Before practice of meditation, puja, spiritual study, or other such practices, it is tradition in India to chant an invocation to the Guru.
Brahmanandam is a beautiful verse (89) of the "Guru Gita", an important section of the sacred text, Skanda Purana. Believed to be authored by the sage Rishi Vyasa, the "Guru Gita" is a dialogue between Goddess Parvati and Lord Shiva about the qualities and role of the Guru in its most perfect expression. Spanning 182 verses (some versions go up to 352 verses), the "Guru Gita" has become the source of the most beloved verses of adoration and invocation to one's Guru.
This verse was first translated into English and brought to America in 1929 by Sri Paramahansa Yogananda. He translated it into an English hymn that he titled "Hymn to Brahma". He also published music with both Sanskrit and English words.
This course teaches the correct Sanskrit pronunciation with a simple and universally traditional temple melody of India.
In this course you will learn:
- Correct pronunciation of Sanskrit
- How to chant a traditional temple melody
- How to play the melody on harmonium
- Audio recording (downloadable mp3) of pronunciation with coaching by Lopamudra Bose
- PDF of the text, in Devanagari and English transliteration and translation
- Video with Naren teaching how to chant, sing the notes and how to play this chant on harmonium
Brahmanandam - Guru Pranam
Brahmanandam Practice with Lopa Bose
The melody is very beautiful for this auspicious text. I appreciated the meaning and Yoganandagi's poetic translation, Lopi's recitation, and the video on ho...Read More
The melody is very beautiful for this auspicious text. I appreciated the meaning and Yoganandagi's poetic translation, Lopi's recitation, and the video on how one might sing and play Brahmanandam. Naren gives an overview of the vedic meter and how we can best learn by starting with the melody, the sargam and then the sounds prior to singing with the words. I really appreciated how how he sang with both the tanpura and the harmonium; he sang the using the swara, Ah, and at different speeds - repeatedly letting us listen to how rounded and flowing this shloka can be. Thanks also for showing the keyboard fingering!Read Less