Posted by: Venkat | March 20, 2008

Gita Dhyana Sloka 2

namo ‘stu te vyasa visala-buddhe
phullaravindayata-patra-netra
yena tvaya bharata-taila-purnah
prajvalito jnana-mayah pradipah

word to word meaning:
namostu te : Obeisance to thee; vyasa: O Vyasa!; vishala- (of)extensive
(mighty); buddhe- intellect; netra- (with) eyes; phulla- (as that of a)
large fully blossomed; aravindayata- (like) lotus; patra- petal of; (and)
yena- it (was); tvaya-(by) thee; pradeepa- (the)lamp ; gnanamaya- (of)
wisdom; prajvalita:- (was) lit ;purna: -filled with; taila- oil;
bharata- (which is) Mahabharata

“Obeisance to thee, O Vyasa, of might intellect, with eyes large as
as a  petal of a fully blossomed Lotus  , and it was by thee the lamp of
wisdom was lit filled with the oil that is Mahabharata”

Dhyana sloka 2 refers to Vyasa. Vyasa was a colossus among our
rishis. He is the greatest of writers of all times. He rearranged and
edited the Chaturvedas, wrote the Mahabharata, The eighteen puranas
and the Bhagavata. Who was he ?

Vishnusahansranamam:sloka 2

vyasam vashishta naphtaram sakte poutramakalmasham
parasaratmajam vande sukhadatam taponidhim

“I salute the faultless Vyasa, of great spiritual wealth, the great
grandson of Maharishi Vashishta, grandson of Rishi Sakthi, son of
Rishi Parasara, and father of Rishi Sukha.”

vyasaya vishnu rupaya vysa rupaya vishnave
namo vaibrahmanidhaye vashishtaya namo nama:

“I pray Vyasa, who is Vishnu rupa and Vishnu , who is Vyasa rupa, who
is the descendant of Vashishta and who is the storehouse of brahmanic
knowledge.”

Bhagavata states that Vyasa is the seventeenth incarnation of Maha
Vishnu.

It was Vyasa whose blessing gave pregnancies to Amaba and Ambika
wifes of Chitrangata and Vichtraveerya who were respective fathers of
Dhrutharashtra and Pandu. Amba closed her eyes on seeing the long
bearded Vyasa and she got a blind child. Ambika became freightened
and as a result Pandu was unfit to rule. A maid welcomed Vyasa
knowing his worth and prayed for a child. That son was Vidura- one of
the wisest of the palace elders. One way Vyasa was the forefather of
all Pandavas and Kouravas.

narayanam namaskruthya naram chaiva narottamam
deveem saraswateem vyasam tatho jayamudeerayet

Read ( the Gita or the Mahabharata)by prostrating first before
Narayana, then the greatest of humans Arjuna, then Devi Saraswati and
finally Vyasa.
Guru in general refers to Vyasa only unless particularly mentioned.
Vyasa blessed Sankara by first choosing to argue with him about
Brahmasutra. When Sankara, seeing the old man’s extensive wisdom, and
the endless train of sound questions which he had to face , (which he
had never encountered in his life), finally only came to know he was
none other than Vyasa. Vyasa reportedly told that he wanted Sankara
to write a Bhashya for the Brahmasutra and this visit was just a
primer towards that.

Similarly Vyasa was the Direct Guru of Sri Maddhwa, the proponent of
Dwaita siddhanta.

Vyasa is said to live in his Sookshma sareera (subtle body) even to
this day like Hanuman, Narada, Sri Raghavendra and a host of other
Rishis. A beautiful account of this is given in Pandit Sriram
Acharya’s autobiography, posted in <www.awgp.org> . Sriram Sharmaji
was a supreme saint who came face to face with the Rishis living in
Himalayas in their subtle body.

Hare Krishna

Venkat


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