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Ved Vyas - who was he and why we call him greatest acharya of sanatan dharma ?

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    The 'Mahabharata' remains a marvel in the literature of the world. Veda Vyasa was the sage who gave the world this Storehouse of realism, wisdom and compassion. And he was the guide to whom seven generations of the high and the humble looked up in hours of sorrow and darkness.On the banks of the Yamuna the tall wild trees rose above the water. Nearby stood a little hut. A boat with its oars, had been pulled near the bank. A fishing rod and a couple of tackles lay on the sand. When the wind blew, it brought the strong smell of dead fish. 'Vyasa' does not signify the name of any one person. It is a title. Every DwaparaYuga witnesses the birth of a Vyasa. He bears the title till the next Dwapara Yuga comes. This Vyasa was actually Krishna Dwaipayana - 'Krishna' because he was dark - coloured, 'Dwaipayana' because he was born on an island in the Yamuna. He was called 'Veda Vyasa' for it was he who classified the Vedas into four branches. His hermitage was in Badari and he was therefore 'Badarayana'. Thus, men called him by many names. Let us call him Vyasa..

    The life history of Ved Vyas is an interesting one. The author of the great epic Mahabharata, Ved Vyas was the first and greatest acharya of Sanatan Dharma. He is responsible for classifying the four Vedas, wrote the 18 Puranas and recited the great Mahabharata. In fact, the Mahabharata is often called as the fifth Veda. The most important and the most glorified section is the Bhagwad Gita, the lesson recited to Arjuna by Lord Krishna on the battlefield. The biography of Ved Vyas is very vivid and makes an interesting read.

    Around some 5000 years ago, he was born on an island on the holy river Yamuna. His father was Parashar Rishi, a sage and his mother was Satyavati. He taught the Vedas to his pupils with ardent devotion and dedication. It is said that Mahabharata is the 18th Puran that was written by Ved Vyas. He fathered four famous sons, Pandu, Dhritarashtra, Vidur and Sukhdev. Ved Vyas received knowledge from great sages like Vasudeva and Sanakadik. He described that the most important goal in one's life is to attain Narayana or the Divine Supreme.

    Apart from the Mahabharata, he also wrote the Brahmasootra, one of his shortest theologies on Hindu philosophy. It is said that Ved Vyas is immortal and he never died. Seeing the widespread violence in today's times, he is said to have retreated into some remote village in Northern India. The life of Ved Vyas is an example to all in the modern times on how to be selfless and devote oneself entirely to Lord in order to attain Nirvana.

    Vyaasam Vasishtha naptaaram

    Sakteh Poutra Makalmasham

    Paraasaraatmajam vande

    Suka Taatam Taponidhim

    Meaning: I bow to Vyaasa, the great grandson of Vasishtha, the grandson of that pure sage Sakti, son of Parashara and to the father of the great taponidhi Suka!

    It is interesting to see that Vyaasa is glorified for being the father of Sage Suka, who is described as the treasure of tapas, penance.

    This sloka is the third in Sri Vishnu Sahasranama Stotram. Obviously it is added by someone other than sage Vyasa! The next sloka is another tribute to sage Vyaasa.

    Vyaasaaya Vishnu Roopaaya Vyaasa Roopaaya Vishnave

    Namovai Brahma Nidhaye Vaasishthaya Namo Namah||

    Meaning: I bow to Vyaasa, who is the treasure house of Brahma Jnana, who is of the clan of Vasishtha (all descendents of Vasishtha are Vaasishthas), who is verily one with Vishnu. It is interesting to note that both Vyaasa and Vishnu are portrayed as dark colored. Because of his dark complexion and because he was born in a riverine island, he is also known as Krishna Dwaipaayana. He is also called Paaraasharya, because he is a descendent of Paraashara. Krishna means dark colored and apart from the son of Devaki, who is most famous with that name and who is the 8th Avatar of Vishnu (it is interesting to note that He was also the 8th son of Devaki), Draupadi, the daughter of Drupada and the wife of the five Paandavas, was also known as Krishna. At the same time, she was also known to be quite beautiful with a glow of her own. We will have more to say about her at the appropriate time.

    Vyaasa is considered as one of the many Upa Avataaras of Vishnu. Veda Vyaasa is a post and there will be a different Vyaasa for every Maha Yuga. Son of Paraasara is the Vyaasa for this Maha Yuga. Aswatthama will be the Veda Vyaasa for the next Maha Yuga. We will learn more about him at the right time.

    His writing of Mahabharatha: When sage Veda Vyaasa was asked by Lord Brahma to write Maha Bharatha, he was looking for a suitable scribe and Brahmaji persuaded Lord Ganesha Himself to take up the task and complete it. Lord Ganesha accepted it on one condition that once Vyasa starts the recitation, he should not stop it (His ghantam – scriber should not stop). Vyasa agreed and put a counter-condition that Ganesha should understand the text being recited before writing it down,

    It is known that Sri Shankara wrote his commentary to Brahma Sutras, which were written by Vyaasa. A few centuries later, the head of Sringeri Saarada Peetham, Sri Vidyaranya Bahrathi started on a pilgrimage and reached Kashi, Sri Veda Vyasa, sent him to Badarikashrama where the great sage himself initiated him into Sri Vidya. Thus it is clear that Sage Veda Vyaasa himself was a great exponent of Sri Vidya.

  • 1 decade ago

    The life history of Ved Vyas is an interesting one. The author of the great epic Mahabharata, Ved Vyas was the first and greatest acharya of Sanatan Dharma. He is responsible for classifying the four Vedas, wrote the 18 Puranas and recited the great Mahabharata. In fact, the Mahabharata is often called as the fifth Veda. The most important and the most glorified section is the Bhagwad Gita, the lesson recited to Arjuna by Lord Krishna on the battlefield. The biography of Ved Vyas is very vivid and makes an interesting read.

    Around some 5000 years ago, he was born on an island on the holy river Yamuna. His father was Parashar Rishi, a sage and his mother was Satyavati. He taught the Vedas to his pupils with ardent devotion and dedication. It is said that Mahabharata is the 18th Puran that was written by Ved Vyas. He fathered four famous sons, Pandu, Dhritarashtra, Vidur and Sukhdev. Ved Vyas received knowledge from great sages like Vasudeva and Sanakadik. He described that the most important goal in one's life is to attain Narayana or the Divine Supreme.

    Apart from the Mahabharata, he also wrote the Brahmasootra, one of his shortest theologies on Hindu philosophy. It is said that Ved Vyas is immortal and he never died. Seeing the widespread violence in today's times, he is said to have retreated into some remote village in Northern India. The life of Ved Vyas is an example to all in the modern times on how to be selfless and devote oneself entirely to Lord in order to attain Nirvana.

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    4 years ago

    Ved Vyas

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  • Do you know Mahabharata? It is an autobiography of Ved Vyas!

    Ved Vyas

    Guru of Vedas

    Ved Vyas is the profound author of one of the greatest epics "Mahabharata", a marvel in the literature of the world. Besides he also classified the four Vedas and wrote eighteen Puranas and Brahma sutras. He was the guiding light to many in their times of need for over seven generations. Every year the Guru Purnima festival also known as Vyas Purnima is celebrated in honour of Ved Vyas.

    Mahabharta is written by Ved Vyas.Krishna, Kunti, Gandhari, Arjuna, Bheema, Karana, Abhimanyu, Bhisham Pitamah, Duryodhana, Dharam Raj Yudhistera are all important charachters of story.

    The Vedas could not be written by Ved Vyas alone as it took centuries to be written. It was the work of all the Principals or Gurus of the universities of those times. Those Gurus or Principals of those universities were called as Ved Vyas. After complete destruction it was interest of all scholars to write scientific knowledge as detailed as possible. So story of Mahabharta is written.

    Om Gan Ganpathey Namah

    Om Guruaya Namah,/ Brahmaya Namah/ Vishnuvay Namah /Shivaya Namah / Om Brahm Maha Shakthi Shivaya Namah

    Om triyambakam yeja mahe sugandhim pushtiverdhanam urvarukmiv bandhanan mrityuo mokshiya mam mritam.

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  • 5 years ago

    sanatan Dharma prevailed during the so called Sat-Yug, centuries before. The world changes and so changed the dharma and to-day we don't have even a glimpse of it. It was a dharma of the time when people were satified, having higher moral values, cautious about life and duty, having power with passion, and so on.... The sanatan dharma centred around nature. Agni(fire), jal (water), vayu(air), aakash(space) and pruthvi(earth) were worshipped since they sustain life. There were no gods since people were themselves almost godly. With above forelogue, the real strength was, it was capable of taking people to highest levels of spirituality. The minds were already pure and the mantras chanted were powerful enough to create magic but in the larger interest of the people and society. You would not have heard that in sanatan dharma, people chanted mantras to become rich, to have a house and the like. People lived in harmony with nature and a little effort with the power of mantras, they were able to create amazing things. In short, the real strength is purity of mind of the people and power of mantras towards larger interest of the society.

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    सनातन sanaatana forever सनातन sanaatana permanent सनातन sanaatana adj. unending सनातन sanaatana adj. everlasting सनातन sanaatana adj. eternal सनातन sanaatana adj. ancient Very simple. Hinduism is not a religion. It is a way of life! Anybody can follow its principles (Dharma, Artha, Kama and Moksha way of life). (i) Believe on the God Head (Para brahmam) and live a pious life. (ii) 'Paropakarartham Idam Sareeram' (This body is meant to serve others). This is the main moto in Sanadana Dharma. (iii) 'Dharmo Rakshati Rakshitaha' (Protect Vedic Dharma and it will protect you). (iv) Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam, meaning: वसुधा, vasudhaa ( f.) means Earth. 'Vasudha' refers to the Earth or to the entire Creation, meaning the vast cosmos. 'Eva' means “certainly” or “verily.” 'Kutumbam' means a family or blood relations, and kutumbakam technically means a little family. So here the Vedic sages are saying that the entire world is truly just one family. The world is like a small, tightly knit, nuclear family. Thus one can see the Sanatana Dharma provides the global vision and a structured approach that is universally applicable. Thus the followers of Sanatana Dharma need to work together for the common cause of bringing peace and harmony at all levels. Edited: Congratulations! Achievements are milestones and the goal is far ahead!!

  • sword
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    4 years ago

    Veda Vyasa

  • 1 decade ago

    was the 18th incarnation of the supreme being ..

    born as the son of parashara muni

    observing that the people in general had become dull he divided the one veda into four

    rig,yajur,sama,atharva

    he composed all the puranas

    and wrote mahabharata for the children and women of his age so that even they mat acquire interest in God

    he was ofcourse well versed with all the duties and religious practices ..

    he also helped in the continuation of the Kuruvamsha

    he also composed upanishads ..thats all I know I guess..

    EDIT: actually it is said that veda vyasa never wrote the mahabharata ..he dictated it to Lord Ganesha who penned it down non stop..

  • 1 decade ago

    NOT he call himself great,but for his great wisdom he was greatest,

    there is no such record founded,where he claims that he is great.

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