Veda Chanting


What is Veda Chanting?

The Veda is called ‘Sruthi’ or that which is heard. Without being recorded in writing, the Veda-saakhaas have been passed from generation to generation, in the ancient method of learning, by word of mouth to listening and repeating, in the Guru-Sishya (Paaddasaala, master-disciple) tradition. One main reason for not learning from the written text is that several sounds do not lend themselves to be accurately reproduced phonetically. They fall in between two syllables and can be transmitted only orally.

Without resort to writing, our seers have devised many ways to prevent even a very small error to creep into the Veda-saakhaas. Neuroscience shows how rigorous memorising can help the brain. The term the ‘Sanskrit Effect’ was coined by neuroscientist James Hartzell. He discovered that memorising Vedic mantras increases the size of brain regions associated with cognitive function, including short and long-term memory. This finding corroborates the beliefs of the Indian tradition which holds that memorising and reciting mantras enhances memory and thinking. Dr. Hartzell’s recent study confirms that this kind of memorisation of ancient texts could be helpful in reducing the devastating illness of Alzheimer’s and other memory affecting diseases. Even introducing small amounts of chanting and recitation could have an amazing effect on all of our brains.                                
Lokah Samastah Sukhino Bhavantu
May all beings everywhere be happy and free, and may the thoughts, words, and actions of my own life contribute in some way to that happiness and to that freedom for all.