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Veda chanting essentials

The oldest known Indian scriptures are the vast corpus of Sanskrit poetry termed as the Vedas. Considered to be a divine revelation to the Ṛṣi-s (Seers) of ancient India, Vedic Chanting is bound by strict adherence to six rules – Varṇa (pronunciation), Svara (chanting notes), Mātrā (duration) Balam (force), Sāma (continuity) and Santāna (conjugation, punctuation). Adhyayanam or the process of study that involves repeating exactly as the teacher recites has preserved these rules for thousands of years.

In this course, you will learn the very essentials of Veda recitation to get you started. This course is a recommended pre-requisite to all our courses.

FREE

Course objectives

At the end of the course you will:
 
  • Have a basic introduction to 3 of the 6 rules of Veda recitation.
  • Learn the rule of Svara – the notes used in Veda chanting that distinguish it from other chanting or music
  • Learn about aspirated sounds.
  • Learn about conjugation – how some sounds in Sanskrit change based on a set of rules. Therefore, your text may look different from how you recite it and you will understand why.
  • Understand the method used in these courses to explain Vedic phonetics.
  • Learn the famous Gāyatrī mantra with meaning.
  • Have some tips to build your practice.

Course Curriculum

  • Download your course workbook
    5 minutes
  • Welcome!
    10 minutes
  • The Vedas
    10 minutes
  • Recitation or singing?
    10 minutes
  • The rules
    15 minutes
  • The oral tradition
    20 minutes
  • Notes of veda chanting
    10 minutes
  • Exercise 1
    10 minutes
  • Exercise 2
    10 minutes
  • Exercise 3
    10 minutes
  • Aspirated sounds
    5 minutes
  • Exercise 1
    5 minutes
  • Exercise 2
    5 minutes
  • Exercise 3
    10 minutes
  • The rules of conjunction
    10 minutes
  • Anusvāra exercise 1 – āyurmantraḥ excerpt
    10 minutes
  • Anusvāra exercise 2 – saha nāvavatu excerpt
    10 minutes
  • Visarga exercise 1 – śāntiḥ śāntiḥ śāntiḥ
    10 minutes
  • Visarga exercise 2 – pūrṇamadaḥ
    15 minutes
  • The Veda Studies system
    10 minutes
  • Exercise – saha nāvavatu – full sentence practice
    15 minutes
  • Exercise – saha nāvavatu – full mantra practice
    10 minutes
  • Introduction
    5 minutes
  • Repeat after Shantala – half sentence
    10 minutes
  • Vedic phonetics – Gāyatrī
    10 minutes
  • Repeat after Shantala – full sentences
    10 minutes
  • Full mantra practice
    10 minutes
  • Meaning
    10 minutes
  • Gāyatrī Japa – 108 times repetition with Shantala
    40 minutes
  • Why recite the Vedas?
    5 minutes
  • How to practice?
    10 minutes
  • What next?
    10 minutes
  • Using a Tanpura
    5 minutes
  • Test your knowledge
    10 questions
  • Thank you, closing mantra & discussion area

Your Course Includes

Audio & video resources

There are audio resources to practice simple beginner exercises with. Videos are available for some explanations.

A workbook

A workbook you can download and have the texts for the chanting available, some exercises for you and space to write your notes.

Quiz

A short quiz to test your understanding at the end of the course.

Frequently asked Questions

When does the course start and finish?

This is a self paced learning course of about 3 hours of study. You are free to take longer or finish the course sooner depending on your progress. For complete beginners, we recommend going through all the lessons and spreading your study over 2-3 days, repeating the exercises several times.

How long do I have access to the course?

You have unlimited access to this course.

Can I have face to face interaction with Instructor

No, this is an online self paced course with audio, video and text lessons. However, you are free to contact the instructor via our direct messaging system from the member’s area. You may also post your questions in the discussion area in the course and interact with the teacher and other students.

Does this course have any certificates?

No, this is just a basic introductory course on Veda chanting. We are working on certificate courses! This course however offers a short quiz to test your basic understanding. Have fun doing it!

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