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It took a lot of work, but through careful searching of the Oxford's Rig Veda translation through Google Books, I was able to compile most of the Anukramani's sage and deity information, except for some hymns in books 8 and 9 as I'll describe below. So without further ado, here's the list of seers and deities for each Book of the Rig Veda, in PDF format: ...


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As I discuss in this answer, how the Vedas originated is that from time immemorial, sages known as Dhristas have heard sacred verses directly from the gods during a state of Tapasya (deep meditation). And then in every Dwapara Yuga, a sage called the Veda Vyasa takes this set of mantras and divides into the four books we call the Vedas (or more precisely the ...


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Saptarshis live for a period of Manvantara. So, they are alive now. They live on seven stars (Sapta Rishi Mandala) which revolve around Pole Star. Srimad Bhagavatam 8.13.5 gives names of seven sages for Vaivasvara Manvantara. कश्यपोऽत्रिर्वसिष्ठश्च विश्वामित्रोऽथ गौतमः| जमदग्निर्भरद्वाज इति सप्तर्षयः स्मृताः ॥ ८.१३.५ ॥ Kaśyapa, Atri, Vasiṣṭha, ...


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Chitrashikhandins are seven great sages (Sapta Maharshi) viz. Marichi, Atri, Angiras, Pulastya, Pulah, Kratu, and Vashishtha. It is described in Mahabharata, Shanti Parva (12.322.27). मरीचिरत्र्यङ्गिरसौ पुलस्त्यः पुलहः क्रतुः | वसिष्ठश्च महातेजा एते चित्रशिखण्डिनः ||२७|| marīcir atryaṅgirasau pulastyaḥ pulahaḥ kratuḥ / (27.1) vasiṣṭhaśca mahātejā ...


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There are three levels of Rishis in Vajasaneyi Samhita. The Sarvanukrama Sukta of Vajasaneyi Samhita states the Rishi for whole Vajasaneyi Samhita is Rishi Vivasvan. He is the first level of Rishi. इषेत्वादि खं ब्रह्मान्त विवस्वान् ।। It was taught by Vivasvan (hence he is the Rishi). Thus the Rishi for whole Vajasaneyi Samhita is Rishi Vivasvan. Then ...


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If you read more on the same page, you will come across this: The human soul is eternal and immortal, perfect and infinite, and death means only a change of centre from one body to another. The present is determined by our past actions, and the future by the present. The soul will go on evolving up or reverting back from birth to birth and death to death. ...


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As per oxford dictionary, Miracle is 'an extraordinary and welcome event that is not explicable by natural or scientific laws and is therefore attributed to a divine agency'. If we go by above definition, there are many such events happened in Kali Yuga too. Books by recent Yogis or Swamis narrate many such episodes. You also mentioned in your question, &...


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The story is from this chapter and this chapter of the Shanti Parva of the Mahabharata. Bhishma heard it from his guru, Vishnu's incarnation Parashurama. (Bhishma and Parashurama later fought a battle against each other, as I discuss here.) There was once a Rishi who lived in the forest and by virtue of his Tapasya (deep meditation), he became a friend of ...


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He is Kakbhushuda(काक​ भुशुण्ड). There is a story of Kakbhushunda in Yogvashishtha, Nirvan Prakaran Purvardh, Sarga 14-25. Quoted text is from Yogvashishtha English translation part-3. Vashishtha discussed about Bhushunda to Rama: Among them there was a crow's nest, belonging to one old raven by name of Bhusunda, who lived quite happy with himself; ...


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The Ganapati Atharvashirsha Upanishad, AKA the Ganesha Upanishad or Ganapati Upanishad, is a text which claims to be an Upanishad associated with the Atharvana Veda; here is what it says about itself in verses 16-18 (see pages 5-7 of this PDF file): He who studies this Atharva text moves towards Brahman.... This Atharva text should not be given to ...


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Most of the saints or rishis we see are male. Are there any female saints (except devotees through Bhakti yoga)? We see that many females also follow their husbands, serve them and partake in their tapasya. In Srimad Bhagavatam When Dhrtarastra and Gandhari are missing from the palace Narada Muni tells this to Maharaja Yudhisitira: SB 1.13.53 — On the ...


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Maharshi Kanad ( महर्षी कणाद) was born in 600 BC in Prabhas Kshetra (प्रभास क्षेत्र) near Dwaraka (द्वारका) in Gujarat, India. He is also known as Kashyap Rushi (कश्यप ऋषी) Once Kashyap Rushi was on a pilgrimage to Prayag when he saw thousands of pilgrims lettering Rice grains and flowers in the streets which they offered at the temple. Rishi ...


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According to Skanda Purana, Nagara Khanda, Volume 17, Chapter 124, Sage Valmiki is Brahmin by birth too. Formerly, there was a Brahmana named Lohajangha in Chamatkarpura. He hailed from the family of Mandavya. Initially, he was a good person devoted to his family but once, there was no rain for a long time in Chamatkarpuar. So, Chamatkarpur was affected by ...


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According to Brihad Devata, 2.82-84 Sanskrit Source and English Transliteration Source, there are several Brahmavadinis as follows: Ghosa Godha Visvavara Apalopanisan Nisat ; Brahmajaya Juhur nama, Agastyasya svasaditih. [82] Indrani cendramata ca Sarama Romasorvasi; Lopamudra ca Nadyas ca Yami nari ca Sasvati .[83] Srir Laksa Sarparajnl Vak Sraddha Medha ...


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Though Keshav's answer gives names of previous Vyasas, Shiva Purana gives different names for some of the previous Vyasas. Chapter 4&5 of Satarudrasamhita Section of Shiva Purana mentions that Shiva takes birth at the end of each Dvapara Yuga and lives in Kaliyuga. He will teach Yoga techniques to his four disciples and these four disciples helps people ...


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The Anukramani of Shukla Yajurveda Vajasaneyi Samhita is available in this book named Yajurveda Samhita. It gives "Prakaran" which means to which ritualistic purpose is it used, "Rishi" which means who heard the mantras, "Devata" which means to which God is it addressed and "Chhanda" which means in which Vedic metre are the mantras. The book contains ...


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The reason Rishis aren't born in the Kali Yuga is due to transgression of Brahmacharya, as described in this chapter of the Apastamba Dharma Sutras: The word 'austerity' (must be understood to apply) to (the observance of) the rules (of studentship). If they are transgressed, study drives out the knowledge of the Veda acquired already, from the (offender) ...


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Badarayana and Veda Vyasa are one and the same.The reason why Vyasa came to be known by the Badarayana name is explained in the following passage: In the Brahmasutra, on which there are commentaries according to the various philosophical schools, Vyasa presents in an extremely terse form the substance of the ten (principal) Upanisads. Since he dwelt ...


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I know of four stories in Hindu scripture involving Durvasa cursing or threatening to curse someone: This chapter of the Vishnu Purana describes how Durvasa gave Indra a garland, and Indra's elephant Airavatam threw it on the ground. So Durvasa cursed Indra and the gods to lose their powers, which is what necessitated the famous Churning of the Ocean to ...


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I am answering for the time being only from Rig Veda. The answer may be updated in future with references from the other Vedas. First of all, a Rishi is a person to whom is revealed at least one Rik mantra of the Rig Veda. The Rishi literally hears the mantra by super- physical methods in a state like trance, which he has achieved by means of tapas. Now, ...


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As I've mentioned in my this answer, Though Brahmana, Aranyaka & Upanishads are not hymns heard (or seen) by ancient Rishis in Tapasya, they are considered to be forming the part of Vedas. Actually Samhitas & Brahmanas are said to be KarmaKanda part and Aranyanaka & Upanishads said to be JnanaKanda part of Vedas. Let me quote closely relevant ...


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Firstly, Can anyone really Curse Lord Shiva? Do the sages who come for fractions of time in the Universe have power to curse the Lord Shiva? No, it isn't possible. When in a story we see that someone curses Shiva and Shiva suffers from it, it is not that Shiva suffers because of effect of that curse, it's because Shiva wishes to do so. Tapa Shakti ...


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The sage who cut off his own hands was Likhita and his elder brother is Shankha. The story of these two sages is said to Yudhishtira by Sage Vyasa to remind his duty of chastising. This story occurs in 23rd chapter of Rajadharmanusasana Parva of Shanti Parva of Mahabharata. These were two sages named Shankha and Likhita lived in different hermitages. Both ...


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Yes, Brahman definitely knows what choices we're going to make, because Brahman is the one that causes us to make those choices. But then how is it fair that we are punished for choices that Brahman caused us to make? It's because the choices that Brahman causes us to make now are based on the choices we made in a past birth, and the choices Brahman caused ...


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There is a verse Attributed to Great Sage Vyasa which goes like this vyAsam vasishta-naptAram Sakteh pautram akalmasham parAsarAtmajam vande Suka-tAtam tapo-nidhim. Which means vyAsa is the Great-Grandson of vasishta and the grandson of Sakti. He is the son of parAsara and the father of Suka. I offer my obeisance to that vyAsa who is free from all defects ...


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The Vālmīki Rāmāyaṇa itself mentions the objective of Indra's visit to Gautama's āśrama which was to simply take away the ascetic powers of Gautama. So, contrary to what the speaker in the video says, in this instance, it was not a test. After Gautama delivers his curse on Indra, Indra returns to his loka and says: कुर्वता तपसो विघ्नं गौतमस्य महात्मन: । ...


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The Manu Smriti defines Sruti (that has been heard) and Smriti (that has been remembered) as follows: Srutis tu Vedo Vijneyo DharmashAstram tu vai Smritihi... ........ By Sruti is meant the Veda, and by Smriti is meant the Dharma ShAstra.. Manu Smriti 2.10. And, the Parashara Smriti, describes in the following verse, how at the beginning ...


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Was Vishvamitra Self - Realized while falling in Menaka's Beauty ? Can Self - Realized beings can also fall in Lust ?<br> We find the he answers of above questions given in Valmiki Ramayana Bal-Kanda.Chapter [Sarga] 63. Where the whole story of Sage Vishwamitra is narrated in greate detail . Background -: on Vishvamitra's performing severe ascesis ...


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According to Skanda Purana, Volume 15, Chapter 171, her name was Sandili. According to this chapter, Sage Mandavya was ordered by a King to be impaled though he was not in fault. When Sage Mandavya was in such situation, one night a Brahmani Sandili came there with her husband and by mistake she felt on Sage Mandavya. This caused more pain to the sage and he ...


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Who are Rishi Asita and Devala Its said in Kurma Purana -Chapter 19 -that sage Kashyapa performed great penance for sons and as a result of his penance Sage Asita was born. एतानुत्पादय पुत्रानस्तु प्रजसन्तानकारणात | काश्यप: पुत्रकामस्तु चचार सुमहत्तप ||1|| Suta said :- With the desire of begetting more sons for the increase in the worldly population ...


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