Questions tagged [rishi]

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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Is the Anukramani index of sages and deities of the Rig Veda available online?

As I discuss in this answer, how the Vedas originated is that from time immemorial, sages known as Dhristas have heard mantras (sacred verses) directly from the gods during a state of Tapasya (deep ...
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What are the Vedas technically? How can Upanishads be called Vedas when some parts are neither revelations nor hymns dedicated to any specific deity?

It is believed that the Vedas are the revelations from the Almighty to the seers in exalted states of consciousness. Further, it is also believed that the Vedas are authorless. Keeping these ...
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Who is the seer of the Isha Upanishad?

As I discuss in this answer, each of the four Vedas consists of four portions: Samhitas, the core part of the Vedas which consist of hymns heard from the gods; Brahmanas, commentaries on the Samhitas ...
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Who all were the different Ved-Vyas?

We all know that the Mahabharat was written by Ved-Vyas, but what many of us don't know is that Ved-Vyas was not the name of the person but the title. This title is given to the one who add/modify/...
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What is the origin of Ganapathi Atharvasheersh?

Where do we find the Ganapati Atharvasheersh in scriptures? What is the meaning of the word 'Atharvsheersh'. Who is the writer of it (Rishi Ganak or Atharvan)?
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Has the Anukramani of the Shukla Yajur Veda ever been published in any form?

Each of the four Vedas consists of four parts: Samhitas, Brahmanas, Aranyakas and Upanishads. But the core of the Vedas is the Samhitas, which consist of verses heard directly from the gods by sages ...
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If Shiva Linga is worshiped in all yugas then what curse did Rishi Bhrigu give to Lord Shiva?

EXPLANATION : Shivalinga is said to be the Formless Brahman and is worshiped from the beginning. There is also a story of Bhirgu rishi cursing Lord Shiva when he visited Kailash. It was misunderstood ...
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How did Rishis perform Tapasya (transcendental meditation) so that they heard Shruti/Veda?

The oldest and primary scripture we do have is Veda and we know that ancient Rishis heard Veda in the state of Tapasya directly from Ishwara and that is called Shruti. But one question often comes in ...
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What do our scriptures mention about Maharshi Kanad & Paramanu (atoms)?

What details do our scriptures mention about Maharshi Kanad and (his theory) on Paramanus or atoms?
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Who is Agastya's brother in the Ramayana?

In the Aranya Kanda of the Ramayana, Rama, Lakshmana, and Sita are on the way to the ashram of the famous sage Agastya when they first stop by at the ashram of another sage: While viewing beautiful ...
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Story of a rishi converting a dog to a dragon that tries to eat the same rishi

I remember having heard the story in my childhood days. The basic plot of the story goes something like this: there is a poor dog which comes near a meditating rishi who takes pity and converts it ...
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Are there any mantra or mantras in Veda Samhitas that confirm that Vedas are apaurusheya?

We know that the Vedas are authorless or apaurusheya.. At least we believe the Vedas to be so. The mantras of Vedas are revealed directly by God to some selected Rishis in a trance like state that ...
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What are different types of Rishis?

The types I know are Maharshi, Devarshi, Rajarshi, Bramharshi. What is the difference among them? What is their chronology? Who awards/grants them those titles? What kind of sadhana/practice ...
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What scriptures say Indra has right/authority to test sages with Kama, Krodha, lobha, Moha, Madha and Matsarya?

Mylavarapu Srinivasa Rao is a well-known scholar of Hinduism and its philosphy in Telugu states. He talks about Greatness of Indra in this video (in Telugu). He says Indra is king of all Devas who ...
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Names of female scholars from Vaidic and Upanishadic times, or “Brahmavadinis”

Wikipedia provides the names of some of the "Brahmavadinis" (ब्रह्मवादिनी) or female scholars of ancient times, who studied topics related to brahman (ब्रह्म) and took part in debates and discussions ...
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Does Shiva or Vishnu or Trikaladarshi Yogi know our Aagami Karma or our free will?

Aagami Karma is actions we do in this birth. This is generally said to be free will. See this question: Is our destiny predetermined? If yes, then why do our actions affect our karma?. Does Shiva or ...
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What is the story of Badarayana Vyasa?

We know that present Vyasa is Krishna Dwaipayana. There is a detail about him in Mahabharata. But who is Badarayana Vyasa and what is his story? In which mahayuga was he the Vyasa?
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Brahmarshi Maharishi Rajarshi Devarishi

We have seen ancient sages of India bore multiple titles like Brahmarshi, Maharishi, Rajarshi and Devarishi. Quick internet search resulted in as: Brahmarshi - a sage who has understood the meaning ...
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On Identity of Sage Valmiki

Rishi Valmiki is the author of the Great Epic Ramayana. What are whereabouts of his earlier life? I have heard something like this about him (that he was dacoit) is there a way to prove or disprove ...
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Clarification about Saptarshis of Vaivasvat Manvantar

Answer of the question Do Saptarishi exist in today's time? says: Saptarshis live for a period of Manvantara. So, they are alive now. Srimad Bhagavatam 8.13.5 gives names of seven sages for ...
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Why is the divine architect Vishwakarma considered a descendant of Bhrigu?

Every Brahmin is a descendant of sages, which is why every Gotra or clan of Brahmins has an associated list of Pravaras, a list of the sages they're descended from. For instance, I am a Brahmana ...
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Why Maharishi Bhrigu was so powerful?

I have read that maharishi Bhrigu was choosing which diety to invite to their maha-yagna and he was testing the tri-murties (Shiva,Vishnu, Brahma ). During his test he was disappointed with Shiva and ...
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Who was Budha-Kaushika?

One of the many popular Mantra/Stotra in Hinduism is Ram-Raksha Stotra. And as per this Wikipedia Link, it is written by Budha-Kaushika Rishi. In Ram-raksha itself, it is mentioned that Lord Shiva ...
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Who are Rishi Asita and Devala?

Recently, while searching for the information about Pravara (प्रवर​) regarding this question, I found that Pravara refers to best among Rishi who are seer of Vedic hymns. Following is some useful ...
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Was Rishi Agastya the uncle of Ravana?

According to the Shrimad Bhagvatam Rishi Agastya was the son of Pulastya and a brother of Vishrava: The sage Añgirã and Sraddhã had four daughters and two sons, Utathya and Brihaspati. The sage ...
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Who is Ruchi, father of Vishnu's incarnation Yagna?

As I discuss in this answer, the Universe lasts for one Kalpa or day of Brahma. Each Kalpa is divided into fourteen Manvantaras, periods where a given Manu governs the race of humans. Now we are ...
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How can one become a Brahmarishi?

Who coined the term Brahmarishi? How can one become a Brahmarishi? Does a Brahmarishi know the future? A lot of rishi's in Ramayana seem to know the purpose of Rama's birth, how is that they know ...
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Is there any online Anukramanika (Index of Sages and deities) for Krishna Yajurveda?

Is there a list of seers and devatas of the mantras of krishna yajurveda? Is there any online reference which details the chapters of Krishna Yajurveda and its related rishis and devatas?
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Who are the seven sages (Sapta Rishis) of current Manvantara?

I want to know who are the seven sages (Sapta Rishis) of current Manvantara?
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Do Saptarishi exist in today's time?

We heard about saptarishi in almost every purana. They are always present in every story. As per my knowledge Saptarishi is a kind of post/designation in which candidates change from time to time. In ...
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Vishwamitra & Indra were enemies so why does the Brahmarishi sing verses in praise of Indra?

The entire story of Vishwamitra's ascension to Brahmarishi status is dotted with his conflicts with Devas especially Indra. Indra sent Menaka to disturb the rishi's penance and the Satyavrat episode ...
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What is the connection between Vidura from Mahabharata & Rishi Atri?

Mahabharat Sambhava Parva mentions the following about Vidura: O king, thou shouldst know that he who was known on earth as Vidura, who was the first of all virtuous men, who was the god of Justice ...
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What is the story of Sage Suta?

Sage Suta, is well known for narrating most of the Puranas and the Mahabharata, in the forest of Naimish. (We can read about the importance of Naimisharanya in this other question Naimisharanya in ...
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Is there a relation between Gadhi, the Kaushik incarnation of Indra and Ahalya?

Indra, in the Subramanaya invocation is referred to as both Kaushik, one who calls him Gautama as well as the lover of Ahalya (Shatpatha Brahman relevant chapter). While the part about Gautam and ...
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Lord Shiva as Adi Yogi taught Yoga to seven sages and in turn these seven sages spread across the world. Is this theory a new look to our mythology?

Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev is well known for his Isha Foundation and his yogic practices. He came up with a theory, a seemingly new one regarding Lord Shiva and the origin of yoga in India. According to ...
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Are Yoginis wild erotic creatures? Is there any truth in it?

As far as I understand, yogini simply refers to a female yogi or a female rishi. Who are yoginis according to Hindu scriptures? Devdutt Pattnaik, one of the populist writers on Hinduism, in his book ...
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If Devas and Rishis are self-realized, then why do they act contrary to it?

According to the Bhagavad Gita, a self-realized person is one who has gone beyond fear, anger, hatred, jealousy, pain and pleasure, etc. and all dualities of the material world. AKA he is situated in ...
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Why Miracles do not occur in Kali Yuga?

Each of the previous yugas has stories like Sages, Rishis, or Muni cursing or giving Boon. It is also said they possess magical powers and now there are no magic or powers seen in daily life. ...
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What is the story of Vasishta and Agastya's brother Matsya?

Most people only know about the fact the famous sage Vasishta, guru of Rama, was one of the mind-born sons of Brahma. But as I discuss in this question, Vasishta is no longer the son of Brahma. ...
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List of female Vedic seers (rishkAs) [duplicate]

Can someone please post the list of female seers to whom the Vedic Samhita mantras were revealed? Like a list of seer and sukta and mantra with mandala or chapter number would be highly appreciated
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Who was the Rishi Katyayan who became father of Goddess Katyayini?

In the Nava-Durga the sixth form is of Goddess Katyayini & I have heard that Goddess Durga became the daughter of Rishi Katyayan that is why she was given this name. I want to know who the rishi ...
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Who was Maharshi Garga?

My gotra is Gargeya and I belong to a brahmin family. But I don't know who was Maharshi Garga. Please tell me story if anybody know.
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Which Sri Vaishnava works discuss Parashara’s Sharanagati for all Jivas?

The Sri Vaishnava sect has two sub-sects, Thenkalai and Vadakalai. Vadakalais follow the teachings of Vedanta Desikan, whereas Thenkalais follow the teachings of Pillai Lokacharya. My question is ...
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Who was sage Lomasa?

Got to read about sage Lomasa here while researching about Kamyaka Forest: The Pandavas came back from the Dwaita woods to Kamyaka again for a 2nd time. This time they lived without Arjuna who ...
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Why did Sri Krishna say he is Usanas among seers?

Sri Krishna says that he was Ushanas among seers in B.G. वृष्णीनां वासुदेवोऽस्मि पाण्डवानां धनंजयः। मुनीनामप्यहं व्यासः कवीनामुशना कविः।।10.37।। Of the Vrsnis (the members of the Vrsni ...
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Was Kanada a Rishi?

This wiki article describes Kanada as both a sage and a philosopher. Was he a Rishi or a mere philosopher?
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Can one saint be more intellectual than the other? [closed]

Generally people don't compare the intellects of saints. But sometimes when they talk about them, they say great saints. What does it mean by great saints? Does any saint has high intellect or know ...