Vedic chanting is a powerful meditative technique which aims to integrate body, voice, mind and emotions in the deeper quest for spiritual unity. Vedic chanting differs from other forms of chanting, as the Vedas were passed on by Shruthi (hearing) and not Smriti (memory). In Sanskrit certain rules and pedagogy must be followed so as not to change the meaning of the chants. It is because of these rules that the chanting is exactly as it was thousands of years ago.
– Vedic chanting produces certain vibrations, which enhance physical and mental health
– The process of Adhyayanam involves listening closely to the teacher and reproducing the chant exactly. This requires attention, and regular practice is very useful in improving concentration and memory.
– Listening to and practicing Vedic Chanting can also calm the mind. In fact, chanting is considered to be one of the important forms of meditation.
– Vedic chants can be applied and used effectively in healing and yoga therapy.
– One may also receive the experience of deep inner silence.
Samanta’s advice and voice was sought in the making of the musical track for the Yoga section of the Opening Ceremony of the Commonwealth Games in New Delhi, October 2010.