""SRI RDRAM""::::May I know the views on our learned members on ""Sri Rudram""?

""Triyambakam yajaamahe sugandhim pushti vardhanam ;

Oorvaarukamiva bandhanaan mutruyor mukhsheeya maamrutaat""

As far as I know with my little knowledge on Sankrut, the meaning of the sloka is

""Like the ripe cucumber detaching from the plant on its own, may we be liberated from the vicious circle of births, deaths & detachments without pain ""

My 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 ???

Is there any special meaning to this ????

May I know the views of our learned members on this ?????

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@@@Edit:- I am overwhelmed with the rsponse to this question not by the answers I received through Y/A but also thro' e-mails from so many unknown friends particularly from U.K.,Japan and U.S.A.like Prof.W.C.Woods, etc. I thank them for their interest in Hinduism.

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  • Anonymous
    10 years ago
    Best Answer

    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

    MrityorMukshiya 'Mamritat

    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.

  • Friend,

    What you have cited is called '' MAHAA MRITYUNJAYA STOTRAM OR MANTRAM.''

    MAHANYAASAM, RUDRA NAMAKAM AND CHAMAKAM COMBINED LY IS CALLED RUDRAADYAAM.

    NEXT COMING TO YOUR QUESTION WHY URVAA (CUCUMBER ) IS TAKEN HERE WHILE THERE ARE MANY FRUITS THAT NATURALLY FALL AFTER FULLY RIPE.

    Friend the Cucumber is not a plant that grows upwards .It is a Creeper normally will be on the ground , and some times it is made to grow on roofs of Huts.

    But 99% it , the Cucumber creeper normally spreads on ground as the Cucumber fruit grows to a very heavy fruit, and if it falls from a height it May hurt some one.

    When the Cucumber fruit is fully ripe , it gets detached naturally and stays in position as if it seems un-detached .The gardener has to shake the fruit to see thFruitit has detached or not.

    One more thing is at the place where the fruit was there, there is no mark even on the creeper to show that once there was a fruit there.

    Every other fruit leaves a mark on the tree or Plant.

    So It gets detached so beautifully, that there is no pain or mark of past existence to show.That is why it is taken as an example by maharshis.

    So we pray for LIBERATION IS SUCH A NICE WAY THAT THERE IS NO PAIN OR AGONY ,WITHOUTT ANY MARKS (ATTACHMENT SIGNS).

    If you see a cucumber plant really , then you will appreciate the Mantram.

    God bless you.

  • Kumar
    Lv 6
    10 years ago

    Bull,

    The cucumber is a fruit that grows on a vine, and if you’ve ever grown them, you will know that they, like other similar fruits and gourds, will not fall away from the vine on their own. They will stay on the vine until they rot.

    Similarly, without the moment of liberation, we too will remain attached to our ego, to this illusory world, until our bodies rot away and the seeds of our karma are planted again, to be born again into the cycle of rebirth. With this mantra we ask Lord Shiva to release us from this cycle, while still in this life.

    Removing the cucumber when it is ripe is very easy – you can simply pluck it from the vine – in a similar way, with sadhana (focused practice with a goal in mind), we too may easily cross from unknowing into knowing. So we ask Lord Shiva to help us, to liberate us as easily as we harvest the simple gourd.

  • 4 years ago

    you have asked about SRI CHAKRA.as the name it self mentioning that the topest one in chakaras. that is SRI CHAKRA. ALTHOUGH ALL ARE VERY VERY GREAT BUT THIS IS THE ONE WHO HAS ALL AND EVERY THING OR YOU CAN SAY 'SAMPOORANA;.what ever the mantra you mentioned that is making us every body know that the complete absolute truth or SRI CHSKRA. ISin YANTRIK SADHANA IS WITH ALL CONAC AND THE DOUBT YOU ASK FOR IS NOT CONAS IS TEN DISHAAYEN(LIKE EAST /WEST/NORTH/SOUTH AND UP DOWN AND FOUR IN BETWEEN LIKE E/W.W/N N/S S/E ETC. so it is a SAMPOORAN BRAHMAN. THANKS.

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  • 10 years ago

    what you have mentoined above is maha mrutyunjayamanthra a very very sacred manthra for all shaivites.

    Mahamrityunjaya Mantra (maha-mrityun-jaya) is one of the more potent of the ancient Sanskrit mantras. Maha mrityunjaya is a call for enlightenment and is a practice of purifying the karmas of the soul at a deep level. It is also said to be quite beneficial for mental, emotional, and physical health.

    Om Tryambakam Yajamahe

    Sugandhim Pushtivardhanam

    Urvarukamiva Bandhanan

    Mrityor Mukshiya Maamritat

    We Meditate on the Three-eyed reality Which permeates and nourishes all like a fragrance.

    May we be liberated from death for the sake of immortality, Even as the cucumber is severed from bondage to the creeper

    OR

    We worship the three-eyed Lord Shiva who is full of sweet fragrance and nourishes human beings. May he liberate me from bondage.

    There are very few mantras that stand on par with Maha Mrityunjaya Mantra (also known as Mahamrityunjay Mantra, Rudra Mantra, Tryambakam Mantra or Maha Sanjivini Mantra). This mantra is said to have the power to remove all sufferings, ward off all evils, remove diseases and bestow the aspirant with health and energy. And it is said that when this mantra is it chanted with great devotion and serious contemplation it is said that the knowledge of this birth and death cycle is revealed to the aspirant. And thus it helps in overcoming the fear of death.

    The literal translation of this name means Great Death-conquering Mantra. This mantra is from the Vedas. It is written in the Yajur Veda (3-60). This mantra worships a three-eyed deity commonly identified with Lord Shiva. It is also called Tryambakam Mantra or Mrita-Sanjivini mantra or Rudra Mantra. The reason for it being named Tryambakam Mantra is self explanatory because it worships a three-eyed deity. Similary, since the mantra observes Shiva in His fiery aspect of Rudra, it is also called Rudra Mantra.

    The name Mrita-Sanjivini mantra has a story behind it. It is said that Sage Sukracharya accepted a challenge of Lord Indra and took up a rigorous penance of hanging upside down from a tree with his face being fanned with fumes of a fire direcly beneath his hanging body. And after Sukracharya did this for Vimsottari dasa period (twenty years), Lord Shiva appeared before him and give him this Maha Mrityunjaya Mantra to restore his physical condition. Hence the name Maha Sanjivini Mantra.

    The Maha Mrityunjaya Mantra can be chanted by anybody. It is important one understands the meaning of this mantra word for word before chanting it. That’s because by knowing the meaning, the aspirant can easily contemplate on the aspect of birth and death cycle.

    regarding yuor question of cucumber , i go with sweet cucumber(pooshinikai)

    i think it was used because the same is an indian vegetable grown since rigveda time and an auspesious one, in the sense any subhakarya or santharpanas , the food includes sweet cucumber also/sweet cucumber was a must. in Andhrapradesh in brahmin marriage feasts sweet cucumber was being cumpulsarily used.

    and most importantly cucumber is the only vegetable that gets detatched from the mother plant , after ripening ,

    may be this is the reason it is used to indicate/show the detachment from life

    usage of cucumber word:An exact translation of the Vedic mantras is next to impossible, so we rely on the interpretations from spiritual, sacrificial, physiological, and sociological perspectives, provided by venerable Swamis and Yogis over the centuries. Understanding the words is important to make the repetitions meaningful, so here are two word-by-word translations of the Sanskrit.

  • govind
    Lv 5
    10 years ago

    From the experience of other answerers, shouldnt the verse be re-phrased as this:

    Like the ripen cucumber is ready to be detached, but only when someone cuts it

    Wont your(Lord's) grace detach/liberate me easily(surely), when I am ripe with your devotion.

    Does this analogy suggest the impossibility of Jivan mukthi? [we liberating ourselves before death?]

  • J.P
    Lv 4
    10 years ago

    Dear Mr. BULL

    Rigveda Verse : mandala-7 sukt-59 mantra-12 | Rishi: Vashistha | Mantra Devata: Rudra

    tryambakaṃ yajāmahe sugandhiṃ puṣṭi-vardhanam

    urvārukam iva bandhanān mṛtyor mukṣīya māmṛtāt

    In the translation of Arthur Berriedale Keith, 1914):

    "OM. We worship and adore you, O three-eyed one, O Shiva. You are sweet gladness, the fragrance of life, who nourishes us, restores our health, and causes us to thrive. As, in due time, the stem of the cucumber weakens, and the gourd is freed from the vine, so free us from attachment and death, and do not withhold immortality."

    that is why Cucumber is referred here.

    What is attachment?

    Sri. SathyaSai Baba gives an explanation for this:

    I worship Trayambakam (one who has three eyes or one in whom the three letters A+U +M (the mystic monosyllable "OM") reside, one in whom, reside the three worlds "bhoo" "Bhuva" and "svaha" or in whom the three Vedas (Rig, Yajur, Saama) reside, one of very sweet fragrance and one who augments, for nourishment!

    Do release me from the bondage of death to immortality as the cucumber gets released from its stalk.

    Our philosophic system recognizes two kinds of detachment. One is complete and total detachment which is compared to a ripe mango. When the fruit becomes mellow it cuts its connection or bondage with its stalk.

    This is the manner in which the ascetics, sanyasis detach themselves from attachments. The other is comparable to the Cucumber (Kakri Dosakai, Vellarikai, Kaakadi) which though fully ripe still retains its connection with the creeper without severing itself from it. This is the state of a Grihasta or a person with family attachments; a family man still entangled in Samsrara.

    Mrityunjaya mantra is a prayer by a householder or a person detached, yet attached somewhat to mundane things, who wants detachments while being under bondage of attachment and at the same time seeks salvation, freedom from mortality. In other words, one need not become an ascetic to seek salvation at the feet of the Lord.

    Devotees strongly believe that proper recitation of the Maha Mrityunjaya rejuvenates, bestows health, wealth, long life, peace, prosperity and contentment. It is said that chanting of Shiva Mantra generates divine vibrations that ward off all the negative and evil forces and creates a powerful protective shield.

    Besides, it is said to protect the one who chants against accidents and misfortunes of every kind. Recitation of the mantra creates vibration that pulsates through every cell, every molecule of human body and tears away the veil of ignorance. Hindus believe that recitation of the mantra ignites a fire within that consumes all negativity and purifies entire system. It is also said to have a strong healing power and can cure diseases declared incurable even by the doctors.

    Many believe Maha Mrityunjay Mantra to be a mantra that can conquer death and connect human beings to their own inner divinity

    Source(s): Sri.Sathyasai Baba Discourses and other sites
  • Anonymous
    10 years ago

    The Shri Rudram (Sanskrit श्रि रुद्रम्), to which the Chamakam (चमकम्) is added by scriptural tradition, is a Hindu stotra dedicated to Rudra (an epithet of Shiva), taken from the Yajurveda (TS 4.5, 4.7).[1][2]. Shri Rudram is also known as Sri Rudraprasna, Śatarudrīya, and Rudradhyaya. The text is important in Vedanta where Shiva is equated to the Universal Brahman. The hymn is an early example of enumerating the names of a deity,[3] a tradition developed extensively in the sahasranama literature of Hinduism. By the first few centuries CE, the recitation of the Śatarudrīya is claimed, in the Jābala Upanishad, to lead to immortality.[4] The hymn is referred to in the Shiva Purana.[5]

    The text is also famous for its mention of the Shaivite Panchakshara ("five-syllable") mantra (Sanskrit: Namaḥ Śivāya), which appears in the text of the Śatarudrīya in the eighth anuvaka.[6] The text also contains the mantra Aum Namo Bhagavathe Rudraya.Through the chanting of Sri Rudram, Lord Siva's various attributes and aspects are invoked and worshipped. Chanting the Rudram is considered to be of great benefit. The Rudram chanting can be done with or without the accompaniment of a Vedic yagna ritual. When accompanied with the Vedic fire ritual, it is called the Rudra Yagnam. It is said that Lord Shiva after Bhasmasura was killed with the help of Lord Maha Vishnu performed the Tandava Dance and then Performed the "Rudra Yagna" for the Betterment of Humanity, this Place where the Rudra Yagna was performed is where the "Sri Kalahasti" Temple stands now, this temple also has one of the 12 Jyothirlingas of Parameshwara.

    Shri Rudram

    The anuvakas of Shri Rudram correspond to the eleven hymns of TS 4.5, with the final anuvaka extended by an additional eight verses, including the Mahamrityunjaya Mantra. The central Shaivite mantra, Aum Namah Sivaya is also derived from the Shri Rudram, it appears (without the aum) in TS 4.5.8.l.

    [edit]Chamakam

    The second part of the text, corresponding to TS 4.7, asks God for fulfillment of wishes. The repeated phrase, cha me literally means, "and to me [be this granted]", accompanied by a list of desirables which are primarily necessary appurtenances for Vedic sacrifices.

    The original context of the Chamakam is the piling up of the fire-altar of the Vedic religion. The hymn invokes, apart from Agni and Vishnu at the beginning, a pantheon of Vedic deities that are successively linked with Indra to enable the yajamana or sacrificer/patron to successfully perform Vedic fire sacrifices or yagnyas, such as the Agnishthoma, Somayaga, and the Ashwamedha. The Chamakam can be interpreted both as a preparatory for a physical external sacrificial ritual, or the inner, possibly yogic sacrifice involving pranic control, since the yogic "vital airs" are explicitly mentioned as sacrificial adjuncts in anuvaka, or stanza 10.

    [edit]Interpretation

    The interpretations of the text commonly taught today are clearly Vedantic, while the Vedic texts at the time of their composition were probably intended for the context of ritual sacrifice.

    The President of the Ramakrishna Mission, at Chennai, in commentating on the foreword to Swami Amritananda's translation of Sri Rudram and Purushasuktam, stated that "Rudra to whom these prayers are addressed is not a sectarian deity, but the Supreme Being who is omnipresent and manifests Himself in a myriad forms for the sake of the diverse spiritual aspirants." Sri Rudram occurs in the fourth Kanda of the Taittirya Samhita in the Yajur Veda.

    Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami explains in the lexicon section of his book, Dancing with Siva, that "Sri Rudram is a hymn to the wielder of awesome powers. It is a preeminent Vedic hymn to Lord Siva as the God of dissolution, chanted daily in Siva temples throughout India."

    [edit]Smarta interpretation

    The prayer is commonly interpreted to show that Vishnu is another aspect of Shiva and to accordingly hold that Vishnu and Shiva are one and the same God from an Advaitan or Smarta viewpoint. Interestingly, the Vishnu sahasranama, in a similar manner, states Shiva is an aspect of Vishnu. The fifth anuvaka states (see Sanskrit for pronunciation details):

  • Dear BULL,

    This is a very nice question you have asked and so many views by Scholars! Really nice points.

    Fact is that Cucumber can never detach on its own and can only be plucked by the farmer! Similarly we cannot detach ourselves from the cycle of birth & death. Only God has to do it like a farmer who is detaching.

    In tamil we say “குதிரை கொம்பு” Kudirai kombu meaning “horn of horse”.

    Does it actually exist? No. Similarly, cucumber liberation is to be understood that the liberation can only be made by God. Our responsibility is to grow as a good fruit. A farmer will not pluck the perished or rotten cucumber.

    By this praying God to liberate us with His power!

    http://hidlors.com/blog

    Maha mrityunjaya mantra is one of the most misunderstood and misinterpreted mantras. It is misconstrued as the mantra which saves the person from the imminent death and being used far and wide. The two Sanskrit words “urvarukamiva” and “mamritat” have large scope for different interpretations and hence various scholars, both ancient and modern, have come out with different interpretations.

    Leaving all these interpretations aside, if you plainly look in to the word by word meaning and examine it in the light of your logic and the principle of cyclic death, the wisdom behind the mantra can be easily understood. The Maha Mrityunjaya Mantra is all about on the path to eternity in the end of a series of such cycle of birth, survival and death. The intention of the devotee is not to escape from the imminent death; he prays to the God to just detach his soul from the sufferings of the series of birth- survival-death cycles just the way a farmer detach a cucumber from the stalk to preserve it.

    Here, the cucumber is used as a metaphor to represent our worldly presence. The creep represents our physical presence and how we are emotionally involved with the worldly pleasures and misery. The cucumber (and the seeds) attached with the creep represents the soul and how it is bound with the complicities of worldly life. The cucumber comes in to existence as a result of the creation (involving the karma of various subcomponent in the system) grows against all the adversities ( insects, bad weather etc.) and becomes ripe only to decay and go back to earth again. The seeds again grow in to tiny plants when the favorable conditions arise and the cycle of birth-survival-death goes on repeating. Here, the devotee prays to the god to detach his soul just like detaching the cucumber from the creep and preserve it with him forever without allowing it to go back to the earth again to be the part of the cycle. He is pleading for the ultimate path of eternity; and not to prolong his worldly life for more sufferings.

  • 10 years ago

    I do not know the religious answer. But as I am a farmer myself I confirm here that cucumbers do not detach from the vine and fall automatically to the ground after ripening.

    so technical details given by Kumar, Odampulli and Shivam are correct. A cucumber is snatched forcefully from the vine at correct time, otherwise it over-ripens

    EDIT : WHY 4 THUMBS DOWN ? I DID NOT SAY ANYTHING WRONG ? WHAT IS RIGHT I WROTE, SOME PEOPLE ARE MAD. I THINK IT IS TENDER COCONUT WHO GAVE ME THUMB DOWN

  • 10 years ago

    1) Mahamritunjaya mantra:

    This Mahamritunjaya mantra is from Rig Veda (7-59-12), from Sukla Yajur Veda (3-60) and also from The Krishna Yajur Veda (Taittiriya Samhita) 1.8.6.i.

    Mahamritunjaya Mantra:

    'OM. Tryambakam yajamahe

    Sugandhim pushti-vardhanam

    Urvarukamiva bandhanan

    Mrityor mukshiya mamritat'

    'OM. We worship and adore you, O three-eyed one, O Shiva. You are sweet gladness, the fragrance of life, who nourishes us, restores our health, and causes us to thrive. As, in due time, the stem of the cucumber weakens, and the gourd if freed from the vine, so free us from attachment and death, and do not withhold immortality.'

    2) Why cucumber and not any other?

    This statement is from Vedas. The Vedas are primary authority.

    The cucumber is believed native to India and available in India before Rig Vedic times. The plant origins which lies between the northern part of the Bay of Bengal and the towering Himalayas. From India, it spread to Greece (where it was called “σίκυον”, síkyon) and Italy (where the Romans were especially fond of the crop), and later into China.

    It was a common fruit and available easily.

    The fruit is roughly cylindrical, elongated, with tapered ends, and may be as large as 60 cm long and 10 cm in diameter. This reminds the Siva's form 'Lingothbavar'.

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    3) Cucumber Mukti, a natural ease detachment!

    (Kanchi Kamakoti Peetham Chandrasekarendra Sarswathi Swamigal)

    When the mind becomes ripe with the true knowledge of Paramatma, the soul gets liberated from the bonds of birth and death. This liberation is called Moksha or Salvation. The Trayambaka mantra epitomises the special kind of Moksha, which accrues by the grace of Trayambaka, the three-eyed Siva.

    The Mantra conveys the meaning that one is released from mortality by the grace of Siva in the same way as the cucumber fruit gets separated from its stalk, that is, automatically separated without even the cucumber being aware of its liberation from the creeper to which it has been all along lying attached.

    Every fruit, when fully ripe, is sweet, though it may have been bitter or sour when unripe. Similarly, when the soul becomes ripe through devotion, it is filled with the sweetness and joy that comes from Jnana.

    All fruits fall down from the branches on top, at the roots below, signifying that the root is their source, sustenance and ultimate sanctuary. The ripe soul, however, is the fruit of the tree of Samsaara, worldly bondage, whose roots are on top, Oordhva moolam and whose branches grow down below (Atha shakham). So the passage of the liberated soul is upward, Oordhva gati, and not downward or Adho gati. Strictly speaking, there is no gati or going, for the soul. It is released at the very place where it existed.

    That is why the example of cucumber fruit is given. This fruit gets itself detached from the stalk, or rather, the stalk gets itself detached, even without the fruit knowing it. Similarly the liberated one does not give up the world; the world gives him up. Remembering that this life has been vouchsafed to us to get rid of future births and deaths, let us pray to the God of our heart, to obtain His grace to qualify for this kind of liberation of the soul, "cucumber mukti".

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    4) Meaning without refering cucumber:

    URVAAROKAMEVA: 'URVA' means "VISHAL" or big and powerful or deadly. 'AAROOKAM' means 'Disease'. Thus URVAROOKA means deadly and overpowering diseases.

    BANDANAAN means bound down. Thus read with URVAROOKAMEVA, it means 'I am bound down by deadly and overpowering diseases'.

    MRITYORMOOKSHEYA means to deliver us from death (both premature death in this Physical world and from the neverending cycle of deaths due to re-birth) for the sake of Mokshya (Nirvana or final emancipation from re-birth).

    MAAMRITAAT means 'please give me some Amritam (life rejuvinating nectar). Read with the previous word, it means that we are praying for some 'Amrit' to get out of the death inflicting diseases as well as the cycle of re-birth.

    Edited:

    A remark on cut and paste makes Haritha furious.

    Thirumanthiram, 2289;

    "பொன்னை மறைத்தது பொன்னணி பூடணம்

    பொன்னின் மறைந்தது பொன்னணி பூடணம்

    தன்னை மறைத்தது தன்கர ணங்களாம்

    தன்னின் மறைந்தது தன்கர ணங்களே"

    Ponnai marithathu ponanani poodanam

    ponnin marainthathu ponnani poodanam

    Thannai maraithathu than karanangalam

    Thannin marainthathu than karanangale"

    The gold is not seen if the ornament is seen. If the (purity of) gold is seen the ornament vanishes. If you see yourself in side of you, Bhagavan vanishes and if you see God inside, you are not an entity.

    Thirumanthiram, 2290:

    "மரத்தை மறைத்தது மாமத யானை

    மரத்தின் மறைந்தது மாமத யானை

    பரத்தை மறைத்தது பார்முதல் பூதம்

    பரத்தை மறைந்தது பார்முதல் பூதமே"

    'Marathai Maraithathu mamatha yanai

    Marathin marainthathu mamathayanai

    Parathai maraithathu paarmuthal bootham

    Parathai marainthathu paarmuthal boothame'

    There is a wooden elephant. A child sees the elephant but not the timber. A carpenter see the quality of wood, forgets the figure elephant. Like that if you see the word as it is Paramatma is not visible. If you are able to see GOD every where, worldly things vanish!

    If one see the cut and paste, substance not seen!

    If the answer is seen, cut and paste is not seen!!

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