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.
Siddhis as per Yogasutras
- Janma - birth
- Auṣadhi - drugs
- Mantra - sacred word
- Tapas - austerity
- Samādhi - perfect concentration
Eight siddhis, called as aṣṭasiddhis, are generally mentioned by the treatises on yoga like the Yogasutras. This work mentions several other siddhis also. A warning is also administered about them being obstacles in the path before realization.
- Sādhanas means yogic exercises and spiritual practices.
- Yogasutras 4.1
- He lived in 200 B. C.
- Yogasutras means 3.45
- Yogasutras 2.35 up to 3.48
- Yogasutras 3.37
- The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore