• Damal Sri Ramakrishnan
    Chief Guest, Inter Patashala Vedic competition 2016
  • Dr. Ananthapadmahacharia
    Chief Guest, Inter Patashala Vedic competition 2016
  • Mr.S. Gurumurthy
    Chief Guest, Inter Patashala Vedic competition 2016
  • Sri Nocchur Venkatraman and
    Sri Ananathapadmanabhariar
    Chief Guest, Inter Patashala Vedic competition 2016
  • Sri Srinivasaraghavan, MD, Sundaram Finance
    Chief Guest, Inter Patashala Vedic competition 2009
  • Sri Venkataraman, Advocate
    Chief Guest, Inter Patashala Vedic competition 2010
  • Sri V.Rajagopal, Partner, Araavind Laboratories
    Chief Guest, Inter Patashala Vedic competition 2011
  • Sri Srinivasan Swamy, Chairman - R.K. Swamy BBDO
    Chief Guest, Inter Patashala Vedic competition 2012
  • Sri N. Balakrishnan,
    Vice President - Sundaram Fasteners
    Chief Guest, Inter Patashala Vedic competition 2013
  • Sri P M Krishnan, Principal Secretary, GOI
    Chief Guest, Inter Patashala Vedic competition 2013
  • Sri N.Gopalaswamy, Former CEC
    Chief Guest, Inter Patashala Vedic competition 2014 Jan
  • Sri.S.Balasubramanian, Chairman - CUB
    Chief Guest, Inter Patashala Vedic competition 2014 Jan
  • Hon'ble Justice Sri V. Ramasubramanian
    Chief Guest, Inter Patashala Vedic competition 2014 Dec
  • Sri Ravi Sam, Chairman - Adwaith Textiles Ltd
    Chief Guest, Inter Patashala Vedic competition 2014 Dec

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About The Trust

Objective

  • Stipends for Heritage students
  • Schools and colleges for Heritage studies
  • Scholarships to economically poor students
  • Conducting Competition for qualitative education
  • Preservation of Traditional Language and culture


Protection of Heritage

  • To Support the Schools having Indian Heritage education
  • To encourage students of studies having Indian heritage value
  • To organize medical insurance for those upholding Indian traditional Values
  • To financially support the teachers running the Schools in “Gurukulam” type
  • To provide financial scholarship to those pursuing specialization on Heritage studies
  • To evolve a National Representative Body to work for the cause of Heritage education
  • To give financial aid to the deserving parents sending their offspring for Heritage studies
  • To encourage those doing research on translating Vedic secrets for the benefit of the world
  • To create zeal amidst students to excel and pursue deeper and wider into Heritage education
  • To help in building the infrastructure to teach modern education to those pursuing traditional subjects
  • To support education to all without any barrier of caste, creed and religion as per Indian law
  • To work for National integration and to spread harmony among all sections of people of India

Educational Support

  • To support those involved in rural education
  • To support those educating tribal and senior citizens
  • To extend the financial support for poor and deserving students
  • To support vocational and skill improvement training programmes
  • To support those involved in teaching handicapped and special children



OM Charitable Trust

OM CHARITABLE TRUST is an organization serving the sustainers of this Universe by their soul stirring sermons and songs which reverberate in the nether worlds whence the benign disposition to bestow the earth with resounding resources pour forth. Registered as a Public Charitable Trust it has reputed professionals as Trustees having respected standing in the society.

The Trust has been formed to encourage the fields of education having Indian heritage value. At present, the students learning the scriptures of yore are helped in sharpening their skills by conducting inter-school competitions wherein all southern states of India participate. More than 70 Vedic institutions have been empanelled with us. The aim of the competition is to encourage congeniality, confidence and zeal in the minds of blooming boys of Vedic learning.

The Trust is expanding its activity of conducting competitions on Scripture based Shastra studies from the year 2013. Honouring of Scholars, Organising lectures on Indian Traditional Disciplines, Educating the student community on the historical, cultural and social excellence of Indian heritage are the primary objectives of the Trust. The Trust extends financial support to educational and medical needs of the poor and needy.

Veda



             

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Vedas and their Significance

  • The Vedas are valuable treasure-houses of infinite knowledge beyond the ken of humans. They have come into existence simultaneously with the manifestation of the Universe. It is difficult to unravel the rich resources in them. They are revealed texts and since they were transmitted as an experience, each one has to understand their import and grasp the meanings in the depths of one’s heart. The truths they contain can only be experientially realized.
  • The Vedas constitute the corpus of sounds and are comprehensive in their sweep and magnitude of knowledge they manifest. It is believed that the Vedas have no beginning or end and are in fact the very breath of the Supreme Being and are derived from the primordial sound Omkara. Out of compassion for humankind, the Supreme Being imparted this to Brahma who was able to uncover the deep meanings of this sum total of all sounds through the sheer power of his penance.
  • The Vedas represent the spiritual experiences of the Ṛṣis of yore. A Ṛṣi is only a medium or an agent to transmit to people the intuitional experiences which he received. The truths of the Vedas are revelations. All the other religions of the world claim their authority as being delivered by special messengers of God to certain persons, but the Vedas do not owe their authority to any human being. They are themselves the authority as they are eternal, as they are the Knowledge of the God.
  • Truth is one but sages call it by many names and the Vedas thus can be understood from different angles. The pristine purity of Vedas is everlasting because they are not a written text and are free of the flaws that a written text is likely to have in terms of any individual author’s subjectivity. The Vedic mantras are live forces of compressed energy the presence and recitation of which brings forth the divine radiation all around.
  • Portions of the Vedānta literature elucidate the use of sound as a spiritual tool. They assert that the entire cosmic creation began with sound: “By His utterance came the universe.” (Bṛhadāraṇyaka Upaniṣad 1.2.4). The Vedānta sūtras add that ultimate liberation comes from sound as well (अनावृत्ति: शब्दात्).
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Veda the source of religion

  • The truths contained in all religions are derived from the Vedas and are ultimately traceable to the Vedas. The Vedas are the fountain-head of religion. The Vedas are the ultimate source to which all religious knowledge can be traced.

  • The Vedic religion is called Sanātana Dharma – the eternal code of conduct. Religion is of divine origin. “Creating the human along with the sacrifices (सहयज्ञा: प्रजास्सृष्ट्वा..)” is the statement of Lord Kṛṣṇa. “Vedas are the roots of all Dharmas (वेदॊऽखिलॊ धर्ममूलम्)” says Manu, the first codifier of human Duties of life. The religion is embodied in the Vedas. The date of the Vedas has never been fixed. It can never be fixed. The claim of fixation of dates is as reliable as a human drawing made out on the sky. The Vedas are eternal spiritual truths. Vedas are an embodiment of divine knowledge. The books may be destroyed, but the knowledge cannot be destroyed. Knowledge is eternal. In that sense, the Vedas are eternal.

  • Vedic literature forms the very foundation of all Hindu religious texts. The greatness of the Vedas, which are praised as having no authorship, is very sublime and unique.

  • The Vedas are a mine of faultless expressions conveying the greatest truths. All the teachings of the Vedas are beginningless and spiritualistic. For all righteous dealings in this world the Vedas form the basis. Righteous way of life is most necessary if mankind is to be happy, making life auspicious. The sole purpose of the Vedas is to declare the path of righteousness. All the religious faiths that we see in the world today have taken shapes following the footsteps of Vedic teachings only. Long ago, the learned ones of Bhārat went to different countries for various reasons and spread Vedic knowledge in those countries. It is such Knowledge that bloomed into different religions in course of time. Many western scholars have asserted that this is true.

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Teaching methods of Veda

  • The Vedic sounds were transmitted orally from preceptor to disciple since time immemorial.

  • The method of teaching was rigorous and the onus of imparting the Vedas in the right manner to the disciple was with the preceptor while the disciple was expected to be sincere and humble.

  • A systematic coding of the phonetic aspects of these sounds offered an impeccable, authoritative and objective guideline for the proper utterance and articulation of these sounds to generations of learners in the Guru-Śiśya tradition. Each disciple could master the sections at his own pace but what was stressed was the thoroughness in mastering each section.

  • A learner of Vedas is required to first master the branch of which his family has been traditionally affiliated before proceeding with the other branches. There are very handful of Pundits today who are well versed in many Vedas. They are reverentially called Dvivedī (द्विवेदी), Trivedī (त्रिवेदी) and Caturvedī (चतुर्वेदी).

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Vedas and their classifications

“Vedas are Limitless” (अनन्ता वै वेदा:) is a vedic statement contaiined in the Vedas themselves. A story in the Veda goes like this. A Ṛṣi by name Bharadwāja spent three full lives in learning Vedas. Once Lord Indra appeared before him and asked what he would do if he were to be given a fourth birth. The Ṛṣi replied that he would continue his studies. Thereupon the Lord showed three palmful of sand as having been learnt by him over three years and a big stretch of mountain range representing the extent of Veda which needs to be pursued for completion. Such is the extent of Vedas but what we have with us today is negligible.

At the commencement of Dvāparayuga, the great sage Vyāsa made a methodical arrangement of Veda into four parts – Ṛk, Yajur, Sāma and Atharvaṇa. Each part is a self-contained section dealing with the requirements of mankind, both secular and spiritual. He had appointed four disciples to propagate the four branches of Veda. He had asked Paila to spread Ṛk Veda, Vyśampāyaṇa the Yajur Veda, Jaimini the Sāma Veda and Sumantu the Atharva Veda. Paila divided Ṛk Veda into 21 Śākhās (branches), Vyśampāyaṇa divided Śukla Yajur Veda into 15 śākhās and Kṛṣṇa Yajur Veda into 86 Śākhās, Jaimini divided Sāma Veda into 1000 Chapters and Sumantu divided Atharva Veda into 9 śākhās. Presently what is available is 2 in Ṛk Veda, 2 in Śukla Yajur Veda, 3 in Kṛṣṇa Yajur Veda, 3 in Sāma veda and 2 in Atharva Veda. Each of the Veda has got a regular text of divine incantations called Saṁhita, Teachings on sacrifices called Brāhmaṇam, Mantras that are to be recited in secluded areas called Āraṇyakas and Esoteric teachings called Upaniṣads.

The following are the known Śākhās (Recensions). Ṛk Veda has got Śākala and Bhāṣkala Śākhās, Śukla Yajur Veda has got Kāṇva and Mādyandina Śākhās, Kṛṣṇa Yajur Veda has got Taitirīya, Maitrāyaṇīya and Kaṭha Śākhās, Sāma Veda has got Kauthuma, Jaiminīya and Rāṇāyanīya Śākhās and Atharva has got Śaunaka and Paippalāda Śākhās.


Veda Samhita Brāhmaṇa Āraṇyaka Upaniṣad
Ṛk Śākala, Bhāṣkala, Kauśītakī Aitareya, Kauśītakī Aitareya, Kauśītakī Aitareya, Kauśītakī
Śukla Yajur Vājasaneyī Śatapatha Bṛhadāraṇyaka Bṛhadāraṇyaka Īśāvāsya
Kṛṣṇa Yajur Taitirīya, Maitrāyaṇīya, Kapiṣṭhala-Kaṭha, Kāṭhaka Taitirīya Taitirīya Taitirīya, Kaṭha, Śvetāśvatara, Maitrāyaṇīya, Mahānārāyaṇīya
Sāma Pūrvārcikā, Uttarārcikā Ārṣeya, Tavalakāra, Tāṇḍya, Chāndogya, Sāmavidhāna, Devatādyāya, Vamśa, Samhitopaniṣad Chāndogya Chāndogya, Kena
Atharva Śaunaka, Paippalāda Gopatha Māṇḍūkya, Muṇḍaka, Praśṇa

Of the above, for Ṛk Veda the only recension available is that of Śākalas. For Kṛṣṇa Yajur Veda, excepting the first, others are available in fragments. Both the Kāṇva and Mādhyandina recensions are available for Vājasaneyī Saṁhitā. The recensions available for Sāma Veda are Jaiminīya and Kauthuma and Rāṇāyanīya in parts. Both the Paippalāda and Śaunaka recensions are available for Atharva Veda.

The available portions of text are summed up as under:
Ṛk Veda – 1028 Sūktas – 10 Maṇḍalas
Kṛṣṇa Yajur Veda – Kaṭha & Māitrāyaṇīya: 4 Kāṇda, 54 Prapāṭhakas, Taitirīya: 7 Aṣṭaka, 44 Prapāṭhaka and 651 Anuvākas
Śukla Yajur Veda – Vājasaneyī: 40 Adhyāyas, 303 Anuvākas
Sāma Veda – Ārcika : 585 Mantras, Uttarārcika: 964 Mantras
Atharva Veda – 20 Kānḍa, 731 Sūktas

The four divisions as Ṛk etc serve to the needs of four priests namely Hotṛ, Adhvaryu, Udgātṛ and Brahman respectively.

The other classification of Veda is into Parā Vidya (Superior Knowledge) and Aparā Vidya (Inferior Knowledge). The former is the part containing the Upaniṣadic lore (otherwise called Jñānakānḍa) and the latter is the part containing the religious lore (otherwise called Karmakānḍa).

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Study of Vedas

  • The process of study should commence with Saṁhita to be followed by Brāhmaṇam, Āraṇyakam and Upaniṣads. Study of Aṣtavikṛtis is a special feature of Ṛk Veda.
  • They are Jaṭā, Māla, Śikhā, Rekhā, Dhwaja, Daṇḍa, Ratha and Ghaṇa. In Yajur Veda study of Padam, Kramam, Jaṭa and Ghaṇam follow the regular Śākha Pāṭha. In this Veda Varṇakrama adhyayanam is paramount. In Sāma Veda the study of eight pramanams is important. They are Prakṛti, Ūham, Rahasyam, Āraṇam, Pūrvārcikam, Uttarārcikam, Padam and Lakṣaṇam. In Atharva Veda only Pada Pāṭha is added to regular Śākha Pāṭha.
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Specialization on Vedic recitation

  • The various Pāṭhas are designed to allow the complete and perfect memorization of the text and its pronunciation, including the intonations. UNESCO proclaimed the tradition of Vedic chant a Masterpiece of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity on November 7, 2003.
  • A Pāṭhin is a scholar who has mastered the Pāṭha. Thus, a Ghaṇapāṭhin has learnt the chanting of the scripture up to the advanced stage called Ghaṇa. Ghaṇapāṭhins chant the Ghaṇa by intoning a few words of a mantra in different ways, back and forth. The sonority natural to Vedic chanting is enhanced in Ghaṇa.
  • The Padapāṭha consists of dividing the sentence (vākya) into individual Pada words. The Kramapāṭha consists of pairing two words at a time. In Jaṭāpāṭha, the words are braided together, so to speak, and recited back and forth. The Ghaṇapāṭha or the “Bell” mode of chanting is so called because the words are repeated back and forth in a bell shape. The Samhita, Vākya and Krama Pāṭhas can be described as the natural or Prakṛtipāṭhas. The remaining 8 modes of chanting are classified as Vikṛtipāṭhas as they involve reversing of the word order. The backward chanting of words does not alter the meanings in the Vedic (Sanskrit) language.
  • The chief purpose of such methods is to ensure that not even a syllable of a mantra is altered to the slightest extent, which has resulted in the most stable oral tradition of texts worldwide. Mantras, or sacred sounds, are used to pierce through sensual, mental and intellectual levels of existence (all lower strata of consciousness) for the purpose of purification and spiritual enlightenment. “By sound vibration one becomes liberated” (Vedanta-sutra 4.22).
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Styles of memorization

The insistence on preserving pronunciation and accent as accurately as possible is related to the belief that the potency of the mantras lies in their sound when pronounced. Meticulous system was in place in ensuring that these texts were transmitted from generation to generation with inordinate fidelity.

For example, memorization of the sacred Vedas included up to eleven forms of recitation of the same text. Forms of recitation included the Jaṭā Pāṭha (literally “mesh recitation”) in which every two adjacent words in the text were first recited in their original order, then repeated in the reverse order, and finally repeated again in the original order.

The recitation thus proceeded as: word1word2, word2word1, word1word2; word2word3, word3word2, word2word3; …

In another form of recitation,Dhawja Pāṭha(literally “flag recitation”) a sequence of N words were recited by pairing the first two and last two words and then proceeding as: word1word2, word(N-1)wordN; word2word3, word(N-3)word(N-2); …; word(N-1)wordN, word1word2;

The most complex form of recitation Ghaṇa Pāṭha (literally “dense recitation”) took the form: word1word2, word2word1, word1word2word3, word3word2word1, word1word2word3; word2word3, word3word2, word2word3word4, word4word3word2, word2word3word4; … These forms recitations have ensured transmission of the Vedic words and intonations without any variance since their origin in any part of India.

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Study of commentaries

After the study of Vedas with or without specialization on different forms of recitation, a student is required to take up study of Veda Bhāṣyam (Commentary). There are two traditional commentaries available one by Śrī Skandaswamin and the other by Śrī Sāyaṇa. Non-traditional commentaries by later period Indian and foreign authors are not pursued at this stage.

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Study of Vedāngas

The Vedic study follows study of Vedāngās at the option of the students. The six Vedāngās (Limbs of Veda) are

  • Śikṣa – Study on Phonetics
  • Vyākarṇa – Study of Grammar
  • Chandas – Study on Meters
  • Jyotiṣa – Study of Astronomy, Astrology, Mathematics etc.,
  • Niruktam – Etymology of Vedic Words
  • Kalpa – Procedure in performing Sacrifices
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Study of Śastras

The study of Vedas gets ornamented with the study of Śastras. Some are mentioned below:

  • Nyāya / Tarka Śastra – Logic
  • Mīmāmsā Śastra – Interpretation of Vedic mantras
  • Vedānta Śāstra – Philosophy
  • Sāhitya – Literature

The vedic students can equip themselves with the following
studies too.

  • Ayurveda – Science of Life
  • Arthaśāstra – Science of wealth
  • Dhanurveda – Science relating to warfare
  • Ghāndarvaveda – Treatise on fine arts etc.,.
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Scope of Vedic Studies

  • The detailed study of Veda with their meanings clubbed with Vedāngas and Mīmāmsā Śāstra makes one an authority on the subject of Veda.
  • The versatility increased by the study of all Vedas qualifies him to interact with mainstream scientists to bring forth the hidden secrets of the Veda to the consumption of entire humanity.
  • The coordinated efforts of a Vedic Scholar and modern technocrats will be highly beneficial to the world community.
  • The research carried out combining the Vedic Knowledge with physics is bound to unravel the unresolved issues tormenting the inquisitive minds.
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Heritage Protection

  • UNESCO has notified the tradition of Vedic Chanting in India (Asia and Pacific Region) in the Intangible Cultural Heritage List. (Proclaimed in 2003 and Inscribed in 2008).
  • Government of India vide their notification dated 27/02/2014 have mentioned protection of national heritage under CSR. The notification is effective from 1.4.2014.
  • The Trust has been supporting those undergoing Heritage studies by paying monthly stipends to the teachers and the parents of the students. Presently there are 16 beneficiaries under this scheme.
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Educational Support

  • The Trust has been financially supporting poor and deserving students in their pursuit of their school and college education without any discrimination as to caste, creed, sex and religion. More than 30 students have benefited from the Trust either on regular or one-time basis. The Trust reserves its rights in accepting the application for financial help. Click the following link for downloading the request form. …
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Rehabilitation Aids

  • The Trust was involved in the rehabilitation of the victims of the flood at Chennai during December 2015.
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Veda the source of religion

The competition is held in Rik, Shukla Yajur, Krishna Yajur and Sama Vedas each comprising of 3 to 5 divisions within them. The meritorious students are awarded with cash prizes besides certificates. The students are provided with opportunity to exhibit their skills in areas other than regular studies. A quiz programme on subjects concerning the Indian Culture is conducted and students answering correctly are rewarded with spot prizes. Public participation in this is also encouraged in this programme.

The Trust honours the many Vedic Pundits every year by inviting them to the competition venue. The Trust also organizes lectures by eminent personalities and Sanskrit programmes for the benefit of students and common public.

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Protection of Heritage

  • To Support the Schools having Indian Heritage education
  • To encourage students of studies having Indian heritage value
  • To organize medical insurance for those upholding Indian traditional Values
  • To financially support the teachers running the Schools in “Gurukulam” type
  • To provide financial scholarship to those pursuing specialization on Heritage studies
  • To evolve a National Representative Body to work for the cause of Heritage education
  • To give financial aid to the deserving parents sending their offspring for Heritage studies
  • To encourage those doing research on translating Vedic secrets for the benefit of the world
  • To create zeal amidst students to excel and pursue deeper and wider into Heritage education
  • To help in building the infrastructure to teach modern education to those pursuing traditional subjects
  • To support education to all without any barrier of caste, creed and religion as per Indian law
  • To work for National integration and to spread harmony among all sections of people of India
X

Educational Support

  • To support those involved in rural education
  • To support those educating tribal and senior citizens
  • To extend the financial support for poor and deserving students
  • To support vocational and skill improvement training programmes
  • To support those involved in teaching handicapped and special children
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  • 22/07/2016 Friday
  • 10.00 a.m - 11.00 a.m - Inauguration
  • 7.00 p.m - 8.30 p.m - Speech by Shri Damal Ramakrishnan on "Importance of Vedic Education"

  • 23/07/2016 Saturday
  • 10.00 a.m - Competition on Vedas and Shastras
  • 4.30 p.m - 6.00 p.m - Paada Pooja - Honouring of Scholars
  • 7.00 p.m - 8.30 p.m - Talent Show by students

  • 24/07/2016 Sunday
  • 9.30 a.m - 12 Noon - Quiz on Rishis of Bharat
  • 12 Noon - 1.00 p.m - Sanskrit Drama
  • 2.30 p.m - 3.30 p.m - Vedic Chanting
  • 3.30 p.m - 5.30 p.m - Valedictory Function