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

Vēdānta Study Group vedant.study at gmail.com
Wed Nov 1 08:45:53 EDT 2017

hariH om

Thanks, Venkatesh ji for the overall picture, and Balasubramanian ji for
the specifics

Balasubramanian ji, interesting to learn that the nod of head is prohibited
across the board, but the northern shukla yajurvedis use hand movement to
indicate the svaras.
Do you have any idea of krishna yajurveda veda (KYV) shaakhaas? Though I am
a Gujarati, through my association with teachers of Vedanta (Pujya Swami
Dayananda ji and others), I have mostly studied the mantras in the KYV


On 1 November 2017 at 07:39, Balasubramanian Ramakrishnan <
rama.balasubramanian at gmail.com> wrote:

> 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
> https://www.facebook.com/soumyakaimukku/videos/897411777073744/
> Rama
> 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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