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Puruṣa Sūktam

The Puruṣa is consciousness, caitanya, the truth of the unmanifest. This Puruṣa is presented in a hymn of praise in this popular Ṛg Veda mantra, which is a description of the Puruṣa. We repeat the glory of Īśvara everyday by chanting this sūktam. In doing so, we also recognise that the Puruṣa is the selfātman.

There is nothing higher than the puruṣa, I am not separate from the puruṣa; I am not a separate entity. The entire knowledge of the upaniṣads is contained in the Puruṣa sūktam.

Chanting the Puruṣa Sūktam regularly neutralises the sense of ownership and our erroneous I-sense, ahaṅkāra, slowly goes away. This sūktam is a prayer repeated daily, towards that end. The daily pārāyaṇa (chanting) helps us establish a certain relationship with Īśvara.

In this course of 10 lessons, we will meticulously learn the recitation of this Sūktam with a high level meaning. As aspiring yogīs working towards understanding our true nature, this hymn will become a powerful prayer in our yogic journey.

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How this course works

This is a self-paced course of 10 lessons. Each lesson covers the recitation in detail – repeating word-by word where complicated, followed by full sentence practices – with a group as well as the option to practice only with the teacher’s voice.

There are audio resources for chanting, videos for explanations of Vedic phonetics and high level meaning of the mantras. There are also texts to download – meanings, Vedic phonetic guides for each mantra as well an accurately transliterated text for chanting.

At the end of the course, you have the option to submit a recording for evaluation. There is a discussion area to post questions if you have any doubts or need to clarify anything.

Course Curriculum

  • Invocation mantras
    30 minutes
  • Welcome to the course!
    15 minutes
  • Download text for chanting
    3 minutes
  • Śānti mantra – taccha̱ṃ yorāvṛ̍ṇīmahe
    20 minutes
  • Śānti mantra – full mantra practice
    10 minutes
  • Śānti mantra – meaning
    10 minutes
  • Anuvāka 1 – half sentence practice
    20 minutes
  • Vedic phonetics explained & guide (anuvāka 1)
    10 minutes
  • Anuvāka 1 – full sentence practice
    15 minutes
  • Anuvāka 1 – full mantra practice
    10 minutes
  • Meaning – Anuvāka 1
    15 minutes
  • Anuvāka 2 – half sentence practice
    20 minutes
  • Vedic phonetics explained & guide (anuvāka 2)
    10 minutes
  • Anuvāka 2 – full sentence practice
    15 minutes
  • Anuvāka 1 full mantra & Anuvāka 2 repeat after teacher
    10 minutes
  • Anuvāka 2 – full mantra practice
    10 minutes
  • Anuvāka 1 & 2 – full mantra practice
    10 minutes
  • Meaning – Anuvāka 2
    10 minutes
  • Anuvāka 3 – half sentence practice
    20 minutes
  • Vedic phonetics explained & guide (anuvāka 3)
    10 minutes
  • Anuvāka 3 – full sentence practice
    15 minutes
  • Anuvāka 3 – full mantra practice
    10 minutes
  • Meaning – Anuvāka 3
    10 minutes
  • Anuvāka 4 – half sentence practice
    20 minutes
  • Vedic phonetics explained & guide (anuvāka 4)
    10 minutes
  • Anuvāka 4 – full sentence practice
    15 minutes
  • Anuvāka 4 – full mantra practice
    10 minutes
  • Anuvāka 1-4 practice
    10 minutes
  • Meaning – Anuvāka 4
    15 minutes
  • Anuvāka 5 – half sentence practice
    15 minutes
  • Vedic phonetics explained & guide (anuvāka 5)
    10 minutes
  • Recitation tip – chanting with alertness
    5 minutes
  • Anuvāka 5 – full sentence practice
    10 minutes
  • Anuvāka 5 – full mantra practice
    10 minutes
  • Meaning – Anuvāka 5
    20 minutes
  • Lesson 5 – final practice Anuvāka 1-5
    5 minutes
  • Anuvāka 6 – half sentence practice
    20 minutes
  • Vedic phonetics explained & guide (anuvāka 6)
    10 minutes
  • Anuvāka 6 – full sentence practice
    15 minutes
  • Anuvāka 6 – full mantra practice
    10 minutes
  • Meaning – Anuvāka 6
    10 minutes
  • Anuvāka 7 – half sentence practice
    20 minutes
  • Vedic phonetics explained & guide (Anuvāka 7)
    10 minutes
  • Anuvāka 7 – full sentence practice
    10 minutes
  • Anuvāka 7 – full mantra practice
    10 minutes
  • Meaning – Anuvāka 7
    10 minutes
  • Anuvāka 8 – half sentence practice
    20 minutes
  • Vedic phonetics explained & guide (Anuvāka 8)
    10 minutes
  • Anuvāka 8 – full sentence practice
    15 minutes
  • Anuvāka 8 – full mantra practice
    10 minutes
  • Meaning – Anuvāka 8
    30 minutes
  • Mantras 1-8 practice by group
    10 minutes
  • Anuvāka 9 – half sentence practice
    15 minutes
  • Vedic phonetics explained & guide (Anuvāka 9)
    10 minutes
  • Anuvāka 9 – full sentence practice
    15 minutes
  • Anuvāka 9 – full mantra practice
    10 minutes
  • Meaning – Anuvāka 9
    30 minutes
  • Anuvāka 10 – half sentence practice
    20 minutes
  • Vedic phonetics explained & guide (Anuvāka 10)
    10 minutes
  • Anuvāka 10 – full sentence practice
    15 minutes
  • Anuvāka 10 – full mantra practice
    10 minutes
  • Meaning – Anuvāka 8-9-10
    30 minutes
  • Puruṣa Sūktam – a summary
    40 minutes
  • Submit your recording here!
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Your Course Includes

Audio, video & text

Audio, video & text resources for efficient learning

Discussion area

Post your questions for clarification in the discussion area

Feedback

Option to submit a recording for evaluation at the end of the course

Frequently asked Questions

When does the course start and finish?
This is self paced learning course of 10 weeks duration, you may take longer or shorter to finish the course based on your progress. There is no pressure to finish in 10 weeks! Learn at your own pace!
How long do I have access to the course?
You have unlimited access to this course, repeat and revise lessons for your long term practice.
Can I have face to face interaction with Instructor
No, this is an online self paced course. 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.
Does this course have any certificates?
No, this is just a basic introductary course on Yoga. This is not a professional certification course.

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