There are several Purāṇic references, e.g., SB 12.6.50 that say Vyāsa (Kṛṣṇa Dvaipāyana) arranged the disorganized Vedic mantras into four parts:

50. Just as (out of a heap of mixed up) precious stones of the same kind are assorted and kept in separate heaps, he (Vyāsa) selected and classified the Vedic Mantras as belonging to the category of the Ṛg, Atharvan, Yajus, and Sāman and thus compiled four Saṃhitās or collections out of those (formerly mixed up) Mantras.

However, do any of the Vedas themselves say this?

  • Like Sutras don't mention their commentators, Vedas don't mention their compiler.
    – Pandya
    Commented Oct 13, 2019 at 8:24
  • @Paṇḍyā Vedas have supplements called Pariśiṣṭa so that is where one could look to answer this. Commented Oct 14, 2019 at 19:23
  • @sv. u can change title to Pariśiṣṭa then...
    – YDS
    Commented Oct 15, 2019 at 2:17

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Consider the following mantra from Purusha Sukta 10.90.9

From that great general sacrifice Ṛcas and Sāma-hymns were born: Therefrom were spells and charms produced; the Yajus had its birth from it.

Atharava Veda as a veda is made up of Ricks mantras only.

According to Rig Veda Anukramanika, the composer of this hymn is nArAyana, but not Vyasa.

Tenth Mandala is supposed to be latest one. However, even this hymn did not mention Vyasa to be compiler of Vedas.

Hence, division of Veda by the Sage Vyasa must be an interpolated story.

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    This answer is full of fallacies. The Anukramani tells who revealed the mantras, not who divided the Vedas. The mention of Rik, Sama, Yajur is reference to mantra types, not division of Vedas.
    – Ikshvaku
    Commented Oct 13, 2019 at 17:20
  • 1. The question is about mention of the Sage Vyasa, who was attributed for dividing vedas, in veda. So answer followed it. 2) "full of fallacies!". Please list out those fallacies. @Ikshvaku Commented Oct 13, 2019 at 19:24
  • Whoever down voted my answer should be courageous enough to state the reasons. Otherwise it tells upon their cowardice only. Commented Oct 14, 2019 at 13:07
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    Downvoting has nothing to do with person's courage or cowardice. Something which says -1 I downvoted for so and so is what you should look for. This answer contains a comment from Ikshvaku why this answer is wrong. Sometimes is quite clear why an answer is downvoted. Sometimes you should understand based on the feedback . It depends on the answer. Moderators do not have any rule in encouraging downvoting or to be clear, stopping downvoting or upvoting. If you are It's better to focus on content rather than blaming the moderators. Commented Oct 14, 2019 at 15:39
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    @srimannarayanakv Your answer got downvoted because it's full of fallacies. For one, just because the Vedas do not mention something, doesn't mean it's an interpolation. And secondly, the reference to rik, saman, and yajus are mantra types, not separate Vedas.
    – Ikshvaku
    Commented Oct 14, 2019 at 15:41

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