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

Balasubramanian Ramakrishnan rama.balasubramanian at gmail.com
Fri Nov 3 08:08:02 EDT 2017

It's the udAtta which fixes the meaning. The meaning is determined from the
fact there is (usually) anudAtta-udAtta-svarita. The differences in svarita
pronunciation is irrelevant and just needs a common convention, which might
vary per veda, or even tradition. For example, the Nambudiri yajurvedins
have a distinct tremolo like effect on their svarita-s, and tremolo like
effects are taboo in Tamil yajruvedic traditions. There are different
traditions how the svarita changes from high to low, high to higher,, if
their a continuous drop from high to low, or precipitous, etc. It does not
matter since once you agree on a convention the samhitA pATha will split
into the same exact words.


On Fri, Nov 3, 2017 at 7:48 AM, Bhaskar YR <bhaskar.yr at in.abb.com> wrote:

> The meaning is that mispronouncing svara-s changes the meaning. So since
> it's the cause of giving the wrong meaning, it's denoted as not knowing the
> meaning.
> praNAms Sri Rama prabhuji / Sri Ananda Hudli prabhuji
> Hare Krishna
> A small doubt, as we all know same mantra has different svara-s in Rigveda
> and KYV.  Deergha svarita are more in Rigveda and same mantra has svarita
> in Yajurveda.  Here also meaning will change or same meaning maintained??
> And there are mainly two different ways of chanting Rigveda mantra-s,
> kanchi paatha style something different from what we chant here as
> Rigveda.  Please clarify.
> Hari Hari Hari Bol!!!
> bhaskar

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