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Lesson 303 - Siddhis - Super-Normal
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303.1 - The Greatest Siddhis (Audio)
303.2 - Are Siddhis/Powers a Valid Reason for
How to Harness Our Spiritual Gifts
- Can Powers through Stand-Alone Samyama Practice bring Enlightenment?
Date: Feb 6, 2009
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Something that is often asked about yoga practices, most often at the
beginning and not so much further along on the path, is how our daily deep
meditation and samyama practice might lead to the much-fabled "siddhis," or
The possibility of ordinary human beings exhibiting extraordinary powers has
always drawn public attention. Stories, myths and legends, both ancient and
modern, depicting miraculous performances by heroes and villains alike never
fail to find an audience. Everyone loves a super hero. Deep down, we all
dream of becoming super heroes ourselves. Why? Because, while we may not
believe we are capable of leaping tall buildings, we do sense our infinite
inner dimensions and the possibilities associated with that. We are all
wired that way.
It is natural for human beings to look beyond the status quo, as miraculous
as that status quo may be in and of itself. All of life is, after all, a
Our accomplishments in applying natural laws, through applied science for
the betterment of humankind, stand as testament to our capabilities. Yet,
what we know and have applied so far doesn't even scratch the surface of
what is to come. There is more that we do not know than there is that we do
know. Of this we can be certain. So, are human beings capable of
super-normal powers? Well, why not? We won't know for sure until we
investigate further. Much further. If we do so within the context of
promoting the natural process of human spiritual transformation with
effective daily practices, we will not go too far wrong - powers or no
It should not be a surprise that the religions and spiritual traditions of
the world have always dangled siddhis, miracles and extraordinary
experiences as carrots to attract followers to their fold. This is not a
reflection on the possibility, or lack thereof, of super-normal powers. It
is just good marketing.
Most of the scriptures of the world contain exhibitions of super-normal
powers, usually with the proviso that such things come
Even so, as eager aspirants, we often will seek the acts themselves before
attempting to join with the primal cause - the divine within us.
Patanjali, one of the greatest integrators of spiritual practices of all
time, hangs out the carrot in one whole chapter (out of four) in his ancient
and very famous Yoga
At the same time he tells us, "Don't get too attached to these things."
Nevertheless, we read his chapter on super-normal powers with gusto and
secret longings. Either that, or we pooh-pooh it and tell others not to
bother with such nonsense that can lead us astray from our real spiritual
Meanwhile, are we really in a position to judge the existence of
super-normal powers, either for or against? It seems that either way we view
it, we will be holding ourselves back, because we will be obstructing our
true inner nature (whatever it is) with our mental fabrications about such
things. Therefore, the best position to take is to have no view at all,
continue on the path of purification and opening, and see what happens. If
we do that, we will find out the truth of it by and by. It is a scientific
So, in that spirit, we will neither endorse nor debunk super-normal powers
here. There is no point in arguing about what we have not experienced for
ourselves. Instead, we will be wise to just continue along our path of daily
practice, keeping an open mind for whatever may come. If we focus on the how and
let the what flow
naturally from that, we will have much more success with samyama, and all of
Super-normal powers can be neither possessed nor denied. If and when they
occur, they will be a by-product of our practices and spiritual growth, not
a cause. Here we are concerned with causes. If we attend to the causes, all
the rest will be there.
We already know that samyama brings many practical results in daily life,
and therefore has an important role to play in our over all unfoldment. So
we can continue with that, not for any particular expression of power we may
wish, but for a broad-based opening of our full potential. This is something
we can see unfolding in our everyday life over months and years of daily
Some might argue against the practice of samyama itself, suggesting that in
the wrong hands it could be misused and cause damage to the practitioner and
others. The truth is that it is not possible to use real samyama for ill,
other than overdoing and experiencing some excessive inner purification.
That is simply too much of a good thing, and can be regulated by prudent
self-pacing in practices.
No matter what sutras we are using, no matter how poor our selection, if we
are releasing them into inner silence the result will be positive.
Negativity cannot flow from pure bliss consciousness. It simply is not
possible. This is why we call samyama a morally
If we do not have enough inner silence present when undertaking samyama,
little will happen. If there is inner silence, what happens will be
positive. If we project a
sutra outward, instead of letting
it go into
stillness, with the intention expressing personal power, the strength of the
sutra will be greatly diminished. There are some who spend great effort
constructing externally projected things, much to their loss of time and
progress. It is the building of castles suspended in thin air. It is not
samyama. Such activities have nothing to do with spiritual development.
While there are many possibilities for divine expression that can flow from
within, the greatest of all these is Joy.
Joy is the spontaneous letting go of all that we are into our infinite and
eternal nature. It is surrender into that by which all is manifesting. Joy
is the essential constituent in all of life and is the greatest siddhi - the
greatest of all the super-normal powers. Joy is what has us laughing
heartily as we become consciously One with
the miraculous mystery of life.
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