10 Real People With Superhuman Powers

Published January 30, 2015 by supernatural567

The fictional universes devised by creative minds, where the superhuman or supernatural coexist with us ordinary folk, are not entirely devoid of facts. Many of us are entranced by the mysterious appeal of the strange and unusual and, now more than ever, the superhuman is the subject of some of the most popular films, TV series and books. There’s just something inscrutably attractive about the bizarre, the uncanny and the larger than life.

So those of us who enjoy a good superhero yarn will be intrigued to know that beings seemingly torn from the pages of comic books do, indeed, walk among us. They are those we read about in medical archives or flock to see perform. These are ordinary people with extraordinary abilities. Far from the quirky and at times disturbing feats turned ‘world records’ – the longest beard or the most hot dogs ever eaten in one sitting, for instance -some individuals possess truly remarkable talents that defy the laws of science and surpass what we know to be the limits of our human capacity.

These people are marvels, capable of unprecedented feats or unusual skills that mark them out as distinctly different from the rest of the world. Happily, most of them are praised for their unusual abilities rather than ridiculed because of it. Perhaps the digital age and the more open minded, curious public that come with it have given these unique people the chance to stir public interest, marketing their extraordinary talents rather than being shunned or feared because of them.

Needless to say, the strange and unusual is a booming business these days and this fact is what prompts some people to attempt to con the world into believing the unbelievable. (How many Bigfoots can there be?) But the highly publicized individuals listed below are real and otherwise ordinary people, save for their extraordinary abilities that shock the world. And perhaps most intriguingly, their unique talents and feats have not been disproved by modern science.

10. Gino Martino: ‘The Human Anvil’

Gino Martino is an American professional wrestler and entertainer who wows audiences with his superhuman ability to smash through things with his skull. Gino has broken steel bars and baseball bats over his head. He’s had blocks of concrete broken over his head with a sledgehammer and has even had bowling balls dropped from 15 feet high on top of his skull. He owes his extraordinary ability to what doctors have determined to be an extra-thick skull. Gino is dedicated to his career and continues to smash his head through large and heavy objects, owning up to his nickname ‘The Human Anvil’.

9. Tim Cridland: ‘The Torture King’

Tim Cridland has built a career from putting himself through agonizing torture, proudly dubbing himself Zamora the Torture King. With a stage name like that the curious audiences know what they’re in for, and Tim has proven his extraordinary tolerance for pain for decades. He has impaled himself with skewers practically everywhere in his body and swallowed flaming swords, he has lain on a bed of nails while being jumped on by audience members – and these are just a couple of his torturous feats. Tim’s been featured in the Guinness Book of World Records and Ripley’s Believe or Not. He owes his extreme tolerance for pain to what some doctors believe is a rare and dangerous condition where an individual is incapable of feeling pain.

8. Wim Hof: ‘The Iceman’

Wim Hof’s extraordinary ability is his power to withstand below freezing temperatures. This Dutchman has ran marathons over snow barefoot, been buried in ice, and holds the world record for the longest time submerged in an ice bath: 1 hour and 52 mins. But if that’s not impressive enough, Wim has climbed the top of Mount Kilimanjaro in nothing but shorts, earning him the name “The Iceman”. When asked how he is capable of withstanding below-freezing temperatures, Wim relates that he achieves these remarkable feats through meditation by turning his ‘inner thermostat up’ as he wades through unbelievable cold. Researchers have confirmed that Wim is indeed capable of consciously controlling his autonomic nervous system and immune responses; score one for the power of meditation.

7. Masutatsu Oyama: Can kill a bull with one blow

Masutatsu Oyama (1923-1994) was a martial arts master and undefeated champion. But Oyama was not just a karate expert, he was known for combating 100 men and beating them all in a series of 2 minute long fights that lasted the course of three days. But that’s not all Mas is famous for; he’s considered a legend for fighting bulls with his bare hands. He has reportedly fought 52 bulls, three of which he killed in one blow.

6. Tibetan Monks who practice Tummo: Can produce intense body heat

A small group of Tibetan Monks made headlines, stirred public intrigue, and attracted visitors from all over the world to observe their sessions of deep meditation. What’s so attractive about meditating monks? When it comes to Buddhist practitioners of Tummo, a yoga practice centered on concentrating body heat, what’s worth seeing is how they are able to raise their body temperatures to incredibly high levels without ever moving a muscle. To demonstrate their extraordinary ability, large towels soaked in icy water would be placed over the monk’s shoulders and within an hour, the towels would be completely dry. The ability for humans to consciously raise body temperature to such high degrees is, to this day, scientifically inexplicable.

5. Master Zhou: ‘Jewel of China’

Master Zhou is a Thai Chi and Kung Fu master and a Qigong healer. The ‘qi’ in Qigong roughly translates to the word ‘heat’ and this is what Master Zhou is famous for: the ability to heat things with his bare hands. He has demonstrated his remarkable talent by drying up clay in his hands and even bringing water to a boil by simply holding it. He uses his heating ability to cure tumors, body pain, and a variety of other ailments, which hundreds of his believers swear by. Some of his famous patients have been the Dalai Lama and members of the LA Lakers basketball team. His superhuman power and subsequent fame has earned him the name the ‘Jewel of China’. Master Zhou has been tested by experts who can’t find a scientific cause for his power, which he attributes to his ability to harness his ‘chi’ through meditation and concentrate it in the palm of his hands.

4. Michel Lotito: ‘Monsieur Mangetout’

Appropriately known in his native France as ‘Monsieur Mangetout’, which means ‘Mr. Eats It All’, Michel Lotito (1950-2007), could eat anything. Lotito ate an estimated nine tons of metal between the years 1959 and 1997. He’s also reportedly eaten an entire airplane in the span of about 2 years, seven TV sets, 18 bicycles, 15 shopping carts, a coffin, and a portion of the Eiffel Tower. What’s behind this man’s shocking ability? It’s actually a rare condition known as Pica, a disorder that causes people to have an appetite for non-nutritious – often indigestible – substances. His condition, paired with an unusually thick stomach lining, allowed Lotito to consume large quantities of metal. His method? Cutting up his metal meals into small pieces and swallowing them with plenty of water and mineral oil. Apparently Lotito was also impervious to the harmful effects of lead poisoning and other toxic substances in his ‘food’, since in 2007 he passed away, but of natural causes.

3. Isao Machii: Super Samurai

Isao Machii wows audiences with his impressive sword wielding skills: Isao can cut through a pellet fired from a BB gun coming at him at 200 miles an hour. Isao’s feat was captured on video and when played back, the footage revealed to researchers how his skill with the sword is owed to his superior anticipatory processing. While a normal human would only begin registering the sound of the pellet being shot, Isao instantaneously anticipates where it will be at an extraordinary speed. He does visually sense the pellet but almost automatically knows where it will be, reacting to it at a speed that surpasses typical human ability.

2. Ben Underwood: Sees through sound

Ben Underwood, born in 1992, suffered from retinal cancer and had both of his eyes surgically removed at the age of 3. But Ben was no ordinary victim of blindness and didn’t need a walking stick or a guide dog to help him maneuver through the world – because Ben learned to see through sound. At the age of 5, he harnessed the ability to practice echolocation, the remarkable skill used to detect surrounding objects by hearing the sounds projected from them. Bats and dolphins are two species that use this sense to ‘see’ the world. Ben trained himself to detect objects by making loud clicking noises and hearing their sound projected back to him. Thanks to his keen ability, Ben grew up able to skateboard, play football, protect himself from bullies; basically everything a normal youth can do. Unfortunately, his lifelong battle with retinal cancer eventually claimed his life and he passed away in 2009 at the age of 16.

1. Natasha Demkina: X-Ray Vision

Natasha Demkina is known in her native Russia as the “Girl with X-ray Eyes”. She claims to have the ability to see through people’s skin and into their insides. Natasha first discovered her unique ability to see people’s organs and tissues when she was ten years old and has since then has used her superhuman ability to perform medical diagnoses on devout believers. Naturally, one can’t claim to have x-ray vision without facing disputation and in order to test or disprove Natasha’s claims, several medical experts have put Natasha through extensive studies.

The Discovery Channel spearheaded one such study in 2004 and featured Natasha as the subject of a documentary “The Girl With X-ray Eyes”. In the study conducted by the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry (CSI), Natasha was asked to identify the medical conditions of 6 volunteers who had undergone surgery or had a physical anomaly. Natasha correctly diagnosed 4 of the volunteers in the four-hour long study, including the control subject, but based on her results, the CSI concluded that her ability lacked sufficient evidence to promote further study. Regardless, Natasha continues to use her superhuman ability to medically diagnose people and has a strong group of supporters to this day.

Ashta Siddhis & other supernatural powers

Published January 30, 2015 by prathipriyap

Supernatural powers mentioned in Bhagavata Purana

Siddhi can be translated as perfection or accomplishSupernatural powers mentioned in Bhagavata Puranament.

 All religions accept the phenomenon of supernatural powers.8 main powers acquired by a spiritual person as listed in the Indian scriptures are Aṇimā, Mahima, Garima, Laghima, Prāpti, Prākāmya, Iṣiṭva, Vaśitva. There are other lists of such powers too, however these are the most discussed yogic powers.

Ashta Siddhis are:

1. Aṇimā:

Ability to reduce the size of the body, sometimes even to the size of the atoms.  (‘Becoming smaller than the smallest’ as described in Srimad Bhagavatam by Lord Krishna)Example: Hanuman had reduced the size of his body while he was searching for Sita in Lanka.

2. Mahima:

Ability to assume a gigantic form (‘Becoming larger than the largest’ as described in Srimad Bhagavatam by Lord Krishna)Example:Hanuman assumed a huge form to burn Lanka, he also assumed big form to fight Kumbha KarnaIn Vaamana avatar Lord Vishnu increased his form which was so gigantic that it only took him three steps to cover all three worlds

3. Garima

Ability to become very heavy in weight by willExample: Lord Hanuman made his tail very heavy that even Bhima couldn’t life it (Bhima who was climbing the GandhaMadana mountains to get Saugandhika flowers for Draupadi was stopped by a monkey whose tail was on the way, Bhima orders the monkey to take the tail off the road, monkey being old tells him to move it himself, but Bhima couldn’t even lift the monkey’s tail)

4. Laghima

Laghima comes from the word laghu, which means small or light. Laghima is the ability to make the body very light (‘Becoming lighter than the lightest’). Levitation and flying in the air are its subsidiary powers

5. Prāpti

Word praapti means ‘to obtain’, ‘having obtained’, ‘to have got’. Thus praapti is the ability to acquire anything anywhere.

6. Prākāmya

The ability to obtain anything desired, ability to have realized the dreams

7. Iṣiṭva

Iṣa=lord; isitva=lordship; The power of absolute lordship over entire creation

8. Vaśitva

The ability to have everything under control, especially the physical manifestation made up of 5 elements

Supernatural powers mentioned in Bhagavata Purana

Tri-kāla-jñatvam: Knowledge of past present and futureAdvandvam (non-duality): not being subject to dualities of heat/ cold, pain/ pleasure, sweat/ bitter, good/ badPara citta ādi abhijñatā: Knowing of others’ mindsAgni arka ambu viṣa ādīnām pratiṣṭambhaḥ: having fire, sun, water, poison in control and stopping their effectAparājayah: becoming unconquerableAnūrmi-mattvam: Being undisturbed by hunger, thirst, and other body generated cravingsDūra-śravaṇa: Hearing things/ events happening very farDūra-darśanam: Seeing  things/ events happening very farManaḥ-javah (manojvitva): Moving physical body wherever one wantskāma-rūpam: Attaining/ assuming desired formPara-kāya praveśanam (vikranabhav): Entering another persons body (spirits are believed to enter a person’s physical body whose astral body is weak, but the power mentioned here is different and superior)Sva-chanda mṛtyuh: To die only on one’s wish (like that of Bhishma from Mahabharat, like that of many sages who left their bodies by their own wish)Devānām saha krīḍā anudarśanam: Witnessing the pastimes of demi-gods (or Witnessing the events of 3 worlds as pastimes like god does)Yathā sańkalpa saḿsiddhiḥ: Achieving as one determinesājñā apratihatā gatiḥ: One’s commands unstopped

Other powers

Memories of past livesClairvoyanceLevitationBi-location/ multi-locationMaterializationControl over natural phenomenon like raining, sunrise/ sunsetPrakhya Siddhi: ability to chose the womb to be born in before birthSurya Vijnan: Transforming one material into another by the use of sun rays

The Buddha’s Supernatural Powers

Published January 30, 2015 by prathipriyap

 Buddha then goes on to list the other abilities which he possesses that Sunakkhatta will not be able to realize due to his dismissal of the Buddha and the Dharma. The first three are actually the first three of the six supernatural powers which are forms of direct knowledge attained either through meditative concentration or spiritual insight. The final three of the six are listed below as the last three of the ten powers of the Tathagata. Of these six supernatural powers or direct knowledges, the first five can be attained as a by-product of meditative concentration and are available even to those who are not spiritually mature are liberated. The sixth, however, is attained only through spiritual insight and is possessed only by arhats, advanced bodhisattvas, and buddhas. “And he will never infer of me according to Dhamma: `That Blessed One enjoys the various kinds of supernormal power: having been one, he becomes many; having been many, he becomes one; he appears and vanishes; he goes unhindered through a wall, through an enclosure, through a mountain, as though through space; he dives in and out of the earth as though it were water; he walks on water without sinking as though it were earth; seated cross-legged, he travels in space like a bird; with his hand he touches and strokes the moon and the sun so powerful and mighty; he wields bodily mastery even as far as the Brahma-world.’ (Ibid, p. 165)This first power of supernatural mastery over the body covers many of the standard miracles which holy men were thought to be capable of in ancient India and elsewhere. Many of these powers, such as walking on water or through walls, were also attributed to Jesus in the Gospels. One may or may not choose to believe in such miracles. Though the Buddha claimed to have possessed such powers, he did not consider them important, and even refused to make a display of them. The Buddha even forbid his disciples from using such powers for the sake of cheap displays to impress the masses. Assuming for a moment that such powers are actually attainable and were in fact possessed by the Buddha, it would seem as though the Buddha considered these powers a distraction from the real work of attaining insight and did not wish to draw any undue attention to such things. On a more mundane level, these miraculous powers poetically describe the accomplished meditator’s total self-mastery and ease in relation to their body and surroundings.“And he will never infer of me according to Dhamma: `With the divine ear element, which is purified and surpasses the human, the Blessed One hears both kinds of sounds, the heavenly and the human, those that are far as well as near.’ (Ibid, p.165)This power corresponds to the psychic ability known as clairaudience – the ability to hear things in remote locations beyond the power of the unaided human ear. This ability may have a basis in fact, but again it could also be an indication of the increased awareness of those who have cultivated mindful awareness through meditation.“And he will never infer of me according to Dhamma: `That Blessed One encompasses with his own mind, the minds of other beings, other persons. He understands a mind affected by lust as affected by lust and a mind unaffected by lust as unaffected by lust; he understands a mind affected by hate as affected by hate and a mind unaffected by hate as unaffected by hate; he understands a mind affected by delusion as affected by delusion and a mind unaffected by delusion as unaffected by delusion; he understands a contracted mind as contracted and a distracted mind as distracted; he understands an exalted mind as exalted and an unexalted mind as unexalted; he understands a surpassed mind as surpassed and an unsurpassed mind as unsurpassed; he understands a concentrated mind as concentrated and an unconcentrated mind as unconcentrated; he understands a liberated mind as liberated and an unliberated mind as unliberated.’ (Ibid, p. 165)This ability is currently known as telepathy. As with the first two, there have been and still are reports of people who claim to be able to read the minds of others. Whatever the factual basis, this power would also describe the ability of someone whose awareness and empathy is so acute that they are able to intuit the mental states of others.

WEREWOLVES

Published January 30, 2015 by supernatural567

A werewolf, also known as a lycanthrope (from the Greek λυκάνθρωπος: λύκος, lykos, “wolf”, and ἄνθρωπος, anthrōpos, “man”), is a mythological or folkloric human with the ability to shapeshift into a wolf or a therianthropic hybrid wolf-like creature, either purposely or after being placed under a curse or affliction (e.g. via a bite or scratch from another werewolf). Early sources for belief in lycanthropy are Petronius and Gervase of Tilbury.

The werewolf is a widespread concept in European folklore, existing in many variants which are related by a common development of a Christian interpretation of underlying European folklore which developed during the medieval period. From the early modern period, werewolf beliefs also spread to the New World with colonialism. Belief in werewolf develops parallel to the belief in witches, in the course of the Late Middle Ages and the Early Modern period. Like the witchcraft trials as a whole, the trial of supposed werewolves emerges in what is now Switzerland (especially the Valais and Vaud) in the early 15th century and spreads throughout Europe in the 16th, peaking in the 17th and subsiding by the 18th century. The persecution of werewolves and the associated folklore is an integral part of the “witch-hunt” phenomenon, albeit a marginal one, accusations of werewolf very being involved in only a small fraction of witchcraft trials.[1] During the early period, accusations of lycanthropy (transformation into a wolf) were mixed with accusations of wolf-riding or wolf-charming. The case of Peter Stumpp (1589) led to a significant peak in both interest in and persecution of supposed werewolves, primarily in French-speaking and German-speaking Europe. The phenomenon persisted longest in Bavaria and Austria, with persecution of wolf-charmers recorded until well after 1650, the final cases taking place in the early 18th century in Carinthia and Styria.

After the end of the witch-trials, the werewolf became of interest in folklore studies and in the emerging Gothic horror genre;werewolf fiction as a genre has pre-modern precedents in medieval romances (e.g. Bisclavret and Guillaume de Palerme) and develops in the 18th century out of the “semi-fictional” chap book tradition. The trappings of horror literature in the 20th century became part of the horror and fantasy genre of modern pop culture.

he phenomenon of repercussion, the power of animal metamorphosis, or of sending out a familiar, real or spiritual, as a messenger, and the supernormal powers conferred by association with such a familiar, are also attributed to the magician, male and female, all the world over; and witch superstitions are closely parallel to, if not identical with, lycanthropic beliefs, the occasional involuntary character of lycanthropy being almost the sole distinguishing feature. In another direction the phenomenon of repercussion is asserted to manifest itself in connection with the bush-soul of the West African and the nagual of Central America; but though there is no line of demarcation to be drawn on logical grounds, the assumed power of the magician and the intimate association of the bush-soul or the nagual with a human being are not termed lycanthropy. Nevertheless it will be well to touch on both these beliefs here.

The curse of lycanthropy was also considered by some scholars as being a divine punishment. Werewolf literature shows many examples of God or saints allegedly cursing those who invoked their wrath with werewolfism. Such is the case of Lycaon, who was turned into a wolf by Zeus as punishment for slaughtering one of his own sons and serving his remains to the gods as a dinner. Those who were excommunicated by the Roman Catholic Church were also said to become werewolves.[19]

The power of transforming others into wild beasts was attributed not only to malignant sorcerers, but to Christian saints as well. Omnes angeli, boni et Mali, ex virtute naturali habent potestatem transmutandi corpora nostra (“All angels, good and bad have the power of transmutating our bodies”) was the dictum of St. Thomas Aquinas. St. Patrick was said to have transformed the Welsh king Vereticus into a wolf; Natalis supposedly cursed an illustrious Irish family whose members were each doomed to be a wolf for seven years. In other tales the divine agency is even more direct, while in Russia, again, men supposedly became werewolves when incurring the wrath of the Devil.

A notable exception to the association of Lycanthropy and the Devil, comes from a rare and lesser known account of an 80-year-old man named Thiess. In 1692, in Jürgensburg,Livonia, Thiess testified under oath that he and other werewolves were the Hounds of God. He claimed they were warriors who went down into hell to do battle with witches and demons. Their efforts ensured that the Devil and his minions did not carry off the grain from local failed crops down to hell. Thiess was steadfast in his assertions, claiming that werewolves in Germany and Russia also did battle with the devil’s minions in their own versions of hell, and insisted that when werewolves died, their souls were welcomed into heaven as reward for their service. Thiess was ultimately sentenced to ten lashes for Idolatry and superstitious belief.

VAMPIRE

Published January 30, 2015 by supernatural567

A vampire is a mythical being who subsists by feeding on the life essence (generally in the form of blood) of living creatures. Infolkloric tales, undead vampires often visited loved ones and caused mischief or deaths in the neighbourhoods they inhabited when they were alive. They wore shrouds and were often described as bloated and of ruddy or dark countenance, markedly different from today’s gaunt, pale vampire which dates from the early 1800s. Although vampiric entities have been recorded in most cultures, the term vampire was not popularised until the early 18th century, after an influx of vampire superstition into Western Europe from areas where vampire legends were frequent, such as the Balkans and Eastern Europe, although local variants were also known by different names, such as vrykolakas in Greece and strigoi in Romania. This increased level of vampire superstition in Europe led to what can only be called mass hysteria and in some cases resulted in corpses actually being staked and people being accused of vampirism.

In modern times, however, the vampire is generally held to be a fictitious entity, although belief in similar vampiric creatures such as the chupacabra still persists in some cultures. Early folkloric belief in vampires has been ascribed to the ignorance of the body’s process of decomposition after death and how people in pre-industrial societies tried to rationalise this, creating the figure of the vampire to explain the mysteries of death. Porphyria was also linked with legends of vampirism in 1985 and received much media exposure, but has since been largely discredited.

The charismatic and sophisticated vampire of modern fiction was born in 1819 with the publication of The Vampyre by John Polidori; the story was highly successful and arguably the most influential vampire work of the early 19th century.[2] However, it is Bram Stoker’s 1897 novel Dracula which is remembered as the quintessential vampire novel and provided the basis of the modern vampire legend. The success of this book spawned a distinctive vampire genre, still popular in the 21st century, with books, films, and television shows. The vampire has since become a dominant figure in the horror genre.

DEMONOLOGY

Published January 30, 2015 by supernatural567

Demonology is the systematic study of demons or beliefs about demons. It is the branch of theology relating to supernatural beings who are not gods.It deals both with benevolent beings that have no circle of worshippers or so limited a circle as to be below the rank of gods, and with malevolent beings of all kinds. The original sense of “demon”, from the time of Homer onward, was a benevolent being, but in English the name now holds connotations of malevolence. (In order to keep the distinction, when referring to the word in its original Greek meaning English uses the spelling “Daemon” or “Daimon”.)

Demons, when regarded as spirits, may belong to either of the classes of spirits recognized by primitive animism; that is to say, they may be human, or non-human, separable souls, or discarnate spirits which have never inhabited a body. A sharp distinction is often drawn between these two classes, notably by the Melanesians, several African groups, and others; the Arab jinn, for example, are not reducible to modified human souls; at the same time these classes are frequently conceived as producing identical results, e.g. diseases.

The word demonology is from Greek δαίμooν, daimōn, “divinity, divine power,

Prevalence of demons

 “Nightmare”, 1800, by Nikolaj Abraham Abildgaard

According to some societies, all the affairs of life are supposed to be under the control of spirits, each ruling a certain “element” or even object, and themselves in subjection to a greater spirit. For example, the Inuit are said to believe in spirits of the sea, earth and sky, the winds, the clouds and everything in nature. Every cove of the seashore, every point, every island and prominent rock has its guardian spirit. All are potentially of the malignant type, to be propitiated by an appeal to knowledge of the supernatural.Traditional Korean belief posits countless demons inhabit the natural world; they fill household objects and are present in all locations. By the thousands they accompany travelers, seeking them out from their places in the elements.

In ancient Babylon, demonology had an influence on even the most mundane elements of life, from petty annoyances to the emotions of love and hatred. The numerous demonic spirits were given charge over various parts of the human body, one for the head, one for the neck, and so on.

Greek philosophers such as Porphyry, who claimed influence from Platonism, and the fathers of the Christian Church, held that the world was pervaded with spirits, the latter of whom advanced the belief that demons received the worship directed at pagan gods.

Many religions and cultures believe, or once believed, that what is now known as soothsaying, was, or is, a form of physical contact with demons.

Character of the spiritual world

The ascription of malevolence to the world of spirits is by no means universal. In Central Africa, the Mpongwe believe in local spirits, just as do the Inuit; but they are regarded as inoffensive in the main. Passers-by must make some trifling offering as they near the spirits’ place of abode; but it is only occasionally mischievous acts, such as the throwing down of a tree on a passer-by, are, in the view of the natives, perpetuated by the class of spirits known as Ombuiri. So too, many of the spirits especially concerned with the operations of nature are conceived as neutral or even benevolent; the European peasant fears the corn-spirit only when he irritates him by trenching on his domain and taking his property by cutting the corn;

Astra

Published January 28, 2015 by prathipriyap

In Hinduism, an astra  was a supernatural weapon, presided over by a specific deity. The bearer of the weapon is called astradhari. 

Specific conditions existed involving the usage of astras, the violation of which could be fatal. Because of the power involved, the knowledge involving an astra was passed in the Guru-shishya tradition from a Guru (teacher) to a Shishya (pupil) by word of mouth alone, and only following the establishment of the student’s character.

Certain astras had to be handed down from the deity involved directly, knowledge of the incantation being insufficient.

Astras come into importance mainly in the Ramayana and Mahabharata, where they are used in the great battles described in each epic. They are depicted as used by archers such as Rama, Lakshman, Arjuna, Meghnad, Karna etc.

The astras were generally invoked into arrows, although they could potentially be used with anything—Ashwatthaman invoked an astra using a blade of grass as his weapon.

Indrajit the son of Ravana, is believed to be the only human who ever possessed the three ultimate weapons of trinity. At a very young age, Indrajit (Meghnada) became the possessor of several supreme celestial weapons, including Brahmastra, Pashupatastra and Vaishnavastra, under the guidance of Shukra, the Guru of the Daityas (demons).Indraastra Indra, god of weather Would bring about a ‘shower’ of arrows from the sky.Brahmaastra Brahma, the Creator Would destroy entire hosts at once. Could also counter most other astras. Mythical equivalent( that some believe to be real and even in this modern age, Attainable).[2] of modern biological missiles to the modern nuclear weapon.In the epic Mahabharata, it is said that the weapon manifest with the single head of Lord Brahma as its tip.In Mahabharata era Parasurama, Bhishma, Drona, Karna, Kripa, Ashwatthama,Arjuna,Yudhishtir and several Maharathis possessed the knowledge to invoke this weapon