Vy\u0101sa or Veda-Vy\u0101sa is a central figure in the Bh\u0101rat\u012bya tradition, revered as the compiler of the four Vedas, the author of the eighteen major and minor Pur\u0101\u1e47as, the author of the Mah\u0101bh\u0101rata, and more importantly, the author of the Brahma-S\u016btras. In short, Vy\u0101sa finds himself at the centre of the prasth\u0101na-traya or the three central treatise of san\u0101tana-dharma, namely, the Brahma-S\u016btras, the significant Upani\u1e63ads and the Bhagavadg\u012bt\u0101, that form the basis of religio-spiritual identity of Hinduism. In a nutshell, San\u0101tana-dharma as we know it, owes its very fabric and existence to the great Vy\u0101sa. Who really is this great seer? According to the Mah\u0101bh\u0101rata, Vy\u0101sa is a culmination of the penance of Sage Par\u0101\u015bara, and is considered an aspect of Lord Vi\u1e63\u1e47u himself, descended upon earth in order to achieve many a divine goal. Once, sage Par\u0101\u015bara found himself in a boat, ferried across the holy water of the Yamun\u0101 by a damsel who reeked of fish. She was Satyavat\u012b, an extraordinary damsel who was being raised by a fisherman. A sudden onset of fog set upon the river and the ferry, and Par\u0101\u015bara found his mind as muddled as the sky above. He was overcome with desire for the damsel. Rather taken aback and distressed by the rising passion, Par\u0101\u015bara contemplated what could have caused his well-trained mind to run astray. In a flash he recognized that the passion he experienced was as a result of the will of the Supreme. Satisfied that he was but an instrument in the larger scheme of things, Par\u0101\u015bara gave himself up to the inviolable will of the Supreme. As a result, Satyavat\u012b bore a male child who was dark of hue. Born as he was upon an island of the Yamun\u0101, he was named, K\u1e5b\u1e63\u1e47a-Dvaip\u0101yana. As further testimony to the union being but a service unto the Supreme, Par\u0101\u015bara proceeded along his way, and Satyavat\u012b, now devoid of the foul smell of fish owing to her union with the great Par\u0101\u015bara, returned to her life as the adopted daughter of the fisherman. Davip\u0101yana was born no baby but a Brahmar\u1e63i, a seer of the highest order. He was a contemporary of the K\u1e5b\u1e63\u1e47\u0101vat\u0101ra and the foundation upon which the entire Mah\u0101bh\u0101rata rested. Not only did he record the events pertaining to the P\u0101\u1e47\u1e0davas and the Kauravas as the Mah\u0101bh\u0101rata, he was also centrally responsible for the events even coming to be. The Patriarchs of the Kuru race, namely P\u0101\u1e47\u1e0du, Dh\u1e5btar\u0101\u1e63\u1e6dra and Vidura were sired by the divine will of the great sage, upon the request of the queen mother, who also happened to be Dvaip\u0101yana\u2019s mother, Satyavat\u012b. A personality of such excellences, naturally must be a spark of the divine. A traditional \u015bloka states, \u0935\u094d\u092f\u093e\u0938\u093e\u092f \u0935\u093f\u0937\u094d\u0923\u0941\u0930\u0942\u092a\u093e\u092f \u0935\u094d\u092f\u093e\u0938\u0930\u0942\u092a\u093e\u092f \u0935\u093f\u0937\u094d\u0923\u0935\u0947\u0964 \u0928\u092e\u094b \u0935\u0948 \u092c\u094d\u0930\u0939\u094d\u092e\u0928\u093f\u0927\u092f\u0947 \u0935\u093e\u0936\u093f\u0937\u094d\u0920\u093e\u092f \u0928\u092e\u094b \u0928\u092e\u0903\u0965 vy\u0101s\u0101ya vi\u1e63\u1e47ur\u016bp\u0101ya vy\u0101sar\u016bp\u0101ya vi\u1e63\u1e47ave| namo vai brahmanidhaye v\u0101\u015bi\u1e63\u1e6dh\u0101ya namo nama\u1e25|| Salutation upon salutation to Vy\u0101sa, the grandson of Va\u015bi\u1e63\u1e6dha, the repository of divine knowledge, who is none other than Lord Vi\u1e63\u1e47u himself. The Vi\u1e63\u1e47u-Pur\u0101\u1e47a states further, that Lord Vi\u1e63\u1e47u descends as Vy\u0101sa with the advent of every Dv\u0101para-yuga, in order to classify the sacred Vedas. \u0926\u094d\u0935\u093e\u092a\u0930\u0947 \u0926\u094d\u0935\u093e\u092a\u0930\u0947 \u0935\u093f\u0937\u094d\u0923\u0941\u0930\u094d\u0935\u094d\u092f\u093e\u0938\u0930\u0942\u092a\u0940 \u092e\u0939\u093e\u092e\u0941\u0928\u0947\u0964 \u0935\u0947\u0926\u092e\u0947\u0915\u0902 \u0938 \u092c\u0939\u0941\u0927\u093e \u0915\u0941\u0930\u0941\u0924\u0947 \u091c\u0917\u0924\u094b \u0939\u093f\u0924\u0903\u0965 dv\u0101pare dv\u0101pare vi\u1e63\u1e47urvy\u0101sar\u016bp\u012b mah\u0101mune| vedameka\u1e41 sa bahudh\u0101 kurute jagato hita\u1e25|| With the advent of every Dv\u0101para-yuga, Lord Vi\u1e63\u1e47u, supremely intent on the wellbeing of the universe, assumes the role of Vy\u0101sa and classifies the one Veda into many (sections). Vi\u1e63\u1e47u-Pur\u0101\u1e47a, 3.3.5 What is interesting however, is that K\u1e5b\u1e63\u1e47a-Dvaip\u0101yana born of sage Par\u0101\u015bara and Satyavat\u012b, is not the only Veda-Vy\u0101sa accepted in the tradition. Much like rest of the positions of power and responsibility in the tradition, that of Veda-Vy\u0101sa or the classifier of the Vedas too is a position occupied by many a realized soul. Each of these Vy\u0101sas, aspects of the Supreme, dedicate themselves to the classification and propagation of the Vedas with the advent of every Dv\u0101para-yuga. The Vi\u1e63\u1e47u-Pur\u0101\u1e47a states that in the Vaivasvata-manvantara alone, twenty-eight Vy\u0101sas have risen and have classified the Vedas twenty-eight times. K\u1e5b\u1e63\u1e47a-Dvaip\u0101yana, the illustrious son of Par\u0101\u015bara was the twenty-eighth. In describing how Dvaip\u0101yana went about categorizing the Vedas and in establishing a tradition that would ensure the safe propagation of the Vedas, the Pur\u0101\u1e47a states that (this) Vy\u0101sa went about categorizing the one Veda just as Vy\u0101sas before him had done. It further elaborates how Vy\u0101sa identified the right disciples who would be capable of preserving the Vedas and of transmitting them to future generations. \u092f\u0925\u093e \u0924\u0941 \u0924\u0947\u0928 \u0935\u0948 \u0935\u094d\u092f\u0938\u094d\u0924\u093e \u0935\u0947\u0926\u0935\u094d\u092f\u093e\u0938\u0947\u0928 \u0927\u0940\u092e\u0924\u093e\u0964 \u0935\u0947\u0926\u093e\u0938\u094d\u0924\u0925\u093e \u0938\u092e\u0938\u094d\u0924\u0948\u0938\u094d\u0924\u0948\u0930\u094d\u0935\u094d\u092f\u0938\u094d\u0924\u093e \u0935\u094d\u092f\u093e\u0938\u0948\u0938\u094d\u0924\u0925\u093e \u092e\u092f\u093e\u0965 yath\u0101 tu tena vai vyast\u0101 vedavy\u0101sena dh\u012bmat\u0101| ved\u0101stath\u0101 samastaistairvyast\u0101 vy\u0101saistath\u0101 may\u0101|| Just as the Veda was categorized by the wise Vy\u0101sa, so too was it categorized by the (preceeding) Vy\u0101sas and myself. Vi\u1e63\u1e47u-Pur\u0101\u1e47a, 3.4.3 It is further stated that the next Vy\u0101sa would be Drau\u1e47i, the son of Dro\u1e47a, clearly indicating a successive line of Vy\u0101sas to come. Mind boggling as this is, the revelation strongly suggests that the only constant in this ever-changing universe is evolution or change itself. If a giant as K\u1e5b\u1e63\u1e47a-Dvaip\u0101yana is not a constant, it is definitely worth wondering who is!