Indra, the king of first heaven, was silently lurking through the village contemplating which fellow villager would become the next king. He had been king for his whole life, and he had decided that it was finally time to at least think about passing down the crown to a new leader. No man knew his plan so the faces that gazed upon his were confused and worrisome. As he stared at longing faces throughout, he thought to himself.
“If only a man could step up and proclaim strength and dignity.”
Just as those thoughts crossed through his mind, commotion erupted around the large body of water near town center. Indra rushed to the scene. Two children were flung from a sharks mouth abruptly, and the cries could be heard miles wide.
“What is going on here!” Indra shouted.
“King, this shark has given birth to children. This can’t be so,” a random villager urged.
Grasping for air, Indra coddled the two babies.
“Is this the answer to my prayers?” he thought to himself.
He handed the baby girl to one of the villagers whom he didn’t know or care to know, but held the baby boy with pride.
“You will be the next king. I will name you Vyasa, and you will change the world son.”
With that he lifted the boy up into the air, sprinkled sand on his head, and just like that the baby boy morphed into a grown man.
Indra stood in awe at the grown man that had just appeared before him and reached out his hand for a firm shake. It was as if Vyasa was prepared for life in his prior form, because he stood at attention, shook hands, and immediately began talking as if he’d lived in the village his whole life.
The conversation between Indra and Vyasa was straight to the point, and Indra declared that Vyasa was indeed an answer to his prayers and he wanted to immediately proclaim him as king. The surrounding areas were then to undergo a change in power…
In the Mahabharata portion discussing Vyasa and Ganesha, Vyasa’s birth story is told. Gods sent Indra to go bribe the king of Chedi with a crystal car that has the capability to carry him throughout the sky. His semen ended up falling in the water on one of his journeys, and 10 months later fisherman caught a fish and discovered the had two children. The king took possession of the boy, but sent the girl off to help on the river. In my version, I wanted to make Indra the main character and the one searching for a replacement. I did want to keep the same cultural relevance to the story, and chose to make the boy take over as king. I also added in new details such as Indra easily morphing Vyasa into a man with sand alone. I didn’t want to begin discussing the changes and outlooks that Vyasa made, so I ended with the power being overturned.
Vyasa and Ganesha accessed online here. The Mahabharata, A Summary by John Mandeville Macfie was also utilized as a source.
Image One: Vyasa accessed from Wikimedia Commons.