Vyasa


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Vyasa

 

(also known as Veda-Vyasa, arranger of the Vedas; as Dvaipayana, the islander; and as Krishna, the black one), ancient Indian legendary poet and sage. Authorship of the Mahabharata is ascribed to Vyasa, as is the systematization of the Vedic hymns and authorship of the puranas VedantaSutra (aphorisms of vedantic philosophy) and other works of ancient Indian literature. Vyasa speaks out as a character in the Mahabharata. In legends about Vyasa characteristics of many poets and sages of ancient India have apparently merged.

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There are various perspectives from which to view the work of Vyasa. Suppose we read this as a human saga, his Mahabharata is indeed a glorious work.
It is presented, at least in its principal bhasya (attributed to a certain Vyasa)--a bhasya that in nearly all manuscripts, printed or handwritten, appears with the sutrapatha--as a samana-tantra ('common tradition'), or, perhaps better, as a samkhya-pravacana (an 'explanation of Samkhya'), in other words, a classical system of Indian philosophy (darsana).
Five actors offer their recollections of the collaborations, and Carriere provides a fascinating delineation of the work's ultimate dramatic structure and the choices needed to achieve it: Vyasa acting as both the father of all characters and the narrator; scenes written with characters who never meet in the original poem; plans for use of an archaic language dropped for fear of inappropriate association with the Western Middle Ages.
Palakkad (Kerala) [India], Jan 26 ( ANI ): Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh (RSS) chief Mohan Bhagwat on Friday unfurled the national flag at the Vyasa Vidya Peethom School at Palakkad in Kerala on the occasion of 69th Republic Day.
213-14; 12.23.2ab), (43) Vyasa opens a foray that leads to three exchanges with Yudhisthira in six adhyayas (12.23-28), reinforcing Arjuna's topics, but with a different kind of voice.
Authorship of the poem is traditionally ascribed to the sage Vyasa, although it is more likely that he compiled existing material.
Summary: Palakkad (Kerala) [India] Jan 26 (ANI): The principal of Kerala's Vyasa Vidya Peethom School, where Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh (RSS) chief Mohan Bhagwat unfurled the tricolor today, blamed the state government of implementing rules for hoisting a tricolour to fulfill its political interests.
After asserting that this challenge "to change ourselves" is sustained "through the allegories and images of the poet" and "taken for granted by subsequent commentators," Woods ends the same paragraph with another footnote that culls from Swami Prabhavananda's The Spiritual Heritage of India (Hollywood: Vedanta Press, 1979), 94 a quote from the ninth-century literary critic Anandavardhana to the effect that the epic teaches such values as renunciation, dharma, peace, and salvation and that "Vyasa himself remarks that he has sung the glory of the Lord and that his epic is the Narayana Katha, 'The Story of the Lord', and thus clearly indicating what the message of his epic is: for the story of the Pandavas is only an occasion, the purpose being to reveal the greatness of the Lord" (p.
Legendary Indian sage who is traditionally credited with composing or compiling the Mahabharata, a collection of legendary and didactic poetry worked around a central heroic narrative (the name Vyasa is Sanskrit for "arranger" or "compiler").