Siddhis

From Hindupedia, the Hindu Encyclopedia

By Swami Harshananda

Siddhis literally means ‘powers’.

In general, the word siddhi indicates the fulfillment of any effort. In a more technical sense, it stands for the supernatural powers gained by sādhanas.[1]

Siddhis as per Yogasutras

The Yogasutras[2] of Patañjali[3] states that siddhis are attained by:

Eight siddhis, called as aṣṭasiddhis, are generally mentioned by the treatises on yoga like the Yogasutras.[4] This work mentions several other siddhis also.[5] A warning is also administered about them being obstacles in the path before realization.[6]


References

  1. Sādhanas means yogic exercises and spiritual practices.
  2. Yogasutras 4.1
  3. He lived in 200 B. C.
  4. Yogasutras means 3.45
  5. Yogasutras 2.35 up to 3.48
  6. Yogasutras 3.37
  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore