Enticed by her beauty, Parashar felt a strong surge of attraction rise within him. He recalled the blessing of Shiva: ‘you shall be the father of a meritorious son’.
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There are two different views regarding his birthplace. One suggests that he was born in the Tanahun district in western Nepal. Vyas municipality of Tanahun district in Gandaki State is named after his birthplace.
Determined to live the life of an ascetic, Vyasa left, but promised Satyavati he would return if she ever needed him.
Hindus take away many lessons from Vyasa’s life, first and foremost being his determination to serve and look after the welfare of others.
Technically, it was Lord Ganesha who wrote down all of Ved Vyasa’s literacy under Vyasa’s dictation. Ved Vyasa is credited with having scripted the Vedic knowledge into the written form with Ganesha as his scribe. He divided Vedic knowledge into 4 Vedas for easy comprehension. Such division was done once every few sages to make it easier for the people to grasp the spiritual knowledge. Ved Vyasa was divided the Vedas for the 28th time.
This version of Vyasa's birth is suitable for telling to children only. For the real story read the Mahabharata, Adiparvan, 104.6-15 where Satyavati narrates to Bhishma the story of Vyasa's birth. She tells him in no uncertain terms that when she was taking Parashara across in a boat, Parashara, overcome by lust, overpowered her against her will and created a fog around them (presumably so that no one could see what was going on). This version must by authentic because it was written by Vyasa himself...
Parashar knew it was the right time for him to become one. He expressed the desire for copulation to Satyavati. Having come of age, Satyavati too found herself in the grip of carnal urges. But she was in a dilemma, for the repercussions of the act would last a lifetime. But if she denied the sage, he could angrily topple the boat or curse her with an ill prophecy.
On the request of his mother, Vyas fathered Dhritrashtra and Pandu, the future kings of Hastinapur, along with Vidura – who was born to the queens’ lady-in-waiting and grew up to be an astute scholar and advisor to the kings.
Remembering Vyasa’s promise, Satyavati called upon her first-born and asked him to beget children with the widows of her dead sons. Vyasa agreed, and thus conceived a son with each of the widows, as well as one with a maidservant, producing three sons in total, before returning to his asceticism.
In every third world age (Dvapara), Vishnu, in the person of Vyasa, in order to promote the good of mankind, divides the Veda, which is properly but one, into many portions. Observing the limited perseverance, energy, and application of mortals, he makes the Veda four-fold, to adapt it to their capacities; and the bodily form which he assumes, in order to effect that classification, is known by the name of Veda-Vyasa. Of the different Vyasas in the present Manvantara and the branches which they have taught, you shall have an account.
Though dedicated to his spiritual practice, when his mother and the world needed his help to bring stability to the kingdom by producing an heir, he set aside his personal commitments, did what was requested of him, and then returned to his renounced lifestyle without asking for anything in return.
Society still considers flings like the one between Satyavati and Rishi Parashar immoral. They are secrets that are let out as confessions with anonymous names and faces. We may live in a different yug but a child born outside the wedlock is still called a mistake. Such conceptions are terminated in the womb itself more often than not. Even if they are birthed, they live with baggage of social taboo.
Vyas, also known as Veda Vyasa, is the legendary author of the world’s bulkiest epic Mahabharata as well as the ancient Vedas and Puranas. He is a well-known mythical figure. The Chiranjivi (immortal) sage whose birthday is celebrated as the festival of Guru Purnima. But not many know the answers to pertinent questions about Veda Vyasa history – When was Veda Vyasa born?, Who is Veda Vyasa in Mahabharata?, and Who are the parents of Rishi Vyasa? – to name a few. Let’s explore the tale of Veda Vyasa birth to find out:
Hindu texts say Vyasa was born during a period of time known as Dvapara Yuga, which is said to have ended roughly 5,000 years ago. According to the Vedas, time is cyclical, divided into four ages, or Yugas called Satya, Treta, Dvapara, and Kali (the Yuga we’re in now).
The Vedas, translated as “knowledge” in Sanskrit, are a collection of hymns presenting key Hindu teachings regarding the Divine. Deemed eternal truths, the Vedas were passed down via an oral tradition for thousands of years before Veda Vyasa is believed to have compiled them in written form. It is said the philosophy of the Vedas was further developed and explained by Vyasa in the Puranas and the Mahabharata (which also includes the Bhagavad Gita — known as the “Song of God”).
Quickly rowing to the nearest bank, Parashar built a bushy hideout, removed from the village area. He also promised her that her virginity would remain intact after the act. Assured by the sage and his divine powers, Satyavati birthed him a son in the bushy hide-out without anyone’s knowledge.