View Full Version : The Samaveda: Why?

19 January 2018, 11:53 PM
Greetings, all. I hope you find yourself well! I am a member of the Baha'i faith - Baha'i's founder, Baha'u'llah, made note that, of the list of true religions, Hinduism is among them. However, most Baha'i do not study texts from outside their faith, which I find strange. For the past 7 months I have been studying Hinduism online - Most of what I have read so far comes from the Srimad-Bhagavatam, Rigveda, and Yajurveda, along with the Ramayana. I would seriously like to further my learning in Hinduism, because I know learning through the internet on my own is not the ideal way.

I have developed a question while I was reading the Vishnu Purana. I am certain I am missing something here, so I apologize if this unintentionally sounds rash: What is the point of the Samaveda?

I have heard that it is mostly just a musical rendition of the Rigveda, along with a couple sections not found anywhere else. Why not just read the Rigveda? I have been confused as to the purpose of the Samaveda and I hope to figure out the answer. I know it is a Veda and of high authority, but I don't understand why, if it is just the RigVeda with music. If textually they are very similar, what benefit does it bring that the Rigveda does not?

Again, I apologize if I found this rude, that was not my intent, I am a genuinely intrigued (and confused) Baha'i seeking understanding. I appreciate your time!


23 January 2018, 02:19 AM
Namaste Saveyist

I asked this question myself too and found interesting articles. Only three following.

Sama Veda has its focus on sound – it is a songbook. Rig Veda is recitated, Sama Veda is sung.

If you want to go deeper search for Shabda Brahman or Nada Brahman to read about sound. Krishna says in Bhagavad Gita He is Sama Veda – He is Shabda Brahman.


23 January 2018, 04:31 PM
Thank you, Indialover! The second link I think describes it very well: "It consists of a vast description of melodies,chants and their respective effect on the human mind, body, and soul. It also contains various verses from Rigveda in a musical manner."

I guess I was not seeing the importance of sound before. I am quite interested in studying it now. Thank you again :)

25 January 2018, 03:26 AM
Dear Saveyist,

hope you visit the forum again. I forgot to post an article which gives a glimpse of the 'bridge' between Rig and Sama Veda ...