Rudra is one of Shiva’s names that addresses the powerful, furious aspect of Shiva. You can feel Rudra’s spirit when you get angry or it’s very windy out. Stormy sea waters, loud thunder or blazing fire are Rudra’s presentations, too.
As wild and horrific as Rudra can be, this mantra dedicated to him is a healing, nurturing prayer and a call for enlightenment. If you feel drained of energy, stuck, held down by your fears, or just want to offer your respect and love to the fierce and spiritually auspicious cosmic dancer and god of destruction, try chanting this mantra and meditating on the meaning of the Sanskrit words.
om tryambhakam yajamahe
mrityor mukshiya maamritat
Om. We salute and respect the Three-eyed Lord who is fragrant and who nourishes and nurtures all beings. As the ripened cucumber (with the intervention of the gardener) is freed from its stalk, we pray and request you to kindly move us away from the catch of death and firmly put us in the path of salvation.
This mantra comes from the Vedas and is recorded in three of the ancient Vedic scriptures – Rig Veda, Yajur Veda, and Atharva Veda.
RUDRA MANTRA MEDITATION
This Rudra mantra for Shiva is known as Maha Mrityunjaya mantra – the great death-conquering mantra. It’s not a prayer to ward off negativity or death per say, but a humble request for Shiva’s blessings on your path towards higher and higher awareness and eventually, freedom from birth (as in rebirth), death, and disease altogether by attaining self-realization and returning to the soul’s spiritual source.