Wherever the mantra is, the rishi also is. The rishi is not dead, not just some person who lived in the ancient past. The rishi is a power that is inseparable from this eternal secret which he has left as a legacy in the form of the mantra, and wherever the mantra is and as long as the mantra is, the rishi is also there, not as a person but as a potency and a possibility. .-Swami Krishnananda