Guru Purnima is dedicated to Ved Vyaasji.
I am going to introduce to you one of the greatest writers of Ancient India.
His name is Ved Vyaas.
He was very learned and a great Scholar.
Ved Vyaas was born about 1200 to 950 B.C. He collected all the Vedic Hyms and gave them a standard form and accent. Because of his great work he came to be known as Veda Vyasa ( the person who divided and codified the Vedas ).
Ved Vyaas wrote the ‘Mahabharata’
The teaching of Mahabharata can be summed up as ” Yato dharmah tato jayah.” ie Where ever there is righteousness there will be victory.
The Geeta is a part of the Mahabharata.
In fact it is said that if the book of the Mahabhaarata can be compared to a necklace, then the Bhaagvad Geeta is the beautiful pendant.
Despite the fact that Ved Vyaasji had written so many great books, he was very dejected.
Naaradji told Ved Vyaas the reason for his dejection.
Naaradji told Ved Vyaasji that even though the Sage had written about great truths, he needed to feel love, and spread it.
Krishna is full of love mischief and fun.
So Naaradji asked Ved-Vyaasji to write a book about Shri Krishna and His life.
Only then would Ved Vyaasji feel happy and have a peace of mind.
So Ved Vyaasji wrote the Great Puraana: The Shrimad Bhaagvad.
The Shrimad Bhaagvad is considered ‘Narain-Svaroop’ The Lord God Himself.
In the Shrimad Bhaagvad there are the stories of the Great Incarnations of God.
Incarnation means when God takes birth in the form of a Human Being.
Sri Krishna and Sri Ram are 2 of the Incarnations of Lord Vishnu.
In the Shrimad Bhaagvad 20 Incarnations have been mentioned.
If you would like to become acquainted with the 20 Avtaars of the Lord, Click: Avataars
Some more information on Ved Vyaasji:
- Ved Vyaas was the child of sage Parasara and a fisherwomen named Satyavati.
- Ved Vyaas was named Krishna because of his dark complexion. Because of his tapasya at Badrinath he was also called Badarayana.
- Vyaasji was born on the full moon day (Purnima) of the month of Asadh (Hindu Calendar). Hindus have special significance for the full moon day. ‘Purnima’ signifies complete illumination and Vyasa Purnima signifies spiritual illumination. Vyasa is considered to be the Guru of all time. The day that Vyaasji is born is therefore called Guru Purnima and not merely Vyas Purnima.
The Cave of Ved Vyaasji
Mother (River Saraswati)
The River ‘dissolves or dissapears’ in Alakhnanda and reappears in Dev Prayaag
The Pandavas and Draupadi came across this river, on their way to Swarg (Heaven) and were frightened at the flow and hence were hesitant to cross the Mighty River Saraswati. Bheem placed a part of mountain or big stone and created a way. It is called Bheem Pul (Bridge)