Haven’t we all heard stories about the mysterious saints of the past who possessed supernatural powers? People say that some were able to walk on water and that some had the ability to levitate while some lived for years without having food.

Swami Rama, in his book, ‘Living With The Himalayan Masters’, wrote,

“I had never before seen a man who could sit still without blinking his eyelids for eight to ten hours, but this adept was very unusual. He levitated two and a half feet during his meditations. We measured this with a string, which was later measured by a foot rule. I would like to make it clear, though, as I have already told you, that I don’t consider levitation to be a spiritual practice. It is an advanced practice of pranayama with application of bandeaus (locks). One who knows about the relationship between mass and weight understands that it is possible to levitate, but only after long practice. . .”

He (also) had the power to transform matter into different forms, like changing a rock into a sugar cube. One after another the next morning he did many such things. He told me to touch the sand – and the grains of sand turned into almonds and cashews. I had heard of this science before and knew its basic principles, but I had hardly believed such stories. I did not explore this field, but I am fully acquainted with the governing laws of science.”

In the yogic tradition, these powers are known as ‘Siddhis’, meaning perfection in Sanskrit. A ‘Sadhu’ can achieve unimaginable powers with his ‘Tapasya’. In Buddhism also, the monks are expected to gain these powers with their meditation.


Herbert Benson, Professor of Medicine at Harvard, found out that the monks of Himalaya were able to raise their body temperatures by as much as 17 degrees. By doing this, they are able to withstand extreme cold of Himalayas. Though, it is still unknown how they are able to do so. In the same study, he found that monks in Sikkim, India, are able to drop their metabolic rate by as much as 64%.

This is not the first time that science has not been able to explain the marvels that we humans are capable of. These saints of Himalayas demonstrate how with our consciousness, we can control our biology.

Have you ever experienced such powers? What are your views about it?

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