Siddhis are NOT Real
Siddhis -supernatural powers acquired through stern spiritual practice- are not real.
How do I know? Well, I don’t really. Just like I don’t know for sure that the earth is not orbited by giant, flying teapots. Or that extraterrestrial lizards from the 4th dimension are not secretly running things on Earth. I just find it very, very unlikely.
The point being: that the burden of proof, when claiming the existence of such phenomena, must lie by the person who claims it.
If siddhis existed, why hasn’t anyone claimed the one million dollar prize for proving the existence of any paranormal phenomenon? It should be easy, if you are truly able to read minds, levitate, appear in two places at the same time, conjure up smells or whatever.
The complete and utter absence of any kind of reliable proof makes it very, very unlikely that siddhis exist. The nature of the human mind, on the other hand, makes it very easy to convince others that they exist. Why? Because we see what we believe, quite often. That makes people extremely easy to manipulate, especially if they are
- uneducated or
- religious/spiritual (i.e. relying heavily on faith to interpret the world around them)
See this video for a demonstration:
Why do Ravi Shankar want people to believe in his siddhis? Maybe because it gives him power. How are people manipulated into believing in him?
- Through greed. People are led to believe that Ravi can give them something: enlightenment, shaktipath, blessings, good luck, protection.
- Through fear. People are afraid of supernatural reprisals, if they act against his will. Not doing what he says is Bad Karma.
A central part of the religious belief system in The Art of Living is the alleged, supernatural powers of Ravi Shankar. That makes him extremely powerful over those that believe in his siddhis, even if they decide to leave him.
Ravi Shankar has nothing that I want, and I am not afraid of him. Thus, he has no power over me. That is a nice feeling.
Ravi is not without power. He has thousands of devotees willing to do his slightest bidding, political connections, lots and lots of money…. But he does not have siddhis. Nobody has, because they are not real. They exist only in religion, and in fairy tales.
So, do not be afraid. free your mind, live in peace, and have compassion for those unfortunate enough to still live in fear and greed.