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1-I heard from Indian stories that tapas can bring divine help. Is it true that practicing tapas (brahmacharya, an important one) and yoga or meditation can bring you divine sympathy or help in realizing the self and everyday life?

2-Second, for example some modern gurus say that someone who gets siddhis is always good and you can rank his status by that. But the Indian stories of the asuras Hiranyaksha and Hiranyakashipu tell they got siddhis by practicing penances. Why siddhis come to such beings or is this only allegory?

1. You are the Atman (pure self) yourself. You are not anything else. You assume yourself to be the limited Ego due to ignorance. Thereupon starts all suffering.

The Atman is an integral, indivisible part of the divine Lord and no different from HIM. 'Tapas' (austerity) to know the self, of which Brahmacharya is the greatest brings your identity closer to your true self. So what is divine help? It is nothing but the help of the infinite Atman which is nothing but your own true self.

2. Who is it who experiences the presence or the lack of a 'Siddhi' (super-normal power)? It is the Ego. Where is such power coming from? It is coming from the Atman, the source of all power. Who is claiming the Siddhi? Again the Ego. So it is like flying in borrowed feathers. The useless Ego is claiming something which it does not possess and becoming more ignorant. Is this necessary? Will it do any good? Where is the need to try or acquire a siddhi when you yourself are the Atman, from whom come all powers? Hence first know your self.

The true Yogi does not run after Siddhi-s. They themselves might come after him or they may not. He does not worry about these the least, for they are another illusion. He forever strives to be the self, in the self as the self. Period.

All those stories only depict that the quest for siddhi-s by itself does not offer well being. It does not solve any problem. Rather, it becomes a waste of time. If the same Asura-s had done penance to know the self, they would have identified themselves with the Atman, rather than continue their identity with the limited Ego prone to suffering with the desire for siddhi-s.

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The term 'Yoga' is a derivative of the Samskruth verb 'Yuj' which refers to union. 'Yoga', also called 'Brahma vidy‚' is the eternal dissolution of the individual 'Aham' (Ego) into the Atman (self) for 'Mukti' (liberation). Mere indulgence in '¬sana' or physical postures is not Yoga. ¬sana is only one limb or 'Anga' of Yoga. The eight limbs viz. Yama, Niyama, ¬sana, Pr‚n‚y‚ma, Praty‚h‚ra, Dh‚rana, Dhy‚na and Sam‚dhi are the means to Yoga. Brahmacharya or spiritually based continence is one of the important components of 'Yama'. 'Brahmacharya':- "Brahmani charyathey ithi" - "To surrender one's Ego and go with the will of the Almighty."

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