Svecchamrityu (Iccha-mrityu)

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Svecchamrityu (Sanskrit: स्वेच्छामृत्यु) {Sva (self) + iccha (will) + mrityu (death)} is an adjective which means - having death at one’s own power or dying at one’s own will [1] It is also called Iccha-mrityu (इच्छा मृत्यु) meaning self-willed death but it is not to be confused with immortality or self-inflicted death. Shantanu had granted to his son Gangaputra Devavrata, also known as Bhishma, the supernatural power of Svecchamrityu. [2] Mahabharata records that Bhishma did choose the time and manner of his own death.[3]

In the course of his visit to Amarnath cave, Swami Vivekananda had the vision of Lord Shiva in the cave and was blessed with the boon of death-at-will (iccha-mrityu).[4] He had predicted that he would not live forty years, he did not. Mahatma Sisir Kumar and Pandit Dinabandhu Vedantaratna are also believed to have willed their own death.[5]

The Svadhishthana Chakra is the Abode of the Tattva Apas; one conquers death with the awakening of this chakra.[6] As one of the twenty-six siddhis that form part of Kundalini yoga, Iccha-mrityu siddhi gives the yogi the power to die at will. [7] According to Aurobindo the sadhaka of Integral yoga aims at complete liberation from all attacks of illness, and the power to prolong life at will – Iccha-mrityu. [8]

In Hindu astrology, the Iccha-mrityu yoga is caused if Saturn situated in the 12th house from the lagna is aspected by powerful Jupiter occupying the 4th house. [9] The methodical recitation of Rishi Markandeya’s Yajurveda Mahamrityunjaya Mantra consisting of thirty-three syllables:-

In Devanagari script:
ॐ त्र्यम्बकं यजामहे सुगन्धिं पुष्टिवर्धनम् ।
उर्वारुकमिव बन्धनान् मृत्योर्मुक्षीय मा ∫ मृतात् ।।

is recommended for warding-off the evil and/or death-inflicting effects of planets, and to prolong one’s life-span. [10]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Sanskrit Dictionary". Spokensanskrit.de. 
  2. ^ Charity Seraphina Fields. &ved=0CEkQ6AEwBzgK#v=onepage&q=Iccha%20mrityu&f=false Battle Against Infinity. Lieutenant of Charity. p. 88. 
  3. ^ Mahabharata. Motilal Banarsidass. pp. 21,355. 
  4. ^ Bansi Pandit. The Hindu Mind. New Age Books. p. 323. 
  5. ^ Mrinal Kanti Ghosh. Life Beyond Death. Genesis Publishing. pp. 109–112. 
  6. ^ Samael Aun Weor. Kundalini Yoga: The Mysteries of Fire. Glorian Publishing. "Chapter 6 S.No.28, 35" 
  7. ^ Sadhu Santideva. Encyclopaedia of Buddhist Tantra. Genesis Publishing. p. 380. 
  8. ^ Tulsidas Chatterjee. Sri Aurobindo’s Integral Yoga. Sri Aurobindo Ashram. p. 289. 
  9. ^ The Astrological Magazine Vol.65. Raman Publications. p. 198. 
  10. ^ =Dr. Shanker Adawal Ph.D. "Maha Mritunjaya Chant". Bhrigu Nadi Astrology.