By Swami Harshananda
Ākāśagamana is literally translated as ‘moving through space’.
Throughout the history of mankind it has been seen that people cherish the ambition to possess and to exercise extraordinary or supernatural powers. Yoga has dealt with this subject either directly or as a byproduct of some other discipline.
One such power that has fascinated man is the ability to fly through space. The Yogasutras of Patañjali refer to the power to fly in Ākāśa or space as residing both outside and inside the body. This is accomplished by concentrating on this relationship through saṃyama. Only when the exact nature of the relationship is realized will the technique of levitation be mastered. This will then give a clue to the means of cutting the bonds that binds the body down to the ordinary law of gravity.
Ākāśagamana can also be mastered by practicing sarṃyama on light objects like cotton. This will give the secret of that lightness which can then be superimposed on one’s own body.
- The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore