Vedic Chanting

 

Vedic Chanting is the correct and only method of chanting the Vedas—the repositories of ancient Indian texts and scriptures. Transmitted orally from teacher to student over millennia, the chanting of the Vedas is bound by strict rules that have remained unchanged since the beginning. It is in this strict, unbroken line of transmission that can potentially take the chanter to the core of his or her being and towards the source of this ancient wisdom. The wisdom does not lie alone in the word or the content alone but in the combination of thought and experience. This experience lies in mindfully attending on both the meaning and the prescribed method of chanting: the measure, the cadence, the correct enunciation, the grammatical formation and most importantly the subtle modulation of breath that is integral to it. In fact Vedic chanting is in itself a complete mode of pranayama and is said to change the physical chemistry of the body.

The Krishnamacharya Yoga Mandiram, Chennai, where chanting is integrally incorporated into the practice of yoga, now runs an independent unit solely devoted to the teaching and practice of Vedic chanting. For more info please log on to http://www.kym.org/vedavani.html

Vedic Chanting for Children: Considering that children have short attention span and are unable to attend upon the subtleties of breath required in pranayama, Vedic chanting is particularly suitable for children; in fact being the traditional mode of education it was/is intended and designed specially for children. Precise and highly prescribed methods of chanting mantras modulate and challenge the breath plus strengthen the body, spine and posture; the various manners of chanting (samhita, pada, krama, jata, and ghanam) involve various permutations and combinations of sound patterns which are meant to serve as “mental gymnastics” and therefore geared to sharpen the mind and improve memory. Above all Vedic chanting equips the child for life with the precise skill and ability to evoke the magical circle of mantra at will.