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Eight Additional Siddhis

the Wanderling
"Buddhism teaches that after a practitioner achieves a certain degree of realization,
spiritual power develops. Furthermore, it is acknowledged as well that supernatural
powers are not attainable exclusively J!" by Buddhists and Buddhists only, but possible
for anyone who has deep religious and spiritual cultivation to develop some kind of
#supernormal powers.#"
"$f a Bhikkhu should desire, Brethren, to exercise one by one each of the different
!iddhis% being one to become multiform, being multiform to become one& to become
visible, or to become invisible& to go without being stopped to the further side of a wall,
or a fence, or a mountain, as if through air& to penetrate up and down through solid
ground, as if through water& to walk on the water without dividing it, as if on solid ground&
to travel through the sky like the birds on wing& to touch and feel with the hand even the
sun and the moon, mighty and powerful though they be& and to reach in the body even up
to the heaven of Brahma& let him then fulfil all righteousness, let him be devoted to that
'uietude of heart which springs from within, let him not drive back the ecstasy of
contemplation, let him look through things, let him be much alone("
AKANKHEYYA SUTTA, Vol. XI of The Sacred Books of the East (see)
Parkaya Pravesh means entering ones soul in the body of some other person. Through this knowledge
even a dead body can be brought to life.
Just about three thousand years back, Shankaracharya had to take help of this knowledge in order to
defeat Mandan Mishra in a spiritual debate. But as time passed this knowledge became extinct in the
society and today only a very few yogis have full practical knowledge of this unique practice.
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This Vidya or knowledge has been mentioned in several ancient texts. On acquiring this Vidya a person
neither feels hungry nor thirsty and he can remain without eating food or drinking water for several days
at a stretch.
Several Yogis of the Himalayas, remain engrossed in deep Sadhanas for months and years without
eating or drinking anything. When they do not eat or drink, they do not even have to empty their
bowels. Thus they are able to perform long penance for years and their bodies also remain healthy and
fit, even without food. The mysterious wandering Digambara monk Trailanga Swami was proficient in
this Vidya. Although not always counted among Siddhis per se' several instances have been cited
regarding Trailanga Swami's ability to spend hours under the water of the Ganges as he sought to
teach men that human life need not depend on oxygen under the auspices of certain spiritual conditions
and precautions (Pranayama). It has been reported there is a yogi that lives on the peak of the holy
mountain Arunachala that has not had anything to eat since 1990. See also Nirodha.
Just as one does not feel hungry or thirsty in Haadi Vidya similarly in Kaadi Vidya a person is not
affected by change of seasons i.e. by summer, winter, rain etc. After accomplishing this Vidya a person
shall not feel cold even if he sits in the snow laden mountains and shall not feel hot even if he sits in the
fire. Thus a Sadhak can perform incessant penance without being affected by change of weather or
On accomplishing this Vidya, a person becomes capable of increasing or decreasing the size of his
body according to his wish. Lord Hanuman had miniaturised his body through this Vidya while entering
the city of Lanka.
The average height of a human being is six feet. Through this Vidya a person can reduce the size of his
body to the size of a mosquito and can even enlarge his body to a size of over hundred feet.
Anima Siddhi - The ability to decrease the size of one's body and become smaller than the
smallest particle. Through this siddhi one may enter into stone or change the density in one's
body, enabling one to pass through solid matter.
Mahima Siddhi - The ability to increase the size of one's body, ultimately enveloping the
Through this Siddhi a person can become capable of flying in the skies and traveling from one place to
another in just a few seconds. The Jain scriptures speak of Jain ascetics who could fly from place to
place in a few seconds. Although there are several occasions of individuals flying reported in the Sutras
of classical Buddhism and Zen, the Venerable Pindola Bharadvaja is probably the person most
commonly cited. For the movement or cross-transference of items between the conventional plane or
physical plane and other possible environments see Apportation Revisited.
Swami Vishuddhanandji (d. 1937)(sometimes spelled: Vishuddhananda, Vishudhanandaaka; aka:
Gandha Baba, Perfume Saint), well-known for his supernatural powers and said to be an adept
associated with the mysterious Gyanganj (Jnanaganj) hermitage somewhere in Tibet -- a secret place
of great masters -- demonstrated this practice in Varanasi and proved that it is not a myth. The problem
with Gyanganj, also known as Shangri-La and Shambhala, is that for most seekers along the path,
westerners especially, it is always from some ancient past that it ever gets recognized as existing.
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There is, however, a somewhat more recent modern day account for those who may be so interested.
Although throughout his life the Enlightened sage Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi never exhibited
the slightest interest in Siddhis, occult abilities, or psychic powers to outsiders, he had a fully
conscious bilocation experience he rarely discussed wherein he was translocated from his ashram in a
matter of minutes to a devotee many, many miles away. Arthur Osborne, Ramana's biographer writes in
Ramana Maharshi And The Path of Self-Knowledge (York Beach: Samuel Weiser, Inc., 1995, pages
")ne day, some years ago, $ (Sri Ramana) was lying down and awake when $ distinctly felt
my body rise higher and higher. $ could see the physical ob*ects below growing smaller
and smaller until they disappeared and all around me was a limitless expanse of dazzling
light. +fter some time $ felt the body slowly descend and the physical ob*ects below
began to appear. $ was so fully aware of this incident that $ finally concluded that it
must be by such means that !ages using the powers of !iddhis travel over vast distances
in a short time and +ppear and ,isappear in such a mysterious manner. -hile the body
thus descended to the ground it occurred to me that $ was at "iruvottiyur though $ had
never seen the place before. $ found myself on a highroad and walked along it. +t some
distance from the roadside was a temple of .anapati and $ entered it."
A second equally interesting incident, cast in in a similar vein, and involving the Maharshi but a little too
long to put here, can be found by going to: THE MEETING: An Untold Story of Sri Ramana
Laghima Siddhi - The ability to make one's body lighter than air and fly at will. The perfection
of this siddhi enables one to travel on the sun's rays and enter into the sun planet.
LAGHIMA: TO HAVE NO WEIGHT. Laghima is the control of the effect of the earth's attraction on the body by
developing in each cell the opposite (centrifugal) tendency. Said to be implemented for the performed act of
levitation, the Vayu Gaman Siddhi and the Laghima Siddhi. According to one of the eighteen main Puranas, the
Markandeya Purana, Laghima means "to have an extreme speed."
Successful cultivation of even the earliest stages of Samadhi can result in entering into the sublime
meditative states of the Five Jhana Factors of which one is called Piti. Inturn Piti is broken down into
five levels. One of those levels is called Ubbenga Piti, known as the transporting rapture.
Ubbenga Piti can lift the body off the floor and doing so still occurs to meditators of current times both in
Thailand and elsewhere. A strong rapture of this kind, as manifested through the higher Jhana states, is
able to lift the body and transport it (fly) over great distances through the air.
One can acquire immense and unlimited wealth through this Siddhi. Its said that once Shankaracharya
saw a very poor and destitute woman and with the help of the Kanakdhara Yantra he showered gold in
her house. This Yantra is made on a silver plate and 36 squares are formed by drawing 7 lines each,
horizontally and vertically. Then the Beej Mantra is written in these squares. Today only a very few
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people have full and authentic knowledge of this Siddhi.
Through this Sadhana a yogi can direct his disciple to take birth from the womb of a woman, who is
childless or cannot bear children. Several Yogis have thus blessed infertile women with children. Swami
Vishuddhanand had accomplished this Sadhana and had used it to bring happiness into the lives of
several women. But today only two or three persons are accomplished in this Sadhana.
This Solar science is one of the most significant sciences of ancient India. This science has been
known only to the Indian Yogis and using it, one substance can be transformed into another through the
medium of sun rays.
Swami Vishudhananda had demonstrated the miracles of this science about 50-60 years ago, by
transforming a paper into rose and a cotton ball into gold, otherwise it has become almost extinct.
This Vidya was created by Adi Shankaracharya. Through it even a dead person can be brought back to
life. This practice may seem to be a myth but it had been used by Guru Gorakhnath several times.
Today only a few persons have practical knowledge of this Vidya.
Prapti Siddhi - The ability to manifest any object one desires within one's hand. This siddhi
removes the limitations of space which seperate two objects from each other. It is said one
will even be able to touch the moon with one's finger [i.e. the limitation of distance is
Prakamya Siddhi - The ability to attain anything one desires.
Ishita Siddhi - The ability to control the sub-potencies of the laws of nature. This enables one
to control various energies and seemingly defy the laws of nature. The Swami Ramalinga,
more popularly known as Vallalar is recorded to have moved a whole contingent of followers
from the wrath of a terrible storm to the safe harbor of a distant shrine in an instant. See also
la Catalina whose abilities allowed her, among other things, to turn into a wisp of smoke as
though a blackened silhouette and sail through the air only to dissipate into the night sky.
Vashita Siddhi - The ability to bring others under one's control.
Kamavasayita Siddhi - The ability to attain anything anywhere. This is the highest of the
eight and contains most of the abilities of the other perfections.
In the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, Chapter IV, verse 1 it is stated as well that the supernormal
perceptual powers of Siddhis CAN be reached through the use of certain herbs, that is DRUGS, called
Aushadhis in Sanskrit, replicating on the short term a mind-strength ability and potential execution of
powers similar to or equal to that of a person versed in Siddhis garnered via the highest levels of
Spiritual Attainment. See:
AUSHADHIS: Awakening and the Power of Siddhis Through
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It should be noted the Collection of Long Discourses, Diigha Nikaaya, in the Sampasaadaniiya Sutta,
makes it clear Siddhis are, depending on who or how or why they are implemented, divided into two
types, one of which is termed ignoble and the other noble. Siddhis are labeled ignoble if the intent of
the practitioner is concomitant with mental intoxicants and worldly aims. In other words, it is possible to
employ the fruits of the Siddhis in such a manner that the mundane world, rather than being
transcended, becomes even more attractive and one's involvement within it is deepened even further.
Siddhis produced through Manomaya Kosha may become the occasion of a descent into the actual or
phenomenal world rather than ascent into the real or noumenal.(source)
The Buddha was well aware of the fact that there are those who devote themselves to meditation
exercises for no other reason than to acquire supernatural powers. The Buddha refined the meditative
practice for devotees by telling them that acquisition of supernatural powers does not confer any
special spiritual advantage. It was for this reason that he forbade his disciples to work miracles for
display. Craving for supernatural powers and taking delight therein after Acquirement does not help to
free one from The Three Poisons. It is advised that anyone striving along the path of holiness toward
final liberation guard themselves to not get caught up in it all and forget the true purpose.(see)
In the world generally, the common inclination is to judge the merits and ability of a Sadhu through his
Siddhis. It is a blunder indeed. They should not judge the Enlightenment of a Sadhu in this way. Siddhis
are by-products of concentration. Siddhis have nothing to do with Self-realization. A Sadhu may
manifest Siddhis due to strong passions and intense desires, and if that be the case, he is undoubtedly
a big householder only. Siddhis are a great hindrance to spiritual progress, and so long as one is within
the realm of Siddhis and does not try to rise above it and march onwards, there is not the least hope of
God-realisation. But, this does not mean that a person manifesting Siddhis is not a realized soul. There
are several instances of such persons who have exhibited several Siddhis purely for the elevation and
uplift of the world, but never for selfish motives. (source)
Fundamentally, our experience as experienced is not different from the /en master#s. -here
we differ is that we place a fog, a particular kind of conceptual overlay onto that experience
and then make an emotional investment in that overlay, taking it to be "real" in and of itself.
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SIDDHIS, with many thanks and much appreciation, has been researched through
a variety of the many fine and thorough pages and offerings of MANTRA TANTRA
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The articles appearing here have been penned by wandering saints
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With some assist from INDIA DIVINE as well.
Manomaya Kosha: the mental layer of mind. Also referred to as the subconscious or subtle mind. This
state of mind controls the conscious mind. It has four functions: a) memory, b) rationality, c) experience
of pleasure and pain based on reactions from past deeds, d) dreaming.
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