The name ‘Rishis’ brings to our minds the archetypal image of old men, with matted locks and long beards, sitting in forests or caves in deep meditations. Or we may think of them as characters in our epics, involved in some spiritual activity, but mostly living in seclusion, away from the society. In the west, maybe we associate similar characteristics to Saints or Mystics. Our imagination hardly takes us beyond the movies and story books, which feed us with these pictures and characters since our young days.
A Rishi is much, much more than any of these characterizations. To understand the Rishis is to understand the possibilities of Human endeavour, the heights that man can touch, the greatness he can achieve. Rishis are truly the pinnacle of human evolution at all levels — physical, astral and spiritual.
Who is a Rishi ?
A Rishi is a Spiritual Master who has mastered the Spiritual sciences through his long and persistent efforts. He is a person who has experienced God and because of that experience, is able to manifest God’s qualities in his living.
A Rishi’s language is Love. He always radiates Love in his thoughts, words and actions. Whoever comes in contact with him will be touched by this love. It’s no exaggeration that in ancient times, when the Rishis lived in forests, the entire atmosphere would be infused with so much of love that even wild beasts would walk around tamely, without harming others. The depth of their unconditional love can only be known by experience.
A Rishi is the personification of all the Spiritual qualities – Love, surrender, humility, detachment and accommodation.
A Rishi’s higher experiences makes him one of the wisest people in the entire creation. He manifests that wisdom in his living, in his interactions with others and in guiding them. He can understand others and accommodate them completely. He has tremendous patience and expansion.
Because of their higher spiritual experiences, the Rishis have access to very rare knowledge and powers that are not available to anyone else. Their wisdom enables them to use these for the welfare of everyone instead of for their individual benefits. Because of their intense love for God, they selflessly serve His creation.
The incarnations of Rishis
Rishihood is a spiritual state that is attained after the inner awakening, when the seeker chooses to guide others towards their liberation. A Rishi is free from the cycle of birth and death and though he can go back to his source at any time, he chooses to stay back for the benefit of others. Because he has transcended death, he can continue to live in the same body for thousands of years, without ageing, if that is required for his work.
In Himalayas and other places, there are innumerable Rishis who’re in deep tapas for eons, gathering and holding special energies. Yet, there are Rishis who choose to give up their bodies at death and take birth again. The reason could vary from one person to another — it could be to take birth on a different earth in another part of creation, or to take birth on this earth itself, in another part of the world, for a different purpose. This choice, like others, will be according to the divine plan and the Rishis follow the instructions of the SaptaRishis, the seven masters who’re the supreme administrators of God’s creation.
All the Spiritual Masters of Mankind like Christ, Plato, Swami Vivekananda, Amara, Max Muller, Ramana, etc were great Rishis. These Spiritual giants have also incarnated as important people throughout history, to advance civilization, to establish kingdoms, to invent and discover a thousand useful things, to reform society and to advance the area of fine arts like art and music. They’ve taken birth as inventors and scientists like Isaac Newton, Charles Darwin and Einstein to advance the frontiers of science. They’ve come down as reformers like Mother Theresa and Nelson Mandela to serve society and help those in need. As artists, poets, sculptors and musicians like Davinci, Michealengelo and Mozart, they’ve added new dimensions to human culture and finesse. And many times, they’ve taken birth as ordinary people, not known to many but impacting the lives of those around with their ideal living and personal qualities.
At the physical level, these great people may not be aware of their spiritual roots. A Rishi who incarnates in this way, usually connects to the higher realms at a deeper level and brings down very special knowledge in that field, which is relevant to the times. He may not manifest all the qualities of a Rishi in that incarnation, as it may not be required too. So he’ll often lead a purposeful but contradicting life of a genius, focussed on his work, so that the knowledge of his true identity doesn’t disturb his work.
Capacities of the Rishis
Rishis are the highest beings in God’s creation. The direct Wisdom, Energies and Guidance from the Supreme Intelligence Himself gives them tremendous capacities and enables them to carry out unbelievable feats. Some of their powers are truly breathtaking, which they use only for the execution of God’s work.
Some of their capacities are:
Categories of Rishis
Rishis are the administrators of God’s creation. They take care of his manifestation and govern it on his behalf. They are involved in all the decision making and governance processes. There’s a huge network of Rishis which spans all the planes and dimensions. At different levels, they have different roles and responsibilities.
The Saptarishis are a batch of seven Rishis who are directly in charge of the entire work under God. They have millions of other Rishis and workers to assist them in this work. They report directly to God and take important decisions pertaining to the administration with His consultation.
The Saptarishis are not a permanent batch — the Rishis of this batch keep changing over a larger cycles of time known as a Manvantara in Sanskrit. They are known in different cultures as the Hierarchy, Council of Lights, Light Masters etc. The present batch of Saparishis are Maharshi’s Brighu, Atri, Angirasa, Vasishtha, Pulastya, Pulaha and Kratu.
On this earth, they are assisted by a batch of 1,44,000 Rishi-workers, spread across different cultures and countries.
These are Rishis of a particular order who have done intense Tapas and have been serving God for millions of years. They take His advice and execute His work. Depending on the work, they can go to all the Manifested worlds and Dimensions and even to the Unmanifested part of creation.
The Maharshi’s usually work under the Saptarishis but some of them choose to work on their own. Usually they work from the astral planes but sometimes they take birth on this plane, depending on the requirement. There are some great Maharshis whom even God consults before taking important decisions. These great masters bring down rare knowledge and energies for the benefit of Humanity.
These are the masters who are responsible to execute the divine work at the physical level. Usually they work as a batch on a particular earth. Many of them will be of the order of Maharshis and they specialize in working at the physical level, like Maharshi Amara.
The Rishi workers will be trained for thousands of years across many lifetimes for the work. Many will also be working for many cycles. They are trained for working in very adverse and difficult situations. Hence they are always able to accept the situations they are in and wait patiently without losing hope to continue their work.
Rishi workers usually experience higher spiritual states at the deeper levels, which they manifest in their work here. All the qualities they manifest for the work like patience, accommodation and inner strength comes from their Love; their Love for God and his creation.
These are also great spiritual masters who work for God’s creation. Unlike the Rishi workers, they are not a permanent batch of Rishis on any earth. They go to a particular earth when more help is required, like during a transitory period. And they’ll also have different masters other than the Rishis to guide them in their work, sometimes.
The work of the Rishis
Much of the work of the Rishis remains hidden partly because of their humility which prevents them from talking about it. The scriptures which capture some of their works are also incomplete and have been distorted over time. A few records of the workers and psychics give us a glimpse of the immense work which these masters have done silently over the eons, without the expectation of any reward or recognition.
Rishis’ work in this transitory period
Postponing the third world war:
Many psychics like Nostradamus had predicted the third world war by the end of the 20th century and it was supposed to happen as per the destiny of this earth. And we have been at the brink of this war several times. But the Rishis, out of their love and concern for humanity have managed to postpone the war, in order to reduce the pain and destruction. They’ve released a lot of their tapas-shakti and have prayed for grace to alter this destiny.
Until now the war has been postponed, also because a good percentage of Humanity doesn’t want it. But if people un-choose or continue to manifest negativities, the Higher intelligence may be forced to allow another World war.
Reducing the duration of Pralaya and the Transitory period:
Our Earth was supposed to go through an intense churning period (Pralaya) for 49 years and a total of 432 years of the transitory period before ascending into the Light Age. Now, with the grace of the Higher Intelligence and the work of the Rishis, we’ll be finishing all of this by the year 2018.
Another important highlight of this period is that we go through less commotion and also have the maximum opportunities to make faster spiritual progress. What used to take lifetimes of great effort can now be achieved by an individual within a few years. This is because of the help provided by the Rishis at different levels to transform, grow and manifest Light.
One example of their work during this transitory period is their work during the 2010 FIFA Worldcup: Africa is very dense with its karmas, problems and very gross energies. A lot of help is being offered from the spiritual level for the growth of this place.
During the recently concluded football world cup, the theme song was ‘Waka Waka’. The Rishis mapped ‘Wa’ to Water and ‘Ka’ to karmas and released a lot of energies at the astral level. Whenever anyone repeated ‘Waka’, a little of their karmas were washed away. And the football finals which coincided with the eclipse was fully utilized to release a lot of new energies and do a lot of astral work in Africa.
We may never know most of the works or sacrifices of these great masters, who’ve moved the wheels of civilization and helped humanity at all levels — material and spiritual. Understanding the immensity of their work helps us to develop love towards them and also cultivate humility. These are the qualities which help us establish contact with these masters, so that we find guidance on our spiritual growth.
Anyone can grow and become a Rishi on his spiritual journey. When we transcend the desire for our individual growth and decide to help and serve others on their journey, the Universe helps us to attain Rishihood. This selfless quality differentiates a Rishi from a spiritual aspirant.
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Please use discernment with dates: remember there is no time where we are going. Like the saying goes- "What do we want ? Time travel. When do we want it? Irrelevant." (Lol)
Great post Kelley-
Thank you, Pet Rock :-) Have a wonderful day :-)
Very joking of the Rishis to put a mantra in a football song......good idea. Thanks for the post, Kelly...enjoyed it a lot..
You're welcome, Feather. Always nice to see you, thanks for reading.
nice .... ;))
‘the seer of thoughts’ … as it goes to shamans, magis, pythia (oracal), nagual, sages … all related on such sublimely level have found all Laws of Nature that governed the entire Universe.
According to Hindu mythology, Angiras are celestial beings and descendants of gods, who watch over humans and protect sacrificial fires. The Angirasas are among the oldest families of Rishis (Seers) in the Rigveda. In this text, Agni, god of fire, is sometimes referred to as Angiras. The supreme deity of the Sumerian pantheon is AN, or Anu. In the first two letters of the Sanskrit word An-gir-as, AN could refer to Anu. GIR might relate to the Akkadian fire-god— fire as in rocket propulsion. DinGIR in the cuneiform writing meant sky or heaven, and also a god or goddess. The masters of the sky were perceived as deities by the earthbound. This reminds of Angiras and his descendants, the Angirasas, as a group of higher beings who traversed the realms between gods and men — an inter-stellar and inter-dimensional elite. The seven Rishis are identified with the seven stars of the Big Dipper. Their wives are the six stars of the Pleiades (Krittikas), plus one visible double star of the Big Dipper. Originally these seven Rishis, sapta vipra, were identified as Angirasas.
The Angirasas and the Bhrigus families "...represent the pre-Rig Vedic past: they go so far back into the past that not only are they eponymous founders of these families (Angiras and Bhrigu respectively), but even certain other ancient Rishis belonging to these families (Brihaspati, Atharvan, Ushana) are already remote mythical persons in the Rigveda; and the names of the two families are already names for mythical and ritual classes: the Angirasas are deified as 'a race of higher beings between Gods and men' ...the Bhrigus and the Atharvans are synonymous with fire-priests in general. ...the names of these two families are also found in the Iranian and Greek texts..."- http://metaphysicalmusing.com/articles/rigveda2015/AnuPart1.htm
Wow, great link, thank you, Ara :-) Very interesting data... so many connections.