DISCOURSE – 4 (March 30, 2021)
40:08 – 49:05 : Someone asked me, and it is such a strange thing, he asked, “How can a person be so dumb that he/she gets convinced so easily, gets caught up in superstition and starts following a Guru. And I said to him, “I believe that in the beginning, the person is very intelligent. But, I don’t know why, as soon as he/she goes to a Guru, they become dumb. After going to the Guru, they become blind, they start ignoring the fact that this Guru is not good, he/she is lying, these are his/her demerits. The brain’s window somehow gets closed. Of what use is such surrender?”.
So, whatever Siddhis are there, I have already told you. Is there a Siddhi by which you can shorten your body? No such Siddhi exists. Then someone asked, “Then how could Hanuman ji do this?”, well, He belonged to a different species, and the Yuga was different! Who am I to comment on any of the Scriptures? किसी को भी धर्म ने ये अधिकार नहीं दिया, कि वो शास्त्रों को अपने मन से तोड़-मरोड़ के जो मर्ज़ी बोलता रहे। (Religion/Righteousness has not given anyone the right to speak by manipulating the words of the Scriptures according to his/her own mind).
Our Puranas have stories. If your mind accepts such stories, then good, if not, then go and have dinner in the dining hall, and stay happy! Why do we want a modification of all the stories of the Scriptures? Why do we want to say that “No, such and such is the hidden meaning of this tale”. जो लिखा है, वही अर्थ है, बताओ क्या नहीं समझ आ रहा। (What’s written is its meaning, tell me what you are not able to understand). अगर आप ये कह रहे हो,कि “ये कहानी लगता नहीं सत्य है”, तो वो बोलो न! (If you are saying that “This story doesn’t seem real”, then just say that)! Why say that “This story has some hidden meaning!”. I don’t think so, that we can modify each and every story. करने से धर्म भी प्रदूषित हो रहा है, और विश्वास भी, और श्रद्धा भी, और मनुष्य का एक Logic भी। (By doing this, religion/righteousness gets polluted, along with Faith and Logic).
So, there is no such Siddhi like that. Of course, you can enlarge your body, for that, you have to eat a lot!! You can make your body heavier, and for that, you very well know the means. But, to make your body of atomic size, fly here and there etc etc, these all are rubbish! And I very well know that the people who have read some books and formed certain superstitions for themselves, won’t even believe my words. They would think, “This person doesn’t know”! It may be possible that “You” are wrong! (Laughter).
All I am saying is, instead of wandering here and there, सिद्धियां छोड़ो, आप साक्षात् इश्वर बन सकते हो! (What to speak of Siddhis, You can become God)! And what do I mean when I say, “You can become God”? आपकी मृत्यु आपके हाथ में आ जाएगी। जब चाहोगे, तब शरीर छोड़ सकोगे। (Your time of death will be in your hands. You can leave your body whenever you want to).
Doordarshan (Clairvoyance), Doorshravan (Clairaudience) etc are there, and the person in front of you becomes absolutely Transparent! These Siddhis exist, and … I experience these, every single day. You can hear from the Universe, establishing a Permanence, such Siddhis exist. Whatever Anima (becoming as minute as one pleases), Mahima (becoming as large as one wants to), Laghima (making one’s body as light as feather), Garima (making one’s body as heavy as a mountain), Vishittam (power of taming wild animals and bringing them under control) etc Siddhis are there, they are the Siddhis of the subtle body. That, with your subtle body, you can go to a different planet, and you can see and experience what it’s like, and then return and write about it. This is what our seers and the sages did.
But, such Siddhis aren’t there that you chanted a Mantra, and a fruit manifests in your palm! “Take son, now you won’t go hungry”. Such Siddhis don’t exist. But, Vak Siddhi does exist, that, if you tell someone, “Today, you won’t go hungry”, then someway or the other, someone would give food to that person.
Such Siddhis don’t exist that you chant a Mantra, and a palace appears in front of you! But, such Siddhi exists that suppose you blessed someone, and then Nature arranged certain resources for that person so that they can have a roof above them. Such Siddhi exists. And such Siddhis also exist, like you can change the course of the Wind, you can make it rain today and you can even stop fire. As far as my personal experiences with these Siddhis are concerned, I can’t say that these occurred due to Mantra chanting only, not from anything else, but, I can definitely say that “Whenever I tried doing it, it happened”. Apart from these, no other Siddhis exist.
And, attainment of these Siddhis can be made possible using Mantras, but they will be like those fruits which don’t have seeds, ie. you can eat it only once. They will be like a chocolate, that you can prepare, but you cannot grow it.
And, if you adopt these four pillars in your life –
1.सत्यनिष्ठ होना (Being Truthful)
2. मन को निर्मल रखना (Having a compassionate mind)
3. भोजन को यज्ञ के भाँती ग्रहण करना (Eating food as an offering) (because if you do that, then the gross body, which becomes an obstacle in self-realization, will stop becoming an obstacle. It will also become Divine)
4. दुसरे में इश्वर को देख पाना (Being able to see God inside the other person) (The person in front, is also God. They too have a share in your life)
Siddhis will come to you just as the moths come to fire.
समिटि समिटि जल भरहिं तलावा। जिमि सदगुन सज्जन पहिं आवा॥
Samiti samiti jal bharahin talava, jimi sadaguna sajjan pahin ava.
Just as the water coming from various directions gathers into a pool, similarly, all the commendable virtues find their way into the heart of a noble soul.
A noble person becomes a mine of virtues. Good virtues keep on coming to him/her automatically. You can verify it anytime, any virtuous person has a lot of virtues, and not just one. We don’t say that : A lot of things are bad in this person, only one quality is good. Rather, we say just the opposite, that : A lot of things are good in this person, except this really bad quality! And that too, the thing which makes us feel sad at that moment, seems bad to us. It may or may not be bad, that’s a different thing.
कहीं न कहीं, मेरा ऐसा मानना है कि आपलोगों का एक सत्कर्म है, एक सतभाव है, कि ये जो सिद्धि पर मैंने व्याख्या दी है, ये आप ही के भाव के कारण ह्रदय से निकली। ऐसा तो है नहीं कि ये ज्ञान मुझे अभी अभी प्राप्त हुआ। कई वर्षों से जानता हूँ, परन्तु पहले कभी ऐसा विचार ही नहीं आया कि आपको सिद्धि का रहस्य खोल कर बताया जाए। (Somewhere, I believe that it is your good karma, your good sentiments, that I elaborated on the Attainment of Siddhis. It is only because of your sentiments, that such knowledge sprung out from my Heart. It is not that I have just received this knowledge. I have known this for many years, but never before did I think of telling you all, about the mystery of Attainment of Siddhis).
The acts like killing a goat, or throwing meat into the Sacrificial fire, or applying a big Tilak on the forehead while sitting near a skull, or by doing some specific Sadhana in a Crematorium etc, are meant to conquer your inner fear, they aren’t meant for attaining these Siddhis. बिना वैसा कुछ किये, मनुष्य एकदम अध्यात्म की उस चरम सीमा पर पहुँच सकता है, जिसका कि हमारे शास्त्रों में वर्णन है। (Without doing any of that, a person can reach that Pinnacle of Spirituality which is described in our Scriptures).
So, that’s it for today. Thank you very much everybody.
ॐ पूर्णमदः पूर्णमिदं पूर्णात्पूर्णमुदच्यते ।
पूर्णस्य पूर्णमादाय पूर्णमेवावशिष्यते ॥
ॐ शान्तिः शान्तिः शान्तिः ॥
Om Puurnnam-Adah Puurnnam-Idam Puurnnaat-Puurnnam-Udacyate |
Puurnnasya Puurnnam-Aadaaya Puurnnam-Eva-Avashissyate ||
Om Shaantih Shaantih Shaantih ||
This is Complete. That is also Complete. From Complete, has emerged Complete. When you take Complete out of Complete, what’s left is also Complete. You are Complete. This world is also Complete. Om, Peace, Peace, Peace.
– Shanti Mantra, Isha Upanishad, Yajurveda
Thus ends the fourth discourse of Swamiji, on the Attainment of Siddhis.
The other parts in the series can be found here :
The link of the “Attainment of Siddhis” Ebook is : Attainment of Siddhis
I would like to thank you all for the constant support and encouragement through your lovely comments. On some days, I didn’t feel like translating, due to my laziness, but I felt a sense of responsibility towards you all, and hence I managed to translate these, and prepare an Ebook. Also, I would like to thank Tanvi S ji, whose translations of Srimad Bhagavat Katha of Swamiji on Youtube served as a motivation for me, to translate these discourses.
Jai Shri Hari. 🙏