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Is it true that chanting mantra without moving lips and tongue gives more effect?

Yes, that's true. Usually three forms of chanting (japa) are mentioned in scriptures. From Tantra SAra: NijakarnAgocharohayam Sajapo MAnasah Smrito | UpAnsunijakarnasya Gocharaha Parikirtitaha ||...
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Vedic Chanting Rudram - Beginning verses?

Before starting reciting Sri Rudram the LaghunyAsa is recited and the NyAsas are performed. LaghunyAsa: Note: NyAsa simply means to implant God principle in our own bodies. So, first we ourselves ...
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Sanskrit examples of Ghanapatha recitation?

Ghanapatha is one of the most advanced method of Veda Patha. Syllables are continuously repeated to and fro in a certain pattern. A syllable can get repeated upto 13 times in Ghana Patha. So, reciting ...
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Does rAmAyaNa mention women chanting vedic mantras?

Valmiki Ramayana: Ayodhya Kanda - Sarga 20 answers your questions: सा क्षौम वसना ह्ऱ्ष्टा नित्यम् व्रत परायणा | अग्निम् जुहोति स्म तदा मन्त्रवत् क्ऱ्त मन्गला || २-२०-१५ Kausalya, who was ...
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Why do North Indian Brahmins pronounce ‘ṣa’ (ष) as ‘kha’ (ख) while chanting mantras?

These are understood as northern vs. Southern difference but it actually has to do with the rules of vedic chanting which comes under siksha part of the vedanga. For madhyAndina branch of shukla ...
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Is it true that chanting mantra without moving lips and tongue gives more effect?

In the Sandilya Upanishad it says in Chapter 1 (Thirty Minor Upanisads, p 164, translator K. Narayanasvami Aiyar): ...Japa is the practicing of the mantras into which one is duly initiated by one's ...
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What is the speciality of mAdhyandina shAkhA?

MAdhyandina shakha has many unique features and some of them are totally different from other Vedic recitations. It is the second slowest chanting after Samaveda shakha. Hence the chanting is clearly ...
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Would someone in their 20s be admitted into a Veda Patashala to start learning the vedas afresh?

It is very nice to know that you have developed interest in Vedic studies so I congratulate you for that. As less people are now interested in this field. You have already got the sacred which is a ...
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Prayer for requesting forgiveness from GOD?

For this purpose we don't have Mantras but we do have Stotras. From this page you can learn for example the Shiva Aparadha Kshamapana Stotram, which is asking for forgiveness from Lord Shiva for the ...
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How/where Vedic chants are written down

There is nothing like ancient and modern Vedic chants. The same pattern is followed throughout generations. Initially it was only oral tradition and they were perfected by reciting them in various ...
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What is the story of Indra restoring the vitality of Shashvati's husband?

Asanga was Yadava He was son of Playoga hence he was also called as "Playyogi" .Asnaga was rich king and also a Rajarshi . Shashwati was his wife and daughter of Sage Angirasa. H.H Wilson in his ...
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Scriptural sources for how to chant vedic mantras and other things involved

scriptural sources for how to chant vedic mantras and other things involved. We get some idea about science of Mantras or how to recite mantras properly from panini's book Paniniya Shiksha. These are ...
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How did the Vedic Rishis chant Gayatri Mantra?

It is very difficult to know how did the Saptarishis chanted the mantra, because they existed in different times. Before the revelation of the mantra to Vishwamitra they would have chanted Indra or ...
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Who is Hari? Is it the only entity named before OM?

When we say "BhurbhuvasuvarOm iti digbandaha" during Puja/Japa for creating a protective circle around us, then also the (Vyahtri) portion "Bhurbhuvasuvar" comes before Om. For example, from this ...
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What is the correct procedure to chant Narasimha 32 letters maha mantra?

I am writing the answer as i have promised to do so to you in the chat room. But i think you'll be disappointed overall. My answer is based on the Tantrasara. I have the 7th edition of the book. [ ...
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Difference between Rudraprashna, Satarudriya, Rudrashtadhyayi, and Rudra Suktam

They are different, but all praise Shiva and can be found in texts associated with the Yajur Veda. The Satarudriya mantra itself comes from the Yajur Veda, but the Shiva Purana explains that it helps ...
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How valid is this verse regarding chanting mantras for 108 times?

The ancient scriptures mention 108 energy lines or nadis converging to form the heart or anahata chakra. Chanting or doing meditation with mantras 108 times is believed to help align these energy ...
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What is the correct method for Manasik Japa?

You do manasa Japa by contemplating the words of the mantra without moving your lips. On Japa Learned men say that this is Svadhyaya if one performs the Japa of the Vedantic passages, Satarudriya (...
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Recitation of rudra sukta and sri rudram at home

What is a Suktam? How is it different from a Stuti/Stotram? Sūktam means that which is the juice/essence of a concept. For example, DharmaSūktam conveys the essence of the cumulative literature ...
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For Advaitins, what is the point of vedic chants?

Practical value of chanting for the society/culture is for preserving the Vedas generations over generations. Chanting for preservation has some benefits over written/printing form because chanting ...
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Why body starts feeling heavy after 10 minutes Om chanting?

One think to note on that, what my meditation teacher told me is that Om chants are really best suited for very deep meditation and for those who are living a fully yogic life. Om like chants can ...
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How can we easily identify the 'meter' in vedic scriptures?

It is given at the top of each mantra.
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I'm looking for some places where traditional Vedic Chanting books can be bought from

Mantrapushpam published by Ramakrishna math has almost all important Veda mantras This is the pocket version of it https://istore.chennaimath.org/product/mantrapushpam-sanskrit/ There is a larger one ...
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