SB 1.4 - The vision of Vyāsadeva
During the regime of Vaivasvata Manu (the current one), in the 28th round of the four millenniums (Satya, Tretā, Dvāpara and Kali), at the end (the third part) of Dvāpara yuga, the current Vyāsadeva, whose name was Kṛṣṇa-dvaipāyana Vyāsa, was born to Parāśara in the womb of Satyavatī. All yugas are divided into three parts: the beginning portion (sandhyā-rūpa), the middle portion (yuga-rūpa) and the end portion (sandhyāṁśa-rūpa). The proportions are: 0.1 for the beginning, 0.8 for the middle and 0.1 for the concluding portion of the yuga.
Once Vyāsa took his morning ablution in the waters of the Sarasvatī at his place in Badarikāśrama, and sat alone to concentrate. He saw anomalies in the duties during the age of Kali, due to unseen forces of time. He could see thru his transcendental vision the deterioration of everything material. He could also see the reduced duration of life of the faithless people, who would be impatient due to lack of goodness. In the age of Kali, the land does not produce enough food grains, nor the cows give much milk. Due to want of necessities of life, the duration of life is reduced, the memory is short, intelligence is meager and mutual dealings are full of hypocrisy. Thus Vyāsadeva contemplated for the welfare of all people. The transcendentalists like Vyāsa, Nārada, Madhva, Lord Caitanya, Rūpa Gosvāmī, Bhaktisiddhānta Sarasvatī and Śrīla Prabhupāda are the greatest philanthropists as they always try to deliver the fallen souls back home, back to Godhead.