maharishi

maharishi

[mah-huh-ree-shee, muh-hahr-uh-]
noun Hinduism.
1.
a teacher of spiritual and mystical knowledge; religious sage: often used as an honorary title.
2.
any of the seven great mythological seers of the Vedic and post-Vedic writings: identified with the seven stars of Ursa Major.

Origin:
< Sanskrit maharṣi, equivalent to maha- great + -rṣi, combining form of ṛṣi saint

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maharishi (ˌmɑːhɑːˈriːʃɪ, məˈhɑːriːʃɪ)
 
n
Hinduism a Hindu teacher of religious and mystical knowledge
 
[from Hindi, from mahā great + rishi sage, saint]

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maharishi
Hindu sage or holy man, 1785, from Skt., from maha "great" (see maharajah) + rishi "inspired sage." In general use, a title for a popular spiritual leader.
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