what to expect

  • recitation of selected verses of the Bhagavad-gītā or other Sanskrit texts
  • learn how to recite Sanskrit verses in proper rhyme and meter
  • word by word verse analysis by an expert teacher
  • meditative, sacred environment

Vāsudeva Das has been studying classical languages since the tender age of twelve in his hometown near Amsterdam, the Netherlands. In 1997 he became a committed practitioner of Bhakti-yoga, marking the beginning of 16 years of monastic life, dedicated to the study of the Bhagavad-gītā and other Sanskrit texts. In 2001-2002, he had the privilege of studying under the late Gopiparanadhana dasa, a well-respected Sanskrit scholar in Vrindavan, India. Today, Vāsudeva Das serves as the Head Pujari (Priest) at The Bhakti Center, and regularly conducts classes on Sanskrit and Vedic wisdom.

SANSKRIT CHANTS

recitation & study of Sanskrit verses from The Bhagavad-gītā & other Vedic texts

with Vāsudeva Das

dates – sundays, october 22 – december 17
(except november 26)

time – 10:00 – 11:00am

location – the bhakti center / temple room 3e

admission – free of charge


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Sanskrit Chants is an hour long exercise dedicated to learning and reciting beautiful Sanskrit verses that have been an essential part of the yoga tradition for centuries. It is a simple and informal way to deepen one’s learning on the language and spiritual tradition in a group setting. Students are lead in chanting a selection of verses from Bhagavad-gita and other important texts. By regular recitation the rhythmic verses are easily memorized and become a gift held within ones the memory.

The Bhagavad-gītā, consisting of 700 hundred Sanskrit ślokas or verses, is India’s most celebrated wisdom text. Its timeless teachings deal with fundamental existential questions that have preoccupied humanity throughout the ages. This program welcomes everyone to regularly immerse in the sacred sound and beautiful wisdom of the Gītā.