What is chanting?
Sound or sabda is the emanation of any tone, frequency, or vibration. Life is vibration, tone and rhythm. Sound in many forms is part of our daily life, through music, language and nature. Sacred sounds like mantras and chants are said to protect and strengthen the student of yoga, the sounds produced form a subtle and very powerful tool for personal transformation on all levels of the human psyche.
The study of chanting is known as Adhyayanam. Mantras (sacred sounds) and Vedic chants were traditionally only taught orally, the student had to repeat what the teacher chanted. “Adhi” refers to “the source, that, which is within” and “ayanam” translates to “a journey, movement”. Chanting is therefore an efficient tool to start the journey inwards. The practice of chanting is non-invasive and yet a powerful tool for change.
Where did Vedic Chanting originate?
The Veda-s are the most ancient of Hindu scriptures. The spiritual visions of the Rishis during meditation and yoga practice were so profound that their visions translated into sounds, which were then formulated into mantras. Ved means “to know” (not to know about) but, a knowing that is direct, intimate, wholesome and multidimensional. Vedic mantras, combine sound, word, and meaning to generate flashes of intuition, spiritual perception and poetic inspiration.
Who can practice Chanting?
Anyone who has an interest in making sound and has the desire to learn, all that is needed is consistent commitment and enthusiasm!!
Why chant what are the benefits?
The student has to listen and then reproduce the chant the same way it was heard, this process develops the ability to listen.
Enhanced patience and memory.
An increased appreciation of music.
The possibility to experience silence.
Encourages Personal transformation and change.
Brings Joy and Beauty into life.