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Re: Doubts on Yajur Veda.

From: Mani Varadarajan (mani_at_alum.calberkeley.org)
Date: Fri Sep 08 2000 - 00:50:53 PDT

I had written:
> The 'Sukla' yajur veda samhita, 
> also known as the vAjasaneyaka samhita, is composed purely of 
> verses. In other words, it is purely metrical.  
> The kRshNa yajur veda or taittirIya samhita, on the other hand,
> has prose and poetry intermixed. 

As Sri Vishal Agrawal pointed out to me privately, I was a little
bit confused. Actually, the Sukla yajur veda also is mixed prose
and poetry. The thing that distinguishes the two roughly into 
"pure" and "impure" is that the Sukla yajur veda does not have
the samhita and brAhmaNa intermixed whereas the kRshNa yajur
veda has them intermingled.

As Vishal writes:

   In the Taittiriya Shakha, the division into Samhita, Brahmana
   and Aranyaka is artificial and there is an admixture of Mantra
   and Brahmana in ALL the 3 texts, which is why commentators
   like Bhatta Bhaskara do not distinguish between the
   Samhita/Brahmana and the Aranyaka.

Vishal will write a bit more on this in the near future.

Sorry for any confusion,
Mani 

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