Learning Support for Chanting the Prārthanā Ślokam Opening Prayers

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Learning Support for Prārthanā Ślokam or Vedic Chanting Opening Prayers (short version).
– The Dhyānam Ślokam here were taught by T Krishnamacharya and transmitted to me by TKV Desikachar with the addition of a prayer that is a homage to Krishnamachrya.

From my personal library of recordings from my studies with my teacher TKV Desikachar recorded by one of his senior chant students Sujaya Sridhar.
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Prārthanā Ślokam – Vedic Chanting Opening Prayers full version

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Traditionally chanting practice or textual study was preceded with an invocatory passage to help forge a link between the chanters, what is about to be chanted and its purport, as well as setting a context for textual study.

Thus each area of Study that the teacher and student were about to venture into were preceded by an appropriate Dhyānam Ślokam, or set of verses that specifically linked the chanters with the study.

Therefore if the opening verses would differ according to whether the focus was Veda Chanting or Study, the Upaniṣat, the Bhagavad Gītā, the Yoga Sūtra, etc.

The Dhyānam Ślokam here were taught by T Krishnamacharya and is the long form transmitted to me by TKV Desikachar which includes two prayers relating to the Krishnamacharya family lineage and spiritual tradition.

View or Download Vedic Chant Opening Prayers Full version with Chant notations as a PDF (version 6.1 December 2013)

Prārthanā Ślokam – Vedic Chanting Opening Prayers short version

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Traditionally chanting practice or textual study was preceded with an invocatory passage to help forge a link between the chanters, what is about to be chanted and its purport, as well as setting a context for textual study.

Thus each area of Study that the teacher and student were about to venture into were preceded by an appropriate Dhyānam Ślokam, or set of verses that specifically linked the chanters with the study.

Therefore the opening verses would differ according to whether the focus was Veda Chanting or Study, the Upaniṣat, the Bhagavad Gītā, the Yoga Sūtra, etc.

The Dhyānam Ślokam here were taught by T Krishnamacharya and is the short form transmitted to me by TKV Desikachar with the addition of a prayer that is a homage to Krishnamachrya.

View or Download Vedic Chant Opening Prayers with Chant notations as a PDF

Learning Support for Chanting the Śānti Pataḥ – Saha Nāvavatu

Desikachar and Paul Chanting in 1999

Traditionally textual study or chanting practice was preceded and ended with a Śānti Pataḥ or invocatory passage to help forge a link between the chanters, what is chanted and its purport, as well as setting a context for textual study.

This chant is where the teacher and the pupil chant together asking for harmonious co-operation within a context of keen and vigorous exploration of what is and especially what isn’t the self and the non-self. A topic fraught with potential resistances and self-illusion.

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Learning Support for Chanting the Māheśvarāni Sūtra

Learning Support for Chanting the Māheśvarāni Sūtra
– This Sūtra is said to contain all sounds of the Saṃskṛta Alphabet

From my personal library of recordings from my studies with my teacher TKV Desikachar.
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Learning Support for Chanting the Puruṣa Sūktam

Learning Support for Chanting the Puruṣa Sūktam
– From the Taittirīya Āraṇyaka 3.12
From my personal library of recordings from my studies with my teacher TKV Desikachar.
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Learning Support for Chanting the Durgā Suktam

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Learning Support for Chanting the Durgā Suktam
– From the Taittirīya Upaniṣad Chapter 4 verse 11-13
From my personal library of recordings from my studies with my teacher TKV Desikachar.
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Learning Support for Chanting the Śānti Pataḥ – Bhadraṃ Karṇe

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Learning Support for Chanting the Taittirīya Āraṇyaka 1.1 – Śānti Pataḥ
– Bhadraṃ Karṇe
From my personal library of recordings from my studies with my teacher TKV Desikachar.
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Learning Support for Chanting the Sūryanamaskāra Mantraḥ

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Learning Support for Chanting the Taittirīya Brāhmaṇa 3.7.6 – Sūryanamaskāra Mantraḥ
– Om Hrām Udyannadya.
From my personal library of recordings from my studies with my teacher TKV Desikachar.
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Learning Support for Chanting the Āyurdhehi Mantra.

Learning Support for Chanting the Taittirīya Āraṇyaka 4.2 – Āyurdhehi Mantra.
From my personal library of recordings from my studies with my teacher TKV Desikachar.
This particular recording is with one of my learning support Chant teachers Sujaya Sridhar.
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Learning Support for Chanting the Mṛtyuñjaya Mantra – Om Tryambakam

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Learning Support for Chanting the Taittirīya Saṃhitā 5.4.12 – Mṛtyuñjaya Mantra – Om Tryambakam Saṃhitā Pāṭhaḥ
From my personal library of recordings of my teacher.
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Learning Support for Chanting the Gaṇapati Prārthanā Jaṭā Pāṭhaḥ

Learning Support for Chanting the Taittirīya Saṃhitā 2.3.14 – Gaṇapati Prārthanā Jaṭā Pāṭhaḥ.
From my personal library of recordings of my teacher.
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Learning Support for Chanting the Gaṇapati Prārthanā Krama Pāṭhaḥ

Learning Support for Chanting the Taittirīya Saṃhitā 2.3.14 – Gaṇapati Prārthanā Krama Pāṭhaḥ.
From my personal library of recordings of my teacher.
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Legend of Patañjali – Dhyānaṃ Ślokam for Yoga Sūtra as MP3 Sound file…

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Legend of Patañjali
– Dhyānaṃ Ślokam for Yoga Sūtra as MP3 Sound file

It was learnt by heart as a Bhāvana for Dhyānam,
to create a meditational mood linked to Patañjali
prior to commencing, either Chanting practice
or textual study of the Yoga Sūtra.
As taught to TKV Desikachar by T Krishnamacharya.
From Paul’s chant study recordings of TKV Desikachar

Yoga Sūtra Chanting Practice – PDF and MP3 Support Resources

Prārthanā Ślokam – Patañjali Opening Dhyānaṃ Ślokam with Translation

This is a translation of part of the Opening Prayers as taught to TKV Desikachar by T Krishnamacharya and taught by TKV Desikachar to his personal students.

View or Download the Prārthanā Ślokam (Request Prayer) – Dhyānaṃ Ślokam relative to Patañjali.

योगेन चित्तस्य पदेन वाचां मलं शरीरस्य च वैद्यकेन ।
योऽपाकरोत् तं प्रवरं मुनीनां पतञ्जलिं प्राञ्जलिरानतोऽस्मि ॥

yogena cittasya padena vācāṃ malaṃ śarīrasya ca vaidyakena |
yo’pākarot taṃ pravaraṃ munīnāṃ patañjaliṃ prāñjalirānato’smi ||

  ‘Yoga for the psyche,
 grammar for speech and medicine for impurities of the body.
Coming from the lineage of teachers, to Patañjali I salute.’

आबाहु पुरुषाकारं शङ्खचक्रासि धारिणम् ।
सहस्र शिरसं श्वेतं प्रणमामि पतञ्जलिम् ॥

ābāhu puruṣākāraṃ śaṅkhacakrāsi dhāriṇam |
sahasra śirasaṃ śvetaṃ praṇamāmi patañjalim ||

 ‘Up to the shoulders human form, holding conch, disc, sword.
One thousand heads white to Patañjali I salute.’

श्रीमते अनन्ताय नागराय नमो नमः ॥

śrīmate anantāya nāgarājāya namo namaḥ ||

 ‘To venerable, eternal serpent king, Nāga, my reverences.’

It was learnt by heart as a Bhāvanam for Dhyānaṃ, to create a meditational mood linked to Patañjali prior to commencing either chanting practice or textual study of the Yoga Sūtra.

View or Download the Prārthanā Ślokam (Request Prayer) – Dhyānaṃ Ślokam for Patañjali with translation.

View or Download the Yoga Sūtra Full Opening Prayers with Chant Notations (without translation)

View or Download the Prārthanā Ślokam (Request Prayer) – Śuklām Opening Verse with Translation

View or Download the Prārthanā Ślokam (Request Prayer) – Gurubhyastad Opening Verse with Translation

Listen or Download the Yoga Sūtra Full Dhyānaṃ Ślokam for Patañjali by TKV Desikachar as a sound file.

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Gāyatrī Mantra as taught by T Krishnamacharya – with translation

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tat savitur vareṇiyaṃ
That sun most excellent

bhargo devasya dhīmahi |
on the radiance of the Divine I meditate |

dhiyo yo naḥ pracodayāt ||
wisdom may (that radiance) our impel |

“I meditate on the divine radiance

of the most excellent sun.

May it impel my wisdom.”

Note:
Gāyatrī is a particular ancient metre or rhythmic pattern of twenty-four syllables generally composed as a triplet of three lines with eight syllables in each line.
Hence T Krishnamacharya’s view that Om is not a component part of this Mantra, though it may be added as an accompaniment if appropriate, according to the students background, interest and understanding.

View or Download this post in Romanised Saṃskṛta with a translation and traditional chanting notations.

Laghu Nyāsa – Agnir Me Prayer for Health with Translation

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This mantra is asking for health and long life to link body, senses, energy, mind and awareness.

Learning Support for Chanting the Laghu Nyāsa – Agnir Me
– From the Taittirīya Brāhmaṇa 3.10.8
From my personal library of recordings from my studies with my teacher TKV Desikachar.
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Yogena Yogo – Opening Yoga Prayer for Yoga Practice with Translation

CHANT IN PRAISE OF YOGA

Chant from Vyāsa’s commentary to Yoga Sūtra Chapter Three verse 6.

yogena yogo jñātavyo
yogo yogāt pravartate  |

yo’pramattastu yogena
sa yoge ramate ciram  | |

“Only through Yoga Yoga is known,
Only through Yoga Yoga arises.

One who is diligent with Yoga,
Enjoys Yoga for a long time.”

 View or download this post as a PDF with chant notations.

View or Download the Prārthanā Ślokam (Request Prayer) – Dhyānaṃ Ślokam relative to Patañjali.

Mahānārāyaṇa Upaniṣad – Ṛtaṃ Tapas as Mantra Practice with translation

Mantra on tapāṣtāṅga or the eight limbs of tapas.

Tapas is an activity of mind, body or speech which demands a keen concentration of thought or requiring unusual and continuous physical effort.
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View or download other Mantra from this Upaniṣad complete with Chant notations as PDF files