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Sage Veda Vyasa - The Divine Literary Incarnation of Lord Vishnu

Sage Veda Vyasa - The Divine Literary Incarnation of Lord Vishnu

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Veda Vyasa is a celebrated name among the great sages of Bharatha Khanda. Majority of people in India knows Veda Vyasa as only an author and a character of epic Mahabharatha, and do not know his great contribution to the spiritual world. For the purpose of discussion this article is based on the Vyasa who was present during 28th Dwapara Yuga, who was a character in the great epic Mahabharatha and who was a contemporary of Lord Sri Krishna. One may get a doubt as to how many Vyasas were there. As you scroll down you will find an answer for this.
Veda Vyasa is a celebrated name among the great sages of Bharatha Khanda. Majority of people in India knows Veda Vyasa as only an author and a character of epic Mahabharatha, and do not know his great contribution to the spiritual world. For the purpose of discussion this article is based on the Vyasa who was present during 28th Dwapara Yuga, who was a character in the great epic Mahabharatha and who was a contemporary of Lord Sri Krishna. One may get a doubt as to how many Vyasas were there. As you scroll down you will find an answer for this.

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Om! Gam! Ganapathaye! Namaha!Om! Sri Raghavendraya Namaha!Om! Namo! Bhagavathe! Vasudevaya!Om! Ham! Hanumathe Sri Rama Doothaya Namaha!
Sri Veda-Vyasa
The Divine Literary Incarnation
Veda Vyasa is a celebrated name among the great sages of BharathaKhanda. Majority of people in India knows Veda Vyasa as only an authorand a character of epic Mahabharatha, and do not know his greatcontribution to the spiritual world. For the purpose of discussion this articleis based on the Vyasa who was present during 28
th
Dwapara Yuga, who wasa character in the great epic Mahabharatha and who was a contemporary of Lord Sri Krishna. One may get a doubt as to how many Vyasas were there.As you scroll down you will find an answer for this.
Who is this Vyasa?
Literally Vyasa means one who explains, elaborates, describes, compiles,arranges. Generally we find the word Vyasa Kartha in the literary worldmeaning one who has authored/scripted an article on a topic. In terms of Vedic/Divine literature Vyasa has become a legend. Vyasa whom we allknow is the founder of Vedanta Philosophy who has classified the Vedas,compiler of the great epic Mahabharatha, Brahma Sutras, and author of Puranas. He is said to be the first historian (Divine) of the human race. Heis a genius by birth, performed rigorous penance and austerities to realizethe supreme truth. He is said to be an incarnation of Lord Maha Vishnu.Though his name does not find a place in Dasaavatharas but is one of the
 
many avatharas which Lord Vishnu has undertaken. Vyasa is also called byother names viz. Krishna Dvaipayana, Veda Vyasa, and Badarayana.
Lineage of Veda Vyasa
For the purpose of lineage we restrict ourselves to the current Vyasa of 28
th
 Dwapara Yuga. Born in a family of great sages, Veda Vyasa was the greatgrand son of Brahma Manasa Putra, sage Vasista, grand son of sage Shaktiand son of sage Parasara. Vyasa was born to Parasara and Sathyavathi (a
ferryman’s daughter
Mastya Gandha) who later married King of Hastinapura,Shantanu. He was born on an island in the river Yamuna. It is believed andsaid that Veda Vyasa at the request of his mother was responsible for thebirth of Dhritharastra, and Pandu through Ambika and Ambalika and Vidura
through a maid in the Queen’s palace.
Later he married Pinjala (daughter of sage Jabali) and through her he had a son by name sage Sukha who is saidto be the true spiritual heir of Vyasa. Vyasa was said to be an incarnation of Lord Sri ManNarayana.
Other names of Vyasa
Originally Vyasa was called as Krishna Dvaipayana. Since Vyasa was dark incolour and born on an island he was called as Krishna Dvaipayana. He wascalled as Veda Vyasa since he had organized Vedas into four divisions. Hewas also called as Badarayana meaning one who is an inhabitant of Badarikaforest which is full of Jujube trees. His hermitage is said to be in Badari.
Veda Vyasa &Vishnu Sahasra Nama Sthothram
Vyaasam Vasishhta Naptaaram Shakteh PautramakalmashamParaasharaatmajam Vande Shukataatam TaponidhimVyasaaya Vishnu Roopaaya Vyaasa Roopaaya VishnaveNamo Vai Brahma Nidhaye Vaasishtaaya Namo NamahKrishnaDvaipayanam Vyasam sarvalokahite ratamVedaabjaBhaskaram Vande Samadhinilayam MunimPoorva Peetika of Sri Vishnu Sahasra Nama Sthothram which forms a part of the Epic Mahabharatha describes Vyasa in a befitting manner. Veda Vyasa is
 
the presiding Rishi for Vishnu Sahasranama Sthothram. Following slokasfrom Sri Vishnu Sahasra Nama Sthothram tells us about Sri Veda Vyasa in anutshell.Salutations to that Vyasa who is free from all defects and is a treasure of austerities, is the great-grandson of sage Vasishta, grand-son of Shakti, sonof Parasara and father of Sukha. My repeated salutations are to Vyasa whois a form of Lord Vishnu and to Vishnu who is a form of Vyasa, who is adescendent of sage Vasishta, who is a treasure of Brahman. Let us worshipthe sage (Muni) Vyasa who is Krishna Dvaipayana, who is devoted to thewelfare of the world, who is like a Sun to the Vedas.
Veda Vyasa & Bhagavathgeetha
Bhagavathgeetha the divine preaching of Lord Sri Krishna forms a part of Epic Mahabharatha composed by sage Veda Vyasa. In chapter ten of Bhagavath Geeta (Vibhuthi yoga), Lord Sri Krishna says"Of all sages, I am
Vyasa” 
(Muneenamapyaham Vyasah).NamosthuThe Vyasa Vishala Bhuddhe Pullaravindhayatha Pathra NethraEna Thvayaa BharathaThailaPoornah: Prajvalitho Gnanamaya PradeepahThis is a part of the Dhyana sloka for Bagavad Gita. This verse salutes SriVeda Vyasa who has very wide knowledge (Vishala Buddhi) & has eyes, likethe petals of a fully blossomed Lotus. Veda Vyasa is like a brightly glowinglamp (with Divine Wisdom) in the oil of Maha Bharatha which is a PanchamaVeda.
Vyasa in Manvanthara
As per the time element a Manvanthara is a composition of 71 Chatur Yugascalled as Maha Yugas with each Maha Yuga consisting of four ages viz.Kritha, Thretha, Dwapara and Kali Yuga. It is said that as per VishnuPurana, Vyasa will be present in every 3
rd
age (Yuga) of the quartet(Dwapara Yuga) to take up the divine literary works, reorganize and edit thescripts (Vedas and Puranas) and to inculcate the spiritual knowledge. Thus28 Vyasas have passed through and these divine scripts have beenreorganized 28 times. In the first Dwapara Yuga it was Chaturmukha

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