Amazing Abilities – Siddhis

Siddhis or Supra-normal abilities are by-products of concentration and/or spiritual development. It is an oft repeated maxim that they (Siddhis) should not be intentionally cultivated if one is serious about their spiritual advancement. Since spending time on development/perfecting of any Siddhi(s) is like taking a (complete) detour from the spiritual path either for cheap material gains or mockery. Perfect Masters or Siddhas manifest Siddhis for benefit of others (like healing etc..) and never for any commercial gain.

It does not harm however to know that there are people who either naturally or intentionally have such abilities. Here is one book that I found online, that has example of Real people and their abilities cataloged by Vincent J. Daczynski. A story of special mention is that of Charles F. Lutes (chapter 11 in the book), who became a Jivan Mukta (liberated being) after coming into close proximity with Maharshi Mahesh Yogi. He worked closely with the Maharshi in teaching Transcendental Meditation and had healed several hundreds of people. You will find the book here –
Amazing Abilities

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Ramana Maharshi – 8 part documentary

An 8 part documentary about Ramana Maharshi, his life and his teaching about Self-Enquiry.
Part- 1
Part – 2
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Part – 6
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Part-8

The sage of Kanchi

The life of Sri Chandrasekhara Saraswati, the 68th Shankaracharya of Kanchi peetham was a remarkable one. This seven part documentary in English briefly outlines and gives glimpses into the life of the saint.

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Part-7

Dakshinamurti Stotram

Dakshinamurti is believed to be an incarnation (Avatar/manifestation) of Lord Shiva; He is well remembered as a young saint with a profound presence around Him. Although observing silence most of the time, seekers would find answers to the most abstruse Advaita concepts by just being in His presence. Below is a nice stotram (hymn which is not bound by any prescribed intonation – “sruti” as it is called in Sanskrit.) composed by Adi Shankaracharya which extols His teachings on Advaita and expresses profound gratitude for leading us to the Truth.
Dakshinamurti Stotram

Yoga-Tattva Upanishad

Here is the link to the Yoga-Tattva Upanishad, translated into English.Yoga-Tattva Upanishad

The Science of Pranayama

This is a complete treatise composed by Swami Sivananda, which has everything one needs to know about Pranayama. Here is the link for the online book. I am also pasting a pdf copy for downloads.

The Science of Pranayama (Online)

Science of Pranayama (by Sri Swami Sivananda)

Hatha Yoga Pradipika

The complete manual is found here.

Hatha Yoga Pradipika

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