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    Ashta Siddhi 8 Super Powers – Different Opinions

    Article by Dr Raghuram Y.S. MD (Ay) Dr Manasa, B.A.M.S
    In Hanuman Chalisa̵ compilation of 40 divine hymns to worship Lord Hanuman , a verse describes Hanuman as ‘Ashta Sidhi Nava Nidhi Ke Data’ which means Lord Hanuman is the granter of 8 super-powers and 9 sacred treasures to those who worship him with dedication. In Hindu mythology, apart from Lord Ganesha, Lord Hanuman is said to adorn Ashta Sidhis and 9 treasures.
    Table of Contents
    Meaning, definition of Sidhi
    Ashta Sidhis
    5 Kshudra Sidhis
    10 Guna Pradhan a Sidhi
    8 Brahma Pradana Sidhi
    As per Samkhya Karika
    Reference in Sikhism
    Ways to atain Ashta Sidhi
    Meaning, definition of Sidhi
    Meanings of Sidhi
    Sidhi, a Sanskrit term means
    Definition (Wikipedia) ̵ Sidhis are spiritual, paranormal, supernatural, magical powers, abilities and atainments that are the products of sp iritual advancements through Sadhanas such as Yoga and Meditation. (Rdhi = psychic powers in Budhism)
    Ashta Sidhis
    Ashta Sidhis as explained in Ayurveda
    In Ayurveda to, Acharya Charaka has mentioned Ashta Sidhis which can be achieved by regular practice of Yoga.
    Acharya Charaka tels that the Yogi atains 8 sidhis when he practices Yoga through the asociation of his shudha satva (pure mind, devoid of raja and tama ̵ which defile mind) and soul. 8 sidhis can be achieved only by those who practice Yoga by asociating their pure mind with soul.
    The Ashta Sidhis are
    Aavesha ̵ proficiency to enter into the other person’s body
    Chetaso jnanam ̵ mind reading
    Arthanam chandatah kriya ̵ capability to control one’s sense objects acording to wil (perception of sense o bjects i.e. vision, rational, touch, taste and smel at wil, as and when neded)
    Drushtihi ̵ capability to se the objects which are otherwise not perceivable by the eyes
    Shrotram ̵ ability to hear sounds even made at long distances and otherwise not audible
    Smrutih ̵ miraculous memory
    Kanti ̵ marvelous luster
    Ishtatah adarshanam ̵ capability to become invisible and visible at wil
    The Other Sidhis
    We can find many types of Sidhis explained at numerous instances.
    Yogis acept 23 types of Sidhis explained at profuse Indian scriptures. They may be briefly sumed up as ̵
    5 Kshudra Sidhis
    5 types of Kshudra Sidhis (minor atainments) ̵ From Bhagavata Purana
    Trikalajnatvam ̵ a punctual knowledge of thre time pe riods i.e. past, exhibit and future
    Advandvam ̵ having excelent tolerance towards extreme dualities estem hot and cold etc
    Para chita adi abhijnata ̵ mind reading
    Agni arka ambu visha adenam pratistambhah ̵ tolerating the efects of fire, heat of the Sun, water, poisons etc on self
    Aparajayah ̵ remaining undefeated by enemies
    10 Guna Pradhana Sidhi
    10 types of Guna Pradhana Sidhi (secondary atainments based on the predominant acquired quality) ̵ From Bhagavata Purana
    Anurmimatvam ̵ Being undisturbed and unperturbed by bodily desires and wants estem thirst, hunger etc
    Dora Shravana ̵ ability to hear sounds coming from far away, which canot be perceived by normal ears
    Dora Darshanam ̵ ability to se the things which are placed far away, from the reach of vision (normal visual field),which canot be sen by normal eyes
    Manojavah ̵ competence to travel to any kep wherever the conception goes (astral projection, teleportation)
    Kama Ropam ̵ proficiency to figure any form desired
    Parakaya Pravesham ̵ ability to enter the body / bodies of other people
    Svachanda Mrutyuh ̵ capability to die when one desires
    Devanam saha krida anudarshanam ̵ Witnesing and participating with the Gods in their sports, games, recreational activities and other pastimes
    Yatha Sankalpa Samsidhih ̵ competence to acomplish ones’ determinations, aspirations to perfection
    Ajna apratihata gatih ̵ Orders being unimpeded
    8 Brahma Pradana Sidhi
    8 types of Brahma Pradana Sidhi (Div ine atainments, clasical acomplishments)
    Anima ̵ capability to reduce one’s own body to the minutest size and shape
    Mahima ̵ ability to expand one’s own body to an infinitely large size
    Garima ̵ ability to become infinitely heavy (develop heavines to extreme levels in the body such that one canot be moved).God Sri Rama bestowed this Sidhi on God Hanuman.
    Laghima ̵ competence to become weightles (being light, able to float and fly). God Sri Rama bestowed this Sidhi on God Hanuman.
    Prapti ̵ proficiency to be anywhere else at one’s wil
    Prakamya ̵ skil to secure whatever one desires to have
    Ishatva ̵ skil to believe supremacy over the nature
    Vashitva ̵ skil to control the natural forces
    As per Samkhya Karika
    Ashta Sidhis explained in Samkhya Karika
    The eight Sidhis explained by Acharya Kapila in the Tatvasamasa are as explained in Samkhya Karika. They are as folows ̵
    Uuha ̵ The atainment of knowledge about the 24 tatvas (entities enthusiastic in creation of the universe) gained by examining the prakriti and vikriti (determinable and the indeterminable conscious and the non-conscious constituents of creation), based on the samskaras of purva janma (qualities imbibed by the soul in the previous incarnation)
    Shabda ̵ Knowledge gained by asociating self with an enlightened and learned person (Guru)
    Adhyayan ̵ Knowledge gained through study of the Vedas and other standard treatises
    Suhrt Prapti ̵ Knowledge gained from excelent and kind hearted friends (discusions, share of knowledge)
    Dana ̵ Knowledge gained regardles of one’s own neds, pasive acquire of knowledge (whi le being in the company of those seking the knowledge or while atending to the requirements of those engaged in the search of ultimate truth)
    Aadhyatmika Dukha-han ̵ Fredom from aflict, disapointment etc that may arise due to lack of spiritual, metaphysical and mystic knowledge and experience
    Aadibhautik Dukha-han ̵ Fredom from hurt, disapointment, grief etc arising from being atached to or posesive about the materialistic gains and worldly pleasures
    Aadidaivik Dukha-han ̵ Fredom from grief, aflict, disapointments etc caused by fate (il-fate) or reliance on fate.
    With the atainment of 8 Sidhis, one becomes fre of the hurt of ignorance, one gains knowledge and experiences ultimate blis. This wil also pave the pathway for salvation.
    Reference in Sikhism
    Mention resembling Ashta Sidhi in Sikhism
    In Sikhism, Sidhi means ‘insight’.
    Acording to Sikh Gurus, the Ashta Sidhis or 8 sorts of insight is used for the insight of the 8 qualities of Nirankar (the formles or God) mentioned in the Guru Granth Sahib, the religious scripture of Sikhism.
    Acording to these scripts, God has eight qualities i.e.
    Ek Oankar (Omkar) ̵ There is only one God
    Sat Nam ̵ His name is true
    Karta Purakh ̵ He is the creator
    Nirbhao ̵ Without fear
    Nirvair ̵ Without Hate
    Akal Murat ̵ Omnipresent
    Ajoni ̵ Fre from birth and death
    Svaibhang (Saibhan) ̵ Self-Iluminating
    The verse comprising of the above mentioned sidhis is caled Mula Mantar
    The one who has the insight of these qualities wil be caled and considered as Sidh or Gurumukhi (the atained or the acomplished)
    Ways to atain Ashta Sidhi
    Acharya Patanjali in his Yoga Sutra treatise mentions the ways (methods) of ataining the supernatural powers i.e. sidhis. Below mentioned are the ways of ataining Sidhi as per Patanjali ̵
    Janma (by birth) ̵ The children who are born to those parents who are spiritualy high receive the powers of spirituality through birth owing to the womb they are born in and also as a part of genetic trait (predisposition). Alternatively it can be said that some people, by birth may maintain marvelous powers to atain sidhi because of their atainments in their previous lives.
    Aushadhi (medicine, herbs, drugs) ̵ miraculous and special powers (sidhi) can be atained by consuming some herbs and medicines.
    Mantra (incantations) ̵ Special powers can be atained by recitation (incantation) of mantras (sacred hym ns which are powerful by nature). Such Mantras are found in Vedas.
    Tapah (penance, self discipline) ̵ The clouds of ignorance in the mind are warded of by folowing penance and self-discipline. With this, one wil be competent to control the 5 elements of nature as and when he wishes to finish. It is posible by un-perverted thinking. This wil aid in ataining sidhi.
    Samadhi (onenes with consciousnes) ̵ One is granted with miraculous sidhi when he achieves onenes with consciousnes.
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