(Hinduism, Sanskrit)

Krishna's incarnation, at the end of Dvapara-yuga, for compiling the Vedas. Also known as Vyasa, he was the seventeenth purusha incarnation of the Lord Vishnu, and is described in the Srimad Bhagavatam, thus:

"tatah saptadashe jatah
satyavatyam parasharat
cakre veda-taroh shakha
drishtva pumso 'lpa-medhasah

Thereafter, in the seventeenth incarnation of Godhead, Sri Vyasadeva appeared in the womb of Satyavati through Parashara Muni, and he divided the one Veda into several branches and sub-branches, seeing that the people in general where less intelligent."

Bhag., Canto 1, Ch. 3, Text 21

"kalena milita-dhiyam avamrishya nrinam
stokayusham sva-nigamo bata dura-parah
avirhitas tv anuyugam sa his satyavatyam
veda-drumam vita-pasho vibhajishyati sma

The Lord Himself in His incarnation as the son of Satyavati [Vyasadeva] will consider his compilation of the Vedic literature to be very difficult for the less intelligent persons with short life, thus He will divide the tree of Vedic knowledge into different branches, according to the circumstance of the particular age."

Bhag., Canto 2, Ch. 7, Text 36

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