An ancient sage, classed among the Brahmarṣis, he is said to have been manifested out of the word ‘bhūḥ’ uttered by Lord Nārāyaṇa. Since Vāc or word is identified with the goddess Sarasvatī, he is also said to be Sārasvata or son of Sarasvatī. Lord Nārāyaṇa commanded him to edit the Vedas and propagate them in each manvantara (age of Manu). It was he who was later on reborn as Kṛṣṇa Dvaipā-yana or Vedavyāsa during the Dvāpara-yuga. Prācīnagarbha and Vedācārya are two other names by which he is known.
See also VEDAVYĀSA.