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

Balasubramanian Ramakrishnan rama.balasubramanian at gmail.com
Wed Nov 1 07:39:58 EDT 2017

The actual question about bodily movements. So according to pretty much all
shikShas, there has to be a show of hands to indicate udAtta, svarita, etc.
But this is deprecated in the Southern traditions. The Northeren shukla
yajurvedins use a show of hands, but the southern shukla yajurvedins do
not. shiraH kampanam is strictly prohibited. However the nambudiris, only
when learning, indicate udAtta by upper tilt of the head, anudAtta by
downwards and svarita by sideways tilting of the head.

See for an example



On Fri, Oct 27, 2017 at 12:04 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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