|Snippets of information - Mahabaratham|
Jan 23, 2015
Source: The Mahabaratha, Adi Parva, translated into English
prose from the original Sanskrit text by Pratap Chandra Roy, C. I. E.
Vyasa executed the compilation of the Bharata,
originally in twenty-four thousand verses. Afterwards, he composed
an epitome in one hundred and fifty verses, consisting of the
introduction with the chapter of contents. This he first taught to his
son Suka ; and afterwards he gave it to others of his disciples who were
possessed of the same qualifications. After that he executed another
compilation, consisting of six hundred thousand verses. Of those, thirty
hundred thousand are known in the world of the Devas ; fifteen hundred
thousand in the world of the Pitris : fourteen hundred thousand among
Gandharvas, and one hundred thousand in the regions of mankind.
Narada recited them to the Deves, Devala to the Pitris, and Suka
published them to the Ganclharvas, Yakshas, and Rakshasas and in this
world they were recited by Vaisampayana, one of the disciples of Vyasa, a
man of just principles and the first among all those acquainted with
Source: Page 6
Vyasa was born of Satyavati through Parasara. And
because he was born in an island, he was called Dwaipayana (Dwaipa or
island-born). He compiled the 4 Vedas and for this he came to be called Vyasa (the arranger or compiler).
Source: Page 142
The epic Mahabaratha was composed by sage Veda Vyasa.
Vyasar was also known as Krishna-Dwaipayana (because of his dark
complexion) & Veda Vyasa (because he had classified the four Vedas)