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Ramana Maharshi about seeking powers
« on: June 19, 2010, 11:08:32 AM »
“The powers are sought by the mind which must be kept alert, whereas the Self is realised when the mind is destroyed. The powers manifest only when there is the ego. The Self is beyond the ego and is realised after the ego is eliminated. Where is the use of occult powers for a Self-realised Being?

“Self-Realisation may be accompanied by occult powers or it may not be. If the person has sought such powers before Realisation, he may get them after Realisation. There are others who have not sought such powers and have attempted only Self-Realisation. They do not manifest them.” (Talks, 597). Among the visitors of the sage was Mr. Evans-Wentz, the wellknown Tibetologist. He too asked for an explanation on
the value of occult powers.

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.

“They denote extended powers. A man is possessed of limited powers and is miserable; he wants to expand his powers so that he may be happy. But consider if it will be so; if with limited perception one is miserable, with extended perceptions the misery must increase proportionately. Occult powers will not bring happiness to anyone, but will make him all the more miserable!

“Moreover what are these powers for? The would-be occultist desires to display the 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. That will cause jealousy and breed unhappiness.

“Which is the real power? Is it to increase prosperity or bring about peace? That which results in peace is the highest perfection (siddhi).” (Talks, 20).

Source: HUNTING THE ‘I’ book.


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Re: Ramana Maharshi about seeking powers
« Reply #1 on: June 21, 2010, 09:38:43 AM »

Dear prasanth,

Yes. Bhagavan Ramana says in Verse 35 of ULLadu Narpadu:

"To discern and abide in the ever present Reality, is true attainment,
siddhi.  All other attainments (siddhis) are like powers in a dream.
When the sleeper wakes, are they real?  Those who stay in the state of Truth, having cast off the unreal - will they ever be deluded?"
(Tr. Prof. K. Swaminathan)

Arunachala Siva.