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The Occult Powers, the ESP and the Jnani
« on: January 24, 2009, 03:31:42 PM »
This land which has given us gift of the Supreme Truth also bristles
with many secrets like occult powers, ESP, (Extra Sensory Perception), and other magics, black and white!  The number of seekers after such powers will probably outnumber those who are
in search after the Truth.  Though, it is widely known that Bhagavan Ramana Maharshi did not appreciate such tendencies, usually connected with yoga-siddhis within the frame of the search for the
Self. Once He declared:

"The Self is the most intimate and eternal Being whereas the siddhis are foreign.  The one requires effort to acquire, the other does not.
The powers are sought by the mind which must be kept alert, whereas the Self is realized when the mind is destroyed.  The powers manifest only when there is the ego. The Self is beyond the ego and is realized after the ego is eliminated. Where is the use of occult powers for a Self Realized Being?"

But Bhagavan Ramana also said:

"The Self Realization may be accompanied by occult powers or it may not be. If the person has sought such powers before Realization,
he may get them after Realization.  There are others who have not
sought such powers but have attempted only Self Realization. They do not manifest them." (Talks 597)

Among the visitors of the Sage was Mr. Evan-Wentz, the well-known Tibetologist. He too asked for an explanation on the value of occult powers. Sri Ramana Maharshi replied:

"The occult powers are only in the mind, they are not natural to the Self.  That which is not natural, but acquired, cannot be permanent and is not worth striving for.

"Moreover wht are these powers?  The would-be occultist desires to display siddhis, so that others may appreciate him.  He seeks appreciation and if it is not forthcoming, he will not be happy. He may even find another possessor of higher powers. This will cause
jealousy and breed unhappiness.  Which is the real power? Is it to acquire prosperity or peace?  That which results in peace is the highest perfection, siddhi" (Talks 20)

The root idea in Sri Ramana's attitude to the phenomenon of ESP,  or extra sensory perception, as siddhis nowadays are scientifically labelled, is easily discovered.

ESP experience belongs to the 'personal I'.  The teachings of the Sage of Arunachala revolve around  "hunting the I" until it submits. To seek and attain siddhis means to strengthen it.  That settles the matter once and for all.

(Source: Hunting the 'I'. Lucy Carnelssen. Sri Ramanasramam, Tiruvannamalai.)

Arunachala Siva.