THE MYSTERY ABOUT MIRACLES
(H.H. Sri Swami Sivanandaji Maharaj)
Miracles are based on the principle of the concentration of the mind.
The mind has immense powers. It derives its power from the Atman or the Supreme Soul.
The mind is a collection of thoughts. The mind’s energy is dissipated by worry, evil thoughts, cares, anxieties and lack of Brahmacharya.
If you can control the immense amount of power which the mind possesses, through concentration and sublime thoughts, you will acquire Siddhis or the power to do supernatural actions.
The eight major Siddhis are greatest miracles performed by the Raja Yogins. There are various minor Siddhis also.
Siddhis come during the practice of concentration. They are by-products of concentration. You will have to shun them ruthlessly. If you fall a victim to these Siddhis, you cannot reach the goal.
The Siddhis performed by Raja Yogins are true. They cannot change the molecules of an object. They can draw their supply from the cosmic source, ether and create any kind of object through their Yogic power.
A Jnani performs miracles through the power of Satsankalpa (pure willing). A Raja Yogi does miracles through Samyama (Dharana, Dhyana and Samadhi combined).
By doing Samyama on the sun, the Yogi gets the knowledge of the fourteen worlds.
By doing Samyama on the moon, he gets the knowledge of the regions of stars.
By doing Samyama on the Pole Star, comes the knowledge of the movements of the stars.
By doing Samyama on the strength of elephants and others, he gets strength equal to those beings.
By doing Samyama on the form of the body and checking the power of comprehension, he is able to make the body disappear or dematerialise.
By doing Samyama on the appearance, etc., of others, the Yogi gets a knowledge of their mind.
By doing Samyama on the Moment, he gets discrimination.
By doing Samyama on the relation of the ear and ether, the Yogi gets the powers of clairaudience.
By practising Samyama on the relation between ether and the body, the Yogi attains extreme lightness of the body and the ability to travel through space.
By Samyama on the three modifications of the mind, comes the knowledge of the past and future.
Samyama on Samskaras gives him knowledge of births.
Samyama on the senses gives mastery over them.
By practising Samyama on the distinctive relation between Sattva and Purusha, he gets the powers of omnipotence and omniscience.
Samyama on the inner light gives him the knowledge of the subtle, the obscured and the remote. Samyama on one’s own Self gives the Yogi clairaudience, higher touch, clairvoyance, higher taste and higher smell through intuition. By intuition he gets all knowledge.
Real Yogins perform miracles to convince their disciples of the existence of transcendental things and God. They will not perform miracles on the platform.
Queen Chudalai performed miracles to open the eyes of her husband Sikhidhvaja. She stood above the ground. She moved in the sky. Sri Sankara performed many astounding miracles. He drank molten lead and passed into the body of a king (Parakaya Pravesa). Sri Sadasiva Brahman was a great Yogi. He performed many real miracles. He was seen in different places at the same time. He was buried underneath the ground on the bank of Kaveri river for some months. His hands were cut and he brought again the full hands.
Akalkot Swami turned bone into gold. Another Swami passed urine over a stone and it turned into gold. Ramalinga Swami turned water into oil. Jnanadev made a wall move. Changdev rode on a tiger, using a cobra for a whip. Such miracles are performed through the power of the Yogi’s Satsankalpa. He is one with the Cosmic Will which creates, sustains and dissolves this universe, just as the single Sankalpa of the Supreme Being…”I am One, may I become many”…at once materialised into this vast universe.
Some are born Siddhas. Sri Dattatreya was a born Siddha. He created a woman and a bottle of wine by his Yogic power to get away from the disturbing crowd.
Some exhibit small miracles with the help of some disembodied spirit. These are nothing. These have nothing to do with spirituality. Drinking nitric acid, swallowing nails, chewing snakes and glass pieces, walking over fire are not the real Siddhis of spiritual Yogins. They have nothing to do with Yoga. They are performed by charlatans to collect money. Even educated people are deceived by looking at these performances. Beware of cheap miracle-mongers. Do not be duped.
Miracles have been caused by prayer. God has always granted the fervent prayers of faithful devotees. The greatest miracle is faith.
Mantras have great power. Sound can be converted into light and form. Certain mystic formulae have tremendous power. When a man has been stung by a scorpion, the Mantravadi recites a Mantra, and the man is relieved of the pain! Is this not a miracle? This is the power of the Mantra. That power has been further augmented by the spiritual power of the great Yogis who have chanted the Mantra and attained Siddhi in it. The faith of the Sadhaka who takes to that Mantra now acts as a key to release its divine force.
To convert water into wine is not difficult. But it is difficult to transform worldly-minded people into divine beings and put them in the path of Yoga. This is the greatest miracle.
Miracles there have been for ages and will continue to be till the end of the world.
Miracles are astounding only for the layman. For Yogins, these are simple things. They are not extraordinary. For those who know the principles and the laws of Yoga, who have controlled nature, they are common occurrences.