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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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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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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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Examples on the flexibility of Varna in ancient times

One of the arguments given by people (incorrectly) to show oppression in Hinduism is that the Brahmins were elites and unfairly discriminated against the lower caste people, also known as anti-...
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What are the signs of Divine love as enunciated by different Rishis in Narada Bhakti Sutras?

What are the signs of Bhakti as enunciated by different Rishis in Narada Bhakti Sutras? Narada Muni mentions Rishi Parashara, Rishi Garga and Rishi Shandilya in this text. What are the viewpoints of ...
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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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Would a text written by a Rishi classified as Hindu scripture?

Would a text written by a Rishi classified as Hindu scripture? If yes, are there any exceptions where a text written by a Rishi would not be considered as a Hindu scripture?
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Was Rishi Vyasa the great grandson of Rishi Vashishtha?

The wiki articles on the following 4 Rishis says that: Rishi Shakti was the son of Rishi Vashishtha (to whom the text Yoga Vashishtha - a conversation between him and Shri Rama is ascribed), Shakti's ...
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Is Rishi Vishvamitra the one who cognised the Gayatri mantra?

This wiki article says this without providing any reference: Brahmarshi Vishvamitra is one of the most venerated rishis or sages of ancient times in India. He is also credited as the author of ...
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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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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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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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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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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 secret was Swami Vivekananda saying about in this phrase?

At The Parliament of Religions in Chicago 1893, Swami Vivekananda spoke about Paper on Hinduism. A part of it contains this: There is another suggestion. Taking all these for granted, how is it ...
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Why Marichi is called Maruts?

This is what Krishna says in the Bhagavad Gita: Of the Ādityas I am Viṣṇu, of lights I am the radiant sun, of the Maruts I am Marīci, and among the stars I am the moon. Let's focus on of the ...
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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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Did the Sages in Ramayana era , residing in Forests, pay any tax?

The Kings, who are the rulers of their kingdoms, need funds to administer his kingdom. In Vedic era the kings used to collect cess at the rate of 1/6 of the earnings of the people in their countries, ...
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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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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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Why are the Himalayas often associated with gurus and rishis?

Are there any reasons for it, or is it just the peaceful environment. Are there anymore places, which act as a popular dwelling places for the gurus and rishis?
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Why are there no Rishi in the current time?

Why are there no Rishi in the present time? Is it because most people have some level of knowledge (from previous Rishi or other scientific discovery) that they think is sufficient for the life to ...
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Who was the sage who witnessed Mahabharata and Ramayana multiple times?

I recently heard about time travel and am curious to know about the sage who had seen Mahabharat and Ramayan multiple times.
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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 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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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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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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What is the story of sage Pulaha?

Here I have read something but I didn't find a better reference related to Sage Pulaha, I only know that he married a daughter of Daksha named Kshamā (Patience), by whom he had three sons.
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akashic records and Hinduism

Akashic Records are defined by some hindus and theosophists as a compendium of thoughts, events, and emotions encoded in a non-physical plane of existence known as the astral plane. Its been ...
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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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Who was the preceptor of Seeradhwaj King Janak?

Who was the preceptor of Seeradhwaj King Janak & what is the Brahma Vidya that he taught to him? Why does Shri Krishna cite Seeradhwaj Janak as an illustrious example of the Karma yoga in ...
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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 ...
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Are there any female rishis?

Most of the saints or rishis we see are male. Are there any female saints (except devotees through Bhakti yoga)? Why do we find female rishis only rarely? Is there any reason? Through which yoga ...
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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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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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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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When did the Gayatri-Mantra appear?

The Gayatri-Mantra appeared in the Rigveda, which was composed between c. 1700–1100 BCE. This Mantra has probably been transmitted from masters to disciples, a long time before being written. ...
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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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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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Who is the figure Aktakshya, quoted in the Shatapatha Brahmana of the Yajur Veda?

The Shatapatha Brahmana of the Yajur Veda, in a passage that simultaneously discusses the creation of the world and the way to properly conduct a yagna (fire-ritual), quotes two individuals concerning ...