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SB 1.3 - Bhṛgupati and Vyāsa

(16) The Lord as Bhṛgupati annihilated the kṣatriyas 21 times being angry with them because of their rebellion against the brāhmaṇas. He appeared in a golden complexion from Reṇuka and Jamadagni in Vaivasvata era. The kṣatriyas are expected to rule the planet by the direction of the brāhmaṇas, who give direction in terms of the books of revealed knowledge. Whenever there is disobedience on the part of the kṣatriyas against the orders of the learned brāhmaṇas, they are removed by force to make way for better administration.

(17) Vyāsa appeared in the womb of Satyavatī thru Parāśara Muni, and he divided the one Veda into several branches and sub-branches, seeing that the people in general were less intelligent. Originally the Veda is one. But Vyāsadeva divided it into four, namely Sāma, Yajur, Ṛg and Atharva, and then again they were explained in different branches like the Purāṇas and the Mahābhārata. In the present age of Kali people are ignorant and the higher classes of men do not undergo the purificatory processes called saṁskāras. Thus Vyāsa divided the Vedas into various branches for the sake of the less intelligent dvija bandhus, śūdras and women. In Viṣṇu Purāṇa and other scriptures, He is considered directly the Lord. In the Nārāyaṇīya of Mahābhārata it is said a sage of the name Apāntaratamā became Vyāsa. This means he merged into the īśvara form of the Dvaipāyana or that he was an aṁśa of Viṣṇu. Because of this some say he was an āveśāvatāra. In this case a jīva merges with the Lord and performs the function of Vyāsa or an aṁśa of the Lord acting like a jīva performs the functions. In the case of Kumāras and Nārada, the Lord simply bestows special powers on a jīva.