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There was a sage called Mrikandu. He and his wife propitiated Lord Shiva through severe penance. Lord Shiva was pleased with them and blessed them with a boon, saying, "Either you shall have a divine son who will live only for sixteen years or a bad son who will live for one hundred years. Choose what you want."

Sage Mrikandu and his wife prayed for the good son, even though short lived. Shiva blessed them with a good son whom they named Markandeya. When Markandeya was eight years of age, he knew all the holy scriptures, and all that is to be known for self realization by the direct instruction of his sagely father. His parents never revealed to him that his life was going to come to an end at the age of sixteen, but they asked him to do the worship of Lord Shiva regularly.

On the last day of the sixteenth year Yama, the God of death, appeared to him and threw his noose to the nose of Markandeya, while he was sitting for the worship of Lord Shiva. His breath was disturbed as Yama began pulling his soul out of his body. With great devotion, Markandeya embraced the holy Shivalinga and burst into a great Mantra known as the Maha Mrityunjaya Mantra.

A Shivalinga is a powerful meditation and ritual tool. This is an ancient sacred symbol for the creative and powerful energies of the divine and is a potent form of Lord Shiva.

Mrityunjaya means Victory over death. Maha means great. Maha Mrityunjaya Mantra means "the great Mantra of victory over death". When Markandeya uttered the Mrityunjaya Mantra, Lord Shiva appeared through the Shivalinga and drove away Yama, the God of death and blessed Markandeya to become the ever living master of the Himalayas.

The text of the mantra is as follows:


-- I worship the three eyed Lord Shiva, the compassionate One whose fragrance nourishes all beings. May I cling as closely to Him as the cucumber clings to the vine, and may He grant me liberation from the cycle of birth and death.

I had the good fortune of meeting Indi early this year.  The first time we met was actually the day she performed the cleansing of our house.

The house I refer to is my childhood home, in which I have lived on and off again over the past 18 years.  I no longer have trouble referring to it as "home", given the immense difference I believe the cleansing has made.

Though I had never before taken part in a cleansing, I was able to participate in the ritual with Indi, under her guidance and instruction of course.

It meant a great deal to me to be a part of the entire process.  Not only was she highly knowledgeable in this art (or craft), her explanations were easy to understand and her presence was safe and welcoming. 

She wasn't in any rush through the process, but took her time, focusing on the work at hand, clearly committed to cleansing the whole environment.  Not only did she spend a great deal of time and energy on the cleansing, she was readily available thereafter to check in on the progress, on various feelings, shifts, changes, or lack thereof. 

She was able to address any concerns from continuing with distant cleansing. I believe her presence here, in particular on that day, cleansing this space, has rid various negative elements that have until recently clouded not only activities within the house, but also affected the well-being of those who lived under its roof. 

I have learned a great deal from her in simply knowing her – her knowledge and commitment extend far beyond cleansing, as I have witnessed her teaching of Reiki, her explanations of various Mudras, an I-Ching reading, as well as precise Feng Shui
recommendations for this same house. 

I believe in her as a positive
and resource for all those whose lives she has touched and all those whose lives she will continue to touch.  Keep up the great work!

Neha Vyas,
Lake Forest,

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