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Difference Between Rishi and Muni

A person must first become a Muni, on their journey towards becoming a Rishi.

Rishi Muni
A Rishi is someone who is generally considered to be on a higher plane of learning and understanding due to their hundreds of years of tapas or meditation. A Muni is a person who does introspection or who is thoughtful. A Muni is somewhat like a philosopher who thinks about how and why things are the way they are.
Rishi means a sage, one who practices a life of simplicity and renunciation (A Monk or Saint). Muni is someone who does introspection or who is thoughtful (A Philosopher).
Example Rajarishi, Devrishi, Maharishi, Brahmarshi. Example somewhat a type of rishi.

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