Veda chanting – beginner’s initiation

With blessings from my family and teachers, I bring you this course on the principles of Vedic Chanting for beginners (or for those who wish to learn the theoretical background to this practice). You will learn some background on the nomenclature of Indian texts and learn a little about how the Vedas are classified. You will also learn an overview of Vedic phonetics how it is depicted in all our courses through a schematic of the text. This course is therefore recommended as a pre-requisite to any other course.

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How this Course Works

Through structured audio, video & text lessons, by the end of the course you will:

1. Have a brief overview of the landscape of the Vedic literature. You will see where the texts of Veda, Yoga, Bhagavad gita, Upaniṣads and some of the popular epics fit in the nomenclature of Indian spiritual texts.

2. Understand how the Vedas are classified into 4 books and how they are different from each other.

3. Learn to read transliterated & notated mantra texts.

4. Have an introduction to the Sanskrit alphabet and sounds. Practice some pronunciation through exercises, mostly of āsana names.

5. Learn and practice Mahāprāṇa sounds (aspirated Sanskrit sounds)- mastering this is the key to practicing the recitation of Vedas. Learn to identify these sounds from the mantra texts.

6. Learn to recognise conjunct consonants, also essential for a serious practice of Veda recitation.

7. Learn the famous Gāyatrī mantra and understand how the mantra gets its name.

8. Understand the sacred approach to the practice of recitation of Vedas – lifestyle, honouring the Rishis, honouring the rules of recitation and creating a daily practice for yourself.

9. List some benefits of studying Vedas through the practice of recitation.

10. Understand the difference between chanting mantras from the Vedas and chanting other texts and hymns.

Course Curriculum

  • Welcome to the course!
    10 minutes
  • 3 reasons to recite the Vedas
    10 minutes
  • Download – course workbook
    30 minutes
  • Indian Spiritual texts – a high level overview
    30 minutes
  • Wisdom in the Vedas
    30 minutes
  • Yoga in Veda
    30 minutes
  • Mantra
    30 minutes
  • Sūktam
    30 minutes
  • Ṛṣi – Seer
    30 minutes
  • Chandas – Prosody
    30 minutes
  • Yajña
    30 minutes
  • Devata – vedic gods
    30 minutes
  • Introduction to Sanskrit alphabet
    30 minutes
  • Download Sanskrit alphabet sheet
    2 minutes
  • Download Sanskrit alphabet exercise guide
    2 minutes
  • Vowel Sounds
    11 minutes
  • Guttural Consonant Sounds 1st Row
    13 minutes
  • Ka – Guttural Sounds Practice
    25 minutes
  • kha – Guttural Sounds Practice
    20 minutes
  • ga – Guttural Sounds Practice
    20 minutes
  • gha – Guttural Sounds Practice
    20 minutes
  • ṅa – Guttural Nasal sound Practice
    30 minutes
  • Voice & Unvoiced Consonants
    2 minutes
  • Palatal Consonant Sounds – 2nd Row
    9 minutes
  • ca – Palatal Sounds Practice
    20 minutes
  • cha – Palatal Sounds Practice
    10 minutes
  • ja – Palatal Sounds Practice
    20 minutes
  • jha – Palatal Sounds Practice
    30 minutes
  • ña – Nasal Palatal Sound Practice
    20 minutes
  • Cerebral Consonant Sounds 3rd Row
    11 minutes
  • ṭa – Cerebral Sounds Practice
    30 minutes
  • ṭha – Cerebral Sounds Practice
    20 minutes
  • ḍa – Cerebral Sounds Practice
    20 minutes
  • ḍha – Cerebral Sounds Practice
    5 minutes
  • ṇa – Cerebral Sounds Practice
    30 minutes
  • Dental & Labial Consonant Sounds 4th & 5th Row
    2 minutes
  • ta – Dental Sounds Practice
    30 minutes
  • tha – Dental Sounds Practice
    30 minutes
  • da – Dental Sounds Practice
    20 minutes
  • dha – Dental Sounds Practice
    30 minutes
  • na – Nasal Dental Sound Practice
    20 minutes
  • pa – Labial Sounds Practice
    20 minutes
  • pha – Labial Sounds Practice
    15 minutes
  • ba – Labial Sounds Practice
    10 minutes
  • bha – Labial Sounds Practice
    30 minutes
  • ma – Nasal Labial Sounds Practice
    25 minutes
  • Semi Vowels
    2 minutes
  • Sibilant Sounds
    4 minutes
  • śa – Sibilant Sound Practice
    30 minutes
  • ṣa – Sibilant Sound Practice
    30 minutes
  • sa – Sibilant Sound Practice
    30 minutes
  • ha – Sibilant Sound Practice
    30 minutes
  • Anusvāra & Visarga
    7 minutes
  • mahāprāṇa sounds
    30 minutes
  • conjunct consonants
    30 minutes
  • Taittīrīya Upaniṣad – The six rules of Veda recitation
    15 minutes
  • 1. varṇa
    30 minutes
  • 2. svara
    30 minutes
  • 3. mātra
    30 minutes
  • 4. balam
    30 minutes
  • 5. sāma
    30 minutes
  • 6. santāna
    30 minutes
  • anusvāra
    30 minutes
  • visarga
    30 minutes
  • Words in mantras starting with vowel sounds
    30 minutes
  • Gripping conjunct consonants
    30 minutes
  • t and sa meet to form a mahāprāṇa sound
    30 minutes
  • p and sa meet to form a mahāprāṇa sound
    30 minutes
  • Other expectations
    30 minutes
  • Introduction
    30 minutes
  • Repeat after Shantala – half sentence
    10 minutes
  • Vedic phonetics – gāyatrī
    10 minutes
  • Repeat after Shantala – full sentence
    20 minutes
  • Full mantra practice
    30 minutes
  • Gāyatrī mantra – meaning
    30 minutes
  • Gāyatrī japa – cultivating a daily practice
    30 minutes
  • Lifestyle
    30 minutes
  • Developing a daily practice
    30 minutes
  • Chanting or singing?
    30 minutes
  • The power of prayer
    30 minutes
  • Ask your questions here!
  • Test your knowledge!
    0 questions

Your Course Includes

Videos

Video explanations of important topics – Vedic phonetics, Sanskrit alphabet, Veda nomenclature etc.

audio recordings

To practice mantras and Sanskrit sounds

workbook and charts

Many learning resources – a workbook, charts, practice exercises, quiz and assignments to test your understanding.

Frequently asked Questions

When does the course start and finish?

This is a self paced learning course of 4 weeks of duration. You are free to take the course at your own pace of course! It is recommended that you are clear with the concepts presented in this course, especially regarding the Sanskrit alphabet and the Vedic phonetic rules.

How long do I have access to the course?

You have lifetime access to the course.

Can I have face to face interaction with Instructor

No, this is an online self paced course with video, audio and text resources. However, you are free to contact the instructor via our direct messaging system from the member’s area. There is also a discussion area where you can interact with the instructor.

Does this course have any certificates?

Yes, you will receive a certificate of participation on successful submission of the quiz at the end of this course. You will be able to access your certificate under ‘Dashboard’ and ‘achievements’

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