It is said that Lord Krishna was a human being with qualities of God, thus Lord Krishna has a special place in sanatana dharma. I would like to understand, if Veday Vyasa has written Mahabharata, whether he has seen Lord Krishna and therefore he was able to write so much about Lord Krishna in Mahabharata and later in Bhagavatham. I also have read that Veda Vyasa is also known as 'Krishna Dwaipayan'. Does it mean that Veda Vyasa himself is krishna?

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    The name 'Krishna Dwaipayan' has nothing to with Lord Krishna. It was just that he was dark in complexion so the name Krishna which means Dark and as he was born on an Island therefore the name Dwaipayan which means born on a dweep(island)
    – Aby
    Aug 9 '15 at 6:06
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    Krishna and Vyasa met on several occasions in the course of the Mahabharata, but that had nothing to do with Vyasa's composition of the Mahabharata and the Srimad Bhagavatam. Vyasa was able to compose these and other works because he was a Trikalajnani, i.e. one wh can see past, present, and future. It's similar to how Valmiki met Rama and Sita, but that isn't what gave him knowledge of Rama's life; see my answer here: hinduism.stackexchange.com/a/760/36 Aug 9 '15 at 6:17
  • @Aby I am enlightened about 'Krishna Dwaipayan' now. Thanks.
    – KurioZ7
    Aug 9 '15 at 6:22
  • @Keshav: Information about meeting of Vyasa and Krishna is new to me. It is a little hard to believe that Krishna had nothing to do with the Mahabharata or Bhagavatam, because the story contains the very Lord krishna who you are saying, Veda Vyasa met!.
    – KurioZ7
    Aug 9 '15 at 6:27
  • @KurioZ7 It's just like how Rama and Valmiki met, but their meeting had nothing to do with causing Valmiki to compose the Ramayana. Aug 9 '15 at 7:51

Yes. Vyasa saw and met Sri Krishna many times but this wasn't how Vyasa wrote Mahabharata. One such meeting happened during Brahmastra episode of Arjuna and Aswathama. Indeed, Kauravas are biological descendants of Vyasa.

Vyasa with his Trikaladarshi powers analyzed Vedas and taught Puranas to his disciples. Here is what Chapter one of Adi Parva of Mahabharata says:

The son of Satyavati having, by penance and meditation, analysed the eternal Veda, afterwards composed this holy history, when that learned Brahmarshi of strict vows, the noble Dwaipayana Vyasa, offspring of Parasara, had finished this greatest of narrations, he began to consider how he might teach it to his disciples.

Similarly, later Vyasa dictated Slokas of Mahabharata to Ganesha and Ganesha composed them as discussed here. Refer this answer to know about Jaya, Bharata and Mahabharta in detail.

Vedavyasa is Avatar of Lord Vishnu. He was named "Krishna Dwaipayana" as he was born on island and black in complexion. Adiparva of Mahabharata says

And it was thus that Vyasa was born of Satyavati through Parasara. And because he was born in an island, he was called Dwaipayana (Dwaipa or islandborn). And the learned Dwaipayana, beholding that virtue is destined to become lame by one leg each yuga (she having four legs in all) and that the period of life and the strength of men followed the yugas, and moved by the desire of obtaining the favour of Brahman and the Brahmanas, arranged the Vedas. And for this he came to be called Vyasa (the arranger or compiler).

Since Krishna Dwaipayana Vyasa is Vishnu and Krishna is also Vishnu, you can consider Vyasa as Krishna though they differ in some qualities or attributes.

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