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Developing conviction in your practice – Śraddha Sūktam

The English language does not do justice to the word Śraddha, the first of the four essential qualifications for the attainment of a high spiritual ideal – Samādhi. Śraddha is the firm conviction regarding the presence of Truth we seek within us and the efficacy of Yogic technique in enabling us to reach the goal.

Śraddha is the trust, the clarity of mind, when one sees things clearly, and one can understand which kind of endeavour best merits one’s trust. This faith sustains like a benevolent mother, supports the yogī until the very end. It is the source of indomitable energy or will.

In the Vedic literature, Śraddha is invoked and worshipped as if She is a Goddess. So we can awaken this conviction in our hearts and propel ourselves to our yogic goals.

I’m thrilled to offer this course, combining my personal study of the Yoga Sūtras of Patañjali and the recitation of the Vedas. In this 3 class course, we will study the Śraddha Sūktam, a beautiful hymn to the Goddess of conviction, who will accompany us on our yogic journey.

This course is suitable for all levels and beginners are very welcome! This is an especially wonderful course for aspiring yogīs and yoginīs.

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How Does This Course Work

There are 3 lessons, each with comprehensive teachings on the meaning of the mantra as well as the correct pronunciation with all details of the relevant Vedic phonetics involved. The step by step lessons will help you understand how to chant the mantra as well as understand its importance to your practice of Yoga.

There are audio recordings for the mantra, with which you can follow along like a traditional adhyayanam (teacher recites once, students repeat twice). Recordings with a student group as well as with only teacher available for practice. 

Videos explaining Vedic phonetic rules are useful resources to methodically mark all the cues you need on your texts for accurate practice. There are also colour coded marked texts for your reference, so you can be absolutely sure about the phonetic rules.

In addition, there are videos explaining the meaning of the mantra and we will join the dots between śraddha as presented in the 1st chapter of the Yoga Sūtras of Patañjali and śraddha as presented in the world’s oldest poetry – the Ṛg Veda.

I hope you enjoy your study with me!

 

Course Curriculum

  • Welcome! Preview
    15 minutes
  • Download text for chanting
    5 minutes
  • Invocatory prayers
    5 minutes
  • Mantra 1 – Repeat twice after teacher
    10 minutes
  • Vedic phonetics – 1 (Mantra 1)
    10 minutes
  • Vedic phonetics – 2 (some corrections for Mantra 1)
    10 minutes
  • Vedic phonetics – 3 (more corrections) – no musical quality!
    10 minutes
  • Mantra 1 – group practice
    10 minutes
  • Mantra 2 – slow practice
    10 minutes
  • Mantra 2 – Full sentence practice
    10 minutes
  • Vedic phonetics – 4 (Mantra 2)
    10 minutes
  • Mantra 2 group practice
    30 minutes
  • Meaning – Mantras 1 & 2
    30 minutes
  • Mantra 1 & 2 group practice
    10 minutes
  • Mantra 3 – repeat twice
    10 minutes
  • Vedic phonetics (Mantra 3)
    30 minutes
  • Mantra 3 – group practice
    5 minutes
  • Mantra 1-3 Summary practice
    10 minutes
  • Mantra 1 – 3 group practice (video)
    30 minutes
  • Mantra 1 & 2 revision group practice
    10 minutes
  • Mantra 1 – correction (video)
    5 minutes
  • Revision Mantra 1 & 2 Vedic phonetics (video)
    30 minutes
  • Mantra 3 First practice (with additional revision of 1&2)
    10 minutes
  • Mantra 3 Vedic phonetics (video)
    5 minutes
  • Mantra 3 Full sentence practice
    20 minutes
  • Mantra 3 group practice
    5 minutes
  • Meaning Mantra 3 (video)
    10 minutes
  • Practice Mantras 1 2 & 3
    10 minutes
  • Mantra 4 half sentence practice
    10 minutes
  • Mantra 4 Vedic phonetics (video)
    10 minutes
  • Mantra 4 full sentence practice
    10 minutes
  • Mantra 4 feedback on phonetics (video)
    5 minutes
  • Mantra 4 – challenging pronunciation of Hṛdayyayākūtya (video)
    5 minutes
  • Mantra 4 group practice
    10 minutes
  • Meaning Mantra 4 (Video)
    5 minutes
  • Mantras 1-4 group practice
    30 minutes
  • Lesson 2 group practice (video)
    5 minutes
  • Mantra 1-4 revision
    10 minutes
  • Mantra 5 first practice
    10 minutes
  • Mantra 5 Vedic phonetics (video)
    10 minutes
  • Mantra 5 full sentence practice
    30 minutes
  • Mantra 5 group practice
    10 minutes
  • Mantra 1-5 group practice
    10 minutes
  • Mantra 5 meaning (video)
    15 minutes
  • Mantra 6 first practice
    10 minutes
  • Mantra 6 Vedic phonetics (video)
    15 minutes
  • Mantra 6 full sentence
    10 minutes
  • Mantra 6 group practice
    10 minutes
  • Mantra 6 svara confusion (video)
    5 minutes
  • Mantra 6 meaning (video)
    7 minutes
  • Shraddha Suktam full mantra practice
    30 minutes
  • Final group practice (video) Preview
    5 minutes
  • Ask your questions here!
  • Submit your recording!
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Your Śraddha Sūktam Course Includes

3 Step-By-Step comprehensive Lessons

Learn this Ṛg veda mantra STEP-BY-STEP

Video explanations

Explanatory videos demonstrating the phonetic rules of recitation as well as the meaning of the mantra.

Accurate text of the mantra for download

You will be able to download an accurate text with IAST standard transliteration and our Sanskrit trained students will have the option to download the text in Devanagari.

Frequently asked Questions

When does the course start and finish?

This is self paced learning course of 3 weeks of duration. You are free to take this course based on your need.

How long do I have access to the course?

Unlimited !! You can watch the videos and listen to the audio lessons as many number of times as you wish.

Can I have face to face interaction with Instructor

No, this is an online self paced course with video demonstration. However, you are free to contact the instructor via our direct messaging system from the member’s area or post your questions in the discussion area within the course.

Does this course have any certificates?

No, this is just one hymn from over 10500 mantras in the Ṛg Veda! However we are working on short certificate courses that will be useful to a practitioner.

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