OCCULT POWERS - SIDHIS
ਰਿਧਿ ਸਿਧਿ ਸਭੁ ਮੋਹੁ ਹੈ ਨਾਮੁ ਨ ਵਸੈ ਮਨਿ ਆਇ ॥:
Ridhi sidhi sabhu mohu hai Naamu na basai mani aai:
Ridhi Sidhi are all emotional
Naam (Aatam Giaan, Spiritual Wisdom...) does not come to dwell in
the mind (sggs 593).
All miracles (Karamaat-ਕਰਾਮਾਤ...) are illusion, the dictum
of senses confined to time and space. Many bogus among the so called Baabaas,
Pandits, saints, priest, astrologers, Saadhoos, Yogis, Swamis, or
Sidhaas consciously display such powers for insignificant things like impressing
upon unsuspecting people for making new disciples and followers, amassing money,
gaining fame and honor, securing material welfare and comforts of life, gaining recognition,
seeking people's appreciation and attention, etc. However,
the life of such mean and deluded Moodha or rascals is no different than
a prostitute: They sell their body, mind and soul just as a whore does! As it
will become more clear in the following pages, so long one consciously and selfishly
exercises supernatural powers to produce miracles, that person cannot and will not transcend Maya (illusion, duality etc.).
The religion or Spirituality is not meant to perform weird tricks or
miracles. The only purpose of religion or Spirituality is to kill the false ego-sense
(Hayume) and stay clear from the rule of the senses. The true spirit of
religion, thus, urges man to raise his Spiritual, moral, and ethical standard
so that he can practice Dharma in life. As we can see, the intention of religion is not to
make us sorcerer, magicians or Madaaree! The Gurbani (Sri Guru Granth Sahib,
- ਰਿਧਿ ਸਿਧਿ ਸਭੁ ਮੋਹੁ ਹੈ ਨਾਮੁ ਨ ਵਸੈ ਮਨਿ ਆਇ ॥:Ridhi sidhi sabhu mohu hai Naamu na basai mani aai:
Ridhi Sidhi are all emotional
attachments (egoism); through them, Naam (Aatam Giaan, Spiritual Wisdom...) does not come to dwell in
the mind (sggs 593).
- The Mother showed me that Occult powers are as abominable
as the filth of that prostitute (The Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna Paramhansa, 745).
- ਪਰਮਾਣੋ ਪਰਜੰਤ ਆਕਾਸਹ ਦੀਪ ਲੋਅ ਸਿਖੰਡਣਹ ॥ ਗਛੇਣ ਨੈਣ ਭਾਰੇਣ ਨਾਨਕ ਬਿਨਾ ਸਾਧੂ ਨ ਸਿਧ੍ਯ੍ਯਤੇ ॥੨॥: Paramaano parajant aakaasah deep loa sikhandanah. Gashhen nain bhaaren Nanak binaa saadhoo na sidhyate ||2||: Even if the mortal could reduce himself to the size of an atom, and shoot through the ethers, continents, worlds and their regions in the blink of an eye, even then, O Nanak, without the Saadhoo (the mended mind linked with the Mool within), his life will not be fruitfull - Safal ||2|| (sggs 1360).
What is occult power?
Also known as Sidhis, Ashvarayas, Tant Mant (tantar mantar or tantra mantra), miraculous powers,
spiritual powers, supernatural powers, magical powers, psychic powers, super human
powers, super sensory phenomena, extrasensory perceptions, and so on, are in fact
divine powers which can be manifested by any living being who has obtained mastery
over the forces of the creation or nature through special training and practice
of certain substance or Mantraas.
- ਬਿਨੁ ਨਾਵੈ ਪੈਨਣੁ ਖਾਣੁ ਸਭੁ ਬਾਦਿ ਹੈ ਧਿਗੁ ਸਿਧੀ ਧਿਗੁ ਕਰਮਾਤਿ ॥: Binu Naavai painanu khaanu sabhu baadi hai dhigu sidhee dhigu karamaati: Without the Naam, all dress and eating are worthless; (without the Naam) accursed are all Sidhee and Karaamaat (sggs 650).
Sidhis or Siddhis - supernatural powers
- are said to be eighteen in number. Of them, the eight are known as major
and the remaining are considered minor. The eight principle Sidhis are
as follows: the power to assume form as small as atom (Anima), as large
as mountain (Mahimaa), as light in weight as air (Laghimaa), and
as heavy in weight as the Earth (Grimaa); the power to attain anything
desired (Praapati), to bring all senses under one's control (Vasitva),
to have unhampered will (Prakaamaya), and the lordliness (Isha).
The minor Sidhis are namely the power to be immune from hunger and thirst
(Anooram), to hear from afar (Door Sharavan), to see from afar (Door
Darshan), to travel fast like thought (Manoveg), to assume any desired
form (Kaamroop), to enter into another's body (Parkaayi Parvesh),
to die at one's own will (Sai Maritayaa), to enjoy meeting with gods (Surkareeraa),
the fulfillment of desires (Sankalap Sidhi), and to go anywhere unobstructed
But, the mind of a Gurmukh (a truly Spiritual Being who has transcended Maya...) is beyond all this.
In reality, occultists act only out
of deeply deluded egocentric false convictions and self-serving ambitions for
material enjoyment. So long one consciously practices occult powers, he cannot
conquer Maya and unite with his Mool within (Source, Origin, Jot...). It is Maya that begets egoism. Thus, all psychic Sidhis are of great danger to the Spiritual aspirants. They are empty of Spiritual vibrations
and have nothing to do with Spiritual-realization. Consequently, their practice is in
direct contradiction with the Divine Will (Hukam or Eternal Law).
In other words, before the Mool-realization, the practice or development of occult powers is among the greatest obstacles on the Way to linking with one's Mool within (Source, Jot...). The reason being is that it further inflates egotism (Haumai), and rebels against unconditional surrender of all falsehood to the Mool within. To make us aware of this grave danger, in the very outset of the SGGS, Baabaa Nanak in Japuji Sahib indicates all Mayaic Ridhi Sidhi to be "Avaraa Saad" (lower or inferior in comparison to the Lord's Taste, hindrance, misleading...).
Nothing can exist by itself. The Mool within (Source, Origin, Jot...) is the sustainer
and giver of all powers since they all exist in Him. Since all powers emanate
from the Divine, they are also divine. However, when these powers fall in the
hands of occultist or selfish and greedy people, they bring nothing but miseries
to all involved. Such people have been around since time immemorial. For example,
the ancient epics like Mahabharta and Ramayana, etc., exhibit numerous
stories relating to occult practices. Many Biblical and Arabian stories relate
to supernatural powers. Also, there are Saakhees or stories of Baabaa Nanak
indicating his encounters with occultists.
- ਆਪਿ ਨਾਥੁ ਨਾਥੀ ਸਭ ਜਾ ਕੀ ਰਿਧਿ ਸਿਧਿ ਅਵਰਾ ਸਾਦ ॥: Aap naath naathee sabh jaake ridhi sidhi avraa saad: (O Yogi!) The Lord Himself is Naath (the Supreme Master), whose (Hukam) controlls all; (these Mayaic) Ridhi Sidhi are all inferior tastes (sggs 6).
Even today, occultism in India is
widely practiced, particularly in villages. Many people of deluded intellect practice
some Spirituality for the sole purpose of gaining witchcraft, sorcery or occult
powers - evil magic, black magic, tantar mantar etc. - to earn wealth, win lawsuits in court, acquire property, bring
downfall of others, inflict misery on innocent people, kill living beings, destroy
which is virtuous and holy, promise children (particularly son!) to women, walk
on water, fly objects in the air, predicts future events, to be-witch to whom we love, gain objects of desire, cure sickness, and other petty exhibitions of selfishness, foolishness, and delusion.
- ਕਿਨਹੀ ਸਿਧ ਬਹੁ ਚੇਟਕ ਲਾਏ ॥ ਕਿਨਹੀ ਭੇਖ ਬਹੁ ਥਾਟ ਬਨਾਏ ॥ ਕਿਨਹੀ ਤੰਤ ਮੰਤ ਬਹੁ ਖੇਵਾ ॥ ਮੋਹਿ ਦੀਨ ਹਰਿ ਹਰਿ ਆਧਾਰਾ ॥੪॥: Kinhee sidh bahu chetak laaye. Kinhee bhekh bahu thaat banaaye. Kinhee tant mant bahu khevaa. Mohi deen hari hari aadhaaraa ||4||: Some practice many miracles and spells (ਰਿੱਧੀਆਂ ਸਿੱਧੀਆਂ ਦੇ ਤਮਾਸ਼ੇ). Some wear various religious robes and establish their authority. Some perform many Tantric spells and charms (ਤੰਤ੍ਰਾਂ ਮੰਤ੍ਰਾਂ ਦੀ ਦੁਕਾਨਦਾਰੀ). (But) I meek have only support of the Lord's Name (i.e., Divine Knowledge - Aatam Giaan...)||4|| (sggs 913).
aspects may be somewhat different, however, the practice of occult powers is no
less prevalent in the West. In fact people in the West desire a conscious display
of powers as well as training and instructions for their attainment. For example,
Vatican (Catholic headquarters) does not recognize, beatify or declare any of
its missionary as a "saint" unless a miracle can be attributed to him or her;
and then that miracle must be approved by the members of the saint-making department
known as the Congregation for the Causes of Saints! How strange! The Bible indicates
that, whenever there was an astonishing event in his presence, Jesus did not want
anyone to know about it. For example, he gave a stern warning to a leper after
he was healed: "See that you don't tell anyone..." (Mat 8:3 and Mar1:44).
Thus Jesus was apparently not only very reluctant to making any astonishing event,
but he was also impatient with anyone awed by it.
In the view of Spiritual
hypocrisy, it is of no surprise to see so many cheaters in the garb of so called
Indian and Eastern Yogis, Taantric and mystics pullulating all over India as well
the West. They have made the mockery of the sacred science of Yoga. The word "Yoga"
comes from the root "Yuj", meaning "Join". So, Yoga means
the joining of the false ego (I-ness and my-ness) to the Supreme Self. Today's
so called Yoga practice — which involves various sense pleasures, make-show practice
of gymnastic like feats, indulging in sex and intoxication — are contradictory
to the Yoga's principles. Since many of the so called Yogis are simply attracted
to the occult powers (byproducts of Yoga or devotion), they or their disciples
will not and cannot attain the stage of Spiritual Perfection.
Men (the Gurmukh) and the Gurbani boldly declare that the conscious practice to
display miraculous powers is mean, foolish, poisonous, dangerous, wicked, miserable,
spiritual blindness, mental delusion, material slavery, and spiritual imperfection.
For this reason, they all tell us that by acquiring one of the Sidhis one
may add a little to his power, but he will not be able to realize the Truth.
though the practice of occult powers is disapproved by the scriptures and the
men of Light, still in the fit of rage many Sikhs, Hindus and others alike indulge
in it either directly or indirectly by paying an outside occultist or sorcerer.
- ਸਿਧੁ ਹੋਵਾ ਸਿਧਿ ਲਾਈ ਰਿਧਿ ਆਖਾ ਆਉ ॥ ਗੁਪਤੁ ਪਰਗਟੁ ਹੋਇ ਬੈਸਾ ਲੋਕੁ ਰਾਖੈ ਭਾਉ ॥ ਮਤੁ ਦੇਖਿ ਭੂਲਾ ਵੀਸਰੈ ਤੇਰਾ ਚਿਤਿ ਨ ਆਵੈ ਨਾਉ ॥੩॥: Sidh
hovaa sidhi laayee ridhi aakhaa aayu. Gupat pargat hoyi besaalok raakhai bhaayu.
Mat dekh bhoolaa veesrai teraa chit na aavai naayu ||3|| (sggs 14).
siddhi prerai bahu bhayee. Buddhihi lobha dikhavahim ayee. Kal bal chhal kari
jaahin sameepaa. Anchal baat bujhaavahi deepaa.....Kahiya taata so parama viragee.
Trina sama siddhi teeni guna tyagee: O Brother, Ridhis and Sidhis entice
man by showing greed to his mind. They use their cleverness, strength, and deception
to make friend with him; and then destroy his wisdom. He is the greatest Vairaagee,
or detached, who has renounced them (Tulsi Ramayan).
- The most wise ones
say that those who are engaged in the cultivation of the sublime path of Bhakti
(Devotion) or Giaan (Self-knowledge), and who are trying to link with Me
(i.e., God), for them all these Sidhis are obstacle; because of these Sidhis,
they end up uselessly wasting there time (Bhaagvata 11.15.33).
powers are obstacles to the highest spiritual realization (Patanjali, Yoga Sutra
- There should be entire rejection of all allurements from all forms
of being, even the celestial, for the recurrence of evil contacts remains possible
(Patanjali, Yoga Sutra 3-51).
- If however a man consciously attempts to
display Sidhis he will receive only kicks (Sri Raman Maharshi).
- He who attempts to perform miracles
has not understood the doctrine of the Tathagata (Buddha).
The seekers can be divided into two types: (1) the truly Spiritual Beings (the Gurmukh),
and (2) the seekers of occult powers, etc. (the Manmukh). To attain Spiritual Perfection or true success,
the genuine seeker uplifts himself from sensory consciousness (Mayaic intellect...) to Cosmic Consciousness.
By his true love and devotion, the full spectrum of spiritual powers over mind
and matter in time become manifest as he gradually sheds his coverings of delusion.
However, the true Spiritual Being (the Gurmukh) disregards all inferior
powers for the Supreme Power. On the other hand, the seeker of occult powers
(Manmukh) discards the Supreme Power for the inferior occult powers and
thus loses his way. Hence, the attainment of mastery over phenomenal creation
bound in the framework of time and space is not a goal of the Spiritually Wise.
The rise of false ego-sense is the birth of man and
his limited mind. Since occult powers are the functions of the wandering mind,
they are limited to the realm of the mental delusion only. On the other hand,
the Mool within (Source, Origin, Jot...) is beyond the reach of the body, fickle mind and intellect. Seen
thusly, the miraculous powers are not natural to man's True Nature (Joti Svaroop)
at all. Anything that is not natural is impermanent and has no Being. Since the
occult powers are acquired, and as they depend upon the mind for their existence,
they cannot be permanent, hence not worth striving for. Accordingly, the Gurbani
teaches us to only strive for that which is most intimate and Eternal, the Unconditioned Consciousness.
- ਸਿਧ ਸਮਾਧੀ ਅੰਤਰਿ ਜਾਚਹਿ ਰਿਧਿ ਸਿਧਿ ਜਾਚਿ ਕਰਹਿ ਜੈਕਾਰ ॥ ਜੈਸੀ ਪਿਆਸ ਹੋਇ ਮਨ ਅੰਤਰਿ ਤੈਸੋ ਜਲੁ ਦੇਵਹਿ ਪਰਕਾਰ ॥੬॥:
Sidh samaadhi antar jaachih ridhi sidhi jaach i kare jaikaar.
Jaisee piyas hoyi mann antar tiaso jal devahi parkaar ||6||: The Siddhas in Samaadhi
beg for Ridhi Sidhi, and proclaim His victory. As is the thirst within
their minds, so is the water which You give to them ||6|| (sggs 504).
- ਗੁਰਮੁਖਿ ਭਵਜਲੁ ਤਰੀਐ ਸਚ ਸੁਧੀ ॥
ਗੁਰਮੁਖਿ ਸਰ ਅਪਸਰ ਬਿਧਿ ਜਾਣੈ ॥ ਗੁਰਮੁਖਿ ਪਰਵਿਰਤਿ ਨਰਵਿਰਤਿ ਪਛਾਣੈ ॥ ਗੁਰਮੁਖਿ ਤਾਰੇ ਪਾਰਿ ਉਤਾਰੇ ॥ ਨਾਨਕ ਗੁਰਮੁਖਿ ਸਬਦਿ ਨਿਸਤਾਰੇ ॥੩੧॥: Gurmukh ashat sidhee sabh budhee....: By becoming the Gurmukh, (one) crosses over the Bhavajal (ਭਵਜਲ=ਮਾਇਕੀ ਜੀਵਨ, Mayaic exitence and related suffering, body-consciousness, doubts, ਸਰੀਰ ਦਾ ਮੋਹ, ਭਰਮ), and obtains the true understanding. By becoming the Gurmukh, (one) knows the way of truth and untruth (ਚੰਗੇ ਮੰਦੇ ਦਾ, ਭਲੇ ਬੁਰੇ ਦਾ...). By becoimg the Gurmukh, (one) knows Paravirti (mind's worldly tendencies...) and Niravirti (detachment, to remain pure or untouched...). By becoming the Gurmukh, (one) crosses over (Bhavjal), and carries others across (Bhavjal) as well. O Nanak! By becoimg the Gurmukh, (one) emancipates (others) through the Shabad (Giaan of the Gur-Shabad...). ||31|| (sggs 941).
Impermanent things cannot give permanent happiness.
However, due to mental concoctions, man thinks that by increasing his powers he
may be more happy. No, say the scriptures. On the contrary, with the expansion
of one's powers, his misery increases proportionately and thus becomes more wretched
in the process! A wise knows that the body and wealth are impermanent. Therefore,
he does not go such troubles as acquiring occult powers for their sake.
- ਸਿਧੁ ਕਹਾਵਉ ਰਿਧਿ ਸਿਧਿ ਬੁਲਾਵਉ ॥ ਤਾਜ ਕੁਲਹ ਸਿਰਿ ਛਤ੍ਰੁ ਬਨਾਵਉ ॥ ਬਿਨੁ ਜਗਦੀਸ ਕਹਾ ਸਚੁ ਪਾਵਉ ॥੬॥: Sidh
kahaavayu ridhi sidhi bulaavayu. Taaj kulah sir chhattar banaavayu. Bin Jagdees
kahaa sukh paavayu ||6||: He may be called a Siddha, a man of spiritual perfection,
and he may summon Ridhi and Sidhi; he may place a crown upon his
head, and carry a royal umbrella; but without the Supreme Being, where can Truth
be found? ||6|| (sggs 225).
mind of an occultist is like a shameless, wandering street-dog. Occult powers
are gained only by those who are full of worldly desires and fear. Those who are
tainted with ignorance, acquire these powers for the sole purpose of sense-gratification.
Thus, occult powers come to those who specifically seek them. These powers are
in no way indication of one's Spiritual Progress; because supernatural faculties
can be developed even by those who are devoid of any wisdom. It is like a person
who never enjoyed power and riches become impatient for them!
- ਪੂਜ ਲਗੈ ਪੀਰੁ ਆਖੀਐ ਸਭੁ ਮਿਲੈ ਸੰਸਾਰੁ ॥ ਨਾਉ ਸਦਾਏ ਆਪਣਾ ਹੋਵੈ ਸਿਧੁ ਸੁਮਾਰੁ ॥ ਜਾ ਪਤਿ ਲੇਖੈ ਨਾ ਪਵੈ ਸਭਾ ਪੂਜ ਖੁਆਰੁ ॥੨॥: Pooj
lagai pir aakheeyai sabh milai sansaar. Naayu sadaye aapnaa hovai sidh sumaar.
Jaa pat lekhai na pavai sbhaa poojaa khuyaar ||2||: You may be worshipped and
adored as a Pir (a spiritual teacher); you may be welcomed by all the world; you
may adopt a lofty name, and be known to have supernatural spiritual powers—even
so, if you are not accepted in the Divine Realm, then all this adoration is false
||2|| (sggs 17).
Death of the conditioned mind through the Shabad-Vichaar is the birth of the Spiritual
Wisdom. Since the psychic powers are limited to and consciously displayed by the
imperfect or untrained mind, the Spiritual Beings (the Gurmukh) and the Gurbani teach sincere
aspirants to avoid their temptations; for they are hindrance to one's Spiritual
Unfoldment. Therefore, all inferior powers do not interest the man of Spiritual Wisdom
for he is perfectly content in himself. As Wisdom is the greatest gain, the man
of such Wisdom is free from the least desire for anything.
In fact, there is nothing so wonderful or extraordinary
about the attainment of occult powers. To make the point, here is a parable. Once,
a Self-realized Man was standing at the river-shore; waiting for the boat to go
across the river. Meanwhile, a Yogi approached him and asked: "Why are you standing
here, Sir?" The Holy Man humbly replied: "I am waiting for the boat to take me
across the river". The Yogi sarcastically laughed at him and said: "Don't you
know how to walk on the water?" "No, Sir", said the Holy Man. "You don't even
know how to walk on the water, what kind of Holy Man are you?", inquired the Yogi.
Before the Holy Man said anything, the Yogi jumped into the river and started
walking on the water. To make a big show of his inflated ego, he traversed the
river in every direction. Meantime the boat showed up. Before embarking on the
boat, the Holy Man asked Yogi as to how long it took him to master this supernatural
feat. "Twenty years", pompously replied the Yogi. The Holy Man asked: "Dear Yogi,
tell me how much the boat costs to go cross the river". "Five pennies", replied
the Yogi. "That means you earned only five pennies in twenty years!" Saying this
the Holy Man left!
of Spiritual Wisdom is indifferent to psychic powers, while the deluded person considers
them desirable! Therefore, it is when there is a partial awakening or partial
spiritual immaturity that one enjoys occult powers. However, the one who is intent
on the cultivation of Self-knowledge is always keen to avoid their temptation.
He knows that the person who attains various occult powers through certain practices
or boons is subject to ignorance and bondage.
- ਜੇਹੀ ਸੁਰਤਿ ਤੇਹਾ ਤਿਨ ਰਾਹੁ ॥: Jehee surit
tehaa tin raah: As is (beings') awareness, so is (their) way (sggs 25).
- ਜੈਸਾ ਸੇਵੈ ਤੈਸੋ ਹੋਇ ॥੪॥: Jaisaa
sevai taiso hoi ||4||: one becomes just like the One he serves (as one thinks, so he becomes). ||4|| (sggs
- ਜੇਹੀ ਮਨਸਾ ਕਰਿ ਲਾਗੈ ਤੇਹਾ ਫਲੁ ਪਾਏ ॥: Jehee
mansaa kar laagai tehaa phal paaye: As are the desires (ਮਨ ਦੀ ਕਾਮਨਾ ) one harbors (when he serves the Satguru), so are the rewards one receives (as is the aspiration, so is the reward) (sggs 116).
- ਏਕ ਨਦਰਿ ਕਰਿ ਵੇਖੈ ਸਭ ਊਪਰਿ ਜੇਹਾ ਭਾਉ ਤੇਹਾ ਫਲੁ ਪਾਈਐ ॥: Ek nadar kar vekhai sabh oopar jehaa bhaaou tehaa
phal paaeeai: (The Satguru lovingly) looks alike upon all,
but we receive the fruits according to our own motives
(ਭਾਵਨਾ, ਨੀਅਤ, etc.) (sggs 602).
- ਜਲ ਕੇ ਤਰੱਯਾ ਕੋ ਗੰਗੇਰੀ ਸੀ ਕਹਤ ਜਗ ਆਗ ਕੇ ਭਛੱਯਾ ਸੁ ਚਕੋਰ ਸਮ ਮਾਨੀਐ ॥: Jala ke trayeeaa ko gangeree see kahit jaga aag ke bhachhayeeaa so chakor sama janeeyai: One, who swims on water is called water-fly (Jala-Julaahaa) by the world; one, who eats fire, may be considered like the bird Chakor: redlegged partridge (Sri Guru Gobind Singh Jee, Akaal Ustat).
- "One day a man approached
a Sufi Man of Light, Abu Said (1049 AD), and expressed his sense of amazement
and bewilderment at having seen someone walking on water, flying in the air and
moving about from one place to another in an instant. Abu Said said that in this
was nothing marvelous since ducks also swim on the water, birds fly in the air
and Satan is able to move from the east to the west in an instant. He paused and
said: "The things which really matter are not those things. Such things are of
no value and consequence. The man who should deserve your honor and respect is
the man who, in spite of everything, is in the sunshine of society, having social
dealings with others, partaking in their joys and sorrows, marrying and giving
in marriage and never thinking of withdrawing from the world but still not unmindful
of the remembrance of God even for a single moment.""
The nature of the spiritually
ignorant is the absence of equanimity. Equanimity is seeing unity in diversity.
In the absence of equanimity, the universe is seen to be diverse. When the common
factor, the All-pervading Presence, is seen in all objects, the duality departs
and the equality in the pairs of "likes and dislikes" spontaneously
follows. The true devotee (Gurmukh) possesses such equanimity. Such enlightened
one has purity of mind and absence of craving. He is devoid of confusion, doubt,
fear, delusion and sensual desires. The evil qualities such as lust, anger, greed,
emotional attachment, self-conceit, stubborn mindedness and enviousness are greatly
weakened in him. After maintaining a pure Sahaj Samaadhi, when he comes
back into the mind, he may realize that he has had some extrasensory perceptions,
but he does not use them consciously. He does not dwell on such powers as anything
Thus, occultism is intriguing to ignorance,
therefore, only people of small intellect seek them. All these powers are mechanism
of the mind which is restless like a ghost. When one gets fascinated with the
phenomena of occultism of the mind, then he loses the power to bring others along
the path into Pure Spirituality. For a trifle of money, honor and fame, such people
ruin themselves and others.
- ਬ੍ਰਹਮੁ ਬਿੰਦੈ ਤਿਸ ਦਾ ਬ੍ਰਹਮਤੁ ਰਹੈ ਏਕ ਸਬਦਿ ਲਿਵ ਲਾਇ ॥: Braham bindai tis daa braham mat rahe
ek Shabad liv laaye.: One who knows God, and who lovingly focuses his attention
on the One Shabad, keeps his spirituality intact. (sggs 649).
Occult powers unfailingly increase the fire of pride; especially
of those who are not Mool-realized. And pride makes one forget his True Nature (Joti-Svaroop).
The Gurbani asks us not to want occultism; for it leads us away from the mental
purity, which is of paramount importance for Mool-realization. All sorts of psychic
phenomena result in lowering of the consciousness. Consequently, the seeker is
led away from the goal, and next thing he knows he has lost the way. We cannot
afford that. The Mool within (Source, Origin, Jot...) cannot be realized if we possess even one of the occult powers.
Since supernatural powers are fetters, a genuine devotee never asks for
- ਜੋਗ ਸਿਧ ਆਸਣ ਚਉਰਾਸੀਹ ਏ ਭੀ ਕਰਿ ਕਰਿ ਰਹਿਆ ॥ ਵਡੀ ਆਰਜਾ ਫਿਰਿ ਫਿਰਿ ਜਨਮੈ ਹਰਿ ਸਿਉ ਸੰਗੁ ਨ ਗਹਿਆ ॥੬॥: Yoga sidh aasan chauraasee
ye bhee kar kar rahiyaa. Vadee aarjaa phir phir janmai Hari siyu sang na gahiyaa ||6||:
(Man) practices the eighty-four postures of Yoga Sidh, but he gets tired of practicing these. He lives a long
life, but is reincarnated again and again; he has not met with God ||6|| (sggs
The mind exists as long as there is curiosity of mundane objects. Occult
powers, for example, is the result of this material curiosity of the mind (i.e.,
"filth"). It is said that this curiosity of worldly things is the last
thing to leave the mind, which it does after Mool-realization. Upon Mool-realization,
the curiosity of things goes away, leaving the mind free from all contamination.
Actually, a person can have psychic powers just with the
concentration of the mind without any mental purity. However, without mental purity,
he cannot have Mool-realization! Accordingly, the Gurbani teaches us to shun them ruthlessly as they try to manifest in the mind. They
are absolutely useless; for they only mislead seekers and cause their downfall.
- ਆਪੁ ਪਛਾਣੈ ਮਨੁ ਨਿਰਮਲੁ ਹੋਇ ॥ ਜੀਵਨ ਮੁਕਤਿ ਹਰਿ ਪਾਵੈ ਸੋਇ ॥: Aap pachhanai man nirmal hoye. Jivanmukta har
paavai soye: The mind of a Self-realized person becomes
pure. He is liberated in this life and attains God (sggs 161).
Once the seeker becomes firmly established in Spiritual Wisdom (Aatama-Giaan),
then all spiritual powers wait for him with outstretched hands. He cannot lose
his way or have a downfall then; because he never misuses these powers. Since
actions of true Sidhaas or godly Beings (the Gurmukh) are devoid of false ego-sense or
selfishness, their Spiritual energies or powers and actions spontaneously (Sahaj) work
for the betterment of the mankind — to take people closer to God. They never use them for their selfish ends, display or exhibitionism.
can one avoid the spell of occult powers? The superior power of the Gur-Shabad
or Divine Name (Naam: Aatam Giaan...) is the antidote to all inferior or negative powers. An Illumined
Being (the Gurmukh) is above and beyond the influence of Sidhis or Ridhis, thus
immune from their effects, temptation or spell. For example, once a witch tried
to put spell on Baabaa Nanak, but failed. Because nothing affects or sticks on
an Enlightened Mind! On the contrary, everything affects or sticks on a contaminated
mind. The antidote to a venom from a snakebite is the venom that comes from the
same snake! Similarly, as declared by the scriptures, the occult powers (snakebite)
as well as the power of the Gu- Shabad or Naam (antidote) also come from
the same Original Source. As such, the magic spell of the Gur-Shabad or Naam
is said to be the antidote to the magic spell of super sensory phenomena or omens.
For it to be truly effective, however, the scriptures advise us for an early preparation
— build raft before flood, or dig out well before fire!
- ਸਤਿਗੁਰ ਮਿਲਿਐ ਉਲਟੀ ਭਈ ਨਵ ਨਿਧਿ ਖਰਚਿਉ ਖਾਉ ॥ ਅਠਾਰਹ ਸਿਧੀ ਪਿਛੈ ਲਗੀਆ ਫਿਰਨਿ ਨਿਜ ਘਰਿ ਵਸੈ ਨਿਜ ਥਾਇ ॥: Satgur
miliyai ultee bhayee nav nidh kharchiyu khaayi ..: Meeting the True Guru,
I am totally transformed; I have obtained the new treasure (of the Gurbani's Giaan or Wisdom) to use and consume.
The eighteen Siddhee follow in my footsteps;
I dwell in my own home, within my own self (sggs 91).
greater Enlightenment and Peace is possible without the Sidhis than with
them. However, as repeatedly pointed out in the Gurbani, the ways of Spirituality
are very subtle, hence most difficult and melancholic. To lure the devotee into
darkness, away from the spiritual path, the mind's curiosity as well as temptations of Ridhis and Sidhis
are there every step of the way.
- ਸਗੁਨ ਅਪਸਗੁਨ ਤਿਸ ਕਉ ਲਗਹਿ ਜਿਸੁ ਚੀਤਿ ਨ ਆਵੈ ॥: Sagun
apsagun tis kayu lagahi jis chit na aavai: Good omens and bad omens affect
those who do not keep God in mind (sggs 401).
- ਰਾਮ ਨਾਮੁ ਜੋ ਜਨੁ ਜਪੈ ਅਨਦਿਨੁ ਸਦ ਜਾਗੈ ॥ ਤੰਤੁ ਮੰਤੁ ਨਹ ਜੋਹਈ ਤਿਤੁ ਚਾਖੁ ਨ ਲਾਗੈ ॥੧॥ ਰਹਾਉ ॥: Raam Naam
jo jan japai andin sad jaagai. Tant mant nah johayee tit chaakh na laagai ||!||Rahaaou||:
That humble being who chants God's Name, remains always awake and aware, night
and day. He is not affected by charms and spells, nor is he harmed by the evil
eye ||1||Pause|| (sggs 717-818).
- ਤੰਤੁ ਮੰਤੁ ਪਾਖੰਡੁ ਨ ਜਾਣਾ ਰਾਮੁ ਰਿਦੈ ਮਨੁ ਮਾਨਿਆ ॥: Tant mant paakhand na jaanaa Raam
ridai mann maaniaa: I know nothing of Tantric spells, magical mantras
and hypocritical rituals; enshrining the Lord within my heart, my mind is satisfied
- ਰਾਮ ਕਵਚੁ ਦਾਸ ਕਾ ਸੰਨਾਹੁ ॥ ਦੂਤ ਦੁਸਟ ਤਿਸੁ ਪੋਹਤ ਨਾਹਿ ॥: Raam kavach daas kaa sannah. Doot dust
tis pohat naahi: God's protective spell (Naam) is the armor of His
slave. The wicked, evil demons cannot even touch him (sggs 868).
A thread that has the smallest
fiber sticking out cannot pass through the eye of a needle! Similarly, one cannot
fully realize the Mool within (Source, Origin, Jot...) if he has even a least trace of egoism, bondage,
material craving, fear, and sensual desires to enjoy Ridhis and Sidhis.
Therefore, a true seeker prayss:
- ਚਾਲਾ ਨਿਰਾਲੀ ਭਗਤਾਹ ਕੇਰੀ ਬਿਖਮ ਮਾਰਗਿ ਚਲਣਾ ॥ ਲਬੁ ਲੋਭੁ ਅਹੰਕਾਰੁ ਤਜਿ ਤ੍ਰਿਸਨਾ ਬਹੁਤੁ ਨਾਹੀ ਬੋਲਣਾ ॥ ਖੰਨਿਅਹੁ ਤਿਖੀ ਵਾਲਹੁ ਨਿਕੀ ਏਤੁ ਮਾਰਗਿ ਜਾਣਾ ॥: Chaalaa niraalee
bhgtaah keree bikham maarg chalnaa. Lab lobh ahankaar taj trishnaa bahut naahee
bolnaa. Khanniahu tikhee valahu nikkee et maarag jaanaa:
The devotees' lifestyle is unique and distinct; they follow the most difficult path.
They renounce greed, avarice, pride and desire; they do not talk too much.
The path they take is sharper than a two-edged sword, and finer than a hair (sggs 918).
- ਰਾਜੁ ਨ ਚਾਹਉ ਮੁਕਤਿ ਨ ਚਾਹਉ ਮਨਿ ਪ੍ਰੀਤਿ ਚਰਨ ਕਮਲਾਰੇ ॥: Raaj
na chaahayu mukti na chaahayu man preet charan kamlaare:
O God, I neither desire for empire (material realm) nor liberation (celestial
realm); my soul only longs for the love of your Lotus Feet: Naam (sggs
— T. Singh
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