Rishi vs Sages - What's the difference?

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As a verb sages is




(wikipedia rishi)


(en noun)
  • A Vedic poet and seer who composed Rigvedic hymns, who alone or with others invokes the deities with poetry of a sacred character.
  • * 2006 , Karen Armstrong, The Great Transformation , Atlantic Books 2007, p. 25:
  • The rishi asked one unfathomable question after another, until both he and his audience were reduced to the silence of unknowing.
  • (post-Vedic ) 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.
  • * 2005 , Salman Rushdie, Shalimar the Clown , Vintage 2006, p. 25:
  • In the beginning Max had no idea she was even a film actress, this girl with the skin the colour of scorched earth, the well-concealed body and the demure manner of a disciple walking in the footsteps of a great rishi .


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