Veda Vyasa (Devanagari: व्यास, vyāsa) is a central and revered figure in the spiritual system known today as Hinduism. Veda Vyasa (वेद व्यास, veda vyāsa), translates to "the one who compiled the Vedas" or Krishna Dvaipayana (referring to his skin complexion (Krishna = Black) and birthplace). He is the author as well as a character in the Hindu epic Mahabharata and considered to be the scribe of both the Vedas, and the supplementary texts such as the Puranas. A number of Vaishnava traditions regard him as an avatar of Vishnu. Vyasa is sometimes conflated by some Vaishnavas with Badarayana, the author of the Vedanta Sutras. Vyāsa is also considered to be one of the seven Chiranjivins (long lived, or immortals), who are still in existence according to general Hindu belief.
- Mahābhārata 12.350.4-5, K.M. Ganguly full edition http://www.sacred-texts.com/hin/m12/m12c049.htm