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Mystic Powers, A Real Goal

Mystic Powers, A Real Goal

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Published by Radha Kripa das
"To possess real knowledge means to understand matter, spirit, and the controller of them both.”
Due to the amazing features of some of the mystic powers, it is very easy for them to beconfused with an elevated spiritual platform, although they are in reality just differentmanifestations of the material energy that keeps us in this world of suffering.
By: Swami B.A. Paramadwaiti
"To possess real knowledge means to understand matter, spirit, and the controller of them both.”
Due to the amazing features of some of the mystic powers, it is very easy for them to beconfused with an elevated spiritual platform, although they are in reality just differentmanifestations of the material energy that keeps us in this world of suffering.
By: Swami B.A. Paramadwaiti

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Published by: Radha Kripa das on May 10, 2011
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Mystic Powers – A real goal?
“To possess real knowledge means to understand matter, spirit, and the controller of them both.”To meditate on God is the ultimate goal.“What is called renunciation is the same as yoga, meaning to unite with God; nobodycan become a yogi unless they renounce the desire to gratify the senses.”Bhagavad Gita, Chapter 6, text 2.Due to the amazing features of some of the mystic powers, it is very easy for them to beconfused with an elevated spiritual platform, although they are in reality just differentmanifestations of the material energy that keeps us in this world of suffering.“I am happier with my material comforts – a beautiful apartment, a wonderful family,and a great sex life.” Such persons do not appropriately realise that at any moment theycan be kicked out of their material situation. Due to ignoring this, they have no idea of the true eternal existence. All their comforts are purely temporal in nature.“Desires multiply one’s misery. Try to be happy and give thanks for what one has.”Srila Guru MaharajDear friend, many people talk about yoga these days. Yoga means union, union withGod, with the truth, with perfection. Yoga means to enter in contact with Him, to purifyoneself by getting out of ignorance, such is the goal in life.But also, there are people who have heard that there are yogis who have developedmystic powers. Such people have an attraction to these powers because they want todominate the world to some extent. They want to have curative powers, the power to seethe future or to manifest objects.Eight mystic powers are mentioned that powerful yogis can attain too:1.
Anima-siddhi
refers to the power by which one can become so small as to beable to enter into a stone.2.
Laghima
is the mystic power to travel to the sun using solar rays.3.
Prapti
is the power to extend one’s hand wherever one wants and to holdanything you want. For example, to touch the moon with your finger. One can be sat thousands of kilometres from somewhere, and if you want you could pick fruit from a garden there and bring it back.4.
Isita
is the power to create or destroy a planet, just by desiring it.5.
Vasita
is the power by which one can bring anyone under your control. This is akind of hypnotism that is almost irresistible.6.
Prekamya
(magic): With this power one can acquire whatever one wants. For example, by one’s will power one can make water enter into one’s eye ball, andthen make it come out again.7.
Kamavasayita
one can break the laws of nature, thereby achieving theseemingly impossible.8.The power to become so light that one can float in the air or on the water.
 
Included in these powers exist telepathy, telekinesis, etc, that some people try very hardto attain. With these powers such yogis elevate their ego, one that is puffed up duehaving something others do not have, believing that they have been given the powers of God for them to use. All this is in reality a major deviation from the transcendental path.It is very dangerous, and our spiritual masters concentrate on the real duty in life, of finding the mystic love that we have in our hearts. Thus, the ultimate goal in life is tounderstand and follow the will of God’s love.If someone is interested in becoming God, in that they believe there is no one abovehim, that he is the supreme authority of himself in all he does, then in reality he musthave an enormous false ego. Because, if we are going to talk about God, we must talk about He who maintains everyone. He who can’t maintain everyone can no be God; if not, the word God loses all significance. Be honest friend, you do not even maintainyourself, much less maintain everyone else. Mother Nature and her Supreme Director maintain everyone. They are the ones who really deserve adoration and glorification.As human beings we are experts in creating problems; we must therefore give thanks tothe Supreme Person, because He maintains us, protects us, and guides us to perfection.In the path of Bhakti Yoga we do not want mystic powers. We know that the greatestmystic power is everything that surrounds us, including our capacity to appreciate it andtalk about it. God’s mystic powers are infinite; and it is true that with His grace we can become great scientists or musicians, etc. Likewise, all yogis on their path can develop,to a point, some mystic powers. But if the yogi becomes distracted by such powers andloses the vision of the ultimate goal, then he loses all the greatness that he had gained.The reality is that this is an alarm bell our spiritual masters have given us, so that we donot forget that the power to cure or assess the life of another should only be done as anoffering to the Lord, giving all the glories to Him. Of course, all people have curative powers in their hands to give affection and consideration to people who are ill. Thosewho claim credit for their successes and do not recognise the position of the SupremeLord, waste this precious human form with the opportunity to represent the LoveSupreme. They find themselves locked up in themselves in the multiple distractions thatexist in this world. First, it is money that distracts people, then it is the attraction for theopposite sex, and later it is the attraction for fame. It is fame that is found for those whohave attained mystic powers.There are people who after having acquired some powers perform cheap shows for financial gain, or to gain followers; burying themselves under the earth, or such like.But if we are really interested in achieving perfection in life, we should not deviate or enjoy such cheap tricks, which even materialistic science has achieved with its love of technology. We have heard of yogis who are teaching people to levitate and fly, but thiscan easily be compared with aeroplanes that transport people from continent tocontinent. There are yogis who have dominated the limitations imposed by water, or who can enter into the earth, or move things from distant places; but, in comparison,modern technology has created tunnels through mountains, submarines in the oceans,and many other marvellous things. Both technology and yogic powers are both entirelymaterial in their activities, though different in form.

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