Vedic Chant seminar 12/13–15 October 2017 Taught by Mrs Radha Sundararajan
Beloved Vedic Chant and Yoga teacher Radha Sundararajan is conducting a Vedic Chanting seminar in Lilleoru from 13–15 October 2017. The seminar is centered around the Upanishadic wisdom. The focus is on Taittirīya Upanishad, with the main topics of Ultimate Truth and the Teacher-student relationship.
An introductory short seminar is held in 12 October for beginners. The main rules for chanting and characteristics of tha Sanskrit alphabet are covered.
The Vedas are a vast collection of hymns that were believed to be heard by ancient Indian sages when they were in a deep meditative state. Collectively they are the most authoritative source of Indian wisdom, which has for thousands of years been the primary source of reference for living.
Sanskrit, the classical Indian language, is the language of the Veda-s. Over the years, the vast information contained in the Veda-s was preserved and transmitted from one generation of reachers and students to the next in an oral manner. There were certain basic rules of chanting the Veda-s that had to be adhered to without compromise. It is because of the rules and pedagogy of chanting that until today, the Veda-s are chanted exactly as it was done several thousand years ago.
In learning Vedic chanting, a student was expected to listen to his/her teacher and then chant exactly as the teacher did. This process is called “Adhyayanam” or Vedic chanting. In ancient Indian tradition, the concept of education implied a thorough study of the Veda-s and the dedicated practice of Vedic chanting. At the crux of this study was the relationship between teacher and student. The Vedic tradition remains till today, as one of the important foundations upon which rests the entire gamut of Indian thought, knowledge, culture and beliefs.
The philosophies of Yoga and other traditional Indian systems strongly believe that the first and most fundamental dimension of nature’s creation is sound and that all of our existence is deeply ingrained in and influenced by sound. Thus, sound in its many forms is an integral part of our daily life and visible through its expression as music, hymns, prayers and language diversity. Sacred sounds like mantras and chants influence the deeper layers of our existence and were meant to protect and strengthen the student. They often build a strong connection to the students own faith in himself and the divine. In yoga practices, sounds form a subtle but very potent tool for personal transformation at the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual level. The use of sounds is also a method of relinking with the heart and a higher force.
Vedic Chanting has multiple benefits:
- has the power to heal; can be used in yoga therapy
- deepens spiritual involvement
- creates vibrations that enhance physical and mental health
- calms the mind; chanting is considered to be one of the important forms of meditation
- helps relieve from stress and promote efficiency
- improves memory power and concentration
The course includes lessons on:
- practice of mantras from the Vedas;
- general meanings of the chants;
- application of sound in asana, pranayama and meditation (dhyana) practice.
The seminar is open to all, and will be beneficial to anyone with an interest in sound, healing yoga, mantra or mediation. Previous experience with chanting is not required.
About the teacher
Mrs Radha Sundararajan: Trained in the Krishnamacharya tradition, Radha is one of the fortunate few to have been a student of Shri T.K.V. Desikachar, the son and student of the great yogi T. Krishnamacharya. With the help of his mentoring, she has come to be one of the best and oldest teachers of Vedic Chanting in this tradition. With 30 years of experience in the field of chanting, as well as yoga, she has travelled widely to numerous countries across the world to disseminate the teachings of the Krishnamacharya tradition of yoga. She helps raise the awareness level of students giving importance to minute details, so as to imbibe the finer nuances of Vedic chanting.
Be it the philosophy of Patanjali or Bhagavad Gita, classical texts such as Yoga Rahasya, or Vedic Chanting, or meditative practices, she makes learning enjoyable. Radha is a certified Yoga Therapist, Yoga Teacher Trainer and Vedic Chant Teacher Trainer. She is equally adept at teaching yoga in French as much as she does in English. A warm, spirited and committed person, she is able to establish a connection with students that lay the foundation for a long lasting relationship.
Short seminar schedule, 12 October
18:00–18:50 session 1
19:00–19:50 session 2
Main seminar schedule, 13–15 October
9:30 – 10:20 session 1
10:30 – 11:20 session 2
11:30 – 12:20 session 3
14:30 – 15:20 session 4
15:30 – 16:20 session 5
16:20 – 17:30 session 6
The overall cost of the seminar includes the training, vegetarian food and basic accommodation. There are simple yogic options in Lilleoru, either in dormitories (max 30 persons) with one’s own sleeping bags (we provide yoga mats) or in tents with own equipment (there is plenty of space for tents). Also, we have two small summer cottages (2 x 4 beds) that can be booked for an additional fee of 7 eur/night. Our bedlinen can be used for 3 euros, one’s own sleeping bag is needed.
Despite the simple conditions, we warmly recommend to stay here full-time during the seminar, as the atmosphere of the Ashram is very supportive for deepening one’s spiritual practice, as people who visit here more often, know well from their own experience.
Lilleoru is situated 25 km-s from Tallinn, the capital, which is a half an hour drive by car.