Today, the full moon day (Purnima) of Ashadh (July) is celebrated as Guru Purnima and we pay respects to our Gurus. But many don’t know that Guru Purnima coincides with the birthday of Sage Veda Vyaasa.
Every scripture of Indian culture begins with adoring salutations to Bhagavan Sri Veda Vyāsa. The very name invokes such reverential sentiment and stirs widespread awe. A great Guru, seer, is considered as incarnation of Lord Vishnu, is considered as one of the seven Chiranjeevis (immortals) who lives for the welfare of the world. He exemplifies righteousness and perfection.
Veda Vyāsa is an ocean of knowledge and is considered the origin and the source all our scriptures. He divided and arranged the single Veda into four Vedas. He authored the eighteen Puranas. He is the author of the great epic Mahabharata, which contains the Bhagavad Gita, the crown jewel of Hindu scriptures and the most chanted Vishnu Sahasranama.
Veda Vyaasa, son of Paraashara, grandson of Sage Shakti, great-grandson of Sage Vasishtha.
A shloka that commemorates all of them:
व्यासं वसिष्टनप्तारं शक्तेः पौत्रमकल्मषं पराशरात्मजं वन्दे शुकतातं तपोनिधिम् ||
Vyaasam Vasishtanaptaaram Shakteh pautramakalmasham, Paraasharaatmajam vande Shukataatam taponidhim ||
“I salute Sage Vyasa, the great grandson of Sage Vasishtha, the grandson of sage Shakti, the son of sage Parashar and the father of Sage Shuka and who is (by Himself) an abode of “tapas” and who is blemishless.”
व्यासाय विष्णुरूपाय व्यास रूपाय विष्णवे नमोवै ब्रह्म निधये वासिष्ठाय नमो नमः ||
Vyaasaaya Vishnu roopaaya Vyaasa roopaaya Vishnave, namovai Brahma nidhaye Vaasishthaya namo namah ||
“I bow to Vyaasa, who is the treasure house of Brahma Jnana, who is verily one with Vishnu, who is in the form of Vishnu and to Vishnu who is in the form of Vyaasa. Salutations to him again and again, who is an abode of the Vedas and who is of the lineage of Vasistha.”