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Lesson 184 - Teleportation, Samyama & Siddhis  (Audio)

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184.1 - A Healthy Approach to Acquiring Siddhis/Powers
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From: Yogani
Date: Sat May 8, 2004 8:55am

New Visitors: It is recommended you read from the beginning of the archive, as previous lessons are prerequisite to this one. The first lesson is, "Why This Discussion?"


Q: I was wondering what information you could provide me with this -- Teleportation. Currently, various siddhis powers have been developing, but none of them interest me. I understand that they are just bi-products of a much larger picture. However, this has been a concern of mine. I have been aspiring to see a friend of mine who I haven't seen for many lifetimes.

Recently, I've developed "the power to" (as with many things), just not a method/understanding. Each time I try, I feel strong energy sensations throughout the entire body. Is it just a phase? 

Thank you in advance for any advice you can give me. 

A: The strong energy you feel on the way to siddhis is the real fruit of the performance. The siddhi itself is not the fruit. The fruit is the purification in our nervous system that facilitates our enlightenment, and that is of much greater value than any power we might develop as a consequence. If you are moving the energy toward siddhi without prerequisite practices and a balanced routine, it can be uncomfortable, too much for the nervous system in its current condition. It could also create karmic aberrations in your nervous system if too much attention is going for a particular siddhi. In other words, there is a cost for developing a particular power at the expense of our overall enlightenment. 

Samyama is the means for purifying the nervous system from the inside (inner silence) outward, with siddhis being a byproduct. If you do a word search on "samyama" in the lesson archive, you will find powers and their relationship to yoga discussed in detail, including a link (also listed in the links section) to the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali where more information on powers can be found. In the lessons, the method is given for practicing samyama to systematically promote balanced purification and opening of the nervous system to enlightenment. Before you use the samyama technique, I suggest you review all that comes before in the lessons -- deep meditation, spinal breathing pranayama, mudras, bandhas, etc. Then you will have the means for preparation and can see samyama and your unfoldment in their full context. You may choose to add practices from the lessons that can accelerate your progress toward enlightenment. It is up to you.

As for seeing your long absent friend, if you have this desire, it will happen in due time. Making it a primary goal of your yoga could be a distraction to your spiritual progress though, and could generate more karma (future consequences) than it would release. My suggestion is to focus on your spiritual practices, with the goal for enlightenment, and let the rest happen naturally. Then all of your actions will become an expression of the divine within, which is what you are. 

Jesus said, "Seek first the kingdom of God, and all else will be added to you."

I wish you all success on your chosen spiritual path. 

The guru is in you.

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