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Sanakadi Rishis

Sanakadi Rishis are the combined names of four great sages – Sanaka, Sanandana, Sanatana and Sanat Kumara. They are the four sons of Brahma and appeared at the beginning of the creation. Scriptures state that due to their high spiritual attainments, they remain as five year olds.

Brahma who did penance to start creation pleased the Supreme Truth and That appeared in the form of four Rishis – Sanakadi Rishis.

Sanakadi Rishis are the greatest gyanis, yogis and bhaktas.

Sanaka, Sanandana, Sanatana and Sanat Kumara
They lead a life of renunciation. They can travel anywhere by merely wishing. They arrive on earth to give lessons in dharma to human beings. Immersed in Brahman they keep on chanting Hari Sharanam.

Sage Narada addresses them in the Padma Purana like this – Though looking life five year olds, You are the eldest of the eldest, the great grand ancestors of the great grand ancestors. Vaikunta, the highest Heaven, the spiritual realm, your abode. Recitation of the glories of the Lord is Your only food.

Information Source - The Adhyatma Ramayana: concise English version By Chandan Lal Dhody