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Siddhis and Samadhi
« on: February 16, 2009, 12:02:25 PM »
On 20th December 1938, a Swiss lady, Ms.J.C.S. Hick Riddingh, asked Bhagavan Ramana:

"Does Self Realization imply occult powers also?"

Bhagavan: The Self is the most intimate and eternal Being, whereas
siddhis are foreign.  The one requires effort to acquire and 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 power manifests only when there is the ego.  The ego makes you awere of others and in the absence there are are no others to be seen. The Self is beyond the ego and is realized after the ego is
eliminated.  The elimination of the ego makes one unaware of others. How can the question of others arise and where is the use of occult powers for a Self Realized Being?  Self Realization may be accompanied by occult powers or it may not be.   If the person had
sought such powers before Realization, he may get the powers after
Realization.  There are others who had not sought such powers and had attempted only Self Realization.  They do not manifest such powers.

Devotee:  Can Samadhi come and go? Mr. Brunton says that he had one hour's samadhi.  Therefore I asked the question.

Bhagavan:  A practiser  gains peace of mind and is happy.  That peace is the result of his efforts.  But the real state must be effortless.   The effortless samadhi is the true one and the perfect state.  It is permanent.  The efforts are sposmadic and so also their results.

(Source: Talks, Munagala Venkatramaiah.)

Arunachala Siva.