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ŚIKṢĀVALLĪ, the science of diction

Sribhashyam said:

ŚIKṢĀVALLĪ, which is called Shikshavalli , is the "science of diction".


[In India, in traditional yoga] we do not first learn the sacred texts, but the rules of diction: which voice for which word, which vowel. Not only the alphabet, but also the contextualization determines the diction.

We need to learn what part of the body we are using. Every phoneme has an equivalent in the body, by heart.




My father showed the children the birds and made them distinguish the screams of the animals. It was useful for them when children learn diction.



We needed to know how to find a sound that sounded like an elephant or [the sound] of a butterfly. »





We need to know how to use the body and diction depending on how and where it is. Know by heart.


There aren't four different ways to say a mantra! Everything is programmed! Because as long as the student has not learned, he will not progress.


Let's imagine we're grinding a powder and we have to say a text at the same time. This text was planned according to the gesture. For example: to grate a potato, change your intonation when you reach the peel to make the gesture more delicate!

The way a text is recited depends on the action: The sculptor knows when to strike a blow through the sound.


ŚIKṢĀVALLĪ is learned before the age of 5. Children don't ask the teacher questions at that age!" [said Sribhashyam, laughing].


When invoked, it is not always the same tone, the same power. We can understand the profile of the weekend by listening! We understand the atmosphere that will prevail. We use the auditory nerve for the mental area. Invocation never prepared in advance, never written!”


Excerpt from my notes, Brigitte Hool, July 31, 2002, Neuchâtel.


Krishna enjoys listening to someone recite


Note: The information in square brackets [ ...] is added to make these notes easier to understand.

It is also remarkable that yoga is not tied to any religion.

The texts memorized in this way are part of VEDA: They can be philosophical texts with spiritual meaning, texts from Indian psychology or, for example, AYURVEDA.

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