Vedic chant was originally an oral tradition and a means of passing on knowledge and wisdom encapsulated in hymns and teachings covering a vast range of topics. Veda = Knowledge. This knowledge was received by men and women known as Mantra Drishtas (seers of the mantras). The Vedas were later collated by Bhagwan Veda Vyasa (circa 4,000 BCE) into four separate collections :
Rig Veda, Sama Veda, Yajur Veda and Atharva Veda
The language is classical Sanskrit and there are a set of rules and guidelines about the correct method of chanting covering such things as pronunciation, grammar and musical notes. Because of these rules and teaching methods the chants have not changed in any way since the time of Vyasa.
Paul is one of the very few Certified Vedic Chant teachers in Ireland today, having studied with Krishnamacharya's direct students, Mr. Desikachar, Mrs. Menaka Desikachar and Mrs Radha Sundararajan in Chennai, India. Paul also annually continues his Vedic Chant studies with Prof. Jayashree Anandampillai of Mysore. Paul practices Chant daily and teaches classes and workshops regularly. He has taught in Ireland , Greece, Mexico and India.