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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 the
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 the Vedas.

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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).

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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)