Why do we chant the Yoga Sutra of Maharishi Patanjali? When we write things out and work with the written word, we are dealing with external forms. The written form is the grossest level of interpretation of oral traditions. When we chant we use our vocal apparatus to produce the sound. The process brings us into the eternal NOW. When we write, a long lapse of time can pass between the time of writing and our re-reading. When we chant, the action brings us in the present moment. The process of chanting demands full attention, at least on the physical level. There is also the question of resonance. Chanting evokes and invokes resonance in letters and words. All mantra can be chanted in three forms, the vachika form(chanting externally, uttering sound) is the between, and the likita (writing) is the grossest. The subtlest way to approach the sutra would be to chant them at the level of the mind. Yet, this requires full knowledge of what one is doing. It follows that when we chant we are in the NOW, we are vibrating, and we know what we are uttering so that when we move to the subtlest plane and we chant without uttering sound, in our mind, we are as close as possible to the most perfect sound.
Ratings and Reviews
Nice Listening App
This app provides a nice background sound for yoga practice. However, if you are trying to learn to chant, this is not the app you want to get. The different chapters of the Sutras are chanted in their entireties without the ability to go back and forth or repeat a sutra. If you are seeking to work on certain Sutras, you have no way to find an individual Sutra.
Once you have learned the 50 or so Sutras in each chapter elsewhere, you could use this app to practice doing the entire chapter at once.
Not for beginning Sutra chanters.
Great app to listen to yoga sutra chant!
This is a great app to listen to yoga sutra being chant. There are two modes - one with one voice chanting yoga sutra, and the other with one voice (supposedly the teacher) and the other voices ("students") repeating the part chanted.
What didnt quite work is the accompanying e-book. It does have an introduction re yoga sutra written by someone who seems to have been learning in a traditional way. Yet the app lacks the text of yoga sutra itself (in either Devanagari, transliteration or translation), so you will have to look at other apps for that.
Get it for the chanting
Text is a summary of the whole sutra.
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.