The oldest known Indian scriptures are the vast corpus of Sanskrit poetry termed as the Vedas. Considered to be a divine revelation to the Rishis of ancient India, Vedic Chanting is bound by strict adherence to six rules. Adhyayanam or the process of study that involves repeating exactly as the teacher recites has preserved these rules for thousands of years.
It is precisely for this reason that Vedic chanting has been inscribed by the UNESCO as a masterpiece oral tradition and heritage from India.
Shantala- from Bangalore, India- is a certified Vedic chanting teacher who aims to make this practice accessible to an international audience. She grew up with Sanskrit chanting, script, grammar and scriptures as part of her family tradition. This knowledge was passed down to her by her mother, Saroja, who taught regular classes in their home for over 30 years. Shantala also is a student of Saraswathi, daughter of Pattabhi Jois.
– 5 class syllabus – each class on is on a moonday or Friday from 18.00-19:30 (1.5hrs). No drop-ins allowed, you have to register for the full program. Regular evening classes cancelled on those dates.
Wednesday January 31st (full moon)
• Introductions and developing your chanting voice - vocal exercises
• Vedic melody – Understanding and practicing Svara – How is this different from music – some nuances of changing notes in Vedic chanting
• Sarasvatī-prārthana - This chant is a prayer to the goddess of learning, Sarasvati, seeking inspiration, wisdom and refined intellect. It is an extract from both the Ṛg Veda as well as Taittirīya-saṃhitā (Yajur Veda).
• Introduction to Prakṛti and Vikṛti forms of Vedic recitation as a tool for developing concentration.
Friday February 9th
• Sarasvatī-prārthana - Ṛiṣi, meter and significance.
• Practice of mantra.
• Introduction to Vedic deities.
• Introduction to Medha mantraḥ with short vocal exercises.
Thursday February 15th (new moon)
• Medha mantraḥ - This chant is addressed to Agni (the fire deity), Indra (the divine mind) and Sūrya (the sun deity) seeking clarity, abundance, radiance and good progeny. Tuning into these cosmic forces will free one from dullness and despair and bring, refinement to the intellect. It is an extract from the Yajur Veda.
• Prakṛti and Vikṛti forms of Medha mantra as a tool for developing concentration and clarity of mind.
• Spiritual significance and the secrets of effective mantra practice.
Friday February 16th
• Gāyatrī mantraḥ introduction and practice.
• Prakṛti and Vikṛti forms of Vedic recitation of Gāyatrī mantra - a challenging practice.
Thursday March 1st (full moon)
• Gāyatrī mantraḥ - Ṛiṣi, meter and significance in the Vedic tradition
• Spiritual significance and understanding the sacredness of this mantra.
• Closing revision
AYANR unlimited members:
120EUR for full course (5 classes)
150EUR for full course (5 classes)
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Payments: IBAN BE04 1096 6748 5331. Including your name and 'Vedic Chanting Course'.
More information about Shantala: www.SanskritBelgium.com