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Vedic Chanting Videos

Introduction to Vedic Chanting

Vedic hymns and mantras can be chanted properly by following specific rules regarding svara (intonation), pronunciation of anusvara (nasalization) and visarga (re-aspiration), and meter (syllable duration). These rules for Vedic chanting are explained and demonstrated in this brief video.

Meditation on the Cosmic Being – Purusha Suktam

These Sanskrit mantras from the Vedic scriptures envision God becoming manifest in the form of the entire universe. Chanted in Sanskrit and English, using original Vedic pitches for Sanskrit and traditional melody for translation.

Opening and Closing Prayers

Certain Vedic prayers are recited before and after classes on a Vedantic text or scripture. Three of those prayers are explained and demonstrated in this video.

Durga Sukta

The Durga Sukta, from the Krishna Yajur Veda, is often chanted while making offerings into a sacred fire. Therefore, Agni, God of Fire, is invoked in this hymn along with Goddess Durga. Each line is repeated twice for learning.

Medha Sukta

The Medha Sukta, from the Krishna Yajur Veda, invokes Goddess Sarasvati along with other deities for the sake of medha, intelligence. Each line is recited twice for learning.

Ganapati Atharvashirsha Upanishad

The Ganapati Upanishad, from the Atharva Veda, is a beautiful hymn in praise of Lord Ganesha. Each line is recited twice for learning.

Vedic Mantras from the Mahanarayana Upanishad

The Mahanarayana Upanishad is a huge collection of mantras from the Krishna Yajur Veda. Presented here are some well-known mantras in praise of Lord Shiva frequently used in puja, and the mantras commonly used to greet sannyasis. Each line is repeated twice for learning.

Purusha Sukta

The Purusha Sukta, from the Krishna Yajur Veda, is a famous and profound hymn to Ishvara, the Cosmic Being from whom the universe has come. Each line recited twice for learning.

Narayana Sukta

The Narayana Sukta follows the Purusha Sukta in the Krishna Yajur Veda. It is a beautiful meditation upon Lord Vishnu, dwelling within all people. Each line recited twice for learning.

Sri Sukta

The Sri Sukta is from the Krishna Yajur Veda. It is often recited as offerings are made into a sacred fire, so Agni, God of fire, is also invoked here, along with Sri, Goddess Lakshmi. Each line repeated twice for learning.

Shanti Patha

Shanti Patha is a group of ten prayers for shanti, peace, drawn from the Vedas, that are often chanted together in the order used here. Each line is repeated twice for learning.