Fostering the Vedic lineage

April 15, 2022 at 1:22 pm 18 comments


Sri Seetharama Ganapadigal

The hazy sounds of the chorus Vedic chants heard from a good twenty meter distance turns electrifying as one steps into the sacred precinct of the Sri Bharathi Theertha Veda Patasala, situated in Mattancherry, Kochi. The rhythmic intonations of complex Vedic mantras by a group of dhoti clad boys sitting cross-legged in two inner-facing rows transports the listener to a rarefied field of divine exuberance. The benign glance of Seetharama Ganapadigal, sitting imposingly at the centre with hands gesturing the ebb and flow of the verses, ensures a strict discipline to the oral academic tradition and brings to life the extolled Guru-Shishya Parampara. And as the students effortlessly chant pristine sanskrit verses in precious meter and with clear diction, one is overwhelmed at the expanse of the Vedic knowledge and the grandeur of its expression! 

Sri Sri Sri Bharathi Tirtha Swamigal: Epitome of Vedic wisdom

The Patasala stands as a powerful beacon of light in the dissemination and in the re-establishment of the glorious Vedic wisdom and the students graduating from its portal spread far and wide to foster further this ancient tradition of learning. The pupils go through an exacting daily routine to grasp the essence of the vedas and to master the technique of its correct rendition for a period of ten long years. The daily schedule of a Shishya starts at the wee hours of the morning and the entire day is strictly regimented into vigorous periods for learning, practice, meditation and reflection. In the course of the curriculum, a student is expected to master 3500 Vedic verses called the ‘Suktas’, understand and grasp its philosophical underpinnings and chant them in different formats, each style more complex than the preceding one. The student once well versed in ‘Moolam’, the basic format of chanting is led to the advanced ‘Padam’ rendition and further progresses to more complicated and nuanced styles of ‘Kramam’, ‘Jadai’ and ‘Ganam’. And the mastering of such a vast body of knowledge and the formats demand an intellect of a superior order, a razor sharp memory and a voice quality that booms and reverberates. The student passing out is also a well disciplined individual with deeply engrained high moral and ethical values… a harmonious synthesis of the qualities of the head and the heart. 

With the preceptor

Vedas are the divine revelations, the Shruthi, and are the life breath of the Bharatiya culture. Sages of the yore to whom these sacred knowledge were revealed, codified and broadly classified them into four distinct branches – The Rig, Yajur, Sama and Atharva Vedas with each of these further sub-divided into Samhitas ( hymns), Brahmanas (rituals), Aranyakas (theologies) and the Upanishads, the philosophical thought pertaining to the branch. The Upanishads, also called the Vedanta, seeks to explore the nature of the Brahman, the Supreme, and establishes the truth, through dialectical reasoning, the oneness of all creations. Orally passed on from generation to generation, these vast compilation of texts covers all aspects of human knowledge and addresses myriad human needs, progressively leading the learner to the ultimate truth. Thus the Vedas can be unequivocally proclaimed as the texts of the supreme truth on which the entire edifice of the Sanathana Dharma, the eternal religion, stands erected and is the bedrock of the Bharatiya Sanskriti, the Indian culture, thought and civilisation.

The Patasala

And the torchbearers of this ancient wisdom has been the Brahmins, the priestly class, who, through their dedicated and selfless commitments, have successfully preserved these priceless heritage over millenniums. Undertaking many a personal sacrifice, withstanding immense challenges over centuries and many living in abject penury, Brahmins have gloriously upheld the sacred task of protecting and fostering the Vedas and securing them for the future generations. Harnessing modern communication tools, select members of the community are still immersed in the propagation of the Vedas and personages like Seetharama Ganapadigal are an integral part of that unbroken lineage established by the sage Vyasa Krishna Dwaipayana. 

Bhartiya culture will be preserved, protected and fostered only if the Vedic traditions are propagated and nourished and the true identity of the nation rests in the internalising the universal ideals as declared in the Vedas.

 “ Lokah Samastah Sukhino Bhavantu”, meaning, ‘May the entire world be happy’!.

Yours 

Narayanan

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18 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Rama Krishnan  |  April 16, 2022 at 11:48 am

    Great narration, Narayanji. Your short stay in Mattancherry is well spent. Expect more such divine revelation of hidden talents of Agraharas.

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    • 2. chapter18  |  April 18, 2022 at 1:24 pm

      Thank you! This is a great effort to propagate the Vedic heritage.

      Reply
  • 3. Arti  |  April 16, 2022 at 2:57 pm

    Grandeur of the Vedic culture well captured. 🙏

    Reply
  • 5. Vishwanathan  |  April 16, 2022 at 6:59 pm

    Salutations to the Guru and Gurukula

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  • 6. Krishna  |  April 18, 2022 at 10:23 am

    Beautiful writeup dear Narayanji. I visited Sringeri once and the Sringeri Sarada Madom in Trivandrum. Now only I am reading about Sri Bharathi Theertha Veda Patasala at Mattancherry. I am eager to visit there one day. Hope they allow women visitors.

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    • 7. chapter18  |  April 18, 2022 at 10:43 am

      Sure, they do. It is incumbent on us to spread the message on ‘Veda Poshana’. You may share this blog with others Thanks

      Reply
      • 8. Krishna  |  April 19, 2022 at 12:44 pm

        Okay sir. Thank you 😊🙏

  • 9. Krishna  |  April 19, 2022 at 12:45 pm

    Reblogged this on krishnapriya22013 and commented:
    Hi dear ones, I am sharing a beautiful and informative post by our dear Narayanji: Fostering the Vedic lineage

    Reply
  • 10. Monisha  |  April 21, 2022 at 12:20 pm

    This is the only sustainable way to exist…it has endured the onslaught of both time and humans and is still alive and ticking …will continue into the future

    Reply
  • 11. Nelsapy  |  May 1, 2022 at 10:00 pm

    Reblogged this on Nelsapy.

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  • 13. Anita Vij  |  May 7, 2022 at 10:59 am

    Reblogged this on Anita's Perspectives on Life..

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    • 14. chapter18  |  May 7, 2022 at 11:17 am

      Thanks! May the Vedic heritage flourish!

      Reply
      • 15. Anita Vij  |  May 7, 2022 at 12:26 pm

        You are welcome.🙏

  • 16. Anita Vij  |  May 7, 2022 at 11:02 am

    Reblogged this on my site. Plz, check. Thank you.

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    • 17. chapter18  |  May 7, 2022 at 11:28 am

      Thanks. May the Vedic heritage flourish!

      Reply
  • 18. Arun Singha  |  May 9, 2022 at 9:40 pm

    Excellent post on introduction to Vedanta.
    I am grateful to go through this rich post. There is lot to know from this site.
    Regards😊🙏🙏

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