Dowson's Classical Dictionary
of Hindu Mythology] "A holy
sage, a pious and learned person, endowed with more or less of a divine
nature, or having attained to it by rigid abstraction and mortification.
The title is applied to the Rishis, and to a great number of persons distinguished
for their writings considered as inspired, as Panini, Vyasa." Their superhuman
powers over gods and men have been often displayed, but more frequently in curses.
Languages MLLL-4993. Indian Epics. Laura Gibbs, Ph.D.
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