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Date: Tue Oct 06 1998 - 07:47:01 PDT
Dear Bhaktas: I wish to share some of my thoughts on the ongoing dialogue on proper recitation of vedic texts, Suktas, Taitriya Upanishad etc. While it is ideal to learn these from Acharyas, this course is not available to all who are away from their homes. Further the eternal values of Vedas are sought after by all. I have heard swamijis from Chinmayananda Ashram and the swamijis who travel around reciting these in their gatherings. These are full of apaswaras and very often it is difficult to keep pace with their recitation. But their intentions are good in that they propagate the teachings and values. Gone are the days when we used to say that women are not eligible to recite vedas and I have seen women recite them in temples. Just as some who can render good music without formal training under vidwans by constantly hearing them in kutchEris we should be able to learn some simpler ones as Purusha Suktam, Sri Suktam etc. by constantly listening to them when they are recited in temple gatherings or tapes now available. I recently obtained a tape of Rudram where it is rendered as a santhai, students repeating twice after the teacher. I find that a good way of learning in the absence of a guru to teach me. Maybe Bhakti group may consider recording the suktas in this form and make them available to those in need at a cost. Sri SrinivAsa ParabrahmaNe nama: Narasimhan.