Your favorite Rishi/Sage

Poll Question :

Which rishi from mythology do you most respect/admire?

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Posted: 2011-03-11T02:10:37Z
Okay, here is a poll I just thought of - of the many rishis that existed in Hindu mythology, which is the one you most respect/admire?  And describe why, in however much detail you like. Smile

I listed all the ones who were either renowned for either their teachings, or being mentors of other great personalities.  I won't detail their histories here, but am assuming that all of them would be instantly recognizable.

Since there were just 9, I picked those, and put an 'other' option which one could use if one has a favorite not listed above, like Manu, Kanva, Vamana, et al.  I'm assuming that some controversial ones like Dronacharya, Kripacharya, Durvasa, won't be on anyone's list, but if one is, feel free to select Other and mention who.
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Posted: 2011-03-11T03:59:49Z

It was a tough choice, because I like so many of them, but in the end it was a tie between Narada and Valmiki. I ended up choosing Narada because he's in almost every story of Hindu puranas and always serves as a catalyst for major events. He was one of the deepest devotees of the Lord and often forgot his own divinity because of getting caught up in worldly feelings. He advised people (many of whom did not take his advice) to change the flow of time, and found that not much could change Vidhi if the person's death time is near. Plus, Narada is such a fun character too and we (at least I) find myself getting caught up in his mischief and find both humor and meaning in it.

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Posted: 2011-03-11T04:05:43Z
umm.. Valmiki
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Posted: 2011-03-11T04:18:17Z
Btw Vrish, if you had space, you could have also added Maharishi Garg to the list, as he was pretty prominent throughout Krishna Avatar.
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Posted: 2011-03-11T05:44:44Z
Valmiki. I am really grateful to him & will be grateful untill my death as he is the writer of my Ramayan, my best book in this universe is Valmiki Ramayan.
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Posted: 2011-03-11T06:07:58Z
Another two names....Vishvamitra and Vyasa. I guess this is why you had to include the 'others' option, there are so many.LOL
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Posted: 2011-03-11T07:24:08Z
I like Valmiki. But I also like Sandipani for his impartial attitude. He was great teacher; who never discriminated between the rich and poor. He treated Krishna (the prince) and Sudhama (the poor Brahmin boy) alike.
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Posted: 2011-03-11T10:03:21Z
Originally posted by JanakiRaghunath

Another two names....Vishvamitra and Vyasa. I guess this is why you had to include the 'others' option, there are so many.LOL

True, but I don't admire either of them.  Vishwamitra was a vain rishi, too prone to anger, and it showed in his attitudes towards Vashistha when he was trying to become a Brahmarshi, particularly in the Trishanku episodes.  Also, his behavior towards Harishchandra was nothing short of vile.  In fact, Vishwamitra is a rishi I highly loathe and despise.  He belongs right up there w/ Durvasha, who I deliberately neither included nor mentioned.

Vyasa too - I need to check if he sheltered Ashwatthama after the massacre of the Pandavas, but if he did, and on top of that, drew a moral equivalence b/w Ashwathama's & Arjun's use of the Brahmashira, I don't respect him either.  Also, he wrote accounts of not just the Ramayan, but other things that contradict Valmiki (namely Agastya's story, which is different b/w Ramayan & Mahabharat), and I don't really appreciate seers increasing rather than decreasing the confusion.
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