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Vyasa is the legendary author of the great Indian epic Mahabharata. He is said to have also divided the Vedas into four and hence he is also known as Veda-Vyasa. He is also credited for having written the Puranas. Scholars estimate that he must have lived between 1800 and 1500 BCE.

The Visnu-Purana also states that there were twenty-eight Vyasas in history who appeared in each of the twenty-eight world ages (dvapara). He is an incarnation of Visnu who divides the Veda into four in each age.

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