Sunday July 11th, 18th, 25th, August 1st
In the Hindu tradition, it is said that salutations are dear to the Sun. When you offer the thing that is dear to someone or something, then they smile back at you, and in the case of the Devas, bless you. The blessings of the Sun are a long life, vibrant health, a shining intellect, inner strength, and generosity – as the Sun shines equally on all beings, without prejudice.
Performing Surya Namaskar, Sun Salutations, is one way of propitiating the Sun. It is an invocation to or an awakening of the solar energy in us. Another way of doing this is through prayer, chanting mantras, or chanting the poetic hymns called ślokas.
The Āditya Hṛdayam is one such powerful hymn to the Sun God, spoken by the Sage Agastya Muni during the final battle, near the end of the 24,000 verse epic of Valmiki’s Rāmāyaṇa. Lord Rāma, while battling with the demon king Rāvana, finds himself struggling to win the final battle, and is initiated into this mantra by the sage Agastya Muni, and thereby gains the internal strength to defeat the demon king.
In purport and efficacy the Ādityahṛdayam is akin to the Gāyatrī Mantra – of uplifting us towards brilliance and clarity in dealing with what life throws our way.
In this 4-class course – we will learn 10 verses in each class building up to a full practice of the entire hymn in the final class. Students will receive the text in English transliteration and Devanāgari along with the translation & a downloadable MP3 of the hymn for practice.
About the Teacher
Shantala Sriramaiah studied Sanskrit chanting and Indian scriptures from an early age as part of her family tradition and school education in Bangalore, India. Her mother, Saroja, taught chanting classes in their family home for over 30 years. An Engineer by qualification, Shantala left a 20-year corporate career to continue her family tradition. She has been mentored by several Vedic scholars and is a student of Sri M.S.Sreenivasan of the Challakere Brothers. Based in Brussels, Belgium, she teaches a growing global community of students through her online platform.