Excellent question. i am glad in participating with this question.
Your doubt is when there are numerous riped fruits and flowers are detached naturally from the respective plants, why only "cucumber"" has been shown as an example in this sloka and is there any special meaning for this ? Yes, without any special attachments, how can a veg takes pleace in a highest mantra ? we can see the greatness of cucumber now..
This is the meaning to your question....Urvarukamiva Bhandanan
Even as the cucumber is released from the vine
May we be released from the cycle of Life and Death......
....It is the above that i have been contemplating the most....the Cucumber and Vine metaphor...
what a beautiful image of Enlightenment and Ascension...what an acceptance of the divine purpose
of Maya-Devi, this Earth and Nature in general...
Our incubator system, this world...as larval Devas...when we ripen and attain spiritual maturity,
the vine lets go...we are released....we don't have to kill or fight the vine...it is our support system.
This manifest universe of life and death is not the enemy of the soul...it is the vine in which we are entangled
but on which we depend until our Self-Realisation signals the release and we, like the cucumber,
become independant....containing the Seeds of new worlds...new vines....
What an acceptance of Mukti or Liberation as a natural evolutionary process
rather than a war of Spirit against Matter...
Tryambakam yajaamahe sugandhim pushtivardhanam,
Oorvaaru kamiva bandhanan mruthyo rmuksheeya maamruthaath.
In this sloka, The God Rudran has been saluted and respected for his natural, kind look on bhakthas (devotees). and prayed from the fear of death. It has been shown an example '' like the cucumber from its stalk and requested to show the way of salvation.
your question is surrounding only the ''cucumber'' and why this is having a special stutus in this sloka and shown as example.
To understand the example clearly, i give hereunder the description of the veg. Then only, we can understand the sloka.
The cucumber is native vegetable to India, and evidence indicates that it has been cultivated in western Asia for 3,000 years. From India it spread to other world. Cucumbers are a good source of Vitamin C, Vitamin A. It also contains calcium and potassium and the green color indicates it is a great source of chlorophyll which is a valuable phytonutrient.
When the hot days of summer call for cooling relief, wise beauties call on cucumber for the coolest ways to nourish and tone skin that may be stressed from exposure to sun and heat. it is a best medicine for kidney troubles. cucumber is the perfect treat for summer skin: Reduce that heat-induced greasy feeling, soothe itchiness, tighten pores, reduce eye puffiness, and make us refresh.
Before my explanation, please follow this mantra..
'' My soul goes towards you,
And my mind always meditates on you,
And then chant of Trayambaka Mantra ''
why to chant this '' Trayambaka mantra '' ? Because,
'' Trayambaka Mantra also known as Mahamrityunjaya Mantra is a verse of the Yajurveda. It is in Rudram and it is as follows:
Tryambakam yajaamahe sugandhim pushti-vardhanam |
Urvaarukam iva bandhanaan mrityor muksheeya maamritaat ''
what is it known ? Read it ? '' Mahamrityunjaya mantra '' .. i feel it no need to explain about this mahamrityunjaya mantra.
Now back to cucumber..
The blessed Lord said:
With ‘Tryambaka’ in sloka-metre
Worship the Conqueror of Death;
It is laid down that the single letter.
Why say ‘like cucumber fruit … let me find freedom’ ? As the cucumber is fast held by the stalk, so is (man) bound fast, and he is released from death, the bondage of transmigration; he becomes free. A simple logic word have mountain level details and explanation.
In the Hindu epic Mahabharata, Nakula was the son of king Pandu and queen Madri. He and his twin brother Sahadeva are in the image of the Ashwini Gods. He was one of the five Pandavas whose story is told in the Mahabharata - the youngest two. According to the legend, the twins have ability to speak with animals. Nakula is described as extremely fair and attractive. ... why i say this and what connection this information help the question ? some pearls scattered here and there like the above and cucumber but if one found a peal and brings us is a great matter.
STOTRAS: Encyclopedia - Mrityunjaya Mantra
Maha Mrutyunjaya Mantra is a Mantra that is a part of Taittiriya Upanishad. It can be quoted as (Language Sanskrit) "Om Tryambakam Yajaamahe Sugandhim Pushti Vardhanam Urvaarukamiva Bandhanaat Mrityor Muksheeya Ma-Amritaat" It means that "Let us worship Shiva (the three-eyed One), who is sacred (fragrant) and who nourishes all beings.Just as the ripe cucumber is automatically released from its attachment to the creeper, may we be liberated from (total identification with) death (our mortal body and personality) so, we need not suffer to pluck the veg from the plant and if on a simple touch, it will come or even if not touch, it has the power to release itself and therefore, the cucumber is compared.
concluding this... '' May we be released from the worldly bondage like the fruit of a cucumber plant.” The specialty of the cucumber fruit is that it lies on the ground and gets detached from the creeper on its own after reaching maturity. In contrast a mango fruit comes down under the influence of gravity. In a similar manner there should be no push or pull into Samnyasa ''
please mr Bull, just think about our great rishis, elders, Gurus and how best they show examples simply, yes, very very simply for a greatest matters. But, if i fail to appreciate, it will be not good on my part. you did not bring an ordinary thing into the learned circle, but a greatest ''tatwa'' and
'' tatwartham '', a reality, uncomparable and should be appreciated. Let you continue your good holy, religious way also and bring us glorious lessons and this will be a greatest service.
@ Edited...one answerer said this..'' With these cut and paste slokas and mantras you get cut and paste answers, nothing new to learn '' i don't know how long he is here and how many answers he gave or atleast did he know the pain of an answer. i wish to pointout him that the slokas are ancient one and we can not create a new sloka and we have to do cut and paste or from the memory. i done it from my memory. Do you want to create a new sloka or new Rudram or new Lalitha sahasranama ? Did he gone through the answers or not ? Did he read the answers ? i took 2 hours to answer this question. if i do cut and paste, i will finish within 10 minits. An answer is an answer which should cover all details and to fullfil, satisfy the requirements of the asker. please stop your just like that comments. just go through the answers and find. the essense. you are insulting all the learned, learning, and mind it, the words are knife. Even, in cut and paste answer, what wrong did he find? it is the asker's decision, and he will take care of all answers and decide. you are only one among the answerers and you have no right to comment on other answerers. if you are really a good answerer, please come and answer and show your talents. If you have no stuff to answer, don't critize or insult other answerers. If you don't know the answer, kindly accept as Tender agreed.. Whether TC is right or wrong, i don't know but she agreed that she did not give any answer. ya kaavarayinum naa kaakka. i will never get angry, but if you touch our ''self respect'' ? Learn more to behave well among the answer community. we sit before the computers, we put pending our works, and we care much to give an answer because to pass the knowledge to others and not aiming BA. we are competiting each other in a good way to show our talents and we treat all answer community as our friends. Do you know how much energy we are wasting for every answer ? you don't know because you don't know the pain of an answer.
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