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Shri Vedavyasa

Shri Vedavyasa, the greatest author the mankind has ever seen, is regarded more as a rishi than an incarnation of Lord Vishnu. In fact he is regarded as a partial avatar and is one among 22 avatars of Lord Vishnu. All puranas have praised him as Lord Vishnu’s incarnation and Shiva Purana mentions that Lord Shiva had requested Lord Vishnu to assume this avatar to preserve and propagate the holy word that is Vedas. Shri Adi Shankaracharya worships him as Lord Vishnu while Shri Madhwacharya giving his mantra states that by worshipping Shri Vyasa alone one will get all round knowledge.  Shri Vyasa’s message to the humanity is, “by helping fellow human beings one will get ‘punya’ and by troubling, one will earn the sin!” Shri Kashi Math has Shri Vyasa as one of the presiding deities. Shrimat Sudhindra Tirth Swamiji of Shri Kashi Math has constructed temples in Haridwar and Kalpi (the birth place of Shri Vyasa, near Kanpur in Uttar Pradesh) in memory of the great contributions Shri Vyasa had made in the field of sacred literature of India. Guru Poornima is associated with Shri Vyasa who is regarded as Adi Guru to all the sages and saints and sanyasis. (pic. Shri Vyasa in Kashi Math)  

From Shri Vyasaji’s Pen

About 5,000 years ago a sage was born. He was not an ordinary sage but a sage of sages.  Because of his dark complexion he was named Krishna and because he was born in an island  near Kaalpi in the River Yamuna, his name bore an addition of Dwaipayana. Although he was Krishna Dwaipayana, later on, on account of his yeoman services for the preservation and propagation of Vedas he got the title of Vedavyasa. Even to-day he is known and worshipped by this name itself. Besides 18 Puranas and  Brahmasutras,  Shri Vyas Dev composed Mahabharat, the longest epic the mankind has ever seen. This is a vast treasure house of knowledge known as the 5th  Veda. (pic. Infant Vyasa in the lap of mother Satyawati at Kalpi Temple) Here are some of the selected  quotations from his immortal pen:

“All that is told in a thousand holy books I shall narrate in half a sloka: Helping others will bring you punya and troubling others will get you sin.

 While in distress, for a man his wife alone is a good companion. 

Outstretching my arms, I hereby announce that from Dharma alone, Artha (wealth) and Kama (desires) can be gotten. But no one is in a mood to listen to me.

 People living in the Kaliyuga are the most fortunate ones. Because by chanting God’s name-kirtan-for one day and one night they will earn the same amount of punya that is equal to the punya earned by a person by performing devatarchan (worship of God) for one month in Dwapara Yuga, by performing yajna (sacrifice) for one year in Tretayuga and by performing tapas(austerities) for twelve years in Kritayuga.
(Pic : Kalpi, Shri Balvedavyasa Mandir)

  In Kaliyuga, the best way to earn God’s grace is only by chanting devotionally His name.

 Every living being has a right to live. May you be devoted to the welfare of all the living beings on this earth.

 In Brahmasutras, aphorisms, in the first four sutras Shri Vyas Dev  tells, “If one desires the liberation he has to know and understand God from whom the Universe came into being and who, and nobody else is the supporter of this universe and to know Him only the scriptures are the right means and there are  no other means to know Him better”.

 At the beginning of the Mahabharata, Shri Vyasa offers prayers to Lord  Narayana, and Lord Krishna, the Supreme Being and Arjuna, the hero among  human beings besides Mother Goddess Saraswati.

 In the concluding hymn of Shrimat Bhagwat Gita, it is stated that where there is Lord Krishna and where there is Arjuna carrying the bow, there will be victory, justice and wealth. Lord Krishna, indirectly means  God’s grace, and Arjuna with bow means  human efforts, and if we have both, then success will be ours.

 “Shri Vyasa touched upon all subjects known to human mind and if he has not touched  or missed any subjects  they are the ones that are not existing at all,”this is what the sages of ancient times had declared.