. . .For thousands of years,
the wisdom of the Vedas has been passed on through Veda chant
and the Guru's teaching. Now you are invited to join the class,
following a step by step age-old method.
. .The teacher chants each phrase, then the students
repeat it twice. At first this is done slowly with short phrases.
Later, as proficiency develops, fuller phrases are used and
the tempo picks up. Somehow, this method speeds up the learning
YOU are invited to join in this ancient tradition.
audio available - Veda Chant
. . .Each CD is a "class" with
Sree Aswath, who began to learn Vedic wisdom and Sanskrit
chanting at a very young age, in the traditional way, from
his grandfather. In our times, the opportunity to study directly
with a teacher (ideally with only one or two students at a
time!) is becoming a rarity.
. . .Sree Aswath has given freely
of his time for recording, making the accompanying booklets
and even translating when needed, to make these Sanskrit chants
available through CDs for all those who desire to learn.
. . .Members of Sree Aswath's
weekly "Veda Recitation Class" have volunteered as chanters
to make these CDs possible. The beauty of their voices and
the precision of their chanting are only the beginning. Their
own spirituality and rapport with one another give these recordings
the true quality of what it is like to be present in "class".
"I listened to the recitation. It is very good.
I am amazed how you can get it done the way you do.
I play it in the background of my poojaa every morning.
The recitation is excellently timed with udaatta, anudaatta
and svarita, and the unity of kaNTha (voices) in recitation
produce perfect harmony. I have heard many padapaaTha-keyed
recitations, but yours is uniquely distinct for the
Ramanath Sharma, Ph.D., Professor of Sanskrit
and Linguistics at the University of Hawaii and author
of a landmark six-volume treatise on Panini's Astadhyayi.
"I got all four CDs and they are great and I am listening
and my wife was chanting until 11pm last night. I wanted
to go to the Pathshala in India close to my home and
tape the teachings because I could not find chanting
CDs like you have. Your CD sound bites are excellent
and you have put lot of efforts in this project and
I am very thankful. I like to listen to Sanskrit chants
in AM to calm me before I go to work."
-- Krishna D. Bhat, M.D.,
Pediatrician, Allergist, and Author of Guide to Indo-American
"We are very grateful for the CDs containing the chanting
of Vedic hymns for 'distance learning' We are all fortunate
that people like you are taking the Indian knowledge
systems to all, this includes people of Indian origin
in the US. I am certain that your attempt to introduce
Sanskrit and the Vedic thought through easy steps would
benefit those who are lucky enough to seek them."
-- Professor Subramanian Swaminathan, Chennai,
For those interested in learning authentic Sanskrit, these
recordings of Sanskrit classes are a rare privilege. Sree
Aswath learned Sanskrit from a very young age from his
grandfather in the ancient tradition of India. In these
classes he recites each scripture one line at a time while
four students (whose voices blend remarkably well) repeat
the lines after him twice. Listening to these recordings
gives you a true feeling of learning in the traditional
manner from a Sanskrit adept.
Ganapati Atharvasirsham, from the Atharva Veda, is devotedly
recited by countless souls in India and abroad every
day. This scripture expresses the sublime qualities
of Sri Ganesha, considered to be the embodiment of OM
and symbolic of creation.
Kena Upanishad from the Sama Veda is one of the most
analytical and metaphysical Upanishads, its purpose
being to lead the mind from the gross to the subtle,
from effect to cause.
Ishavasya Upanishad is from the Yajur Veda and contains
the well-known Peace Mantra, “Om purna-madah purna-midam…”
Within the short span of eighteen verses this Upanishad
gives a valuable mystical description of the Atman,
the ideal sage who stands unruffled in all conditions
and the doctrine of Karma-Yoga within its treatise.
the study of Sanskrit can take a lifetime and perfecting
it has been lifelong devotion of many sages and scholars,
reciting along with or merely listening to these recordings
imparts the peace and blessings of these lofty scriptures.
-- Light of Consciousness Journal of Spiritual Awakening,
Vol. 18 No.3 Winter 2006