Definition - What does Saptarishi mean?
Saptarishi is a Sanskrit term which refers to the well known seven rishis, or seers, who appear throughout ancient Vedic and Hindu texts. They are important figures in Hinduism and yoga philosophy.
Many consider the Saptarishi to be the first yoga practitioners on earth. They are said to possess incredible yogic powers, including the ability to see across time, into the past, present and future.
The word Saptarishi comes from the root words of sapta, which means “seven,” and rishi, which means “sage” or “seer”. The English translation of Saptarishi is the Seven Sages.
Yogapedia explains Saptarishi
The names used to refer to the Saptarishi vary according to the era, or yuga, it is. At present, they are called Kashyapa, Atri, Vashista, Vishvamitra, Gautama Maharishi, Jamadagni and Bharadvaja.
It is said that Lord Shiva taught the Saptarishi about yoga, and empowered them to pass on the knowledge and traditions of yoga to others. All the Saptarishis are Brahmarishis, who have completely understood and experienced the meaning of Brahman.
Some in India believe that the seven stars of the Big Dipper constellation are representative of the light of the Saptarishis. As highly evolved light-beings, they guide the human race especially through times of transition, and guard the Divine laws.