Veda knowledge series

125.00

A collection of 6 classes on all the theoretical concepts that underpin the practice of Veda chanting. These classes were taught through webinars during the COVID lockdown between April & June 2020. The recordings of these webinars are available for viewing along with the option to download the presentation slides for each class.

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Through this course, you can access 6 Webinars (1 hour each) along with the option to download the presentation slides for each for your reference. We recommend going through not more than one webinar a week. We also highly recommend going through the classes in the same order for effective learning. The following topics are covered:

1.  Nomenclature of the Vedas

Key points of the session:
  • Briefly compare the 4 classifications – Ṛg, Yajur, Sāma & Atharva
  • How many mantras exist? Some fun facts with numbers!
  • Divisions – Saṃhitās, Brāhmaṇas, Āraṇyakas and Upaniṣads
  • Important commentaries on the Vedas

2. Principle Veda Concepts - part 1

This session will help the student of Veda recitation understand the following principle concepts of the Vedas:

  • Mantras – what are the different types of mantras in the Vedas and their differences?
  • Sūktam – etymology of Sūktam & listing of important hymns and basis to their composition.
  • Chandas – prosody in the Vedas
  • Ṛṣi – The Seers, an overview. How does one become a Seer?

3. Principle Veda Concepts - part 2

This session will help the student of Veda recitation understand the following principle concepts of the Vedas:

  • Yagña – The sacred fire ritual of the Vedas and its symbolic meaning
  • Devata – The cosmic forces or gods & deities of the Vedas

4. Yoga in Veda

We will examine some of the key concepts of Yoga that appear in the Vedas:

  • Śraddha – self-confidence
  • Smṛti – memory
  • Samādhi – total absorption
  • Viveka – discernment
  • Dhyāna – meditation
  • Īśvara – All knowledge & power
  • Physical & mental health

5. Vedic phonetics - a textual introduction

In this session, we will go over a high level introduction to the fascinating texts that define the oral tradition of Vedas with illustrative examples of treatment of syllables and their influence of pronunciation.

  • Introduction to Śīkṣa & Prātiśākhyā texts
  • How many texts are there? A little look inside these texts.
  • Some illustrative Sūtras that define the pronunciation of syllables
  • The Veda Studies system of learning!

6. The Semantics of Rig Veda

In this session, we will introduce a high level word assignment method to Veda mantras, in the way I have studied with my teachers Dr.R.L.Kashyap and his research team (lineage of Srī Aurobindo’s work)

  • Symbolism in the Vedas
  • General principles for word meaning assignments
  • A study of mantras with the word “gau” (literally meaning cow)