Maharshi Veda Vyasa was born on a full moon day in the month of Ashadha (July- August). The day is now known as Guru poornima or Vyasa poornima. He edited and compiled the four Veds, wrote 18 Purans, the Mahabharat and the Srimad Bhagwata Gita. The 18 major purans alone have approximately four million verses, One of his most influential texts on philosophy is the Brahma Sutra, a short metaphysical work of 550 short sentences. Vyasa is a word synonymous with both scriptural knowledge and experience. The seat from which a guru or master delivers a talk is still called ‘ Vyasa Peeth’ as homage to Maharshi Vyasa.
Vyasa was a love child born of a Rishi and a fisher girl. Once his father, Sage Parasara, grand son of the great Sage Vasishta (one of the ancestral Sapta Rishis or Seven Sages of Hinduism), wanted to cross the Yamuna . The boatman was having lunch just then, so his daughter Matsyagandhi rowed the Sage across instead. So charmed was he by her beauty that he created clouds of mist around the boat and the couple fulfilled their desire. The child of a Rishi is born instantly according to Hindu myth.
A dark complexioned son was born in nine seconds to the couple on an island (Dvipam) in the river. They called Krishna Dvaipayana, the ‘Dark One Born on an Island’. He taught the Vedas to his pupils with ardent devotion and dedication, he fathered four famous sons, Pandu, Dhritarashtra, Vidura and Sukhdeva. Veda Vyasa received knowledge from great sages like Vasudeva and Sanakadika. He described that the most important goal in one's life is to attain Narayana or the Divine Supreme.