Mrityunjayamantra is a powerful healing mantra which is sung to Lord Shiva. It asks for deliverance from death (both premature death in this physical world and from the
never-ending cycles of deaths due to rebirth) for the sake of Moshya (Nirvana or final emancipation from rebirth).
When the Eight finally reached the high place “Cruz Alta,” all, but Hada, went and prepared the base where the old cross once stood.
Hada then walked a spiral path the best he could through boulders and paths and then mounted the stone base of the old cross. Standing on the four stones making up its base he felt rather dimensionless. Like usual, when starting a ceremony, Hada’s mind went blank. He was awe struck with the view and the energy he felt. He had just come from the mountains of Colorado USA, 14,000 feet above sea level, and here on top of a little mountain some 1,740 feet above sea level he felt like he was on top of the whole world.
Gathering his composure, he pointed his staff toward the four directions blew his Eagle bone whistle and praying to the Grandfathers of those directions for
support and acceptance.
He then pointed Chartaka toward Grandfather Sky and prayed for the same.
Then after pausing 3 or 4 times, he plunged Chartaka into the fertile earth of Sintra’s forest that filled the void left in the base of “Cruz Alta
,” the old cross. Standing relaxed alongside the planted staff he felt himself accepted by the mountain.
Hada climbed down on all fours, imitating a bear to complete the symbolization of one of Hada’s names—“Walks the Spiral Path of the Bear.” Hadani tied a feather of the Nation bird of Portugal, the “Rooster,” onto Chartaka. Hada wrapped “White Flow,” the robe of a spirit wolf around the base of Chartaka protecting it as he has since Chartaka’s creation. Hada also placed his “C’anupa” (sacred pipe) next to White Flow. Then all were invited to hold Chartaka breathing their spirit into the staff.
It is interesting to note there were 5 men and 3 women present. A nice correlation presented itself between the men and the
Grandfathers of the four directions and Grandfather Sky, and the women and Mother Earth, the Grandmother that fills all that is within and She, the Grandmother that fills all that appears to be outside.