Re: [INDOLOGY] question on Bṛhat sāman

Howard Resnick hr at IVS.EDU
Fri Jul 19 22:34:17 UTC 2013

	Thank you very much for this valuable information. I appreciate it. 
Best wishes,

On Jul 19, 2013, at 1:35 PM, "Moore Gerety, Finnian" <fmgerety at> wrote:

> Howard--
> Thanks to the Brāhmaṇa obsession with making correlations/identifications/correspondences, you can get some idea of what the Bṛhat represents in the Veda by examining the entities with which it is correlated. The Bṛhat and Rathantara are treated as a pair in some of these passages, so that you also get an idea of the entities to which each is opposed. For example (PB 7.6.17, trans. Caland): B is the mind, R  voice; B is the melody, R the verse; B is expiration, R is inspiration; B is yonder world, R is this world. 
> Caland's translation of the Pañcaviṃśa-Brāhmaṇa has an index of sāman names, so you can easily find all the passages that mention Bṛhat. The Jaiminīya-Brāhmaṇa also has a lot to say about the Bṛhat; an accessible example is in Caland's Das Jaiminīya-Brāhmaṇa in Auswahl § 25 (p32).
> yours,
> Finn
> Finnian Moore Gerety
> Doctoral Candidate
> Department of South Asian Studies
> Harvard University
> On 16-Jul-2013, at 3:53 PM, Howard Resnick wrote:
>> Thank you very much. Do you know why these verses were called the "Great Saman", brhat-saman?
>> Best,
>> Howard
>> On Jul 16, 2013, at 2:09 AM, Dipak Bhattacharya <dbhattacharya200498 at> wrote:
>>> Bṛhat and Rathantara are considered two important sāmans in the Pañcaviṃśabrāhmaṇa. Bṛhat is based on RV.6.46.1,2. See PB 5.1.10ff, 5.2.1,8.9.11 etc.
>>> Best
>>> DB
>>> From: Howard Resnick <hr at>
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>>> Sent: Tuesday, 16 July 2013 3:42 AM
>>> Subject: [INDOLOGY] question
>>> In Bhagavad-gita 10.35, Krsna says, "Of sAmans, I am bRhat-sAman…"
>>> Could someone kindly explain exactly what the bRhat-sAman is? 
>>> Thanks!
>>> Howard
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