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Hello,

I know siddhis by themselves are not important. But reading about the specific siddhis of the Yoga traditions, I found similar siddhis exist in non yogic traditions, which means outside the practice of Yoga. Even if levitation was very common in India, in Buddhism they have siddhis like levitation in the life of Milarepa, Catholic monks too in the stories of Joseph Cupertino, and in ancient cultures too. Some sages say this is because of meditation and others say its God who do this and not themselves. Dont this contradicts all spiritual teachings about the origin of siddhis?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Levitation_%28paranormal%29#Religious_views

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There is a pot of water. Now whether one calls this a pot of water, calls it by a few other names or does not call it by any name, the water within the pot remains the same. Does it change by any degree because someone called it by another name or didn't address it at all? The truth remains that a liquid with a certain physical & chemical composition exists in the pot. Some call it water while others may not. A few others may say there is no water in the pot, not having seen inside. Nothing changes. That which is... is.

In the same way, there is one infinite force emanating from infinite consciousness which is the power behind everything. Some call it God, others call it by other specific names, a few others do not bother about it at all while another group may say such a force does not exist. All these are different perceptions of the perceiver. Does this change anything? That force simply continues with what is to be done as always. That which is... is.

One with a siddhi draws fractionally from this super power to some extent (as regards that siddhi only) which the body & mind then display. It is like a gadget drawing power from the mains. Whether it is the TV, heater, radio or the computer, none can function without power from the mains.

What if these gadgets themselves were to claim doership without realizing that they are functioning only on account of the power from the mains? Such an assumption would only be a foolish fancy, for the reality is different.

The same applies to siddhi-s. He who intentionally develops/desires or uses these siddhi-s without justification (bereft of the maturity coming from knowledge of the Atman (self)) forgets where these come from, bloats with Ego and starts their misuse. Such misuse soon results in serious consequences to himself and others. 'Avidya' (ignorance) increases and causes his downfall. The fall will not be a small one. It will be very severe & dangerous.

Hence until irreversible knowledge of the truth is not gained by realizing the self, one should turn a blind eye to siddhi-s. Upon knowing the self, all siddhi-s come by themselves to the feet of the sage who knows how exactly to use them as ordained by the higher power.

What someone says or does not say does not matter. There is no contradiction. The truth remains as it is. What is... is.

ॐ तत् सत्
(That Supreme being is the absolute truth)  

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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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