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Yoga Sutras of Patanjali translated by Yogi Kalinath - Chapter 3, Verse 45


Pada 3, Sutra 45

Sanskrit Verse

Tato ‘nimaadi-praadur-bhaavah kaaya-sampat tad-dharmaanabhighaatash ca

Translation

From that (constraint on the elements), there results the manifestation of powers such as becoming minute, etc… perfection of the body, and non-affliction by its constituents.

Interpretation

Every form and phenomenon is a reflection of the interactions, combinations and permutations of the five elements. Constraint implies or leads to control hence constraints on the elements will imply or lead to the control of an aspect or aspects of an element or elements. Therefore constraint affords control which leads to the apparent manifestation of powers as mind controls energy and energy controls matter.

The main powers or Siddhis are eight in number and as follow:

Anima—the power to become as minute as an atom

Mahiman—the power to become as large as the universe

Laghiman—the power to become as light as cotton

Praapti—the power to reach any object anywhere

Praakaamya—the power to fulfil any desire

Vashitva—the power to control creation

Ishitrva—the power of creation and to rule over it

Kaamaavasaayitva—the power of Supreme Bliss due to complete mastery over Maya

The manifestation of these powers occur in the subtle body of the Yogi, the interface between the psyche and matter. From mastery of the elements, the Yogi also attains perfection of the body and is non-afflicted by (immune from) the play of their interactions.

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