1(In South Asia) a person regarded with reverence or loving respect; a holy person or sage.
- India is the birthplace of Hinduism as well as Buddhism, motherland of Sikhs and Jains, the abode of more rishis, sadhus, mahatmas, and maharishis than any place on earth.
- There have been great saints and mahatmas in the past, who replied thus even to emperors and monarchs.
- Those whose actions show them to be self-realized are often described as mahatmas or great selves.
From Sanskrit mahātman, from mahā 'great' + ātman 'soul'.
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