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Re: Audio Nityanusandhanam (NS)

From: Mani Varadarajan (
Date: Mon Oct 09 2000 - 15:18:22 PDT

Sri Sreekrishna Tatachar wrote:
> In my opinion, perhaps listening to an audio tape while
> driving to and back from work ... would be relatively more practical. 
> ...
> I have started the process of learning the entire Krishna 
> Yajur Vedam in this fashion (I am sure many others
> have used this approach) and has been working very well.

Dear Sri Tatachar,

This is no doubt well-intentioned, and a good way to learn
ordinary stotras, and perhaps even paasurams. But the point
should be made that indirect learning of the Veda (such
as audiotape self-instruction of Krishna Yajur Veda) is 
a terrible idea, and is expressly proscribed by the ancient
authorities. The reason is that errors can easily creep in,
the result being the greatest disservice to the Vedic corpus --
learning it and propagating it incorrectly.

Not long ago, even printed texts were forbidden in Veda
pAThaSAlas, the reason being that the books contained many
errors and were a much inferior substitute to direct learning
from a vAdyAr.

I urge us to stick to our old methods which ensured flawless
transmission of the Veda over the years, and not succumb to
second-rate methods because of restrictions of time and place.
There is no commandment to learn the Veda, if such learning is
done incorrectly. There are many other substitute prayers which


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