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Vyasa (Sanskrit: व्यास, vyāsa, literally “Compiler”) is a central and revered figure in most Hindu traditions. He is also sometimes called Veda Vyāsa (वेदव्यास, veda-vyāsa, "the one who classified the Vedas") or Krishna Dvaipāyana (referring to his complexion and birthplace). He is the author of the Mahabharata, as well as a character in it. He is considered to be the scribe of both the Vedas and Puranas.

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Why did Vyasa depict different Supreme Gods in different Puranas?

I see that many people (including me) remain confused about who is the Supreme God. The main reason for confusion is that in different Puranas, different Gods are shown as Supreme God, e.g., in Shiva ...
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Ashvatthaman's immortality?

I'm puzzled by Ashvatthaman's status as a chiranjivi. Not necessarily that he is one, but more the circumstances surrounding it. To wit, Ashvatthaman is made to wander the earth endlessly for 3000 ...
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Why did Vedvyasa mention his shishya Jaimini's opinion/saying in Brahma Sutra?

I started reading the BrahmaSutra and have completed 1.2. I found Vedavyasa mentions Jaimini in his sutra: साक्षादप्यविरोधं जैमिनिः।।1.2.28।। Jaimini (declares that there is) no contradiction ...
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Who all were the different Ved-Vyas?

We all know that the Mahabharat was written by Ved-Vyas, but what many of us don't know is that Ved-Vyas was not the name of the person but the title. This title is given to the one who add/modify/...
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Original Ramayana and Mahabharata [closed]

Was the name "Ramayana" given to Ramayana by sage Valmiki or is it people who just call it by that name? If not, then what was the name given by Valmiki? Is the Ramayana book written by the sage ...
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Can the Devi Bhagavatam and Srimad Bhagavatam co-exist?

As we all know, Srimad Bhagavatam is regarded as the best of the Mahapuranas. It is also the most famous and widely commented upon scripture. But we also have the Devi Bhagavata, which calls itself a ...
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Why do Vedas have śākhās? Are all of them apauruṣeyā?

This table lists the Vedas and their extant śākhās under the Saṃhitā column. My question has to do with the śākhās. Note that the bracketed terms in the Saṃhitā column are names of the ...
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Why do the Vedas need to be recompiled every Dvāpara Yuga?

As I discuss in this answer, how the Vedas originated is that from time immemorial, sages known as Dṛṣṭas (literally seers) have heard sacred verses (mantras) directly from the gods during a state of ...
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Why Nãrãyana (Vishnu) had to pray Rudra (Shiva) to obtain supreme powers? (excerpt from Mahãbhãrata)

Lots of questions can be spawned from this 'never before read' Mahãbhãrata story, but above is the major one. Until now my perception was that, Nãrãyana was an equivalent God to Shiva and does not ...
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Why is there a huge difference regarding the liberation of Parikshit in the Mahabharata and the Bhagavatam?

The Mahabharata, one of the two Itihasas, begins with the tale of the Sarpa Satra of King Janamejaya, during which the epic was narrated to him by Janamejaya. The Sarpa Satra was a 12-year Yajna ...
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Is there a list of the 8800 difficult verses of the Mahabharat?

Mahabharat is the world's largest poem containing around one lakh (100000) verses composed by Vedavyasa. Because writing such a large text is a difficult task Vedavyasa took the help of lord Ganesha ...
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Were Kauravas and Pandavas the biological decendants of Vyasa?

This confusion came into my mind after watching Ekta Kapoor's 'Kahani Mahabharat Ki..' TV serial. I saw this story that Rishi Vyasa was the biological father of Dhitarashtra and Pandu, or something ...
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Was Valmiki (writer of Ramayana) 24th Vyasa?

Vishnu Purana: English Translation: (Source) In the twenty-fourth, Riksha (also can be written as Riksh or Ruksh or Ruksha), the descendant of Bhrigu, who is known also by the name Válmíki Kurma ...
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Why is the Bhagavata Purana considered the foremost of all puranas?

The Bhagavata Purana is considered to be the purest and greatest of all the Puranas. The great Sage Veda Vyasa was credited to have authored Srimad Bhagavatam. Srimad means "beautiful" or &...
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Why did Vyasa seek the help of Lord Ganesha?

It is widely known that Mahabharata was written by Lord Ganesha under the dictation of Sage Vyasa. Quoting from Wikipedia: The first section of the Mahabharata states that it was Ganesha who ...
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What is the story of Badarayana Vyasa?

We know that present Vyasa is Krishna Dwaipayana. There is a detail about him in Mahabharata. But who is Badarayana Vyasa and what is his story? In which mahayuga was he the Vyasa?
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Where does Vyasa say this shlokha in the Mahabharata?

In which parva and in what context does Vyasa say the following shlokha in the Mahabharata? You can listen to it here: https://clyp.it/bqm01ao5, I tried transliterating it as below. yasmin ...
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Do we have any record of events in any previous Kaliyuga?

We know that at the end of every Dwapara yuga, Vyasa compiles the events of the yugas into various puranas. These puranas sometimes contains stories and other details about Kritayuga, Dwapara Yuga and ...
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Is Veda Vyasa still alive? If yes, where is he? How can one recognize him?

Some people say that Veda Vyasa is still alive with his body in the Himalayas. When I searched, I found this link. It is stated here also. But where can we find him and how can we recognize him? It ...
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What script did Ganesha write the Mahabharata in?

The first chapter of the Adi Parva of the Mahabharata describes how Vyasa dictated the Mahabharata to Ganesha, who wrote it down: Brahma said. 'I esteem thee for thy knowledge of divine mysteries, ...
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What scriptures describe Vyasa's son Shuka creating a duplicate of himself?

It's well-known that the Mahabharata and the Srimad Bhagavatam have apparent discrepancies in regard to Vyasa's son Shuka. In particular, this chapter of the Shanti Parva of the Mahabharata describes ...
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Who wrote or composed (put together) the Puranas?

I want to know who has written our Puranas? Where in our scriptures, is it mentioned about the author? Are the Puranas created and composed ('put together out of existing material') by the same person(...
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Why is Yajurveda classified as Krishna and Shukla?

As we know, One single Veda is divided into four Vedas. Rig Veda SamaVeda Yajur Veda Atharva Veda (Believed to be divided later) Vedas were divided by Krishna Dwaipayana on the basis of the usage of ...
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Discrepancy in the timeline of compilation of the Srimad Bhagavatam and the Mahabharata

According to the Mahabharata, it seems that all the eighteen Puranas were compiled by Rishi Vyasa before the Mahabharata itself was written: aṣṭādaśapurāṇānāṃ śravaṇād yat phalaṃ bhavet | tat ...
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Who edited the Puranas?

Wikipedia says this The content is highly inconsistent across the Puranas, and each Purana has survived in numerous manuscripts which are themselves inconsistent.[4] The Hindu Maha Puranas are ...
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Why is it believed Brahma Sutras were written by Rishi Ved Vyasa?

Brahma Sutras is a very famous text and the main text in the Vedanta tradition and it is believed they were written by Rishi Ved Vyasa, but there are points which say they were not written by Rishi ...
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When were the Vedas classified into four?

It is said that Veda was one and later Vyasa arranged it into four ( rig sama yaju atharva) and then propagated through his pupil and hence we got shakhaas etc. What was time when vedas were ...
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Are Narada and Vyasa incarnations of Lord Vishnu?

It is said that Vyasa is the Jnana Avatar of Vishnu Bhagawan. Narada is said to be an avatar of Lord Vishnu. How far is this true?
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Looking for scriptural source that introduce Brahmanas

I know about Brahmanas (ब्राह्मण ग्रंथ) as described at BharatDiscovery, what they are, how they originated, part of Vedas, association with Samhita, Shakha etc. I mentioned them in some of my posts ...
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Is Ramashtakam an independent work of Vyasa or part of a Purana?

Ramashtakam which you can listen here on YouTube, is an octet on Lord Rama and is attributed to Vyasa. It also ends with the following: Ramashtakam padathi ya sukaram supunyam, Vyasena ...
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Which scripture says Krishna Dwaipayana Vyasa was born on Asad Purnima?

It is believed that Vyasa was born on Asad Purnima. That's the reason Asad Purnima is known as Vyasa Purnima. But, which scripture says Krishna Dwaipayana Vyasa was born on Asad Purnima?
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What is the geneology of Krishna Dvaipayana Vyasa?

I believe "Vyasa" just means "editor". Are his ancestors mentioned? Were they all "vyasa"s?
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Which sage will learn the Vishnu Purana at the end of the Kali Yuga?

The sage Krishna Dvaipayana Vedavyasa (or Vyasa for short) is generally viewed as the author of the 18 Puranas. But actually the sage Parashara, Vyasa's father, authored two of them, the Vishnu ...
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How do the Bhagavad Gita and the Brahma Sutras refer to each other?

The most popular school of Hindu philosophy is the Vedanta school, which bases its tenets on the doctrines laid out in the Brahma Sutras, a work by Vyasa which summarizes and systematizes the ...
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Where does the Devi Bhagavata Mahapurana state that it is the best among the 18 main Puranas?

The importance of the Devi Bhagavata Mahapurana can be ascertained from the following two passages: The Srimad Devi Bhagavatam, also known as Devi Purana, was composed into 12 chapters, ...
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When and why did Lord Shiva punish Vedavyasa?

Shiva Purana Rudra Samhita says Lord Shiva expelled Vedavyasa from Kashi and got him punished through Nandi. O goddess, for the sake of a devotee, I angrily expelled Vyāsa when he had a vicious ...
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English or Hindi translation of Vyasa Smriti

Is there any site or way to get a pdf or epub of Hindi/English translation of Vyasa Smriti? I have searched many sites and couldn't find it. Please if someone has it kindly provide a link.
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Was Rishi Vyasa the great grandson of Rishi Vashishtha?

The wiki articles on the following 4 Rishis says that: Rishi Shakti was the son of Rishi Vashishtha (to whom the text Yoga Vashishtha - a conversation between him and Shri Rama is ascribed), Shakti's ...
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Why does the Bhagavata Purana say Vyasa incarnated before Rama?

Bhagavatam describes supreme personality of godhead incarnated as Vyasa before Rama: SB 1.3.21 Thereafter, in the seventeenth incarnation of Godhead, Śrī Vyāsadeva appeared in the womb of ...
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If Vyasa is Vishnu's Incarnation, Will Ashvatthama who's the next Vyasa, will he be considered as Vishnu's Incarnation?

As per the respective shloka, from Vishnu Sahasranama Stotram:- व्यासाय विष्णुरूपाय व्यासरूपाय विष्णवे । Which means vyasa is vishnu's form and vice-versa. But If veda-vyasa is a title given to a ...
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Has Veda Vyasa seen Lord Krishna?

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, ...
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What work of Vyasa says the Vedas were taught to Brahma through the heart?

Vidyaranya, aka Madhavacharya (not to be confused with the Dvaita philosopher Madhvacharya), was a famous Advaitin philosopher who was the Shankaracharya of Sringeri and the brother of Sayana, the ...
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Why Dhritarastra is not called Vyasa's son?

In Vyasa Mahabharata Pandavas are repeatedly called "the son of Dharma", "the son of Shakra", "twins of Ashwinis". However, Dhritarastra is always called "son of ...
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Are there mention of Zodiac signs in Mahabharata?

Are there mention of Zodiac signs by name, in Mahabharata? If yes please cite the verses.
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Were Krishna and Vyasa able to see (not imagine) future?

According to some scenes in Star Plus Mahabharata and BR Chopra's Mahabharata (a TV series), it looks like both of them (Krishna and Vyasa) could see future. Did it actually happen in Vyasa Mahbharat?
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How did Vyasa become immortal?

Vyasa is one of the 7 chiranjeevis or immortals. He is considered to be the author of Mahabharata. How did he become immortal?
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How was King Shantanu able to give Bhishma boon of icchamrityu(death at self will) when he was neither God nor Sage?

Iccha mrityu sounds like a very heavy vardaan but Shantanu was able to give it despite being a mere mortal King. He was neither a sage with high ascetic merit nor a Deva or part of trinity. Various ...
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