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Veda chanting – a comprehensive initiation

With blessings from my family and teachers, I bring you this course on the principles of Vedic Chanting for beginners. You will learn all the important rules of Vedic phonetics. Starting with a thorough introduction to the Sanskrit syllables to a comprehensive look into all of the other nuances you need to know to excel in the practice of Veda chanting. This course is therefore recommended as a pre-requisite to any intermediate level course and will serve as a reference resource throughout your study in the future.

175.00

Course objectives:

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

  1. First start with a very high level overview of the Vedas and understand some basic concepts from the Vedas such as mantra, ṛṣi, sūktam, chandas, yajña etc.
  2. Study the Sanskrit syllables and practice their pronunciation with examples.
  3. This is followed by a comprehensive listing of the Veda chanting rules with examples and some exercises to understand them.
  4. You will learn the following mantras with Vedic phonetics and meaning in this course:
  • Mahāmṛtyuñjaya mantra – the great death conquering mantra
  • Āśīrvāda mantra – mantra for blessings
  • Śaṃ no mitraḥ – mantra for peace
  • Pūrṇamadaḥ – mantra for peace

This course will  serve as an important reference guide for you, that you can keep coming back to if you need to check any specific rules. This course is recommended before studying any of our intermediate level courses.

Course Curriculum

  • Welcome to the course!
    10 minutes
  • What are the Vedas?
    10 minutes
  • Why do we chant the Vedas?
    10 minutes
  • Wisdom in the Vedas
    10 minutes
  • Mantra
    15 minutes
  • Sūktam
    15 minutes
  • Ṛṣi – Seer
    10 minutes
  • Chandas – Prosody
    5 minutes
  • Yajña
    10 minutes
  • Devatā – Vedic gods
    15 minutes
  • Introduction to Sanskrit alphabet
    10 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
    20 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
    0 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
    10 minutes
  • tha – Dental Sounds Practice
    20 minutes
  • da – Dental Sounds Practice
    20 minutes
  • dha – Dental Sounds Practice
    20 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
  • Repeating the entire alphabet!
    10 minutes
  • The rules of Veda recitation
    10 minutes
  • 1. varṇa
    5 minutes
  • 2. svara
    10 minutes
  • 3. mātrā
    10 minutes
  • 4. balam
    10 minutes
  • 5. sāma
    10 minutes
  • 6. santāna
    10 minutes
  • anusvāra
    20 minutes
  • visarga
    15 minutes
  • Breaks & pauses before vowel sounds
    15 minutes
  • Dvitva – doubling
    15 minutes
  • Long syllable before conjunct
    15 minutes
  • When t and sa meet
    10 minutes
  • When p and sa meet
    10 minutes
  • Introduction
    10 minutes
  • Half sentence practice
    15 minutes
  • Vedic phonetics
    10 minutes
  • Full sentence practice
    15 minutes
  • 108 times japa with Shantala
    40 minutes
  • Introduction, meaning & text
    15 minutes
  • Half sentence practice
    10 minutes
  • Vedic phonetics
    10 minutes
  • Full sentence practice
    10 minutes
  • Full mantra practice
    10 minutes
  • Introduction & text
    30 minutes
  • Vedic phonetics
    5 minutes
  • The special notes for Śāntiḥ
    5 minutes
  • Repeat after the teacher – adhyayanam
    15 minutes
  • Full mantra practice
    10 minutes
  • Chant with a group!
    5 minutes
  • Introduction & text
    15 minutes
  • Vedic phonetics
    10 minutes
  • Half sentence practice
    15 minutes
  • Full sentence practice
    15 minutes
  • Full mantra practice
    10 minutes
  • Chant with a group!
    10 minutes
  • Other expectations about chanting
    5 minutes
  • Lifestyle
    5 minutes
  • Developing a daily practice
    5 minutes
  • Chanting or singing?
    10 minutes
  • The power of prayer
    5 minutes
  • Test your knowledge!
    15 questions
  • Thank you & discussion area!

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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