricane Sandy.
So, next time you meditate, intently send some Maha Mrityunjaya Mantra energy to people affected by a this hurricane, or any other life threatening situation, to help transform negative energy and feelings into more positive vibrations of healing, prosperity and protection.
Maha Mrityunjaya Mantra
Om. Tryambhakam Yajamahe
Mrityor Mukshiya Maamritat
The literal meaning of this mantra is:“Om. We worship the three-eyed One (Lord Siva) who is fragrant and who nourishes all beings; may He liberate me from death, for the sake of Immortality, even as the cucumber is severed from its bondage (of the creeper)."