The Powers of a Yogi


SIDDHIS AND RIDDHIS

There are nine Riddhis and eight Siddhis (major) and eighteen Siddhis (minor). The eight Siddhis are Anima (reducing one’s body even to the size of an atom), Mahima (expanding one’s body to an infinitely large size), Garima (becoming infinitely heavy), Laghima (becoming almost weightless), Prapti (having unrestricted access to all places), Prakamya (attainment of whatever one desires), Isatva (possessing absolute lordship) and Vasitva (the power to subjugate all). Riddhi means affluence. It is inferior to Siddhi.

CONQUEST OVER FIVE ELEMENTS

A Raja Yogi gets conquest over the mind through Nirvikalpa (thoughtless) or Nirbija (without seeds or Impression) Samadhi and, through conquest over the mind, gets also conquest over the five elements). Fire will not burn such a Yogi. Water will not drown him.

KNOWLEDGE OF THE PAST

The Yogi has got the power to plunge deep into the depths of his subconscious mind wherein the Impressions are embedded and to have direct vision and understanding of the Impressions of different births through his new Yogic eye. “He makes the Yogic Samyama (Concentration, Meditation and Samadhi) on these latent impression which are only the past experiences in a subtler form. Thus he gets the knowledge of his past life.

MULTI-TASKING

An untrained mind can only see or hear at a time, but a perfected mind can see and hear at the same time. It can be linked to several organs, to one or to none. It can be manipulated in any way the Yogi likes. It can do eight things at a time. This is called Ashtavadhana. It can do hundred things at a time. This is Satavadhana.

SEPARATION OF ASTRAL BODY FROM PHYSICAL BODY

A Yogi separates his astral body from the physical body, travels to different parts of the world, as well as to higher planes, in the twinkling of an eye and returns to this physical body like a bird returning to its prison of a cage. A slender thread of Prana connects the physical and the astral bodies. The moment he gets out of the body, the Yogi sees with his astral vision his physical body as a cast-off slough. The process is a very simple one when you know the Yogic technique of separating yourself from the physical body.

PSYCHIC SIDDHIS— – A SOURCE OF GREAT DANGER TO SPIRITUAL ASPIRANTS

A man may have psychic powers and Siddhis through concentration of the mind. But, he may not have mental purity. Mental purity is of paramount importance for Self-realization. Do not think too much of psychic Siddhis. Clairvoyance and clairaudience are not worth having when far greater illumination and peace are possible without the Siddhis than with them.

Why do you care for psychic Siddhis? They are absolutely useless. Shun them ruthlessly even when they try to manifest. They will mislead you and cause your downfall. Beware, Lord Buddha shunned Mara (temptations and Siddhis). Try to get Brahma-Jnana. Then you will have everything. All spiritual Siddhis will welcome you with outstretched hands. You cannot have a downfall then. A Jnani (Wise being) never cares for psychic powers, for he does not need them in his daily life. Through his Sat-Sankalpa, a Jnani does whatever a Raja Yogi does through his Yogic Samyama. He simply wills. Whatever he desires, then and there it materializes.

REFERENCE

Mind – Its Mysteries and Control by Sri Swami Sivananda

11 thoughts on “The Powers of a Yogi

  1. The esoteric wisdom of the ages is a wonderful rudimentary, albeit fundamental, school to immerse oneself in. The various spheres of influence from the myriad ancient cultural practices of our ancestry can bring the highest joy to anyone who endeavors to tread the path of the mystic scholar; even a rather paltry interest can render huge gains toward ones ability to live a fully engaging life. I truly enjoy this post; it relates to the fundamentals of human consciousness and how to operate within all of our sacred bodies.

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  2. Reblogged this on Thoughts & Stuff and commented:
    This is a wonderfully broad view of some traditional yogic practices and ideas. The esoteric wisdom of the ages is a wonderful rudimentary, albeit fundamental, school to immerse oneself in. The various spheres of influence from the myriad ancient cultural practices of our ancestry can bring the highest joy to anyone who endeavors to tread the path of the mystic scholar; even a rather paltry interest can render huge gains toward ones ability to live a fully engaging life. I truly enjoy this post; it relates to the fundamentals of human consciousness and how to operate within all of our sacred bodies. Perhaps we can learn to value these traditional practices more viscerally in a modern world. Transformation of our current negligible socioeconomic habits, habits devoid of the depth of character needed to ensure a successful yogic practice, into something that encompasses the wisdom of the ages, will sow the seeds for an ultra-modern yet antiquated spiritual countenance.

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  3. Hi Ganesh just wrote a post about Ganesh and the Siddhis, this is the last part of it, thought it was relivant to your post. and it’s about you. LOL

    Buddha says become teachers and healers with these gifts of consciousness, not fortune tellers. Patanjali says that the siddhis in themselves are only stepping stone to realisation, so of course what value can they have in the material world. There arising is a conformation of that process in action. One is going beyond it and so one eventually gives up everything to the void
    For a man based in the material, Money, Sex and power are the first thing he relates to the siddhis because he neither posses them or understands them. He even believes in daily life, he believes it to be normal, the illusion of Samsara/ World thrills him and he thinks he may profit by them.
    The prophet the poet understand sight beyond sight clearing the beam in his eye, removing the judgement of others. The focal point of Ganesh is showing us beyond the idea of space and time beyond the idea of death and mind to consciousness. Beyond Matter in ones Heart the understanding of deep insight appears not in the mind. There are no limitations in the void, to get there one must free oneself from all judgement, belief, opinions, likes and dislikes. The materialist looks at Ganesh and the Siddhis and only sees the possibility of worldly success, what delusion, the real obstacle is just that, to go beyond the adolescent egoistic idea of worldly success. To find the God Head Within.

    Russell

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  4. This book on Soul Theory gives a list of yogic power that a yogi can acquire through meditation:
    http://theoryofsouls.wordpress.com/

    It has some chapters that is relevant to the subject discussed in this blog site – Truth, Yogi and Yogic Power, Reincarnation, Destiny, Soul Theory (or Samkhya Theory) and Vedic Theory.

    It also has some chapters for the skeptics – Poverty and Central Bank, Moneyless Economy, Quantum Mechanics, Human Memory.

    Please take a look at it. The book is free.

    The Vedic Theory chapter shows that to save the world from poverty, war, and bring democracy, freedom, protection for women and children – Yogic power is absolutely necessary.

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