Siddhis  - A Boon or A Bane

What are ‘siddhis’? Siddhis are spiritual, paranormal, supernatural, or otherwise magical powers, abilities, and attainments that are the products of spiritual advancement through sadhnas such as meditation  and yoga. 

Usually siddhis are attained by spiritual masters or’ siddhas’. Siddhas are the quintessential masters of the bhutas or the 5 elements. These bhutas are earth, water, air, fire and ether. The practices of Kriya, Tantra, and Yoga help one to gain siddhis or psychic powers.

A classic text in Yoga, Siva-swarodaya, states,

“Creation takes place out of five elements and it also dissolves in the elements. The five elements are the supreme Brahman alone, and is beyond the elements…One who (truly) knows the five-elemental universe which is made up of water, fire, wind, earth and either, is respected and worshipped everywhere.”

Lets us look in to the various types of siddhis.

The main categories of 8 powers or siddhis are called ashta siddhis.

1.To become tiny as the atom within the atom (Anima) 
2. To become big in unshakeable proportions (Mahima) 
3. To become as light as vapour in levitation (Laghima) 
4. To become as heavy as the mountain (Garima) 
5. To enter into other bodies in transmigration (Prapti) 
6. To be in all things, Omni-pervasive (Prakamya)) 
7. To be lord of all creation in omnipotence (Isatvam) 
8. To be everywhere in omnipresence (Vasitvam) 
 Reference Thirumandarim 1780

 

The ten secondary siddhis as described in Bhagvata purana include the following:

1. Being undisturbed by hunger, thirst, and other bodily appetites 
2. Hearing things far away 
3. Seeing things far away 
4. Moving the body wherever thought goes (teleportation/astral projection) 
5. Assuming any form desired 
6. Entering the bodies of others 
7. Dying when one desires 
8. Witnessing and participating in the past times of the gods 
9. Perfect accomplishment of one's determination 
10. Orders or commands being unimpeded

 

Is attainment of siddhis useful? Experiencing the above siddhis is definitely an experience one can feel happy about whilst on the path to liberation or moksha?  But using siddhis for one’s personal gratification is one of the gravest spiritual mistakes.

There are many gurus and so called spiritual masters who for ego inflation and popularity are displaying their siddhis to people. And the lay man thinks they are god! What is important here is one should understand the principles the guru is following and preaching. If their emphasis is only on attainment of siddhis than that’s not the right siddha. The true gem in the pack of spiritual masters is the one who instead of exhibiting his siddhis harps on expansion of consciousness and merging with the universal vision.  Sai baba is an example of one such siddha whose siddhi were conferred by higher masters existing in higher planes. All siddhis came to him naturally. The highest siddhas make you realize the Shiva consciousness – absolute bliss!

 

The great sage, Ramana Maharishi, explained that “The occult powers (siddhis) are only in the mind (and do not reside in the inmost Self). They are not natural to the Self. That which is not natural, but acquired, cannot be permanent, and thus is not worth striving for.’

As the shivyog siddha ‘Avdhoot baba shivanandji, the only living siddha in physical form states that the highest siddhis and powers are conferred to the disciple with utmost purity. One who is totally selfless and who is on a path of self realization. Siddhis, then, are not the goal, but purity is.

A classic text in Yoga, Siva-swarodaya, states,

“Creation takes place out of five elements and it also dissolves in the elements. The five elements are the supreme Brahman alone, and is beyond the elements…One who (truly) knows the five-elemental universe which is made up of water, fire, wind, earth and either, is respected and worshipped everywhere.”

The basic learning from the Vedas and from the spiritual masters should be to attain moksha from once vices. Siddhis should not be used for attainment of external wealth, fame and followership. This will obstruct once spiritual growth. What is required is to break the illusion attained through siddhis and reach for supreme consciousness. There are many people who are misguiding innocent souls with the bait of a siddhi. One should use the eyes of discernment to see past the temporary gratification. If one gets stuck in acquiring ‘siddhis’ than their spiritual path gets obstructed. Moksha or liberation is the ultimate goal of every soul.

 Bio: Sunanda is a professional tarot card reader, psychic, published author and a life coach.

Abstract –

Siddhis as the name suggest are psychic powers gained through meditation, yoga and tantra. The true Siddhas are the alchemical masters who take you through layers of siddhis as an experience .They become the medium to the universal consciousness. One should use discernment to choose the right ‘siddha’. The one who seeks only siddhis will be driven by so called masters displaying their powers. The one who seeks purity and god realization will be driven to the real one!

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