About The Sages And Saints Of Ancient India

Ancient Sages and Seers

It is stated that, at a subtle level, Truth drives the world more than anything else. Indeed, Truth is the latent force which keeps kindled the fire of continuity for the entire existence. It is further believed that Truth shines by the power of goodness and Godliness. And the goodness is fueled by the invocation of the subtle elements in nature. This task is primarily carried out by the people who are interested in changing themselves spiritually and improving the destiny of humanity at large. Mostly, these people are the seers and sages, who have realised the Truth and have been helping the mortals get over difficulties & sufferings and secure more happiness and positivity, which is the birthright of every individual.

Well, it is stated by many that India in the past (and even today) has generated more spirituality than most other regions of the world. In fact, there have been numerous sages and seers in Indian history who have tried to maximise human welfare and happiness. And it’s very interesting to know about some of the prominent ancient sages of India. Well, here we present brief descriptions of the five most prominent Indian sages and saints:

1. Vishvamitra - The Founder Of The Powerful Gayatri Mantra

Well, among the ancient Indian sages, Vishvamitra occupies a very prominent place. As per the Indian tradition, sage Vishvamitra was born as a Kshatriya, but he was able to change himself into a Brahmarishi (meaning a seer who has realised the Supreme Self). He could achieve this by practising harsh penance and tough spiritual austerities, even though he faced serious obstacles on three occasions.

The life and story of sage Vishvamitra is provided in the Indian super epic Valmiki Ramayana. Besides, the other grand epic Mahabharata says that Vishvamitra’s relationship with the apsara (maiden) Maneka resulted in a daughter named Shakuntala, whose story is narrated in Adi Parva of Mahabharata.

The Achievements Of Vishvamitra: He founded the famous Gayatri Mantra. Besides, he is stated to have composed three Mandalas of the Rig Veda. It is believed that only 24 seers since pre-historic times have understood the full meaning and the power of Gayatri Mantra. And Vishwamitra is the first amongst these 24.

2. Vashishtha - The Teacher Of The Perfect Human Being Lord Rama

Sage Vashishtha is another important seer amongst the famous sages in history. He is said to be the guru of the Devas (or the demigods). He is also the guru of Surya Vansha, the lineage of Lord Rama. At the same time, Vashishtha is one of the Saptarishis (the group of the elite seven rishis of India). His ideas gave gone a long way in influencing the Indian wisdom. In fact, he is believed to be the first sage of the Vedanta school of Hindu philosophy by Adi Shankara.

There are many mythologies and stories associated with sage Vashishtha. For instance, he is stated to be in possession of the divine cow Kamdhenu and her child Nandi, who can give anything to their owners. There are also incidents of conflicts between Vashishtha and Vishvamitra as recorded in the literature of legends. Do you want to resolve the conflicts in your family? Take the help of Your personal astrologer

The Achievements of Sage Vashishtha: Well, he is stated to be the chief author of seventh Mandala of Rigveda. He is also associated with the Yoga Vashishtha, Vashishtha Samhita and some versions of the Agni Purana & Vishnu Purana. Yoga Vashishtha consists of the teachings imparted by Sage Vasishta to Lord Rama.

3. Agastya - The Sage Who Drank The Mighty Ocean To Expose Demons

As for Sage Agastya, he holds huge importance in Tamil tradition, wherein he is considered a form of Lord Shiva. He neither has a human mother nor a human father, which makes him so very different. It is believed that he was born in a mud pitcher along with his twin sage Vashishtha. In the Shaivite tradition, he is the first Tamil Siddhar. There is repeated mention of sage Agastya in the different chapters of the holy Ramayana. It is stated that he also drank oceans in order to expose the demons, who had gone into hiding.

The Achievements of Sage Agastya: He is stated to be the father of the Tamil language. It is believed that he founded the original Tamil grammar, which is also known as Agastyam (Agattiyam). Besides, he also created many hymns of the most ancient Rig Veda. He created the Agastya Samhita and Agastimata, which is a profound work about gems and diamonds, containing information on the origins, qualities, testing and making jewellery from them.

4. Kashyapa - The Author Of A Classic Work On The Indian Medical Science

Well, Sage Kashyapa is also one of the seven rishis of the Saptarishi Mandal. As per the Atharva Veda, Sage Kashyapa is a self-made scholar. The significance of sage Kashyapa is that he is considered the father of the Devas (demigods), Asuras (demons), Nagas (snakes) and the entire humankind. As per the belief, Kashyapa married Aditi, and their relationship resulted in the birth of Agni and the Adityas. With his second wife Diti, Sage Kashyapa begot the Daityas (demons).

The Achievements of Sage Kashyapa: The Sage Kashyapa created the profound Kashyap Samhita, (or Braddha Jivakiya Tantra), a classical reference book on Ayurveda especially in the fields of Ayurvedic paediatrics, gynaecology and obstetrics.

5. Bhrigu - Brahma’s (Mind-Born) Son, Who Helped Him Create The Universe

Like Vashishtha and Kashyapa, Maharishi Bhrigu is also one of the seven great sages (the Saptarishi Mandal). In fact, Bhrigu is considered the mind-born-son (Manas Putra) of Lord Brahma. Sometimes Maharishi Bhrigu is referred to as ‘Prajapati’ (Creator) as he helped Lord Brahma in the creation of the universe. Maharishi Bhrigu tried to hit Lord Vishnu on his chest; thus, a footprint was formed on the Lord’s chest. This footprint is referred to as Shrivatsa.

The Achievements of Maharishi Bhrigu: He authored the famous Bhrigu Samhita. For this, he collected the birth charts, wrote full-life predictions and compiled them. Indeed, Bhrigu Samhita is the first book in Astrology.

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