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maharishi

[mah-huh-ree-shee, muh-hahr-uh-]
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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.
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Origin of maharishi

< Sanskrit maharṣi, equivalent to maha- great + -rṣi, combining form of ṛṣi saint
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  • Maharishi, 7-5 you are the first yogi I have known who always stays indoors.

    Autobiography of a YOGI

    Paramhansa Yogananda

  • Maharishi, I wish you would write a book on yoga for the benefit of the world.

    Autobiography of a YOGI

    Paramhansa Yogananda


British Dictionary definitions for maharishi

maharishi

noun
  1. Hinduism a Hindu teacher of religious and mystical knowledge
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Word Origin

from Hindi, from mahā great + rishi sage, saint
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Word Origin and History for maharishi

n.

Hindu sage or holy man, 1785, from Sanskrit, from maha "great," from PIE root *meg- "great" (see magnate) + rishi "inspired sage." In general use, a title for a popular spiritual leader.

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