[Advaita-l] Question/Clarification on Chanting Vaidika mantras

Venkatesh Murthy vmurthy36 at gmail.com
Fri Oct 27 12:26:27 EDT 2017


Giti Sighri Sirahkampi Tatha Likhitapathakah
Anarthajno lpakanthasca Sadete Pathakadhamah   - From Sage of Kanchi

"Giti" means one who chants a mantra as he likes setting it to tune, as it
were, like a raga. The Vedas must be recited only in accordance with the
tones appropriate to them. “Sighri" is one who hurries through a hymn. To
derive the full benefit from the mantra the right matras must be maintained
in the chanting. "Sirahkampi" denotes one who keeps shaking his head as he
chants. Likhitapathaka is one reading from a book. Anarthajna is one not
knowing meaning of Mantras. Alpakantha is one with inaudible or weak voice.
These six are defective persons in chanting.

If you see many Purohits today they are saying Mantras without knowing the
meaning. There may be other defects also. But we call them for functions
and pay Dakshina also. All this happening because of Kali Yuga influence.
In this age all religious activities are for filling stomach and making

On Fri, Oct 27, 2017 at 9:34 PM, Vēdānta Study Group via Advaita-l <
advaita-l at lists.advaita-vedanta.org> wrote:

> hariH om
> Namaste All,
> During ucchAraN of vaidika mantras, is nodding the head or moving eyes
> up/down as a bodily support advisable to help modulate svaras? Or is one
> supposed to enunciate the svaras without the assistance of bodily
> movements? Could someone please clarify, and also, if possible, provide the
> pramANa where these instructions are given?
> Namaste,
> Prashant
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