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maharishi -Word of the Day - Wed Dec 20, 2023


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maharishi - (noun) - 1: a Hindu teacher of mysticism and meditation; regligious sage; 2: often used as a honorific

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Vishvamitra is one of the most venerated maharishis in the Hindu religion.

 

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Maharishi is derived from a Sanskrit word, maharsi, where 'maha' means great, and 'rsi'' means saint or seer.  

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The first known use of the word Maharishi was in the late 1700s, and the first written use was in 1785, in the writings of C. Wilkins.  

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The term Maharishi was used in India and became popular in British literature during the 1800s, while India was a British colony.  The famous author John Rudyard Kipling was born in British India and many of his stories and poems were set there.  

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In the late 1960's and 1970's, the Beatles and the Rolling Stones popularized the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi and his Trancendental Meditation.

He was known by some as the 'Giggling Guru' for his habit of giggling in his high pitched voice during interviews. 

 

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