गुरू पौर्णिमा

Today is Vyas Jayati, the birth anniversary of Krishna Dwaipayana Vyasa; the original teacher’s day, which we have been celebrating for more than 5000 years.

Every bit of Hinduism’s knowledge has been touched by Vyasa, he has been credited with restructuring Vedas, arranging Brahmanas, Aranyakas, and Upanishads in each Vedas.

He also wrote Brahma-Sutras, in order to avoid the feeling of disconnect among the various scriptures, so that readers can understand the common-theme or flow in these scriptures.

After doing all this work, he realized that all this knowledge is only available for the people who are inclined towards it. 

So, in order to help regular people, he collected stories from various parts of India, wrote them into 18 Puranas, which forms the backbone of spiritual progress in the initial stages.

If all this was not enough, he wrote Mahabharata, the longest poem ever, which also includes Bhagavad Gita.

This way, Ved Vyasa has created an ‘ocean of knowledge’, and if we could read and understand ‘one drop’ out of it, it would be an achievement for our lifetime. 

The work he did in his lifetime, is not something a human could do, and this is the reason he is also called a Dnyana-Avatar.

The main goal of his work was to make it easy for the future generations, and we are ‘one of those’ future generations, so as a tribute to his work, as a ‘Guru Dakshina’, lets, at least try to study whatever we can understand.