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By Swami Harshananda

Paila (‘descendant of the sage Pila’)

The sage Kṛṣṇa Dvaipāyana has been credited with achieving the great task of collecting all the Vedic mantras extant during his time, editing them by dividing them into four books and teaching them to his four chief disciples. Hence he came

to be known as Vedavyāsa or Vyāsa (vyas = to divide, to edit). These four books— known as the Rgveda, the Yajurveda, the Sāmaveda and the Atharvaveda—were taught respectively to the sages Paila, Vaiśampāyana, Jaimini and Sumantu.

Thus Paila, a descendant of the ancient sage Pila, was the first disciple of Vedavyāsa through whom the Rgveda was propagated. Nothing more is known about him.


  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore