Maha Mrityunjaya Mantra
Aum tryambakam yajamahe
Sugandhim pushti vardharnam
Mrityor mukshiya mamritat
Direct Translation: I meditate on & surrender myself to the Divine Being who embodies the power of will, knowledge & action. I pray to the Divine Being who manifests in the form of fragrance in the flower of life & is the eternal nourisher of the plant of life. Like a skillful gardener, may the Lord of Life disentangle me from the binding forces of my physical, psychological & spiritual foes. May the Lord of Immortality residing within, free me from death, decay & sickness & unite me with Immortality.
The Maha Mrityunjaya (meaning “victory of the great death”) mantra restores health and happiness and brings calmness in the face of death. It strengthens the power of will, knowledge & action. When courage or determination are blocked, it rises up to overcome obstacles. It awakens a healing force that reaches deep into the body and mind while empowering the healer within.
Ganesha graha nakshatra
Yogini rashi rupinim
Devim mantra mayim naumi
Matrikam pitha rupinim
Easy Translation:“I open myself to receive those teachings that reveal the light of knowledge in me.”
Direct Translation:I pray to the Divine Mother, who identical to Ganesha, is the ruler of the planets, constellations and the ways of karma; I pray to the knowledge, Shakti, of that most merciful aspect of the Divine that guides me in perfection in yoga and on the path of destiny; I pray to Her who is identical to mantra; I pay homage to Her (in Her most Primordial form) who is the locus and presiding force of speech and all sound, She who is forever kind.
Ganesha is always invoked prior to starting any Tantric practice. It inspires and empowers us to open to the knowledge and ever deepening wisdom of the yoga tradition.