Collected words from talks of Swami Tirtha

(continues from the previous issue)


“Prapti consists of establishing contact with the senses of entire creation in form of the deities, presiding over those senses.” To achieve your goals – this is prapti. “Prakamya means the capacity of enjoying pleasures that are capable of being seen or enjoyed only in subterranean regions.” Prakamya is coming from kama, desire; kamya is what is desired. So if you have a desired object, prakamya means to approach the desired object – what you can hear in the higher realms and what you can see in the netherworlds. This is another siddhi – you achieve enjoyment, you enjoy what you desire. “Ishita consists of the capacity to make maya and other subordinate potencies to function according to one’s will.” Ishita-siddhi is when your desire comes true, when you can influence others to function in certain way. And you can see how this siddhi is very difficult to manifest. Because a mother wants to instruct and influence the child in a certain way, but it does not go like that. However hard you try, he will go his own way. It is very, very difficult to give some directions on the correct path. But this is some siddhi. And fathers and mothers – I don’t know, by some mystic practices – they achieve this siddhi that finally they can instruct the child very nice. “Vashita means absence of attachment to the pleasure of the senses, while the eighth siddhi is kamavasayita according to which one is able to enjoy the highest measure of whatever pleasure one seeks to enjoy. These eight siddhis, oh, gentle one, are considered natural to Me and unsurpassed.”[1]

So these basic siddhis – the eight basic siddhis – are natural for Krishna, and these are the elementary phases of siddhis. This last one, kamavasayita, is the highest capacity a jiva can attain. It is said the jivas even can create worlds – certain regions or certain planets, so to say. Just like we have created certain self-universe for ourselves, because everybody is revolving in his small little universe – thinking that my life is the ultimate and my possessions are the greatest or my achievements are the best. This we can call individual universe, private universe. But when you see that your neighbour has also created such an individual universe then you are surprised. When there is a collision of these universes, it is an interstellar catastrophe – clashing of the egos, ego universes.


(to be continued)

[1] “Shrimad-bhagavatam”11.15.4-5

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