[Advaita-l] Are sandhi rules essential to be followed while chanting gita verses?

Siva Senani Nori sivasenani at yahoo.com
Tue Sep 1 23:03:04 EDT 2020

Not merely a good practice, it is essential to follow sandhi rules. Sandhi is nitya in poetry. 
Why? Otherwise there would be chandobhanga. It is said that it is okay if there is a mistake in vyakarana , but there should be no mistake in chandas.Chandas is like devata and is held to be powerful in its own right without reference to the content. 

  On Tue, 1 Sep 2020 at 11:06 pm, Venkata sriram P via Advaita-l<advaita-l at lists.advaita-vedanta.org> wrote:   Namaste,

Generally, BG shloka contains 4 pAdAs with each having 8 syllables. So, while chanting, 
we give a short pause at 8th and resume.  There are exceptional shlokas that have more than
32 syllables and proper pause has to be followed.  

It is always a good practice to follow the sandhi rules as the chanting evokes a sense of 
rythm (गीता सुगीता कर्तव्या)

2nd option is more naive which is taught to kids.  3rd seems to be good.  

The Gita Press has recently published the 'सरल गीता that has markings where to pause.

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