Sanskrit Chants can be healing, stress-relieving, self-uplifting. They can help us connect to our true self, rejuvenate and enthuse us. I have more than half a century experience in the practice of sanskrit chants. I first learned from my elders at home and teachers at school. I took Sanskrit as my first language at High School and topped the Karnataka state in the board exam. I continued my learning sanskrit and scriptures on my own for decades and then learnt under a veda and yoga guru from 2010 to 2016. I’ve written blogs and books. I’ve taught online and in person. I take one on one classes so they are completely customised to the level of the student. Hearing chants is beneficial, chanting them more so. Understanding the meaning of the ślokās and mantrās, and applying the principles in our life is a rare and precious gift to ourselves.
Listen. Learn. Evolve.
In the past, my students have included an experienced Wall Street Trader, a musician for a Philharmonic Orchestra, a young industrialist, a doctor and software professionals of various cadres.
I have been a top ranker through my academic days with an A grade in my M.Tech program from I.I.Sc. I have experience from coding to management in the software industry. I have experience as a lecturer and associate professor, teaching in engineering colleges. I’m a mom. I like playing, magical adventure movies, walking about in safe natural places . I like connecting to the brahman, identifying with brahman. I like dhyāna and yōga.
About Ancient Indians – Satya Samhita
I started reading the scriptures when I was 13 years old. My interest was kindled by my father Prof. Kandula V. N. Sarma, who told me the stories of Sri Rama and Sri Krishna when I was a child in my 2nd grade, in Australia. He wanted me to know my cultural roots. My grandfather, Prof. Kandula Nagabhusham, used to send Chandamama magazines with great effort and cost to Australia from India. My grandmother Kandula Bhaskaramma and my great – grandmother Kandula Venkata Subbamma (Somayajula), used to tell me wonderful stories that captured my imagination. Any gaps were happily filled by Amar Chitra Katha and Chandamama even after we returned to India.
I had actually selected Kannada as my first language in 8th standard, but my school ruled that English Medium students had to study Sanskrit. This was a great boon and blessing to me.I was taught Sanskrit, at school, by Smt. Kunda Channagiri. She was a brilliant and dedicated teacher and I was an enraptured student. She taught me for 3 blessed and wonderful years. In 10th Standard, I topped the state board in Sanskrit. She actually wrote me a letter to Trinidad, telling me this. Our sanskrit syllabus had selections from the scriptures and I used to learn the beautiful words and their meanings by heart.
Smt. Vemuri Seetha Mahalakshmi taught me the beautiful Thyagaraja Kirthanas, which in simple Telugu, showed me the beauty of his devotion to Sri Rama. It must be a heart of stone that would not melt before such melodious devotion to such perfection, and mine was but that of young high school girl.
Our school library, in Trinidad had an illustrated copy of the Bhagavad Gita, which I read for the first time when I was 16 years old. Little did I know then, that when I was about 40 years old, I would write a course on The Bhagavad Gita, for Virtual University and write a ‘Satya Bhashyam’ on it. I did one more year of Science and Sanskrit at M.E.S. college and went on to study Engineering at S.J.C.E., Mysore. There was a Ramakrishna Mission, right behind our Vontikoppal Girl’s hostel. I acquired here, the 8 upanishads, with English translation. My father autographed them for me with a “Tvameham”. (You verily, are I). I first taught the Isa Vasya Upanishad, as I learnt it from these books, to my uncle Mukkavilli Venkateswarulu and aunt Sodemma. While working as a software engineer at Tata Unisys Ltd, I translated and explained Sankaracharya‘s Bhaja Govindam, online, to interested colleagues. My passion has been the ValmikiRamayanam. I read and cross referenced all the ideas and words and places and people. I started reading on Sri Rama Navami and finished it a few days before Sivarathri. It was been a most exciting time. (As per the phalashruthi, I have accumulated enough punyam now to reach Vishnu padam at the end of my life. I feel delighted). Indra told Bharadwaja, my great ancestor, that there is no end to learning and that he should start sharing it. So also, my father said that I should write and publish all that I am learning. He says that it will get better and better with time as I learn more and more. This blog-web-site is a result of that of that injunction. It takes all my time, not spent on daily activities and housework. The reviews I get from my family and friends are very good. I sincerely hope, that this effort of mine, will help interest, inspire and satisfy the curiosity of others as the work of others has helped me.
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