Vedas being chanted in Prashanti Nilayam
Veda chanting is the recitation you hear being done by priests during yagyas or temple poojas.Well,these are the commonest examples that may get you to the idea of what these vedas mean.
Are you familiar with these verses ? :
'' Yopam pushpam Veda pushpavan prajavan pashuman bhavati ..''
'' Sarvamangala mangalye shive sarvartha sadhike sharanye tryambake devi naarayani namostute''
'' Namah Shivaya ''
'' Rajadi rajaaya prasayasahine vayam vaishravanaya ... ''
'' Tatpurushaya vidmahe mahadevaya dheemahi tanno rudra prachodayaat''
'' Tryambakam yajamahe ..."
" Om bhur bhuva suvaha tat ...."
Well ,these are small portions from the Vedas.Most of the common mantras you chant are also parts of the Vedas - just that most are not aware of what exactly they are chanting.They are unaware of the power and greatness of what they are reciting - which is the very vedas ; the soul of hindu culture
Vedas are not songs or 'prayers' like many people assume.There is a big difference actually.They are not to be confused with bhajans,kirtans, devaram, shloka, stotram or poems - which are written or composed by devotees or sages of a specific time.
So what are vedas ? Where did it originate from ?
Vedas are cosmic sound (shabda brahman). Cosmos is the universe- the entire creation. So how are vedas related to cosmic sounds ?
See, where there is a movement,motion or vibration,there is sound.Conversely, to produce a sound,the vibration corresponding to it must be created. Vedas are the sound vibrations that are ever present in the cosmos.However, humans cannot perceive all these sounds due to limitation.Humans can only hear sounds within the range of 20 hertz to 20 000 hertz.Vedas are not composed by anyone.
This is why Vedas are also called as apaurusheya - not of human origin.
When ancient sages were meditating,these vedas appeared to them,in a flash,in their hearts.The sages whose names are associated with the vedas ( vedas will have the name of the Rishi associated with it .For example, Atharva rishi is associated with Atharva Veda ) are not the composers of the vedas.
They are merely the instruments who have seen ( or heard ) the chants. Thus,the sages are sometimes referred to as 'seers'.The Vedic seers have the name of mantra-drashtaas.A drashtaa is one who sees.
'Seeing' or 'looking' here does not denote merely what the eyes perceives.It is a term that covers all forms of perception and all modes of cognition.For example, when we say that a man has 'seen' all sorrows in his life,does the term 'seen' imply only what he saw with his eyes ? The term mantra-drashtaa also could be taken in a similar manner as referring to what is perceived through inner vision.The sages were able to hear the Vedas in their hearts.
The Rishi, being an advanced being, is just like a radio who is able to tune in to the frequency of these cosmic sounds and hear them.They downloaded these vedas from the cosmos.
For example, each radio station emits radiowaves across the country.But we cannot listen to the waves or sounds ( music ) played by the radio stations.We need to use a radio and tune to the particular FM - only then we can hear to the songs played in the desired radio stations.
Ancient sages were like these radios - who acted like an instrument to transmit these vedas.They taught these vedas orally to disciples, in a guru-shisya system.In ancient India of Satya Yuga ( the Golden age ) , people were extremely brilliant.They could learn everything just by listening.
This is why, the Vedas initially had their name as just ' Shrutis' ( that which was heard ). Only then , they were compiled,written and arranged into four divisions - namely Rig Veda, Sama Veda, Yajur Veda and Atharva Veda. Yajur Veda was then subdivided into two parts - Krishna Yajur Veda and Shukla Yajur Veda. The Vedas further branched into subdivisions.
Even today,with modern instruments, scientists have been able to identify certain Veda mantras. For example, the sound of Sun has identified as the pranava - ' OM' by NASA.
Video above : Sound from the Sun recorded as "OM"
We don't have to go that far indeed.Our grandparents have told us symbollically '' If you sit quietly and meditate in the early mornings , you can hear God ... '' , Try it .If you sit silently around 4 am and just be still , you can hear the sound " OM '' reverberating everywhere - See now you are also a Rishi :)
The Power of Vedas
The power of vedas are indescribable.They have the power to inspire good thoughts in people.
In fact,in ancient times, Rishis and sages used to move to forests and chant these powerful vedas.The vibrations spread across the world and purified everything.It purified all the elements polluted by bad thoughts and actions.Even today, if we chant , we are doing a great service by killing harmful microorganisms,destroying harmful electromagnetic waves in the air and such.
This is one of the main reasons for conducting Homam and Yagya. I have written an elaborate article on the significance of Homam and Yagya , which you can find here :
Others have used it to produce weapons equal to the modern nuclear bombs,like the brahmaastra weapon - which was used in the Mahabaratha war.Specific mantras could be attached to arrows with the sound causing powerful explosions when the arrow reached its target.
The Vedas also activate our subtle energies.The sound also affects the atmosphere resulting in individual and collective wellbeing of the world - which includes all beings and not just humans.
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The vedas were declining in use.This is a great gift from our culture,which is not very well recognised today.Today people have labeled it as a 'brahmin' thing. Everyone can and should chant the vedas.There is no restriction to anyone .
Many spiritual gurus and particularly - Baghwan Sri Sathya Sai Baba had greatly emphasised that every individual should learn the vedam.Initiatives are being taken around the globe.
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Link below : Videos to help you learn vedas.
It is important that you learn it from a guru directly.Videos are meant to help in the process only :
There are many parts of the vedas :- well known ones include Shri Rudram , Chamakam, Purusha Suktam, Shri Suktam, Durga Suktam,Medha Suktam, Shivopasana mantra,Ganapati Upanishad , Narayana Upanishad, Narayana Suktam and so on...
Try listening to some of these veda recitations in youtube..They will mesmerise you.
There is an interesting point to note as to what Suktams are - as a lot of these veda mantras are called ' suktams'.
Rig Veda is the largest and the most important of all the Vedas.The Rig Veda consists of mantras and hymns of praise to various deities.These hymns are called riks. A collection of riks is a suktam. Each suktam consists of a number of riks
Perhaps,the most important and emphasised veda mantra is Sri Rudram. I have even made a specific article on the importance of Sri Rudram specifically ( click here to read )
Different veda mantras have a particular deity associated with it. For example, Sri Rudram is associated with Lord Shiva and Purusha Suktam, for Narayana
Each confers various benefits and realisation. To briefly put, Shri Rudram is a great karma , dosha and sin destroyer and healer , and it usually brings rain after a chanting. Ganapati Upanishad empowers our stability in life and intelligence.
Shri Suktam is said to be the basis of the entire carnatic music.Durga suktam empowers shakti within us... and so
When we chant the vedas, the very Gods start becoming alive within us.
The video above shows how other cultures have tapped into the science of cosmic vibrations and used it for spiritual purposes.Our ancients have gifted the most advance method by providing us with vedas.Let us utilise and ensure it is transmitted to the upcoming generations.
* Veda Chanting has been acknowledge as one of the oldest traditions by UNESCO*
I take this opportunity to send my gratitude to everyone out there who has and is spreading the glories and tutoring Vedas.
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