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


3 comments on “Ashta Siddhis & other supernatural powers

  • Hanuman has always been an inspiration and motivation to all of us from the very beginning. To know the Ashta Siddhis is so informative and explains how Hanuman released Sita from Lanka


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