Whatever is the source of life is surely the source of freedom……

Picture courtesy of KYM Archives

Picture courtesy of KYM Archives

“Whatever is the source of life is surely the source of freedom,
a source which knows us and cares for us.
It is everybody’s right, and is not beyond us, but within us.”
– TKV Desikachar from unedited manuscript for ‘What are We Seeking?’.

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The heart knows no boundaries.

TKV Desikachar teaching at Gaunts House

“The heart knows no boundaries.”
– TKV Desikachar from unedited manuscript for ‘What are We Seeking?’.

There are also fundamental differences between Yoga and Vedānta……

Desikachar and Krishnamacharya in Madras 1980

Desikachar and Krishnamacharya in Madras 1980

There are also fundamental differences between Yoga and Vedānta. And, if at all we can link them, it is as follows: Yoga is a means towards Vedānta for those who are interested.

Vedānta involves a lot of enquiry and reflection, and also demands the development of Bhakti, and, for both the mind and for the individual, Yoga is the means towards Bhakti.

Also, Vedānta is Jñāna Mārga, and a state of mind that is necessary for Jñāna can only come through the practice of Aṣṭāṅga.”

– TKV Desikachar from lectures on ‘The Yoga of T Krishnamacharya’, given at Zinal, Switzerland 1981.

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The Hindu Veda classify Dhyāna into three major but not water-tight divisions……

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“The Hindu Veda classify Dhyāna into three major but not water-tight divisions:

1. Karma – actions, the details, precise actions and results of rituals, such as the how and where you sit; considered most important for  Dhyāna.

2. Jñāna – inquiry, into anything from the lowest to the highest, such as God, myself, Prāṇa, Brahma, etc; recognising absolutely one object of inquiry, not many.

3. Bhakti – trying to connect myself with the highest force; to accept the absolute power of God – that he is Master and Teacher, the only reality.

Patañjali’s Yoga Sūtra, the definitive text on Yoga, classifies Dhyāna in different yet similar terms.”

TKV Desikachar Madras December 20th 1988

All seekers of truth are therefore advised to focus, instead, only on object……

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“According to my teacher,
trying to calm the agitations of the mind by reflecting on external objects
is like trying to get milk from the wattles hanging from the neck of a goat.
All seekers of truth are therefore advised to focus,
instead, only on objects that are in the realm of the divine.”
– T Krishnamacharya commenting on Yoga Sūtra Chapter One verse 35

The word Mantra means something that we will ponder……

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The word Mantra means something that we will ponder, that we will reflect upon.
That is, you go to a teacher,
they say something and I go back home and reflect upon that.

That is the essential feature of Mantra, to reflect upon again and again.
The purpose of Mantra is to help us cross a harbour, an obstacle.
That is why the definition of Mantra is:

 मननात् त्रायते इति मन्त्रः॥
mananāt trāyate iti mantraḥ ||
“Who reflects on this, will cross the obstacle”.

– Extract from an interview with TKV Desikachar on Vedic Chanting

Until we see through the illusion of life……

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Until we see through the illusion of life,
we will be unable to see,
through the illusion of life.

The self looks out at the world rather than inwards……

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parāñci khāni vyatṛṇat svayambhūs
tasmāt parāṅ paśyati nāntarātman |

kaś cid dhīrah pratyagātmānam aikṣad
āvṛttacakṣur amṛtattvam icchan ||

The self born creator bored the sense openings outwards,
so the self looks out at the world rather than inwards.

A wise person, wanting to taste the state of immortality,
stops the senses from moving outwards and turns within to the essence.

 Kaṭha Upaniṣaṭ 2.1.1.

Collection of private recordings of Veda and Yoga Chanting……

Desikachar and Paul Chanting in 1999

Currently I have been classifying my personal collection of private recordings of Veda and Yoga Chanting made over nearly 20 years with TKV Desikachar or his senior chant student Sujaya Sridhar.

They were previously all archived on some twenty ageing and fragile cassette tapes and, with many thanks to the stalwart and painstaking sound engineer work by Christina, are now digitalised and individually itemised.

Now they have been both digitalised and cut into individual tracks I am astonished to see that there are over 200 recordings from the Veda and associated Indian and Yoga  texts, along with some recordings around the Yoga Sūtra. The Veda and associated Indian textual resources draw from the textual sources listed below:

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A Mantra is only a Mantra if it is special and secret……

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“A Mantra is only a Mantra if it is special and secret,
and has been personally bestowed by someone
with whom you have a special relationship.
It must be pronounced properly”
– TKV Desikachar 1980

Learning Support for Chanting Āyātu Varadā

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Learning Support for Chanting Āyātu Varadā
– Taittirīya Upaniṣad Chapter 4 verse 41 – Āyātu Varadā
From my personal library of recordings from my studies with my teacher TKV Desikachar recorded by one of his senior chant students Sujaya Sridhar.
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To Download the Chant Sheet with Romanised Saṃskṛta and Notations

Even Mantra are classified into Guṇa…..

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“Even Mantra are classified into Guṇa.
This needs to be considered when using Mantra for the individual.”
– TKV Desikachar Madras November 24th 1979 on Sāṃkhya and Yoga

Learning Support for Chanting Closing Śānti Pataḥ – Śaṃ No Mitra

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Learning Support for Chanting the Closing Śānti Pataḥ for Taittirīya Upaniṣad Chapter 1 verse 12
– Śaṃ No Mitra
From my personal library of recordings from my studies with my teacher TKV Desikachar recorded by one of his senior chant students Sujaya Sridhar.
To Download or Listen
To Download the Chant Sheet with Romanised Saṃskṛta and Notations

Learning Support for Chanting Opening Śānti Pataḥ – Śaṃ No Mitra

Learning Support for Chanting the Opening Śānti Pataḥ for Taittirīya Upaniṣad Chapter 1 verse 1
– Śaṃ No Mitra
From my personal library of recordings from my studies with my teacher TKV Desikachar recorded by one of his senior chant students Sujaya Sridhar.
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To Download the Chant Sheet with Romanised Saṃskṛta and Notations

Learning Support for Chanting the Śuci Mantra or Prāṇa Apāna – Slow speed

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Taken from the Taittirīya Upaniṣad Chapter 4 verse 67-77, this Mantra was one of T Krishnamacharya’s personal favourites.
Sometimes known as an Ārogya Mantra or Mantra for Health, Krishnamacharya referred to it as the Śuci Mantra or Mantra for Purification and as such should be recited daily as part of our personal Sādhana.
According to Krishnamacharya the verses in the Śuci Mantra describe all the aspects of the human system, which when listed total 108.
The download link is for a slower speed (to help with learning) version of the Śuci Mantra and is from my personal library of recordings from my studies with my teacher TKV Desikachar and he recorded it for me with one of his senior chant students Sujaya Sridhar.
To Download the Chant Sheet with Romanised Saṃskṛta, translation and Chant Notation

Learning Support for Chanting the Prārthanā Ślokam Opening Prayers

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Learning Support for Prārthanā Ślokam or Vedic Chanting Opening Prayers (short version).
– The Dhyānam Ślokam here were taught by T Krishnamacharya and transmitted to me by TKV Desikachar with the addition of a prayer that is a homage to Krishnamachrya.

From my personal library of recordings from my studies with my teacher TKV Desikachar recorded by one of his senior chant students Sujaya Sridhar.
To Download or Listen
To Download the Chant Sheet with Romanised Saṃskṛta and Chant Notation

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