Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Some thoughts & views about Sama Veda; Short Sama Veda chanting link

I am a nominal Sama Vedi Brahmin. By nominal I mean that I used to follow rituals in the family as per Sama Veda knowledgeable priests but that's it. I did not learn any Sama Veda mantra chanting.

But I have an interest in Sama Veda and an affection for it. So I have done my bit of reading of it including its famous Chandogya Upanishad, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chandogya_Upanishad, which has the famous 'Tat Twam Asi' ('You are That/God' OR rather when one puts it in context of the shloka/verse in which it occurs, from my humble understanding it means 'The essence of all creation is the divine essence/God; You are (your essential reality is) that (divine essence)'). [BTW here is a document I had prepared on some shlokas of Chandogya Upanishad in June 2010 where I refer to various sources including Bhagavan Sri Sathya Sai Baba's Upanishad Vahini, https://iami1.files.wordpress.com/2015/03/chandogyachapter6someshlokas.pdf.]

Here is a Tamil discourse on Sama Veda as well as some general matters related to Veda by His Holiness, Sringeri Shankaracharya, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C6bmlQn5Bck, 13 min. 9 secs. The Shankaracharya speaks in a very engaging and nice way conveying his deep knowledge about these topics in simple to understand Tamil.

Here are a couple of young chanters chanting some Sama Veda verses (I recognize the singing style of Sama Veda chanting but not the Sama Veda verses and I am going by the title of the youtube video that they are chanting Sama Veda): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6OfYd08ebaw, 3 min. 8 secs.

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