Mantras for Facing Death & Dying

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Mantras for Facing Death & Dying Om Namah Shivayah Shiva represents transformation. This simple, short mantra can be repeated anytime to help embrace any transition.

Om Trayambakam Yajaamahe Sugandhim Pushtivardhanam Urvaarukamiva Bandhanan Mrtyor Muksheeya Mamritaat This is the Maha Mrityunjaya, or Great Victory Over Death, mantra one of the most ancient mantras known. It appears in both the Rg and Yajur Vedas and is considered a powerful healing chant. It also helps us to realize the immortal part of ourselves that survives Death. It is typically repeated 11, 27 or 108 times.

Om saha naavavatu saha nau bhunaktu saha veeryam karravaavahai tejas vinava dheetamastu maa vidvishaavahai Om shaantih shaantih shaantih This Shanti, or “peace”, Mantra from the Kathopanishad is an invocation of goodwill between teacher and student. In this Upanishad, a young boy approaches Death without fear and finds in him a teacher beyond compare.

Om tat purushaaya vidmahe Mahaa devaaya dhimahi Tanno rudrah prachodayaat The Rudra Gayatri supports us in the final experience of letting go of all that we are so that we can evolve. The Rudra Granthi, associated with vishuddhi and ajna chakras, is the final knot to be untied in the spiritual quest to leave the world of Nature and join the realm of the Divine. * these are not precise transliterations but are meant to provide an accessible starting point This document was created for your use. Feel free to use it, reproduce it and distribute it as you wish, as long as you include this copyright attribution: ©2017 Atmadarshan Laura Santoro. More resources are available at