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Lesson 76 -
Siddhis - Are Powers Real? (Audio)
Date: Sat Jan 10, 2004 4:31pm
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lessons are prerequisite to this one. The first lesson is, "Why
Q: Are the famed siddhis real?... in your experience, of course!If they are,
could these practices lead to experiences of them?I know that many teachers
warn that they are merely a distraction and a trap for the ego, but for me
it would be evidence of human ability beyond what we have been taught.
A: Are you from Missouri, the "show me" state? Only kidding.
It is a good question.
If you believe the New Testament, and numerous other accounts, powers are
real. But I will not be flying through the sky or walking through walls any
time soon for you. Nor will I be feeding the 5,000, or raising the dead.
There is no claim of guru status here, so I don't have to do any of those
things. I'm just an ordinary bloke like
It is important to note that we ordinary folks can cultivate constant
miraculous experience in our lives. There is a relationship between this and
siddhis in terms of practice.
As you may know, in Patanjali's "Yoga Sutras," a procedure known as
"samyama" is identified as being the source of siddhis. Samyama is
systematically initiating particular intentions within pure bliss
consciousness. But samyama isn't done for siddhis. It is done for the
purification it produces in the nervous system on the way to siddhis.
Samyama is a spiritual practice that can be integrated with all the other
spiritual practices we are discussing. The primary effects of samyama are
moving pure bliss consciousness and expanding ecstasy within and beyond the
body. Samyama is an expansion of everything else we are doing in advanced
yoga practices. It was mentioned in the very first lesson, in the list of
things to be covered, that we will be "cultivating silent inner awareness
outward in powerful ways." This is samyama.
We will get into samyama in a few months. It will be for the further
expansion of pure bliss consciousness and divine ecstasy, not for
manifesting siddhis, though moving in that direction naturally. By the time
siddhis come, will we care? Life will be permanent ecstatic bliss long
before. Now that is a real miracle.
I understand your question and why you ask it. Will you settle for pure
bliss consciousness and endless ecstasy? That we can have in abundance if we
are willing to put in the effort. These lessons are about that. You can get
on the road to siddhis if you want to by taking up advanced yoga practices.
But you will probably not be very attached to them by the time you get them.
The ego will long since be merged with the infinite.
The guru is in you.
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