Who is a Rishi?


From Vedic-Wisdom Yahoo group, Written by PVR Narasimha Rao

Being a rishi is different from getting moksha. Let me elaborate using the same metaphor of acting in a drama.

A lot of actors (people) in a drama (samsara, i.e. world) take the drama too seriously, do not like what happens in the scene they act and try to change the script to enhance their role or make it look better. They do not realize that the director (supreme power running the universe) picked characters and scenes based on how one acted before (previous lives) and what suits one. They complain endlessly, not realizing the futility.

When people’s scenes end, they are sent out of the drama room (death). Being used to the drama so much, they want to come back and the director finds another role for them (rebirth).

When their scenes end, some people realize that it is just a drama and not real. They leave without any regret or a desire to come back. They do not act again (no rebirth) and they are free from the drama (moksha).

Some people realize while acting in their scene (when still alive) that it is just a drama and not real (jeevanmukti, liberation while alive). They go through the motions, finish their scene and leave the drama (leave body). They do not act after that (no rebirth) and they are free from the drama.

Now, there are some special people (rishis) who realize that the drama is not real and stop taking it seriously and yet are at the disposal of director *forever*. They never leave the drama and do whatever director wants them to do, without complaining and without any attitude. It is also because they understand the director fully and are in sync with the director.

They are free in the sense that they are not taking the drama seriously like other actors (unliberated people) and yet they have not left the drama (like liberated people)!

For them, there is no difference between Shiva (or Purusha) and Shakti (or Prakriti), i.e. non-dual Self and the field of duality are one and the same for them. They can act in the field of duality using an individualized consciousness and yet not trapped because they are in oneness with the non-dual Self at the same time. Rishis have perfect control over the field of duality, but the word “control” is not in an egoistic sense here. They have no ego. In terms of the metaphor, they are the trusted assistants of the director who are in perfect sync with the director and are fully empowered to do anything they want to do with the drama.

Thus, being a rishi is different from moksha.

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7 responses to “Who is a Rishi?

  1. this explanation given about a Rishi is something not very clear.
    in this cosmic drama, th Lord assumes different roles Himself and there is no other- neither a script writer nor a director, actor or a spectator. Shakespere has mae it very clear.
    Now, as regards a Rishi. he is mantra drishtara. His Mantra is spelt as ut-geetha. His mantra is written by Ganapati seated i the Muladhara as the Gana adhipati, Lord of the Earth and He writes what Lord Narayana seated in the cavity of the heart as antaryamin (tad srushtva tat evaanupravishat) as te Vedavyasa. So who is here in the spiritual world of the supreme Self vibrating reverberating and creating images of forms on the clouds, MInd Screen?
    Dr. T. N. Achuta Rao,
    Centrefor Study of Consciousness
    Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, Belgaum Kendra
    Divine Grace Foundation.org

  2. this explanation given about a Rishi is something not very clear.
    in this cosmic drama, th Lord assumes different roles Himself and there is no other- neither a script writer nor a director, actor or a spectator. Shakespere has mae it very clear.
    Now, as regards a Rishi. he is mantra drishtara. His Mantra is spelt as ut-geetha. His mantra is written by Ganapati seated i the Muladhara as the Gana adhipati, Lord of the Earth and He writes what Lord Narayana seated in the cavity of the heart as antaryamin (tad srushtva tat evaanupravishat) as the Vedavyasa dictates. So who is here in the spiritual world of the supreme Self vibrating reverberating and creating images of forms on the clouds, Mind Screen?
    now, for that matter, let us think what happens even if we close our eyes for a minute or two, or, fall unconscious, or go to deep sleep> the whole paraphrernalia of the objective world disappears! Even the wife does not know that her husband has passed away in sleep while she was in deep sleep! Then, what is it we are speaking about all these Veda, the Rishi, the mantra, etc. Yes, the Mantra is real. It is the Creator. This Mantra is the Brahmana, the Technology of Consciousness. Everything is Consciouness. Consciousness is consciously aware of itself as pure Consciousness (parabrahman) There is nothing here but vibration of Consciouss, cittavrutti.
    After all what is human life of a span of 100 years in billions of years of earth. Moreover, nothing is created or destroye here! I only appear as my wife, children, grandchildren, parents and grandparents. There is none else besides me. I teh Purusha vibrate and create this world. vibration stops everything stops! this is the Reality of Existence, Om tat Sat.
    Dr. T. N. Achuta Rao,
    Centrefor Study of Consciousness
    Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, Belgaum Kendra
    Divine Grace Foundation.org

  3. Thank you Dr.Rao for your fascinating Advaitic perspective and also the nice explanation of mythological incident of Ganapathi, Vyasa, Narayana and the multiple universes springing forth from the conception of mind.
    Everything indeed is consciousness and a lila of the eternal Self.

  4. excellent rendition of a Rishi, if you trust in the wisdom of your heart, you will realize that the first explanation of the Rishi is absolutely correct….. wonderful….and why do I say this….???? because I am a Rishi……

    thankyou…..

  5. That is such a clear explanation, simple and profound at the same time thankyou

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