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Acharya MR Rajesh, who was born into an orthodox Brahmin family is the principal founder and kulapathi of Kasyapa Veda Research Foundation, which is the sole foundation of its kind in kerala imparting Vedic knowledge to one and all regardless of caste, creed and gender. He is the only person in South India who initiated tens and thousands of people in to the studies of The Holy Vedas. His narrations of ancient vedic practice of Panch Maha Yajna is attracting both yonger and older generations. With his effort, in the state of Kerala, today one can find thousands of people performing daily Agnihotra in their homes. Based on the Vedas and shastras he has authored more than 40 books. His translation works on the Atharva Veda into English has been widely appreciated.

He has been felicitated as 'Veda Samskara Acharya' by the Dayananda Institute of Vedic Studies. He has also been conferred the title of 'Yajna Prajapati' by the vedic scholars of Madhya Pradesh in recognition of his efforts in conducting various yajnas, yagas. For his role in the propagation of the Vedas, he was awarded the title of 'Aryakarmata Karyakarta' by the Paropakarini Sabha, Ajmer. Om Shantidhama Gurukula of Karnataka conferred him the title of 'Vedacharya' for his scholarly works based on Vedas. He has also honoured with the T.V. kapali shastri award constituted by Shri Aurobindo Kapali shastri Institute of Vedic Culture.

K. Meera is his wife. He has two children namely Vedalaksmi and Vidyalakshmi.

 

The Secrets of Mantra Chanting

It was about eight years ago that the foundation was laid for the conduct of a scientifically based course on the Vedas. A curriculum open to all, irrespective of caste, creed, gender and age. However, it was not easy to conceive and design such a course and was a strenuous exercise. Because, the vedas are vast repertoire of knowledge essential to every human being, containing-a wide range of topics and every deep philosophies.

In ancient times, this blessed land had set practices and methods to learn the Vedas. These were held in systems known as Gurukulas. Vedic knowledge was to be obtained in a state of total surrender at the holy feet of the guru and the mind being in a state of utmost devotion. After learning the basics from the parents at home, a student had to master the eight chapters of the grammar, learn from the dictionary explaining the root words of the Sanskrit language and the Unadikosha, which explained the description of the formation of words in the Vedic Samhita, within 3 years. The treatises on etymology, philology and semantics (Nighantu - Special dictionary of the words of the Vedic samhita and Nirukta - being the main book which gives further detail of the words used in the Vedas) could be learnt within 7 months, a further 5 months for Pingalacharya's Chchanda Shastra (Study of Verses) and a further 1 year for learning major treatises like Manusmriti, Ramayana, and Mahabharata. The six darshanas (Philosophy) and 11 Upanishads could be learnt in 3 years. Two years for Kalpashastra and Jyotishastra (Astronomy). Only after completion of these would start the study of the Vedas. The four Vedas, along with Brahmanas, Swaram (scale), Shabdam (Sound), Artham (Meaning), Sambandham (Relationship), Kriya (Action), Padanamadheyam (Names) etc. together could be learnt within six years. This way, it can be seen that a minimum time frame of 15 years was required for learning Vedic literature.

Today, however, people do not have the time to pursue these in detail over such a long period of time with the modern day concept of education being radically different to the ones practiced earlier. Hindu dharma is itself at the cross roads today. No one knows the genesis of the Hindu dharma and people are ignorant of the foundations of the same. They are unaware of whether daily rituals and practices to be carried out or not. One set of people profess the world to be nothing but Brahman or the supreme consciousness. Another set of people are caught up in the unwieldy world of rituals. Twisted and crushed between these two states is the original idea and concept of Dharma.

It is primarily a denouement of societal conditions and environmental pressures today, that people do not send their wards for vedic studies. Particularly, because a cloak of secrecy has ever been shrouded over the Vedas and their learning and has always been treated as the prerogative of a specific group of people. The thought germinated within my mind as to the ways in which the common man could be enticed to generate interest and enter the exciting, expansive and interesting world of the Vedas. I did not have any previous examples to follow. The available examples at hand were all but outdated modes not in tune with the times and were best rendered closed as old wine in new bottle.

I understood that just by imparting the techniques of conducting a pooja, it was impossible for a person to appreciate the expanse and import of Hinduism. Particularly, in the modern education system with its emphasis on scientific explanations, any subject had to stand the scrutiny of questions and explanations. Based on the concepts propagated by Swami Dayanada Saraswati, I created certain new ideas and thought processes. A new world order is never built upon a series of thoughts alone. I was set upon developing simplified methodologies wherein I could explain the widely respected Darshanas (philosophies) which had widespread reach in ancient times and had concepts which have not been possible for even modern day science to establish as on date. The ancient times when the land of Bharat had practicing spiritualists (Yogis and Upasakas) was a time of splendor and prosperity. However, today, this band of practicing spiritualists has become nearly extinct from society. This paucity of this band of practicing spiritualists known as acharyas has led to a downfall in the mechanism of guiding people to lead spiritual lives. Conditions have deteriorated to such an extent that the very word spirituality brings a stereotype image of a man clad in saffron robes and a notion of a renunciate. It is of no doubt that sanyasis and renunciates, who are proficient in the Vedas are an important cog in the wheel of Hinduism. But, at the same time, the other stages of life, namely, Brahmacharya (Time for gaining knowledge under a guru), Garhastya (Familial), Vanaprastha (leaving family life to proceed to the forests) are equally important.

Life in an ashrama is a strenuous effort. The meaning of 'Brahmam' is veda. Brahmacharyam means a lifetime suited to enable the study of the Vedas. The dispensation of the Vedas so learnt is the stage of sanyasa dispensing all the knowledge you own. From the vedic literature it can be learned the duities of an house holder that is to be carried out in the form of rituals.

According to vedic lore, a person should essentially carry out the PanchaMahaYagnas in order to become a sadhaka. These are the Brahmayagnam, Devayagnam, Pitruyagnam, Atithiyagnam, Balivaishwadevam or Bhootabali. In this way, a course meant to be learnt over 15 years was packed into a tight time frame of 1 hour slot per week over a period of 1 year. In a nutshell, this meant only 48 hours. To be precise, 2 days. The aim was to raise a society imbibed with and inculcated with the concepts of vedic philosophy.

Hindu dharma is more appropriately known a Sanatana dharma. This has almost become a cliched word used by people time after time. What does it mean? It can be explained as that which is ever new. Why had such a word been bequeathed to us? The supreme has often been described as "Om" in various vedic literatures. It is also known as "Pranavam". Sage Patanjali devised the process of Yoga. He explains God in the Yogasutras. The God, Pranavam, is the very founding principle, which is not bound by time and the laws of karma and its effects in the form of grief and sorrow. Patanjali advocates that the Om should be chanted with perfect understanding of the purport of what it stands for. What is Pranavam? Pranavam means which is ever new. People who follow this ever new Pranavam are the followers of Sanatana Dharma.

 

Contents

 

Chapter I The naked splendor of the highly secretive mantra 17
Chapter II What is the secret of mantras? 24
Chapter III How does the energy within a mantra effect changes within the body? 34
Chapter IV The secret methods of the practice of Gyatri chanting 42
Chapter V The ways for realization of the Mantra 56
Chapter VI What is the secret of the chakras mentioned in the Atharva Veda? 79
Chapter VII The offering to the Guru (Pitru Shraddham) 94
Chapter VIII Six secretive dhyana practices for attaining youth 103
Chapter IX The contemplation of the Gayatri 107
Chapter X Agnikriya: Highly secretive Dhyana process 109
Chapter XI The eight dhyanas of the sun as mentioned in the Vedas 114

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Acharya MR Rajesh, who was born into an orthodox Brahmin family is the principal founder and kulapathi of Kasyapa Veda Research Foundation, which is the sole foundation of its kind in kerala imparting Vedic knowledge to one and all regardless of caste, creed and gender. He is the only person in South India who initiated tens and thousands of people in to the studies of The Holy Vedas. His narrations of ancient vedic practice of Panch Maha Yajna is attracting both yonger and older generations. With his effort, in the state of Kerala, today one can find thousands of people performing daily Agnihotra in their homes. Based on the Vedas and shastras he has authored more than 40 books. His translation works on the Atharva Veda into English has been widely appreciated.

He has been felicitated as 'Veda Samskara Acharya' by the Dayananda Institute of Vedic Studies. He has also been conferred the title of 'Yajna Prajapati' by the vedic scholars of Madhya Pradesh in recognition of his efforts in conducting various yajnas, yagas. For his role in the propagation of the Vedas, he was awarded the title of 'Aryakarmata Karyakarta' by the Paropakarini Sabha, Ajmer. Om Shantidhama Gurukula of Karnataka conferred him the title of 'Vedacharya' for his scholarly works based on Vedas. He has also honoured with the T.V. kapali shastri award constituted by Shri Aurobindo Kapali shastri Institute of Vedic Culture.

K. Meera is his wife. He has two children namely Vedalaksmi and Vidyalakshmi.

 

The Secrets of Mantra Chanting

It was about eight years ago that the foundation was laid for the conduct of a scientifically based course on the Vedas. A curriculum open to all, irrespective of caste, creed, gender and age. However, it was not easy to conceive and design such a course and was a strenuous exercise. Because, the vedas are vast repertoire of knowledge essential to every human being, containing-a wide range of topics and every deep philosophies.

In ancient times, this blessed land had set practices and methods to learn the Vedas. These were held in systems known as Gurukulas. Vedic knowledge was to be obtained in a state of total surrender at the holy feet of the guru and the mind being in a state of utmost devotion. After learning the basics from the parents at home, a student had to master the eight chapters of the grammar, learn from the dictionary explaining the root words of the Sanskrit language and the Unadikosha, which explained the description of the formation of words in the Vedic Samhita, within 3 years. The treatises on etymology, philology and semantics (Nighantu - Special dictionary of the words of the Vedic samhita and Nirukta - being the main book which gives further detail of the words used in the Vedas) could be learnt within 7 months, a further 5 months for Pingalacharya's Chchanda Shastra (Study of Verses) and a further 1 year for learning major treatises like Manusmriti, Ramayana, and Mahabharata. The six darshanas (Philosophy) and 11 Upanishads could be learnt in 3 years. Two years for Kalpashastra and Jyotishastra (Astronomy). Only after completion of these would start the study of the Vedas. The four Vedas, along with Brahmanas, Swaram (scale), Shabdam (Sound), Artham (Meaning), Sambandham (Relationship), Kriya (Action), Padanamadheyam (Names) etc. together could be learnt within six years. This way, it can be seen that a minimum time frame of 15 years was required for learning Vedic literature.

Today, however, people do not have the time to pursue these in detail over such a long period of time with the modern day concept of education being radically different to the ones practiced earlier. Hindu dharma is itself at the cross roads today. No one knows the genesis of the Hindu dharma and people are ignorant of the foundations of the same. They are unaware of whether daily rituals and practices to be carried out or not. One set of people profess the world to be nothing but Brahman or the supreme consciousness. Another set of people are caught up in the unwieldy world of rituals. Twisted and crushed between these two states is the original idea and concept of Dharma.

It is primarily a denouement of societal conditions and environmental pressures today, that people do not send their wards for vedic studies. Particularly, because a cloak of secrecy has ever been shrouded over the Vedas and their learning and has always been treated as the prerogative of a specific group of people. The thought germinated within my mind as to the ways in which the common man could be enticed to generate interest and enter the exciting, expansive and interesting world of the Vedas. I did not have any previous examples to follow. The available examples at hand were all but outdated modes not in tune with the times and were best rendered closed as old wine in new bottle.

I understood that just by imparting the techniques of conducting a pooja, it was impossible for a person to appreciate the expanse and import of Hinduism. Particularly, in the modern education system with its emphasis on scientific explanations, any subject had to stand the scrutiny of questions and explanations. Based on the concepts propagated by Swami Dayanada Saraswati, I created certain new ideas and thought processes. A new world order is never built upon a series of thoughts alone. I was set upon developing simplified methodologies wherein I could explain the widely respected Darshanas (philosophies) which had widespread reach in ancient times and had concepts which have not been possible for even modern day science to establish as on date. The ancient times when the land of Bharat had practicing spiritualists (Yogis and Upasakas) was a time of splendor and prosperity. However, today, this band of practicing spiritualists has become nearly extinct from society. This paucity of this band of practicing spiritualists known as acharyas has led to a downfall in the mechanism of guiding people to lead spiritual lives. Conditions have deteriorated to such an extent that the very word spirituality brings a stereotype image of a man clad in saffron robes and a notion of a renunciate. It is of no doubt that sanyasis and renunciates, who are proficient in the Vedas are an important cog in the wheel of Hinduism. But, at the same time, the other stages of life, namely, Brahmacharya (Time for gaining knowledge under a guru), Garhastya (Familial), Vanaprastha (leaving family life to proceed to the forests) are equally important.

Life in an ashrama is a strenuous effort. The meaning of 'Brahmam' is veda. Brahmacharyam means a lifetime suited to enable the study of the Vedas. The dispensation of the Vedas so learnt is the stage of sanyasa dispensing all the knowledge you own. From the vedic literature it can be learned the duities of an house holder that is to be carried out in the form of rituals.

According to vedic lore, a person should essentially carry out the PanchaMahaYagnas in order to become a sadhaka. These are the Brahmayagnam, Devayagnam, Pitruyagnam, Atithiyagnam, Balivaishwadevam or Bhootabali. In this way, a course meant to be learnt over 15 years was packed into a tight time frame of 1 hour slot per week over a period of 1 year. In a nutshell, this meant only 48 hours. To be precise, 2 days. The aim was to raise a society imbibed with and inculcated with the concepts of vedic philosophy.

Hindu dharma is more appropriately known a Sanatana dharma. This has almost become a cliched word used by people time after time. What does it mean? It can be explained as that which is ever new. Why had such a word been bequeathed to us? The supreme has often been described as "Om" in various vedic literatures. It is also known as "Pranavam". Sage Patanjali devised the process of Yoga. He explains God in the Yogasutras. The God, Pranavam, is the very founding principle, which is not bound by time and the laws of karma and its effects in the form of grief and sorrow. Patanjali advocates that the Om should be chanted with perfect understanding of the purport of what it stands for. What is Pranavam? Pranavam means which is ever new. People who follow this ever new Pranavam are the followers of Sanatana Dharma.

 

Contents

 

Chapter I The naked splendor of the highly secretive mantra 17
Chapter II What is the secret of mantras? 24
Chapter III How does the energy within a mantra effect changes within the body? 34
Chapter IV The secret methods of the practice of Gyatri chanting 42
Chapter V The ways for realization of the Mantra 56
Chapter VI What is the secret of the chakras mentioned in the Atharva Veda? 79
Chapter VII The offering to the Guru (Pitru Shraddham) 94
Chapter VIII Six secretive dhyana practices for attaining youth 103
Chapter IX The contemplation of the Gayatri 107
Chapter X Agnikriya: Highly secretive Dhyana process 109
Chapter XI The eight dhyanas of the sun as mentioned in the Vedas 114

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