441 – What are Siddhis?

We are all interested to know more about Siddhis, and many of us are very keen to acquire them. What are Siddhis? Siddhis are supernatural accomplishments which control the mind and prana. There are eight paranormal powers obtained by Yogis as a result of sustained practice, which are considered to be obstacles on the path to realization because they maintain interest in samsaras (cycle of birth, death and rebirth; illusory world).

What are the eight Siddhis?

  1. Anima: reducing one’s body even to the size of an atom.
  2. Mahima: expanding one’s body to an infinitely large size.
  3. Garima: becoming infinitely heavy.
  4. Laghima: becoming almost weightless, lighter than the lightest.
  5. Prapti: ability to be anywhere.
  6. Prakamya: the ability to obtain anything desired and to realize whatever one wishes for.
  7. Isitva: power to create and control things, possessing absolute lordship over the forces of nature, the power of handling five things: creation, protection, destruction, concealment, and showing grace.
  8. Vasitva: the power to subjugate everyone and everything, especially the physical manifestation made up of 5 elements; the power of hypnotizing, mesmerizing, Vaskarana (gain control of someone), Sammohini (attraction) of celestials, humans, demons, animals, birds, reptiles, and trees.

The raja yogi can acquire all these Siddhis, by spontaneous illumination, through purity in thought, word, and deed. However, Siddhis are an obstacle in the process of self-realization. They produce attachment, thirst for power and corruption of the soul.

Hanuman possessed all the Siddhis, and he was not aware of them, until he met Rama and, in his Seva, he used every one of them. He is also addressed as the Lord of Prana.

My Guru Swami Satyananda spoke about other Guru’s who had Siddhis. He mentioned a Guru, who lived in the forest and had all the animals and birds coming to him. He himself never foretold the future and always emphasized that sadhana and atmabhava were the way for self-realization.

Aim Hrim Klim

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