Pre-Religion Indian Wisdom Part III Sama Veda

This is Part III of a 5 part series on Pre-Religion Indian Wisdom. Here we introduce Sama Veda M G Warrier Pre-Religion Indian Wisdom Part III Sama Veda A Introduction Excerpts : Brahmanas of the Samaveda are the Panchavimsha (“of 25 [books]”), the Shadvimsha (“of 26 [books]”), and the Jaiminiya (or Talavakara) Brahmana. They show almost complete accordance in their exposition of the “going of the cows” ceremony, the various soma ceremonies, and the different rites lasting from 1 to 12 days. Also described are the atonements required when mistakes or evil portents have occurred during sacrifices. B Sama Veda : Basics Excerpts : Sama Veda, Samveda, or Samaveda (Sanskrit: सामवेदः, sāmav- eda, from sāman "melody" + veda "knowledge" ), is the third of the four Vedas, the ancient core Hindu scriptures, along with the Rig Veda, Yajur Veda, and Atharva Veda. Its earliest parts are believed to date from 1700 BC (since majority of its verses are Rigveda), and it ranks next in sanctity and liturgical importance to the Rigveda. It consists of a collection (samhita) of hymns, portions of hymns, and detached verses, all but 75 taken from the Sakala Sakha of the Rigveda, the other 75 belong to the Bashkala Sakha, to be sung, using specifically indicated melodies calledSamagana, by Udgatar priests at sacrifices in which the juice of the Soma plant, clarified and mixed with milk and other ingredients, is offered in libation to various deities. C Sama Veda : Know More Excerpts : Among the four Vedas, the Samaveda is regarded as the foremost. In the Bhagavadgata, where Lord Krishna has declared “Among the Vedas I am Samaveda”-Vedanama Samavedosmi (Gita, 10.22). Here Indra, Agni and Soma deities are mainly invoked and praised but most of the time these prayers seem to be the invocations for the Supreme Being. In the spiritual sense Soma represents All-pervading, Glorious Lord and Brahman, who is attainable only through devotion and musical chanting. Thus major theme of the Samaveda can be regarded as worship and devotion (Upasana). Bonus : punyAhavAchana rite is one of the most important and commonly performed of all Hindu ceremonies. It is done as a prelude to every important samskAra (sacrament) and yagya . After periods of impurity (death & birth) the ceremony is done as the principle rite.


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