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rishi (Sanskrit: "seer; one who sees") — is a word that simply means a sage or a divine seer in general. the great sages of ancient India who, in deep states of meditation (communion with the cosmos), and through spiritual experimentation, discovered the underlying, fundamental truths of the Universe, and whose teachings formed the basis for the spiritual culture of the ancient Vedic civilization.

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How to do trataka on a deity/idol?

I want to know about doing trataka on idol/deity what's the method, what's the benifits and which deity the best to start with
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What is the major difference between a Brahmana and a Maha Rishi (sage)? They both have divine knowledge, so what are their purposes?

. Are Brahmana and Rishis same? What makes them different? .
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Are there two different rishis kutsa and kutsat?

I belong to kutsat gotra. I know about kutsa rishi but i want to know was there any kutsat rishi in past or kutsat and kutsa rishi are one and the same?
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Do goddesses and wives of any rishis wear the Yajñopaveetam (sacred thread)?

Male gods and other devas and sages, are all depicted wearing the sacred thread in their images or murtis. And, the scriptures too describe their form (in the dhyana-shlokas) with a sacred thread. ...
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How are sages able to travel the multiverse?

From what I understand this can only be accomplished by the help of at least 1 deity?
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I am Ghoi vaishya and my gotra is gangal i am trying to find my sage and kuldevta. any help would be really awesome!

I am Ghoi vaishya and my gotra is gangal i am trying to find my orignal rishi and kuldevta. any help would be really awesome!
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Did Vaishampayana ever visit the Pandavas like Vyasa?

Vyasa was the grandfather of the Pandavas and the author of Mahabharata who helped Pandavas on numerous occasions and was even present at the snake sacrifice of Janamejaya, the great-grandson of the ...
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What are the major examples of Brahman or Sage became King in Hinduism?

In Hindu Varna system, politics, war and ruling the kingdom is Dharma of Kshatriya. Similarly, Dharma of Brahman is to learn, teach, perform Yadnya and other vedic activities, advice the king etc. On ...
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In the time of the Mahabharata, how would royal priest worship a great rishi?

The image, above, is an excerpt from Kisari Mohan Ganguli's translation of The Complete Mahabharata. It describes the scene when Satyavati calls Vyasa (by thinking of him) to ask him to father ...
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How did Shukracharya get Sanjeevani Vidya?

There are many instances where Shukracharya made use of his Sanjeevani Vidya to revive the dead Asuras. My question is how did he get this knowledge and who gave it to him?
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If Akrodha is considered a virtue, then why most sages and Devtas do not possess it?

Akrodha is a virtue according to Hinduism and Krodha is consider a tamas quality. Absence of anger (akrodha) means being calm even when insulted, rebuked or despite great provocation. Akrodha does not ...
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Are there two Kashyaps

Kashyapa is one of the Saptarishis to whom several important texts such as the Kashyapa Samhita (on Ayurveda) is attributed. Then there is Kanada, who is the father of the Vaisheshika school of Hindu ...
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Is there any book devoted to better decision making? [closed]

Is there any book written by the sages devoted to better decision making in life ?
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Recreational activities

Can someone please provide the recreational activities suggested by ancient sages for students so that I can focus better. I mean how students in ancient India, while staying away from cities used to ...
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Gautama maharshi's parents/ancestry

Who are Gautama maharshi, one of sapta rishis, parents and ancestors linking all the way to Brahma? Are there any stories related to his birth? Mahabharata describes him as son of Gotama but nothing ...
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How to reconcile these incendiary acts of Devaguru Bṛhaspati, in the story of Dīrghatamas (from Mahābhārata)?

In the Book 1: Adi Parva, Sambhava Parva (Section 104) of the Mahābhārata, we encounter an appalling story of sage Dīrghatamas, as narrated by Pitāmaha Bhīṣhma to Satyavatī. I'm quoting the ...
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Why gods were unable to save them from curses of human beings?

No offense but I am unable to understand why Hindu gods seems unable to save themselve from curse. For example:- Ganesha was beheaded by Shiva because he was cursed by Sage Kashayapa, Vishnu was ...
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Is there any original detailed treatise on the rituals (Kalpa Vedanga) of the Vedas other than the Kalpa Sutras and who is the propagating Rishi?

Understanding Scriptures - Part 2 Summary: The questions are right at the end indicated in big bold letters. One can get a summarised view by reading the question section. The logic and reason of ...
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Who are the Valakhilya rishis?

Source says: Valakhilyas- are thumb sized ascetics accompanying the sun in its every day travel in the sky. They are protecting the humanity by taking all the extra heat and act like the ozone layer. ...
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What's the significance of Mṛta Sanjeevani Vidyā, when sages (like Bhṛgu Rishi) can revive dead people just by their tapas itself?

As I ask in this Question about some of my doubts in reference to the Mṛta Sanjeevani Mantra (मृत संजीवनी मंत्र), similarly, there have been several instances when sages have been able to revive the &...
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How to become a celestial Sage like Narada?

How can I or anyone become a celestial Sage like Shrí Narada.?
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Mandavya Rishi, the King and Yamaraja Curse

As per the Adi Parva of Mahabharata, Chapter 106 & 107, the story of Mandavya Rishi is narrated. In short, he was given a punishment by the soldiers of a (KING ?) , and thus made to sit on a ...
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Who is Queen Choladevi?

Who is Queen Choladevi and what is she doing with Sage Angiras in this painting?
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Do rishies and maharishi attain super power after long years of meditation or other act's?

After long years of meditation can a maharishi attain super power like the ability to use Alchemy (the medieval forerunner of chemistry, concerned with the transmutation of matter, in particular with ...
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Is this story true? How can a Rishi curse a God?

https://vedicfeed.com/shukracharya-the-guru-of-asuras/ Rishi Bhrigu, the father of Shukracharya and the husband of Kavyamata, curses Vishnu saying,“ Hey Vishnu! By killing a woman, you have breached ...
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Is there a list/book of all Mantras, their Rishis/seers & the Dieties corresponding to each? [closed]

Is there a list or collection of all mantras, their rishis & their deities ?
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Who was Sankhyanasa rishi and what is his gotra pravara?

Who was Sankhyanasa rishi? Who were his forefathers and what was is his lineage? What is his gotra pravara? There is some info that his gotra maybe is a sublineage of Vasishta gotra, very similar to ...
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Is dharma created by God, rishis, and the devatas?

What does "dharma" mean? And is dharma created by God, rishis, and the devatas, or is it eternal and always applicable to all of humanity, all the time?
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What is the story of Rishika Vagambharni who had reached the stage of identifying herself with Devi through her Saadhana?

While chanting Devishukta of Rigveda (10.125) in recently passed Navaratri time, I came to know about daughter of Ṛṣi Aṃbhṛṇa​, named Vāk (also known as Vāk + Aṃbhṛṇa​ = Vāgāṃbhṛṇi). It is said that ...
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How did rishi Bhringi take birth with 3 legs?

There are many sculptures of rishi Bhringi in temples of South India; which show he has 3 legs. Is there any scriptural basis that he had 3 legs by birth or did he get them after birth? Here are some ...
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Do scriptures mention of rishis, who have the power to create fully grown human beings? [duplicate]

Do scriptures mention of rishis, who could create fully grown human beings using their power?
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Are king Harita and sage Harita one or two different persons?

I am searching about harit gotra and came across two persons harit king and harit sage. Are they different personalities or one person?
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Who is the seer/rishi of the mantra Om Namaḥ Śivāya?

It is said that every mantra that is available to us on our planet was brought to us by some seer. The seer of the mantra is called the rishi of that mantra. It means the one who saw. So I want to ...
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Who was Rishi Atharvan who wrote Atharva Veda?

I recently came to know about this Rishi Atharvan who is believed to have compiled the Atharva Veda along with Angiras. Wikipedia says he was a Manasputra of Brahma abut when you check the list of ...
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Is there any subtle explanation to Shiva's manifestation as Sri Dakshina Murty?

This question is not a duplicate of the following question. What scriptures mention Shiva's Dakshinamurthi form? This answer under the above question, explains that Dakshinamurty form of Lord Shiva ...
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Which are all Rishis whom Rama met during his Exile of 14 years?

I am interested in knowing stories of various ancient Rishis and hence I sometimes look for those stories from Puranas and Itihasas. I had watched Ramayana TV series in my child hood. Recently ...
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Where does Narada muni lives [duplicate]

This thread explains different lokas in detail. In which of these lokas, Narada Muni lives? Is there a reference in puranas about this?
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Why does Sage Bhrigu have an extra eye on his foot?

It is a part of folklore that Sage Bhrigu has another eye on his foot. However, it is difficult to find on the internet any authoritative source for this piece of information. The Wikipedia article ...
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How did mantras come to exist?

How did these people know about the powers of chanting mantras? Specifically how did they know what to say and what exactly they are.
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Why did Muni Jahnu drank entire water of holy river Ganga?

Recently at a vedic discourse I heard about this saint Jahnu who drank the entire river Ganga, so my question is: Why did he drink the entire river? What is the origin of this story? Please cite ...
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Who was Parashara and what are the works attributed to him?

I am asking about the original Parashara - not the Srivaishnavite teacher Parasara Bhattar. Which works are attributed to him?
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Who is Shukla Avatar of Lord Vishnu?

The Satvata Tantra Part 2 Verse 8 mentions: Seeing Kardama Muni's austerities aimed at attaining mystic powers, the Lord appeared as Sukla in a pure and transcendental form. After giving him the ...
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Does South India comes within land of mlechhas? [closed]

Manusmriti 2:22-23 But (the tract) between those two mountains (just mentioned), which (extends) as far as the eastern and the western oceans, the wise call Aryavarta (the country of the Aryans)....
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Reference of the divine Sage Narada in The Vedas

What are the available references in The Vedas for the divine sage Narada? Would appreciate the exact locations / coordinates (like the mantra with number, recension, publication etc.)
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What is the mystery behind Sage Vāmadeva fighting with Indra?

According to Bṛhaddevatā, Indra, immediately on his birth, fought with Sage Vāmadeva for 10 days and nights. What is the mystery behind Sage Vāmadeva fighting with Indra?
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What is the inner meaning of Saraswati following Sage Kavasa?

The following is an extract from Aitareya brahmana. In the Eausitaki Br&htnanam (12, 3), the story of Kavasa is reported in the following way: the Risis, called the "middle ones" (...
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When was Rishi Garga born?

Garga is a well known rishi in Hinduism. He authored a couple of books in Hinduism which cover Krishna's pastimes and astrology. At which time he was born?
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Was Vasista a jivan mukta?

Vasista is known to be a guru of Lord Rama. It is well known that he is one of the rishi in sapta rishis. Was he a jivan mukta?
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Do the 3,339 Gods mentioned in Rig Veda III.9.9 indicate number of sages got wisdom before Viswamitra?

Rig Veda III.9.9 says trīṇi śatā trī sahasrāṇyaghniṃ triṃśacca devā navacāsaparyan | aukṣan ghṛtairastṛṇan barhirasmā ādid dhotāraṃ nyasādayanta || Three times a hundred Gods and thrice a ...
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Do penance makes body shine?

I heard, more progress towards spiritual life or penance will result in more light coming out from body (like God's body, not as much light as God has but still some) means, more we do penance, more ...
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