Is It Possible to Attain Yogic Superpowers?

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Stories of highly devout and enlightened yogis having psychic or physical superpowers are not uncommon in India. The ability to fly, levitate, garner superhuman strength or effect telekinesis are all supposedly attainable abilities if one spends years meditating and practicing yoga. These abilities are described in Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras and are referred to as the Siddhis. While achieving supernatural power sounds enticing, it is precisely for that reason why they are to be approached with caution.

When Siddhis are described by swamis or those who are well-versed in Vedic knowledge, they are spoken of as not actually being magical in any sense. These powers, which seem to be otherworldly, are actually inherent in all human beings and can be accessed with the proper discipline. Some people are even born with these powers, specifically when it comes to psychic abilities.

But these yogic abilities are thought to be a distraction and waste of time for those who are seeking a path to enlightenment. Getting distracted by these powers can lead people to worship the yogi and inflate their egos. Subsequently, it can prevent the yogi from realizing god and oneness with the universe.

Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras

According to the Sutras, once a yogi attains Samadhi or the state of divine union with meditation, there are several ways one can attain Siddhis.

    1. Birth or GeneticsDue to one’s karma they may be born with psychic abilities.

    2. Herbs – Psychedelic drugs like mescaline or peyote can induce Siddhis, however they must be done under the supervision of a spiritual guide or with the proper knowledge.

    3. Mantras – This is the rational and desired method of attaining Siddhis paired with austerity and the repetition of mantras, basic or sometimes esoteric.

 

Through these primary methods, one can gain abilities including:

  • Becoming invisible
  • Becoming as big or small as one desires
  • Becoming as heavy or light as one desires
  • Flying and levitating
  • The power to manifest and control things
  • The power to be in more than one place at once and more.

 

There are also psychic powers associated with Siddhis including telepathy, clairvoyance, psychokinesis, and precognition.

While these practices might sound otherworldly, Vedic teachers say they are not as bewildering as they sound. Much like the invisible phenomena in our everyday world, these powers represent realms that are pervasive around us, but not necessarily visible or obvious in our everyday state of consciousness. Because our reality is a product of our consciousness, according to Vedic philosophy, these powers can obviously be manifested by us.

When a yogi reaches the level of attaining these powers, they are said to have reached Samyama. It is a deeply absorbed meditative state where the mind is cleared from wandering thought—a state most people strive to attain just for short periods of time. For advanced yogis this state can be achieved for hours at a time, at which point their mind merges with the mind(s) of other yogis, eliminating the illusion of separation and showing universal oneness. This is the point where yogis can become either distracted by the powers of Siddhis or continue toward a path of enlightenment.



The Thing That Connects All Things

Theories of interconnectivity

Our theme — Spirit Science — encompasses a vast field of information. It ranges from plate tectonics to the ancient Vedas. It applies electromagnetics to daily meditation. Spirit Science allows the latest in astrophysics to inform local farming, giving geometric equations to explain ley lines, human ecology and intricate cycles of time in space. This information is fascinating in theory and revolutionary in practice.

Underlying the endless variety of subject matter are the most basic questions asked by human beings: Who am I? Why am I here? What are these substances around me? Why are they here? What is the connection between these substances and myself?

Spirit Science attempts to solve the paradox of how a quantifiable world of distinct physical phenomena relates to the infinite, unified field promised by the world’s great wisdom traditions. If, as is said, all is one, why then is separateness — self and other — the primary defining feature of human experience?

Resolving paradox is a big task. Honestly, we may not cover everything in this article.

However, there is one concept that serves as a universal translator, elegantly connecting micro to macro, inner to outer. The infinitely simple structure of a torus shows the shape and motion of everything from atoms to galaxies.

The Torus as a Universal Translator

Click here for an example of a torus in motion.

It is said tori come in pairs, each fluxing in the opposite direction. To describe their dynamics: a column spirals up (or down) the center in accordance with the phi ratio. At its nadir, this column spills out and down (or up) back into the spin horizon to be swirled into the center again.

Based on tori, we can extrapolate our understanding of gross elemental interactions such as convection currents — magma, cyclones, and hurricanes — to better understand subtle, unseen realities that remain mysterious to most of us — chakras, black holes, interstellar spacecraft, etc.

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