What are Siddhis?

Buddhism, Hinduism, Jainism, Yoga and a few other spiritual traditions use the word “siddhi”. “Siddhis” are extraordinary powers or psychic abilities. One has to commit to advanced spiritual practice and deep meditation to attain these siddhis.

“Siddhi” is a Sanskrit word. It means “perfection” or “accomplishment.”

How Do We Develop Siddhis?

Traditional texts state that the siddhis are byproducts of intense and disciplined spiritual practices.

These intense practices unlock dormant potentials within the individual. Once an individual unlocks these dormant potentials they are known as siddhas.

However when it comes to spiritual practices, the siddhis are not a priority. The primary goal of spiritual practice is spiritual growth, self-realisation and liberation or Moksha. The ancient texts also warn us not to become attached to or distracted by Siddhis.

The Yoga Sutras

The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, is a foundational text on Yoga philosophy. It mentions the eight siddhis in its third chapter (Vibhuti Pada). Patanjali states that while they are the outcomes of specific meditative practices, “Do not be attached to these powers.”

The Eight Siddhis

1. Anima (अणिमा)

The ability to become infinitesimally small.

2. Mahima (महिमा)

The ability to become infinitely large.

3. Laghima (लघिमा)

The ability to become very light or weightless.

4. Garima (गरिमा)

The ability to become very heavy or weighty.

5. Prapti (प्राप्ति)

The ability to acquire or obtain anything desired.

6. Prakamya (प्राकाम्य)

The ability to fulfill any wish or desire in an instant.

7. Ishatva (इषत्व)

The ability to control or manipulate natural elements and other beings.

8. Vashitva (वशीत्व)

The ability to control the’ minds and actions of other people.

The Negative Aspects of Siddhis?

Approach this subject with discernment and humility. In spiritual traditions, the focus should be on self-realization, inner growth, and cultivating virtues like compassion, love, and wisdom. Siddhis are considered distractions if they become the primary focus of one’s spiritual journey. Furthermore, the misuse or indulgence in these powers can lead to spiritual pitfalls and ego inflation.

The True Spiritual Path

True spiritual progress comes from selfless service, devotion, and the realization of the oneness of all existence. The siddhis, if they arise, should be treated with equanimity and seen as opportunities for deeper understanding rather than as objects of fascination or pride. Aspiring spiritual seekers are advised to seek guidance from experienced and wise teachers who can provide proper guidance on the spiritual path and the potential experiences that may arise along the way.

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