- a teacher of spiritual and mystical knowledge; religious sage: often used as an honorary title.
- any of the seven great mythological seers of the Vedic and post-Vedic writings: identified with the seven stars of Ursa Major.
Origin of maharishi
< Sanskrit maharṣi, equivalent to maha- great + -rṣi, combining form of ṛṣi saint
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Examples from the Web for maharishi
And finally, he went up a mountain with the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, guru to the stars, and came down again a convinced mystic.
And when all the Beatles went meditating in India with the Maharishi, he said that it reminded him of Butlins and came home early.
Winners have thanked everyone from their makeup person to "the Maharishi."Oscars Speech Dos and Don'ts
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Maharishi, 7-5 you are the first yogi I have known who always stays indoors.
Maharishi, I wish you would write a book on yoga for the benefit of the world.
- Hinduism a Hindu teacher of religious and mystical knowledge
from Hindi, from mahā great + rishi sage, saint
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Word Origin and History for maharishi
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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