Celibacy/Abstinence/Dealing with Siddhis

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Which perspective should one adopt towards the inevitable attainment of yogic powers en-route to self-realization?
What is the correct manner in which an aspirant controls yogic powers? Are their any practices and/or exercises one may perform?
What is their purpose and how must they be correctly utilized? In which instances is the use of yogic powers warranted?
Please provide examples as to how they become impediments/distractions in terms of self-realization and the solutions with which they can be counteracted.

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1. "All powers belong to the Lord and not me. What is seen is a mere reflection of HIS will. I do nothing" should be the attitude. With such a detached mind, one should be indifferent to all Siddhi-s, giving them no more attention than one gives a grain of sand.

2. One should first let go of the desire to 'exercise' and 'control' such. Then there will be no issue.

3. Do your Dharma (Sadhana to realize the self) and be quiet. HE will decide how they are to be utilized through you, if so willed. That is not your concern.

4. He who seeks, craves or thrills in Siddhi-s is soon enveloped by his 'Ahamkara'(Ego) which will cause his downfall without doubt. There are numerous instances in mythology, illustrating the same.

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

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Questions concerning the practice of 'Brahmacharya' to know the self, & the means required are dealt with here.

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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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