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Unlocking the Power of Gayatri & Maha Mrityunjaya Mantras

The Gayatri and Maha Mrityunjaya mantras are two of the greatest gifts to humanity. They can be learned and practiced without formal initiation, but are most effective when we know something about what they are and how they can help us. The 24-syllable Gayatri mantra (“the mother of the Vedas”), which was originally revealed to the sage Vishvamitra, embodies the energy of protection and purification. Like a compassionate mother, it guides and nurtures us as we learn to forgive others and ourselves. The Maha Mrityunjaya mantra (“the great death-conqueror”) is said to have flashed forth from the third eye of Shiva himself. This mantra helps us overcome the greatest fears—of loss and death—and leads us to discover the inner source of our health and vitality.

In this lecture video, Pandit Tigunait explains what these two mantras are, where they came from, and how practicing them infuses us with the essence of nurturance and healing. Once you have watched the video, head over to the Practice Resources section and download pdfs and audio tutorials of these two mantras so you can start practicing today!

Format: Video with audio download
Length: 26 mins

Source: Tradition & Techniques of the Himalayan Masters (Honesdale, 2007)

About the Teacher

Pandit Rajmani Tigunait, PhD

Pandit Rajmani Tigunait, PhD, is a modern-day master and living link in the unbroken Himalayan Tradition. He is the successor to Sri Swami Rama of the Himalayas, and the spiritual head of the Himalayan Institute. As the author of numerous books, including his autobiography Touched by Fire: The Ongoing Journey of a Spiritual Seeker, Pandit Tigunait offers practical guidance on applying yogic and tantric wisdom to modern life. For over 40 years he has touched innumerable lives around the world as a teacher, humanitarian, and visionary spiritual leader. You can view more of his teachings online at the Himalayan Institute Wisdom Library. Pandit Tigunait holds two doctorates: one in Sanskrit from the University of Allahabad in India, and another in Oriental Studies from the University of Pennsylvania. Family tradition gave Pandit Tigunait access to a vast range of spiritual wisdom preserved in both the written and oral traditions. Before meeting his master, Pandit Tigunait studied Sanskrit, the language of the ancient scriptures of India, as well as the languages of the Buddhist, Jaina, and Zorastrian traditions. In 1976, Swami Rama ordained Pandit Tigunait into the 5,000-year-old lineage of the Himalayan Masters.

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