Vedas in MP3
(Total 160 hours of Vedic chanting free!)
The ancient Indian Vedic scriptures are the greatest heritage of India. These sacred texts were not preached by any single Messiah but evolved over a period of time – a sort of a culmination of the wisdom of several saints. Hence the depth and range of these ancient texts is so vast that one can pick and choose ones path to salvation as per ones attitudinal and spiritual inclinations.
The four Vedas, Rig Veda, Yajur Veda, Sama Veda and Athar Veda form the core of the Hindu religion. They contain the Hindu rituals, worships, mantras and all the religious and social principles, which are the foundation of Hinduism. They also contain several coded instructions and secrets related to use of medicines and secret Tantrik rituals to attain various objectives.
‚ÄúVeda‚ÄĚ means wisdom, knowledge or vision, and it manifests the language of the God in human speech. The Vedas are the most sacred books of India. They are the original scriptures of Hindu teachings, and contain spiritual knowledge encompassing all aspects of our life. Sage Veda Vyasa grouped the mantras into four Vedas as Rig, Yaju, Sama and Atharva and propagated through his disciples Paila Vaisampayana, Jaimini and Sumantu, respectively. The four Vedas were said to have 1131 branches earlier. But now only 13 branches are traceable ( about 1%). Out of these 13 branches only 7 are now chanted in different parts of India.
Rig Veda is regarded as the oldest of all Vedas. Westernised scholars date the Rig Veda as 1200 BC – 4000 B.C. but traditional Hindus believe that Vedas are eternal knowledge and beyond time and space. The Rig-Vedic ‚Äėsamhita‚Äô or collection of mantras consists of 1,028 hymns or ‚Äėsuktas‚Äô, The 10,589 verses of the Rigveda are divided into ten mandalas or books
Second mandala consists of 43 suktas and 429 mantras
Third mandala consists of 62 suktas and 617 mantras
Fourth mandala consists of 58 suktas and 589 mantras
Fifth mandala consists of 87 suktas and 727 mantras
Sixth mandala consists of 75 suktas and 765 mantras
Seventh mandala consists of 104 suktas and 841 mantras
Eighth mandala consists of 103 suktas and 1716 mantras
Ninth mandala consists of 114 suktas and 1108 mantras
Tenth mandala consists of 191 suktas and 1754 mantras
According to the Shatapatha Brahmana, the number of syllables in the Rigveda is 432,000, equalling the number of muhurtas (1 day = 30 muhurtas) in forty years.The Rig-Vedic hymns were compiled by Paila under the guidance of Vyasa, and went to form the Rig mantra Samhita. Rgveda intones that let there be goodness in the hearts and thoughts. Since all are embodiments of the Divinity, all human beings are one. Rig Veda is important not only from religious and philosophical point of view but as some recent research has shown it also contains immense information on cosmology, astrology and mathematics.
The Yajur Veda contains hymns for ceremonial purposes which also deal with the art of living a successful and wholesome life. It was used by the adhvaryu, priests who recited the appropriate formulas from the Yajur-Veda while actually performing the sacrificial actions. There are six complete recessions of Yajur Veda -Madyandina, Kanva, Taittiriya, Kathaka, Maitrayani and Kapishthala.
There are two versions of the Yajur Veda. Veda Vyasa composed the Krishna Paksha Yajur Veda and the Pandits of South India follow only this. As for the Shukla Paksha Yajur Veda ‚Äď according to the scriptures, Yagyavalkya, who was a disciple of Veda Vyasa committed an unpardonable sin and was cursed by Veda Vyasa to the effect that he would not be able to teach Vyasa‚Äôs Yajur Veda and was thrown out of the ashram. Yagyavalkya then worshipped the Sun God for a long time and pleased with his devotion, the Sun God taught him the Yajur Veda and this came to be known as Shukla Paksha Yajurveda. This is more popular in Northern India.
9. Mashaka Gargya
At present only three ( Ranayana, Kuthuma and Jaimini) are available. Samaveda consists of 1875 mantras. These mantras are divided into two broad groups- puravachika (650 mantras) and Uttarachika (1225 manrtas).Purvachika is further divided into four sections or kandas: agneya, aindra, pavamana and aranya kandas. The Uttarnchika consists of 21chapters.
The recital is as per the Kuthuma sakha.
Seeksham Vyakyaa syaamah – Varna Swarah – Maatrabalam – Saama Santaanah
Seeksha deals with Varna, Swara, Maatra, Strength, Saama and Santaanah
A fool-proof method is to chant each mantra in various patterns and combinations known as Vaakya, Pada, Krama, Jata, Maala, Sikha, Rekha, Dhwaja, Danda, Ratha, Ghana, etc.
Some learned pundits are called “Ghanapaatis”. This means that they are learned in the Vedas to the extent of chanting of the Vedas in the pattern called “Ghanam”. When we listen to a Ghanapaati reciting Vedas in Ghana form, we note that he repeats the in various ways back and forth and in different patterns. This would be pleasant to the ears and creates a sense of happiness within. It would seem that the natural grandeur of the Veda mantras is heightened, as it were. So would be the effect of recitation in the other prescribed patterns of Kramam, Jata, Sikha, Maala, etc. But the main object of reciting them is to make no mistake in the original meaning and sound pattern of the words.
In Krama Paatha, the first word of the mantra is added to the second, the second to the third, the third to the fourth and so on, until the whole sentence of the mantras is completed. This paatha or method of recitation helps the student understand not only the individual words but also how two words can be combined in recitation and what modification occurs in swara in such a combination.
In certain ancient edicts, notably gift deeds, at the end of the name of some illustrious persons, there would be a suffix “Krama Vit”. Like “Veda Vit”, “Krama Vit” means that the person is well versed in reciting the Vedas by the Krama Paatha methods.There are many such edicts in South India.
In Jata Paatha, the first word and the second are first recited together and then the words are recited in a reverse order and then again in the original order. the order will be 1-2-2-1-1-2, 2-3-3-2-2-3, 3-4-4-3-3-4, 4-5-5-4-4-5 and so on.
In the Krama Paatha type of recitation the order of words is 1-2 ; 2-3 ; 3-4 ; 4-5 and so on.
Just as two words are repeated forwards and backwards in the Jata Paatha, in the Sikha Paatha three words to be so linked.
In Ghana Paatha, which is the most enchanting to listen, the chanting will be:
The basic verse is given here.
To listen to another Ghana Patham verse with the basic verse and the detailed repeated verse to know how it is repeated. Click here>
The Veda mantras, which are for universal benefit, have been preserved by the ancients, without resorting to writing, by such methods of recitation. It must be remembered that, while chanting words backwards and forwards, the swaras of each have to be properly preserved and the student learns how the combination of words affect the swaras. The Samhita Paatha and Pada Paatha are called Prakrithi ( or natural ) Paathas, as the words of the mantras occur in normal sequence. The rest are called Vikrithi ( or artificial and not natural ) Paathas. In Krama, although the words do not occur in the natural order of one, two and three, since they do not revert like one after two and two after three, it cannot be called fully Vikrithi or artificial. The Vikrithis are eight in number:
I¬†am deeply indebted to Pandit Sitaraman, the famous Vedic scholar who runs the Veda Vidya Gurukul near Delhi, who did the stupendous job of getting the best South Indian Pundits to recite the Vedas and got them recorded. The original high resolution MP3 CDs are of much better quality. We have come to an agreement with him and now you can make a donation to his Gurukul and obtain CDs of these Vedas. To donate and get the CDs and to learn more about him and the Gurukul > click here
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Rig Veda MP3 (Ashtaka)
It is divided into 54 separate MP3 files. To visit the Rig Veda pages > Click here
Krishnapaksha Yajur Veda MP3 – (Taittiriiya)
It is divided into 58 separate MP3 files. To visit the YajurVeda pages > Click here
Shuklapaksha Yajur Veda MP3 – (Kanva Sakha)
It is divided into 28 separate MP3 files. To visit the YajurVeda pages > Coming soon
Sama Veda MP3
The recital is as per the Kuthuma sakha
Atharva Veda MP3 (Saunaka)
It is divided into 27 separate MP3 files. To visit the AtharvaVeda pages > Click here