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In The Eastern Tradition

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Maha Mrityunjaya

Chants are traditionally played continuously. Sanskrit, being a language of sound, carries word energy when spoken. For instance, every time someone calls me Uma, the loving, compassionate energy of Uma, who was one of the wives of Shiva, is imbued in me and, subsequently, evoked. It is important where a chant comes from – These recordings are of yogis, and they carry the energy not only of the chant, but of all those that have sung them before, passed down in an endless cycle from Guru to devotee.


The Maha Mrityunjaya is a Hymn to Overcome Death. It is used in times of calamity or death.
The following is a translation for this chant:
I take refuge in the three-eyed Lord (Shiva) of excellent fragrance, the giver of well-being. Release me from the grasp of death, just as a cucumber is cleaved from its vine. Grant me immortality.

Maha Mrityunjaya transliteration
Om Trayambakam Yajamahae
Sugandhim Pushti Varhanam
Urvarukamiva Bandhanan
Mrityor Mukshiya Mamritat

Om Shri Durgayai Namah

Chants are traditionally played continuously. Sanskrit, being a language of sound, carries word energy when spoken. For instance, every time someone calls me Uma, the loving, compassionate energy of Uma, who was one of the wives of Shiva, is imbued in me and, subsequently, evoked. It is important where a chant comes from – These recordings are of yogis, and they carry the energy not only of the chant, but of all those that have sung them before, passed down in an endless cycle from Guru to devotee.


Om Namah Shivaya, and Om Shri Durgayai Namah invoke and praise Shiva and Shakti— Shiva, the Divine Father, represents Passive Conscious, while Shakti or Durga, the Divine Mother, brings Dynamic Creative Consciousness.

Om Namah Shivaya

Chants are traditionally played continuously. Sanskrit, being a language of sound, carries word energy when spoken. For instance, every time someone calls me Uma, the loving, compassionate energy of Uma, who was one of the wives of Shiva, is imbued in me and, subsequently, evoked. It is important where a chant comes from – These recordings are of yogis, and they carry the energy not only of the chant, but of all those that have sung them before, passed down in an endless cycle from Guru to devotee.


Om Namah Shivaya, and Om Shri Durgayai Namah invoke and praise Shiva and Shakti— Shiva, the Divine Father, represents Passive Conscious, while Shakti or Durga, the Divine Mother, brings Dynamic Creative Consciousness.

Tibetan Dying Prayer (Audio Only)

Tibetan Dying Prayer – from Tibetan Book of the Dead is said at the time of death:
Through your blessing, grace, and guidance, through the power of
the light that streams from you:
May all my negative karma, destructive emotions, obscurations,
and blockages be purified and removed,
May I know myself forgiven for all the harm I may have thought
and done,
May I accomplish this profound practice of phowa (the practice of conscious dying), and die a good
and peaceful death,
And through the triumph of my death, may I be able to benefit all
other beings, living or dead.

About Spiritual Library Contributor

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Uma Klein

Uma has been teaching holistic living for over 35 years. While her studies began with Guru, and Hindu based practices, they also include a variety of traditions and faiths. Since her advanced cancer diagnosis in 2017, she has been applying her teachings as well as receiving support from The Simms/Mann Center for Integrative Oncology, where she also has the privilege to participate in the wonderful, heart-based work that they do.

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