SACREDspace 40 Day Challenge
~Om Tryambakam - The LIfe-Giving Prayer
“An ounce of practice is worth more than tons of preaching.” Mahatma Gandhi
How many times have we heard "practice makes perfect?" Parents do it with children, teachers with students and all professions it takes an investment of time to reap a reward. As many shortcuts as we have in "modern society" there is no short cut to ones' soul and the time required to learn how to work with your physical, mental and spiritual body.
Most who have tried yoga, at least once, can see the benefit of continuing the practice. The asanas, or physical postures, are one aspect of keeping the body healthy, strong, fluid, limber and alive - and just like Alice's rabbit hole, there are some unexpected turns and twists as we learn what works with us and how we can use everything available to honor self, others and the divine? When you can begin to incorporate them together, almost like putting a jigsaw puzzle together. Piece by piece, getting closer to completion. In this case, the completion will be life that is full of love! A by product of that is peace, joy, bliss ... and gigglies for now apparent reason.
By no means do we suggest that this challenge will change everything in your life - especially if you are not actively participating and investing time in whatever you wish to succeed at. We happen to think, discovering the sweetness of life - despite the perceived imperfections - is a goal worthy of time, energy and much practice! The ancient traditions and text were just recently shared with our Western Civilization. We have some catching up to do, but the information is available for almost every one who wishes to begin a journey to true inner peace. You can't find that in a bottle and there is no happy pill for it .
This is an easy place to begin, as everyone can enjoy in the comfort of their home or office with headphones. The important part of the entire 40 challenge is that you make a commitment to try something that you have not been taught about till recent years. Of course we know that nuns use their Rosary and speak prayers (or mantras) associated with each bead, so it is something our culture is familiar with. Enjoy the next 40 days and if you really want to detox your mind / DNA / spirit, try to follow the instructions
The Mantra -
Om Tryambakam : The LIfe-Giving Prayer
There are many videos and amazing voices, I wish we could post them all! - but for the sake of space, this one is beautifully done. Enjoy!
Mahamrityunjaya Mantra (maha-mrityun-jaya) is one of the more potent of the ancient Sanskrit mantras. Maha mrityunjaya is a call for enlightenment and is a practice of purifying the karmas of the soul at a deep level. It is also said to be quite beneficial for mental, emotional, and physical health.
Om Tryambakam Yajamahe
Mrityor Mukshiya Maamritat
We Meditate on the Three-eyed reality
Which permeates and nourishes all like a fragrance.
May we be liberated from death for the sake of immortality,
Even as the cucumber is severed from bondage to the creeper.
The Secret of Shiva and Shakti in the Three Worlds
AUM/OM: Absolute reality. That which encompasses the three states of waking, dreaming, deep sleep, represented by AUM, the three levels of gross, subtle, causal, the three levels of conscious, unconscious, subconscious, and the three universal processes of coming, being, and going. Absolute silence beyond the three levels is the silence after AUM.
Tryambakam: Trya means three. Ambakam means eyes. It means the three eyes of the Absolute, which are the processes of creation, existence, and dissolution, as well as the other triads, which are part of AUM. The three "eyes" means experiencing these three stages and triads at one time, from the higher, all pervasive vantage point of the Absolute.
Yajamahe: We rejoice in meditation on all of this.
Sugandhim: Means fragrance. Like a spreading fragrance, all of this permeates the whole of existence, while at the same time being that existence
Pushtivardhanam: Means that which sustains and nourishes all. Thus, the fragrance that permeates all is the sustainer of all beings, while also the essence of all beings.
Urvarukamiva: Urva means big and powerful. Arukam means disease, like the spiritual diseases of ignorance and untruth, which are like the death of Wisdom or Truth.
Bandhanan: Means bound down, as in bound down to the ignorance and untruth.
Mrityor: Means ignorance and untruth.
Mukshiya: Means liberation from the cycles of physical, mental, and spiritual death.
Maamritat: Means please give me rejuvenating nectar, so as to have this liberation, like the process of severing the cucumber from the creeping vine.
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