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Seer of the Fifth Veda: Krisna Dvaipayana vyasa in the Mahabharata

Bruce M. Sullivan (Author)
Synopsis Authorship of the great Sanskrit language epic poem of India, the Mahabharata, is attributed to the sage Krsna Dvaipayana Vyasa. This study focuses on the depiction of Vyasa in the Mahabharata, where he is an important character in the tale he is credited, with composing. Other scholars have interpreted Vyasa as an incarnation of Narayana Visnu. This study, however, demonstrates that he is so depicted only very rarely in the epic, and that elsewhere the Mahabharata portrays Vyasa as corresponding meaningfully with Brahma. Vyasa is, in fact, the earthly counterpart to Brahma in the Mahabharata, as Krsna is of Visnu, etc. The interpretation of Vyasa is enriched by the different perspectives provided by other literature, including dramas, Jataka tales, Arthasastra, and Puranas.
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Bruce M. Sullivan

Bruce M. Sullivan is a Professor of Religious Studies in the Department of Humanities and Religion, Northern Arizona University.

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Title Seer of the Fifth Veda: Krisna Dvaipayana vyasa in the Mahabharata
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.1999
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 8120816765
length 132p., Appendix; Abbreviation; Bibliography; Glossary; Index.