Siddhis And Chakras
Taken in part from workshop transcript "Chakras and Siddhi Powers"
From "Preparation for Enlightenment" workshop series
conducted by Dharma Dharini Bhagavad Dasa:
Chakras are sometimes called "wheels of the mind" or "forests
of desire". They are psychic centers that cannot really be
described fully from a psychological or material view in the same
way a cake cannot be considered to be flour, vanilla, sugar, eggs
and chocoalte. There is a force that has been applied to the ingredients
that makes it a cake. Chakras are energy centers that are interelated
with the autonomous, parasympathetic and and sympathetic nervous
individual perceives and understands life through the perspective
of the chakra in which he feels most comfortable relating from.
This is called the "Point of Awareness". In a sense the
chakra colors the experience. It is like a filter on a camera. Contributing
to "Maya" which in the older sense of the word was not
illusion but rather a faulty or filtered perception of reality as
presented by the senses. Knowledge is lacking for accurate perception
or interpretation. When the point of awareness-the presiding state
of consciousness and kundalini merge in the upper chakras, enlightenment
experiences occur. Sometimes they are permanent, sometimes not.
If the force of this merging is intense enough it will lead to a
genetic restructuring of the brain such as what occurs with deep
and profound insight.
Powers are sometimes gained by focusing on various chakras causing
an activation of that specific energy center. In the ancient tradition
of enlightenment, siddhi were passed down from master to seeker
through spiritual initiation. This can be compared to a seed which
is then nurtured through various sadhanas such as yoga or chakra
("Foundation") First or Root Chakra - Siddhi
attained is Frog Jump Siddhi - can rise in the air by various degrees
resulting in memory of past lives, freedom from disease etc. The
mind is conquered and whatever one thinks can happen.
("Dwelling Place of the Self") Second Chakra - Siddhi
attained at this stage is psychic powers, control of the senses
etc resulting in creative abilty, reflective nature, perfection
of relationships, deep inner peace and charisma.
("City of Gems") Third Chakra - the giver of
constant happiness. Has conquered not only disease but time as well.
Can enter the body of another, make gold, see hidden treasures,
cure diseases etc. Ego is destroyed and has the power to create
("Free from Constraints") Fourth or Heart Chakra -
Awareness of ones karma, knowledge of past, present and future,
clairvoyance ability, ability to walk in the air, ability to travel
all over the world at the speed of thought etc. The effect of meditating
on Anahata are considered to be esoteric. It is to be experienced
for oneself. When the kundalini and point of awareness meet in anahata,
the enlightenment experience of seeing God in everything (not a
concept but the actual seeing)occurs.
("Pure") Fifth or Throat Chakra - Calmness, serenity,
purity, command of speech and mantras, understanding of dreams etc.
Masters entire self, becomes unconscious of outer world and enjoys
inner realm. The mind ceases to be a problem. Supreme reasoning
overcomes the heart. It is a state of non-judgement. This chakra
relates to the "chit" or Cosmic Consciousness.
("Authority" or "Austerity") Sixth
or Brow Chakra - Siddhi attained is destruction of 'Karma' of past
lives. Able to be in continuous state of samadhi (realized non-duality).
Visions of past, present and future. All desires come true. All
internal and external changes cease to be a problem.
("Thousand Petalled") Seventh or Crown Chakra - The plane
of happiness. No activity of the mind. No knower, no knowledge,
nothing to be known. Knowledge, knower and known become one and
liberated. Feelings, emotions and desires are dissolved into their
cause. Union is achieved. Non-dual consciousness occurs. All siddhis
are obtained. Yet he has transcended the desire to use those siddhis
or manifest his desires.
There is no separation between the experience and the experiencer
(I am that)
is a list of 23 siddhi powers:
to be the Warrior Siddhi Powers:
knowledge of the past, present and future.
Advandvam: to be beyond pleasure-pain, cold-heat, soft-
Parachittadyabhijnata: knowledge of dreams and the mind.
Pratishtambah: control of effect of fire, wind, water,
poisons, weapons, and the sun.
Aparajayah: Victorious. Not able to be defeated.
next are considered only to occur as the heart begins to purify
hunger, thirst, grief, sorrow, infatuation, delusion and confusion
of the mind, old age and death do not harm the body.
Doorshravan: to hear, sitting at one place, speech from
however distant a place.
Dudarshan: to see simultaneously events and things in
all the realms.
Manojava: the body can travel at the speed of thought
to any place.
Kaamaroopa: to assume any form. Shapeshifting.
Parakayapravesh: ability to enter into another's body,
whether they are dead or alive.
Swachchandamrutyu: to die at one's own will, death having
no control over one.
Sahakridanudarshanam: to see the sport of gods in heaven
and have capacity and prowess to participate.
Yathaasamkalpa samsiddhi: to attain whatever is desired.
Ajnaapratihataagatih: whereby one's command and movement
have no obstruction.
are considered to be the highest siddhi powers:
the reduction of one's form to one atom. Invisibility.
Mahima/Garima: the body can be made to be very heavy.
Laghima: the body can be made to be extremely light.
Prapti: abilty to acquire objects of sense pertaining
to the respective organs.
Prakaashya: to see invisible things in other realms.
Ishitaa: to stimulate bodies and creatures Control of
forces of nature.
Vashita: to have control or dominion over the senses.
Yatkamastadavasyati: To obtain joy by willing it so.
The cessation of misery and desire.
This is considered to be the
highest state of bliss.