Vedic Mythology, Music, and Mantras

Reviews For Vedic Mythology, Music, and Mantras

This podcast is very well done and WE are blessed to have access to it. OM TAT SAT
Interesting mysterious mythological stories told in simple manners. Thx for sharing !
Playful and joyful tales that convey wisdom of human nature and what may lie beyond . I love deep gorgeous voice of the narrator. And some divine mantra music pieces evoke shivers and tears of joy.
Absolutely Amazing!! I am so enthralled by what you are sharing to us Devotes new bee's, thirsting in our independently driven quest to connect the dots! Please don't stop. What a gift you are giving us! Blessings your way from the bottom of my heart!

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5/5

this is so much fun to listen to. It's usually really hard to really get into stories in a foreign language because either you miss out on a lot because you have to use a translation, or you just don't understand what's happening. He does a great job of giving you both at once
thank you so much .. great work and thank you for bringing it to all of us.
I love hearing the very interesting stories of Vedic myth. I listen over and over to these wonderful podcasts Thank you Ben Collins.
This is a well-recorded podcast full of interesting information. It really gets into some of the stories and teachings that are skimmed over in other sources and backs it up with an informed analysis. The music and mantras at the end of each episode really bring everything home. I wish there were more!
This podcast, provided by the amazing Ben Collins and Puja.net is such a treasure. For someone like me, who does not come from the Hindu culture this podcast has been invaluable in my understanding of some of the concepts and figures in this amazing tradition. I love to listen to the stories, Ben's voice has become a daily companion as I listen to the older podcasts in between the newer ones, and the mantras are such a blessing! Om Namah Shivaya!

5/5

I recently found these podcasts! They are very informative and fun! Thank you for the effort . Are there going to be any more episodes?
Thanks so much for your wonderful podcasts. I have been listening to and singing along with kirtan and various devotional songs and chants for about two years now. I'm so happy that I'm starting to understand what the lyrics mean. Now the songs mean so much more and I'm ever more happy. I am also really digging the musical selections while being introduced to some of the best music I've ever heard. Many blessings of abundance to you, Benjamin. May you be able to continue your work with joy.
I find these podcasts very divine & informative. The mantra chanting & music is very soul-lifting. Continue the good work. Be blessed.
In my personal opinion, this is one of the best podcasts on this subject. Greatly informative. Mr Collins puts forth the mythological stories in a very lucid manner, in a way so as to fascinate the listener. The mantra chanting at the end of each podcast is a treasure trove of hymns and chants from India. Very happy to find this here and I look forward to more episodes.
This is undoubtedly best podcast available on Vedic Hindu Mythology available on iTunes. The way he structured Podcast (Telling a mythical story & then playing authentic chanting of Vedic Mantras collections). Ben has done a great job of revealing layers of abstractions & symbolisms of Hindu culture in very simple manner. He doesn’t preach anything, just explains in his voice which is great to listen, very clam & effective. Its a great resource on Hindu Culture & Ben is equally a great storyteller. Kudos to his efforts to put it all together so effectively. I have downloaded all the available podcasts and listen them whenever I get chance, on Weekends, while commuting and especially if I am a bit stressed before sleeping. These stories are already great but the way Ben tells them makes them even more mesmerizing.

2/5

By sogdoc6
The fact the this effort was made is a very good thing...however, I cannot agree with the superlative praise that has been heaped on the podcasts themselves. The intent and the effort behind putting these podcasts together must have been monumental and I applaud that initiative. But I am left with the sense that the speaker has over-distilled deep messages into mundane, almost trivial stories. Furthermore, there seems to be a lack of respect (eg, the tone of referring to the manifestations of the Divine in the Sudarshana Chakra podcast) and perhaps a lack of understanding that in the pre-Hindu Vedas, there were some literal Truths and also associated Puranic stories which, by design, were meant to serve the average listener in an allegorical way. In any case, these podcasts left me with the same slightly sick feeling I had years ago when I watched Peter Brooks' Mahabharata...a travesty which mocked the lessons of the original and painted the heroes as zeroes while glorifying the characters who symbolized the downfall of humanity. These podcasts may not be quite as obtuse, but there seems to be a discordance between the smooth and soft voice of the speaker and the slightly superior or mocking tone used to address ancient allegorical aspects of Divinity. If you would like a diluted perspective which tries to highlight the weirdness of Hinduism and its roots, please study these podcasts deeply. Otherwise, google "Hindu TRAC" and check out the more accurate studies being done by youth all over the world (Sydney, Australia; the United Kingdom; USA, etc).
This is one of my favorite podcasts. I'm a westerner with mild interest in the Hindu religion. Ben Collins has a very pleasant voice. The stories seem to be well chosen and are certainly well presented. I have found that I like the music and mantras as well as the stories. I had rather wondered if that would be true. I'm trying to catch up now, so I listen to three or four episodes a day, although this is often as background rather that concentrated listening. I imagine that I will go back and listen to some episodes with more attention later.
I really enjoy listening to this podcast - the stories are enlightening and uplifting, presented with humor and humility. The mantras portion is filled with many hard-to-find recordings of Vedic mantras. Great job, Ben and looking forward to new episodes.
One ot the best podcast. The calm voice in which the epics are narrated is very good to listen to. I like the way each podcast ends with a mantra which is well sung. I am looking forward to the next podcast .
Very enjoyable way to learn about vedic mythology. Mr. Collins is knowledgable, has a great voice, and tells a good story. The chanting is EXCELLENT!
Thank you for making this freely available. I'm a beginner and have been listening to your podcast for over a year now. I just wanted to make sure that you know there are thousands of people out here like me that may not say anything but we are listening every week. Thank you for your contribution to global understanding.
My mother and I listen to your podcast and not only do we find it spiritually enlightening but also get a better in-depth understanding of the symbolic meanings. Thank you for an excellent job.

5/5

By gmellow
As a person with little knowledge, but great interest in this culture I find this podcast fascinating and educational.
This is one of the few podcasts that I listen to. Mr. Collins informs us about Hinduism while keeping us entertained. Even though I'm a Hindu who knows much about the rich Vedic tradition, even I enjoy listening to the podcast and still find myself learning things that I wasn't aware of before. The mantras and devotional songs are quite pleasant to listen to. I recommend this podcast for anybody that is interested in Hinduism.

5/5

This podcast is excellent. Not only are the stories insightful and entertaining but the music is genuinely good. I highly recomend this to the western listener interested in an introduction into vedic lore.

5/5

By Vin_A
Amazing podcast with great mythological stories, unique interviews, even the most well versed in vedic traditions will learn a thing or 2.
At first it feels odd to hear this person with this strange accent telling you stories from the puranas that you heard at festivals and from your parents and grandparents, but once you get past it, it gets wildly entertaining (as it should be!) and informative. The professionally sung mantras and shlokas at the end are great too.
Very well read. Great effort. Thank you for putting this up.
This is an excellent podcast, and a great introduction to Vedic religion, Hinduism, and Indian religion. The stories are fascinating and the chants are at times intense, entrancing, and beautiful.
This Podcast is been an answer to my search to learn about Vedic Mythology in an easy format. Thank you Ben For sharing with us. May you and all your listeners be blessed with Peace and Eternal Bliss.
I have learned so much from these podcasts about my own culture. I never had a chance when I was younger to learn about a lot of what Mr. Collins talks about, but now, I feel like a kid again! He makes it enjoyable and fun, and finishes with wonderful chanting and mantras!

5/5

By atthew
It's very hard for Americans to find good resources on Hinduism. Thank you very much for taking time to share your knowledge.
This podcast goes through myths and stories from the vedic tradition and tells a simple version in plain english. Ben has a great voice to listen to so it makes all the more enjoyable. Each podcast ends with mantras (which I enjoy even though I usually can't understand what they're saying!) Thanks for the good work Ben!
This is a terrific resource for people interested in Hinduism -- especially for Westerners. I've learned so much from listening to Ben Collins and also from visiting his puja.net website. Great tales, great insight into pronouncing Sanskrit words and prayers, and a wonderful selection of chants!
Lovely distillations from the poetry of people who lived around Sarasvati and Drishadvati several thousand years ago. The prose and music are beautifully rendered and charming. Exposing these stories to hindu boys and girls, growing up in various Indian communities in the US and Europe, will enable them to appreciate the rich heritage of India, particularly the magical and mysterious rishis. I plan to alert my hindu community about the existence of these podcasts.

5/5

By GEB
I am excited for future podcasts. I have studied different traditions, but one that seems to be lost in our society is Hinduism. The rich stories and easy to understand storytelling fashion make these exceptional. Beneficial and entertaining!
This is a fantastic podcast. It is well formatted as follows, you are basically read a story from the hindu/vedic tradition for 10 minutes or so, and then lastly you are treated to some interesting indian music. Finally, in my experience what makes or breaks a podcast like this is how it is read and the voice of the reader. Ben Collins, in my opinion, has the best voice of any podcast I've heard. His voice is clear,concise, and obviously passionate about the subject matter. You rock Ben Collins!!!