“The welfare of the nation and the prosperity of the world are dependent on the Vēdas. Every human being must revere the Vēdasand take a pledge to nourish them on the right lines as they are the very foundation of life. Every act of daily life has its roots in the Vēdas. Be fearless in propagating the Vēdas.”~ Baba, September 1987, Prasanthi Nilayam.
It is with this objective that the Sri Sathya Sai Veda Vrinda, was constituted with Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba’s blessings to spread the message of the Vedas. It is Swami’s wish that the Vedas be spread to every country, so that every human being, irrespective of religion, caste, nationality, learns Vedas and chants them. These vedic mantras are universal. There is no reference in the Vedas that restrict anyone from Vedic chanting. Vedas refer to the human beings as Children of Immortality and teach us to perfect ourselves and our vision such that we see the unity in diversity.It instructs one in all the spiritual disciplines which can give unshaken peace.
Veda, Bhagawan says, is concerned with both the material and the spiritual, both this world and the beyond. All life is Veda-filled. The superintending principles of this group, therefore,are‘Veda Poshana and VidwathPoshana’ – fostering the Vedas and their regular study, understand their significance and put in to practise the teachings.
Objectives of the Group:
The group is open to all interested in teaching, learning and spreading the message of the Vedas across to your family, friends and to all young and old. Activities have been designed for individual, familial and societal level so the impact of veda chanting can be perceived at three levels.
Chanting with focus on the meaningcalms and clears the mind and actually rejuvenates it. It is observed that the mind is much clearer and your attention more focused, after chanting. Every word you utter and every thought you think leaves its subtle impression on the mind, and so do all the words and sounds that we listen to and absorb. Swami has propagated fearless chanting of the Vedas because of the benefits and impact it creates at various levels.
The subtle effects of the mantras, when experienced cause ripple effects on the inner consciousness.
“Mananaattraayateitimantrah” ~ That which uplifts by constant repetition is a Mantra.
- Impact at the sound level
Different sounds have varied effects on the human psyche. The Vedic hymns, when chanted correctly, create a higher vibration or help us resonate with higher visions and realizations that help in calming the physical, emotional, psychological and spiritual planes of the chanter. Therefore, even if the meaning is partly assimilated, the sounds influence the manner we conduct ourselves and help in unifying the head, hands and the heart or, the thought, word and deed. It also cleanses the environment of baser instincts and brings about transformation even among the listeners leading to higher power and strength.
2. Impact at the meaning level
Once we are thorough with the pronunciation and intonations, we must attempt to comprehend the meaning of the verses. Else, chanting over a period of time can cause monotony and can divert our concentration to other objects and thoughts. Focussing on the meaning also enhances the sacredness and potency of the verse as we can ingest the essence of oneness and love that the Vedas preach. In turn, it helps in internalising and practising what is enshrined in the text, making them universally applicable in all walks of life.
3. Impact of the feeling level
Chanting of the Vedas is as much content for daily meditation as any other music. Swami says mere listening or recital alone can confer bliss. When chanted rightly assimilating the essence of the chant, the bliss, thus acquired, manifests in words and deeds that confer bliss on all around us. The healing process is wholesome when body, mind and heart are integrated because the immediacy of calmness is unique to chanting the Vedas. The experience of chanting is telling at all levels.
Thus Spake Sai on Veda Vrinda:
- “Chant the Rudram every single day; it is equivalent to chanting any other mantra”
- “While teaching the Vedas, one should also explain their origin and the difference between the Vedas, Upanishads and Puranas. It is very important to know the itihasa, or history of the scriptures while learning them.
- “The knowledge of the Vedas came to the sages as thought and not as sound. A thought is the purest form of occurrence to a human being. The thought is vulnerable to interpretation by the time it becomes a word and then a deed.”
- “When teaching the Vedas or explaining their meaning, the instructor has to match the level of the student and help them understand the essence of the Vedas illustrating the meaning through examples and stories.”
With the launch of Veda Vrinda scheduled on Guru Poornima by the Veda Purusha Himself, this effort is poised to take off immediately in India, Japan, Singapore and South Africa. One noteworthy effort is from Europe where two enthusiasts – Vojko Kercan from Slovenia and Branimir Gonan from Croatia created the Veda union, a network which seeks to unite all European Veda chanting groups, no matter of their country of origin, language or religion, under one mother organization. The Veda Union seeks to unite Europe on spiritual level promoting unity, love and peace among all through teachings of the Vedas and recitation of sacred Vedic hymns. Activities of the Veda Union include establishing connections between Veda chanting groups and organizations in Europe, promoting study programs and curriculum based on the ancient way of learning the Veda mantras and organizing periodic workshops on the importance of Veda chanting and its meaning.