Maharshi, Maharishi, Mahaṛṣi, Maharṣi, Mahārṣi: 15 definitions
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The Sanskrit terms Mahaṛṣi and Maharṣi and Mahārṣi can be transliterated into English as Maharsi or Maharishi or Maharshi, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).
Purana and Itihasa (epic history)Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index
- 1) Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa II. 32. 89, 97; Matsya-purāṇa 145. 85; 247. 10.
- 2) Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa II. 6. 71; Vāyu-purāṇa 7. 74; 59. 82 and 89.
- 3) Ib. 7. 75-6.
The Purana (पुराण, purāṇas) refers to Sanskrit literature preserving ancient India’s vast cultural history, including historical legends, religious ceremonies, various arts and sciences. The eighteen mahapuranas total over 400,000 shlokas (metrical couplets) and date to at least several centuries BCE.
Vaishnavism (Vaishava dharma)Source: Pure Bhakti: Bhagavad-gita (4th edition)
Maharṣi (महर्षि) refers to “seer of the Truth. He has seen the worshipable deity of one’s mantra”. (cf. Glossary page from Śrīmad-Bhagavad-Gītā).Source: Pure Bhakti: Bhajana-rahasya - 2nd Edition
Maharṣi (महर्षि) refers to:—A great sage. (cf. Glossary page from Bhajana-Rahasya).Source: Pure Bhakti: Brhad Bhagavatamrtam
Maharṣi (महर्षि) refers to:—(also spelled Mahaṛṣi) Great sage. (cf. Glossary page from Śrī Bṛhad-bhāgavatāmṛta).
Vaishnava (वैष्णव, vaiṣṇava) or vaishnavism (vaiṣṇavism) represents a tradition of Hinduism worshipping Vishnu as the supreme Lord. Similar to the Shaktism and Shaivism traditions, Vaishnavism also developed as an individual movement, famous for its exposition of the dashavatara (‘ten avatars of Vishnu’).
Tibetan Buddhism (Vajrayana or tantric Buddhism)Source: Wisdom Library: Tibetan Buddhism
Mahārṣi (महार्षि) refers to a group of deities summoned by the Yamāntaka-mantra and mentioned as attending the teachings in the 6th century Mañjuśrīmūlakalpa: one of the largest Kriyā Tantras devoted to Mañjuśrī (the Bodhisattva of wisdom) representing an encyclopedia of knowledge primarily concerned with ritualistic elements in Buddhism. The teachings in this text originate from Mañjuśrī and were taught to and by Buddha Śākyamuni in the presence of a large audience (including Mahārṣi).
Tibetan Buddhism includes schools such as Nyingma, Kadampa, Kagyu and Gelug. Their primary canon of literature is divided in two broad categories: The Kangyur, which consists of Buddha’s words, and the Tengyur, which includes commentaries from various sources. Esotericism and tantra techniques (vajrayāna) are collected indepently.
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Marathi-English dictionarySource: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary
maharṣi (महर्षि).—m S A ṛṣi or saint of a high order. Ex. tujhā vhāvayā sākṣātkāra || ma0 yajiti thōra thōra ||.
Marathi is an Indo-European language having over 70 million native speakers people in (predominantly) Maharashtra India. Marathi, like many other Indo-Aryan languages, evolved from early forms of Prakrit, which itself is a subset of Sanskrit, one of the most ancient languages of the world.
Sanskrit dictionarySource: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Shabda-Sagara Sanskrit-English Dictionary
(-rṣiḥ) A Rishi or saint of a particular order, including Vyasa and others. E. maha for mahat great, and ṛṣi saint: see rājarṣi .Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Benfey Sanskrit-English Dictionary
Maharṣi (महर्षि).—i. e. mahā-ṛṣi, m. A sage of a pre-eminent class, [Mānavadharmaśāstra] 1, 34.Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Cappeller Sanskrit-English Dictionary
Maharṣi (महर्षि).—[masculine] great Ṛṣi.Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Aufrecht Catalogus Catalogorum
Maharṣi (महर्षि) as mentioned in Aufrecht’s Catalogus Catalogorum:—poet. [Subhāshitāvali by Vallabhadeva]Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Monier-Williams Sanskrit-English Dictionary
1) Maharṣi (महर्षि):—[=maha-ṛṣi] [from maha > mah] m. = -rṣi, [Atharva-veda]
2) [=maha-rṣi] [from maha > mah] m. a great Ṛṣi, any great sage or saint ([according to] to [Manu-smṛti i, 34] ten Maharṣis were created by Manu Svāyambhuva, viz. Marīci, Atri, Aṅgiras, Pulastya, Pulaha, Kratu, Pracetas, Vasiṣṭha, Bhṛgu, Nārada, also called the 10 Prajāpatis, q.v.; some restrict the number to 7, and some add Dakṣa, Dharma, Gautama, Kaṇva, Vālmīki, Vyāsa, Manu, Vibhāṇḍaka etc.), [Manu-smṛti; Mahābhārata] etc. ([Indian Wisdom, by Sir M. Monier-Williams 206 n. 1])
3) [v.s. ...] Name of Śiva, [Śivagītā, ascribed to the padma-purāṇa]
4) [v.s. ...] of Buddha, [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]
5) [v.s. ...] of a poet, [Catalogue(s)]
Sanskrit, also spelled संस्कृतम् (saṃskṛtam), is an ancient language of India commonly seen as the grandmother of the Indo-European language family (even English!). Closely allied with Prakrit and Pali, Sanskrit is more exhaustive in both grammar and terms and has the most extensive collection of literature in the world, greatly surpassing its sister-languages Greek and Latin.
Hindi dictionarySource: DDSA: A practical Hindi-English dictionary
Maharṣi (महर्षि):—(nm) a great sage (seer).
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Puranic encyclopaedia (by Vettam Mani)
The Devi Bhagavata Purana (by Swami Vijñanananda)
Chapter 10 - On the story of Satyavrata < [Book 3]
Shrimad Bhagavad-gita (by Narayana Gosvami)
Verse 2.49 < [Chapter 2 - Sāṅkhya-yoga (Yoga through distinguishing the Soul from the Body)]
Verse 10.6 < [Chapter 10 - Vibhūti-yoga (appreciating the opulences of the Supreme Lord)]
Verse 18.77 < [Chapter 18 - Mokṣa-yoga (the Yoga of Liberation)]
The Ramayana of Valmiki (by Hari Prasad Shastri)
Chapter 42 - Other Monkeys are sent to explore the Western Region < [Book 4 - Kishkindha-kanda]
Chapter 63 - Vishvamitra is proclaimed a Maharishi < [Book 1 - Bala-kanda]
Chapter 91 - Sage Bharadvaja entertains the whole army < [Book 2 - Ayodhya-kanda]
The Ramayana (by Manmatha Nath Dutt)
Chapter VI < [Book 1 - Bāla-kāṇḍa]
Chapter XV < [Book 1 - Bāla-kāṇḍa]
Chapter LXX < [Book 1 - Bāla-kāṇḍa]
Brihad Bhagavatamrita (commentary) (by Śrī Śrīmad Bhaktivedānta Nārāyana Gosvāmī Mahārāja)