January 15, 2018

Siddhis

Siddhis are spiritual or paranormal, supernatural, or otherwise magical powers…these powers and abilities that are the products of spiritual advancement through sādhanās such as meditation and yoga…some of these powers include being able to hear from long distances away…the ability to withstand temperature extremes…being undisturbed by hunger, thirst, or other bodily wants…the power to know what others are thinking…even the power to die when one wishes to… the classic yoga texts of long ago such as Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras, say that if you sit quietly, pay close attention to your mind, and practice this ever so diligently, then you will gain these supernormal powers…they are not considered to be supernormal or magical by the texts…they’re just ordinary capacities that everyone possesses within themselves...we’re just too busy and preoccupied to be able to access them...for most people, psychic abilities tend to appear spontaneously and are rarely under any type of conscious control…by contrast, the siddhis are said to be highly reliable… and under complete conscious control of the individual…and as such they could be interpreted as exceedingly refined, well-cultivated forms of psychic phenomena…some of the powers described do seem attainable, others seem extremely far-fetched, such as hovering and flying, at least for the average person.