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A Brahymarishi is a rishi who is in a constant state of connection, has a constantly high CQ.[1]

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Sanatana Dharma > Achara, Ashramas, Brahman, Brahmarishi, Dharma, GodHead, Gunas, Illusory Self, Moksha, Neo-Hinduism, Paramatman, Purushaarthas, Rishis, Salvation, Samadhi, Sanskrit Literature, Saptarishis, Satya Yuga, Srutis, The Imperishable, Varnas, Vichara

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Rishis > Perfected One

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Rishis > Brahmarishi, Saptarishis


"A brahmarishi is one who is constantly in communion with Brahman, the Supreme Godhead. That is to say, these rishis are always in a state of cosmic consciousness in which they are immediately in touch with everything in the cosmos. They can be called the highest class of rishis, who have attained the divine knowledge (brahmajnana) or unity with Brahman. This knowledge of the Supreme is attained after years of austerity, meditation, study, and selfless service to the Supreme, resulting in total self-purification. It is a combination of physical, mental, and spiritual exertion."[2]

"Even at other times, when they walked around, they were in the superconscious state known as samadhi. They did not have to work for their living since they needed nothing and were dependent on nothing. They gleaned their sustenance from the ether. They looked at everything but saw only Brahman. That alone pervaded everything. They were one with That and therefore they did not exist as separate personalities. Only That One existed. That Supreme Truth, which manifests itself all the time in everything, is an eternal, infinite, and absolute self-existence, self-awareness, and self-delight—sat-chit-ananda. It supports and pervades all things. It is present in the human being as the atman. It is not only the Absolute but also the omnipresent reality in which all that is relative exists as Its forms and movements."[3]


All forms in the physical world are created by the Supreme Consciousness through the shaping of light. The rishis who lived immersed in the Pure Consciousness of Brahman were quite capable of conjuring up any form they chose through the medium of light. This was a natural thing for them. But even though they could materialize anything they wished, they did not seek to carve in stone or wood or make effigies or temples or in any way try to immortalize themselves in this world even though they were perfectly competent to do so. They knew that this world was only as real as the morning mist and would melt with the rising of the sun. The sun of their consciousness was at its zenith and they did not desire the trifles of the world. They have taught us the truth that we will not gain universality unless we are prepared to lose our individuality.

These rishis had no desires. They were quite happy with the forms that existed in the world, which had been fashioned by that Supreme Consciousness. They were content with whatever Nature provided. They did not yearn to possess more for the simple reason that they possessed the wish-fulfilling cow of plenty in their own minds, which was capable of granting every desire they had. Having found the secret of all existence, they continued to live only with the one desire, lokasamgraham—“the good of the world.” They were the embodiments of compassion.

They chose to live their lives in little hermitages or ashramas situated in the middle of jungles, where wild animals roamed unafraid. Every day was a new day. They never stored or hoarded for the next day. The only thing they tended very carefully was fire or agni. Into that fire they poured their oblations to the gods. They kept a few cows, which supplied the butter and ghee necessary for these oblations. They cultivated the land only to the extent that they needed. They were the very embodiments of simplicity and contentment. They desired nothing from the world, for they had found the source of all happiness within themselves. Therefore, they could not be tempted by the baubles of a world that they knew to be ephemeral.

They needed no commandments to keep them to the right path, for they were the very embodiments of dharma, or the cosmic order. They have given humanity the idea of what dharma, or cosmic law, means through the example of their own lives. They did not wish to conquer or control, even though they had the power to control the whole world. They were conscious of their inner power and so they were unafraid of anyone or anything. Actually all of us possess this inner power but we do not know it and thus we think we have to depend on external powers to protect us. We are riddled with fears and we try to protect ourselves by maintaining police forces and accumulating weapons and armies.

Their amazing experience could not be communicated in ordinary language so they taught their disciples in the form of questions and answers. These dialogues are recorded in what are known as the Upanishads, which come at the end of every Veda. The Upanishads use terse and concise language to point out Reality. However, unlike the world of Western science, which is open only to a few intellectuals, the magic world of the rishis has benefited even the uneducated and children. They have shown us that if heaven exists, it has to be made on this very earth.


  1. Vanamali. The Science of the Rishis: The Spiritual and Material Discoveries of the Ancient Sages of India. Toronto: Inner Traditions, 2015.
  2. Vanamali. The Science of the Rishis: The Spiritual and Material Discoveries of the Ancient Sages of India. Toronto: Inner Traditions, 2015.
  3. Vanamali. The Science of the Rishis: The Spiritual and Material Discoveries of the Ancient Sages of India. Toronto: Inner Traditions, 2015.
  4. Vanamali. The Science of the Rishis: The Spiritual and Material Discoveries of the Ancient Sages of India. Toronto: Inner Traditions, 2015.