Now the son of Parasara Rishi, who is Vedavyasa. You know, Parasara came to the river where he met Matsyagandha. She was Dasaraj’s daughter. Dasaraj was the king of the fisherman. And he had this daughter, Matsyagandha, who smelled like a fish. So she said to her father, “Father, what seva can I do for you?” He said, “Well, I can’t stand to be around that fish smell, so you go sit by the river and see if some passengers come, and you can paddle them across the river.”
Parasara Muni came to the river and he saw the boat and he said, “Young lady, who’s boat is that?” And she said, “It’s mine, can I take you across the river?” And Parasara said, “Yes.” And they both got in the boat and started paddling across the Jamuna river, and they got to the middle of the river. And Parasara said, “I don’t know why, but I have a tremendous urge to make love to you right now.” And Matsyagandha said, “But I smell like a fish.” And Parasara said, “I don’t know why but I’m feeling some Divine urge, I don’t care what you smell like, let us go do this action right now.”
And Matsyagandha said, “Well, wait I’m not married, I’m a Kumari, I’m a virgin girl, you can’t do this. What will people say if they see me?” And Parasara was a Rishi, he said, “Ok, I’ll make it foggy and no one can see you.” And Matsyagandha said, “Well, ok, but you can’t swim, what if you get so excited you tip the boat over? You’ll fall in the water and who’s going to save you?” So Parasara said a mantra and immediately right next to the boat an island came.
And so, Matsyagandha said to Parasara, “I want three boons from you. I will make love with you but I want three boons.” He said, “Ok, tell me the boons, what do you want?” And Matsyagandha said, “First of all, take away this horrible smell of a fish.” And Parasara said, “Tatastu. I give you the boon, you will exude the most encaptivating fragrance, wherever you go people will be mesmerized by your scent and you’ll be blessed with eternal youth and beauty for all your life. What’s the second boon?”
She said, “My son will be learned, knowledgeable, he won’t be a fisherman. He’ll be a wise Rishi.” And Parasara said, “I give you that boon. Tatastu. I give you the boon that your son will become the author of the Vedas. And his name will become immortalized in the history of the Sanskrit literature. Wisest man of all the Sanskrit literature. So then what’s the third boon?”
Matsyagandha said, “I don’t want any shame because of what we’re about to do.” And Parasara said, “You will incur no sin, and you will have no shame. This action will become the savior of the dynasty of this kingdom.” And Matsyagandha said, “Ok.”
So Parasara and Matsyagandha made love on the island, and Parasara went away. And Matsyagandha gave birth to Veda Vyasa on the island. And he was dark, so they called him Krishna. And he was born on an island, so they called him Dvaipayana. Krishna Dvaipayana Veda Vyasa. Who was born on a dvipa. Of the dvipa, is the island. Krishna, the dark one, born on the island is Veda Vyasa.
So the son of Parasara Rishi is Veda Vyasa. He recorded the meaning of the Gita as the fragrant scent of the lotus in the land where the light of wisdom always shines.