Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A divinely inspired poet or sage in India, sometimes regarded as a saint.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A Vedic poet and seer who composed Rigvedic hymns, who alone or with others invokes the deities with poetry of a sacred character.
  • n. A Hindu sage or saint occupying the same position in India history as the patriarchs of other countries, constituting a peculiar class of beings in the early mythical system, as distinct from Asuras, Devas and mortal men.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In Skt. myth., an inspired sage or poet; the author of a Vedic hymn.

Etymologies

Sanskrit ṛṣiḥ.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Sanskrit ऋषि (ṛ́ṣi), of Common Indo-Iranian source (cognate with Avestan 𐬆𐬭𐬆𐬴𐬌𐬴 (ǝrǝšiš, "seer")), probably formed from verbal root √ṛṣ ("to flow, pour"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Join GimpNET with an IRC client and join #tracker, and then ask the guy who goes by the nickname "rishi".

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  • NDEs/OOBs, as well as certain rishi meditative and altered states may involve consciousness shifting to a series of smaller/closer - to-the Planck scale, higher frequency and intensity lokas, or astral planes.

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  • When the eternal knower, the rishi, wakes up in anyone, it proclaims,

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  • It gets into that whole when to launch thing, but I would still err on the conservative side than the alpha side. reply rishi

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  • The great (rishi) muse, worthy of offerings, worthy of honor.

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  • Brahmanical rishi with the Sakya house, by means of 1323, 1468,

    A Record of Buddhistic Kingdoms

  • “Gautama was the sacerdotal name of the Sakya family, which counted the ancient rishi Gautama among its ancestors.”

    A Record of Buddhistic Kingdoms

  • The Sanskrit name means “the city of humpbacked maidens;” with reference to the legend of the hundred daughters of king Brahma-datta, who were made deformed by the curse of the rishi Maha-vriksha, whose overtures they had refused.

    A Record of Buddhistic Kingdoms

  • Rishis are divided into various classes; and rishi-ism is spoken of as a seventh part of transrotation, and rishis are referred to as the seventh class of sentient beings.

    A Record of Buddhistic Kingdoms

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