Ved Vyasa was one sage who gave the entire humanity a gigantic and everlasting storehouse of realism, spiritual knowledge and compassion through his literary works. Author of ‘Mahabharata’, he is also a character in the epic.
Believers hold that Sage Vyasa did his best to document the story as-it-is, and also at the same time, compressed the wisdom of Vedas in it.
Hindus refer to the events taking place during and preceding the ‘Mahabharata’ as itihaas or authentic history.
Ved Vyasa is credited with having scripted the Vedic knowledge into the written form with Ganesha as his scribe. He divided Vedic knowledge into 4 different Vedas for easy comprehension.
Such division was done once every few ages to make it easier for the people to grasp the spiritual knowledge. Ved Vyasa was dividing the Vedas for the 28th time.
Balrama and Krishna were the 19th and 20th respectively. All of these have been mentioned in ‘Srimad Bhagvatam’, which was composed by Ved Vyasa by the end of the Dwapar Yuga, just after he finished documenting ‘Mahabharata’.
The cave where he documented ‘Mahabharata’ still exists in the Himalayan country. Seen below is the location of Tanahu district in Nepal.
Seen below is the Vyasa Cave in Damauli in Nepal.
Satyavati, as a young woman, met the wandering sage Prashar while ferrying the latter across a river. The sage requested Satyavati to satisfy his sexual urges. She agreed only after he promised to bless her with the boon of ‘virginity intact’, lifelong youth and a bodily fragrance as strong as that of a musk deer.
Satyavati had two sons but eventually, both of them died one after the other. After the younger son, Vichitravirya died, Satyavati requested Ved Vyasa to perform niyoga on Ambika and Ambalika, the two widows.
Niyoga is an ancient Hindu ritual of impregnating (whether physically or by projecting spiritual energy is unknown) a woman at her request so as to help her bear a child in case the latter’s husband is dead or incapable of doing so.
This one sage is credited with having documented all Vedic knowledge in the form of Puranas, Upanishads and ‘Mahabharata’ during the entire length of Dwapara Yuga.
On Guru Purnima, celebrated to this day, disciples pray to their spiritual masters.
There is no historical record of Ved Vyasa after the early part of Kaliyuga. He is believed to have retreated to the mountains for meditation.
In the first Jataka tale, he is mentioned as Bodhisattva, with no mention of his Vedic works and in the second, he is said to have been closely associated with ‘Mahabharata’.