|5. Yogi Books
In the next few sections we discuss examples of yogic power from few well known books [Govinda, Yogananda, Rama, Brunton]. These authors have written many more books. Interested readers should read them to get a better feeling about yogis and yogic powers. These books have mentioned the following yogic powers:
Materialization [Govinda, p. 58]
Before guru TGR accepted Govinda as a disciple, TGR sent him a gift. Govinda writes:
I found on my place in the temple a huge mango of the most costly and rare variety, growing only in the plains and not yet in season at that time of the year. I could hardly believe my eyes, nor could I understand how it got there, until Kachenla came, beaming with pleasure and pointing up in the direction of the meditation-cubicle (ts‘hang-khang), and told me it was a gift from the Great Lama. I have never received a more precious gift, because it told me that my wish had been granted, that I had been accepted as a disciple.
No food [Govinda, pp. 35-36]
Although it may not be a concrete proof, but it appears to be so. Govinda describes the discovery of his guru yogi TGR:
These people at first could hardly believe the news, and when the herdsman led some of them to the hermit’s cave they were wonderstruck. How could any human being live in this almost inaccessible mountain fastness? From where did he get his food, since nobody knew of his existence? How could he endure the hardships of winter, when the mountains were covered with snow and ice and even the smallest footpaths were obliterated, so that neither fuel nor food could be obtained? Certainly only a hermit endowed with superhuman yogic powers could survive under such conditions.
Death at will [Govinda, p. 168]
TGR’s soul left his body when he was in meditation. Govinda did not see it, but many were there at the monastery. He writes in his book –
The Guru had made it known that he would soon leave his body, which had become a burden to him. …Not long after this announcement he retired for a longer spell of meditation and gave instructions to be left undisturbed. … He soon entered a state of deep absorption and remained in it for many days. …they realised that he had stopped breathing: he had left his body during his meditation and had consciously passed over the threshold between life and death.
A few weeks after, Mr. H.E. Richardson, the British envoy to Lhasa observed the body, it remained unchanged and erect in the posture of meditation.
Invisible to photography [Govinda, p. 68]
Govinda wrote: “It is a strange fact that nobody ever succeeded in taking a photograph of Tomo Geshe Rimpoche, though many people tried to do so surreptitiously, because they knew that he never allowed anybody to take a picture of him . Those who tried found out that their films had turned into blanks or were blurred beyond recognition or that something happened to the films. Whatever happened, the Guru’s face was never visible”.
Reading mind [Govinda, p. 74]
Govinda had this experience – “And in a sudden impulse I formulated in my mind the following request: ‘Please give me a visible sign of the inner bond that unites me with you, my Guru, something that beyond all words reminds me daily of your kindness and of the ultimate aim: be it a small image of the Buddha blessed by your hands or whatever you might think fit . . .’ Hardly had I pronounced these words in my mind when the Guru, suddenly interrupting his talk [with someone else], turned to me and said: ‘Before I leave I shall give you a small Buddha-image as remembrance.’” TGR did not know Govinda’s German language, yet he could read his mind.
Healing diseases [Govinda, p. 147]
“In the village of Poo, on the Tibetan frontier, a dying girl was brought to him [TGR] on a stretcher. She had been ill for a long time and her condition was such that her people were afraid to carry her, lest she might die on the way. However, the villagers had such faith in the powers of Tomo Geshe that they persuaded the girl’s parents to take the risk. When they arrived with the stretcher at the Lama’s place almost the whole village was assembled there. Under their very eyes, at the command of Tomo Geshe, the girl opened her eyes, got up from the stretcher, and after having received the blessings of the Lama she walked out of the house as if she had never been ill”.
Paramahansa Yogananda (1893-1952) was the first great master of India to live in the West for a long period (over thirty years). A graduate of Calcutta University, Yogananda writes with unforgettable sincerity and incisive wit. His book Autobiography of a Yogi has been translated into twelve languages [Yogananda].
In 1920 he went to USA as India’s delegate to an international congress of Religious Liberals convening in Boston. In the same year he founded Self-Realization Fellowship to disseminate worldwide his teachings on India’s ancient practices and philosophy of yoga and its tradition of meditation. Later he established an International Center for Self-Realization Fellowship in Los Angeles [Wiki-Y].
In the following subsections we present few examples of miracles performed by yogis of India, taken from his book – Autobiography of a Yogi [Yogananda]. Yogananda’s guru was Jukteswar, his guru was Lahiri Mahasaya, and his guru was Babaji. Babaji lived in Himalayas and rarely came down to plains. Some people say on the internet, that he is still alive and more than 300 years old. It is not known if this last statement is valid; but such powers are normal among yogis.
Giri Bala [Yogananda, pp. 264-271]
Yogananda writes – “’I know Giri Bala well,’ Sthiti Babu told me. ‘She employs a certain yoga technique which enables her to live without eating. I was her close neighbor in Nawabganj near Ichapur. I made it a point to watch her closely; never did I find evidence that she was taking either food or drink. My interest finally mounted so high that I approached the Maharaja of Burdwan and asked him to conduct an investigation. Astounded at the story, he invited her to his palace. She agreed to a test and lived for two months locked up in a small section of his home. Later she returned for a palace visit of twenty days; and then for a third test of fifteen days. The Maharaja himself told me that these three rigorous scrutinies had convinced him beyond doubt of her non−eating state.’
There is a photograph in the book, whose caption says: Giri Bala. This great woman yogi has not taken food or drink since 1880. I [Yogananda] am pictured with her, in 1936, at her home in the isolated Bengal village of Biur. Her non−eating state has been rigorously investigated by the Maharaja of Burdwan. She employs a certain yoga technique to recharge her body with cosmic energy from the ether, sun, and air.
Yogananda asked – “Tell me, Mother, from your own lips−do you live without food?”
“That is true.” She was silent for a few moments; her next remark showed that she had been struggling with mental arithmetic. “From the age of twelve years four months down to my present age of sixty−eight—a period of over fifty−six years—I have not eaten food or taken liquids.”
Here she talks about her divine guru: “I continued toward the GHAT. The morning sun pierced the waters; I purified myself in the Ganges, as though for a sacred initiation. As I left the river bank, my wet cloth around me, in the broad glare of day my master materialized himself before me!
“’Dear little one,’ he said in a voice of loving compassion, ‘I am the guru sent here by God to fulfill your urgent prayer. He was deeply touched by its very unusual nature! From today you shall live by the astral light, your bodily atoms fed from the infinite current.’”
The saint resumed the tale, her gentle voice barely audible. “The GHAT was deserted, but my guru cast round us an aura of guarding light, that no stray bathers later disturb us. He initiated me into a KRIA technique which frees the body from dependence on the gross food of mortals. The technique includes the use of a certain MANTRA and a breathing exercise more difficult than the average person could perform. No medicine or magic is involved; nothing beyond the KRIA.”
Trailanga Swami [Yogananda , pp. 329-332]
The following paragraphs are copied from the book [Yogananda]. Lahiri Mahasaya had a very famous friend, Swami Trailanga, who was reputed to be over three hundred years old. The two yogis often sat together in meditation. Trailanga’s fame is so widespread that few Hindus would deny the possibility of truth in any story of his astounding miracles.
No Oxygen, No Sun Screen Thousands of people, including a few who are still living, have seen Trailanga floating on the Ganges. For days together he would sit on top of the water, or remain hidden for very long periods under the waves. A common sight at the Benares bathing ghats was the swami’s motionless body on the blistering stone slabs, wholly exposed to the merciless Indian sun. By these feats Trailanga sought to teach men that a yogi’s life does not depend upon oxygen or ordinary conditions and precautions. Whether he were above water or under it, and whether or not his body lay exposed to the fierce solar rays, the master proved that he lived by divine consciousness: death could not touch him.
No Physical Barrier Trailanga always remained completely nude. The harassed police of Benares came to regard him as a baffling problem child. The natural swami, like the early Adam in the garden of Eden, was utterly unconscious of his nakedness. The police were quite conscious of it, however, and unceremoniously committed him to jail. General embarrassment ensued; the enormous body of Trailanga was soon seen, in its usual entirety, on the prison roof. His cell, still securely locked, offered no clue to his mode of escape.
No effect of Poison On many occasions the swami was seen to drink, with no ill effect, the most deadly poisons. A skeptic once determined to expose Trailanga as a charlatan. A large bucket of calcium-lime mixture, used in whitewashing walls, was placed before the swami. “Master,” the materialist said, in mock reverence, “I have brought you some clabbered milk. Please drink it.”
Trailanga unhesitatingly drained, to the last drop, the containerful of burning lime. In a few minutes the evildoer fell to the ground in agony. “Help, swami, help!” he cried. “I am on fire! Forgive my wicked test!”
The great yogi broke his habitual silence. “Scoffer,” he said, “you did not realize when you offered me poison that my life is one with your own. Except for my knowledge that God is present in my stomach, as in every atom of creation, the lime would have killed me. Now that you know the divine meaning of boomerang, never again play tricks on anyone.” The well-purged sinner, healed by Trailanga’s words, slunk feebly away.
Babaji [Yogananda, pp. 356-370]
As mentioned before, Jukteswar was guru of Yogananda. His guru was Lahiri Mahasay. And his guru was Babaji.
In 1861 Lahiri was stationed in Danapur as an accountant in the military engineering department of British government of India. He was 33 years old then. One morning his manager told him that a telegram has come to post Lahiri at Ranikhet, a Himalyan site.
One day he was roaming the magnificent hills, and heard someone calling by his name. He went up the hill, a smiling young man, like a saint, extended his hand, said Lahiri you have come, I was calling you. The young man looked exactly like Lahiri.
Soul to Soul Communication They entered a little cave, he asked Lahiri, do you recognize that seat? Lahiri could not. It was getting dark and Lahiri wanted to go back saying he has work tomorrow. The saint said in perfect English, the office was brought for you and not you for the office. It was I who silently suggested to your superior officer that you be transferred to Ranikhet. This cave should sound familiar to you. But Lahiri was in a bewildered silence.
The saint touched Lahiri’s forehead, and Lahiri immediately remembered everything from his past life. Lahiri said Yes, I remember, you are my guru Babaji.
“‘My guru, what can I say?’ I murmured brokenly. ‘Where has one ever heard of such deathless love?’ I gazed long and ecstatically on my eternal treasure, my guru in life and death – said Lahiri.
“‘Lahiri, you need purification. Drink the oil in this bowl and lie down by the river.’ Babaji’s practical wisdom, I reflected with a quick, reminiscent smile, was ever to the fore.
The Palace At midnight a person woke Lahiri up and said come, the master is waiting for you.
“‘Can that be the sunrise?’ I inquired. ‘Surely the whole night has not passed?’ “‘The hour is midnight.’ My guide laughed softly. ‘Yonder light is the glow of a golden palace, materialized here tonight by the peerless Babaji. In the dim past, you once expressed a desire to enjoy the beauties of a palace. Our master is now satisfying your wish, thus freeing you from the bonds of karma.’ He added, ‘The magnificent palace will be the scene of your initiation tonight into Kriya Yoga. All your brothers here join in a paean of welcome, rejoicing at the end of your long exile. Behold!’
“As I remained silent in awe, my guide made a sweeping gesture. ‘This shimmering palace, superbly embellished with jewels, has not been built by human effort or with laboriously mined gold and gems. It stands solidly, a monumental challenge to man. Whoever realizes himself as a son of God, even as Babaji has done, can reach any goal by the infinite powers hidden within him. A common stone locks within itself the secret of stupendous atomic energy; even so, a mortal is yet a powerhouse of divinity.’
“Babaji stretched out his hand; a homa (sacrificial) fire appeared, surrounded by fruits and flowers. I received the liberating yogic technique before this flaming altar. The rites were completed in the early dawn.
“‘Lahiri, you are hungry.’ Babaji added, ‘Close your eyes.’ When I reopened them, the enchanting palace and its picturesque gardens had disappeared. My own body and the forms of Babaji and the cluster of chelas were all now seated on the bare ground at the exact site of the vanished palace, not far from the sunlit entrances of the rocky grottos. I recalled that my guide had remarked that the palace would be dematerialized, its captive atoms released into the thought-essence from which it had sprung. Although stunned, I looked trustingly at my guru. I knew not what to expect next on this day of miracles. “The purpose for which the palace was created has now been served,’ Babaji explained.”
Such stories of materialization are everywhere in all Indian Scriptures. According to Samkhya every object is created by soul. Soul is everywhere inside every object, living or non-living. Thus through meditation if you can connect (Yoga) to your soul you will be able to achieve these powers and can do all such miracles. Closer you are to your soul, through yogic meditation, better will be your understanding of nature and environment.
Locating a Soul [Yogananda, pp. 297-302]
A twelve year old brilliant student of Yogananda asked him what is in his future. Yogananda said, “you will die soon”. The disclosure shocked and grieved everybody.
The boy named, Kashi, insisted that his guru Yogananda finds him when he will be reborn and bring him back. Seeing him unnerved to the breaking point, Yogananda told him – “Yes, if the heavenly father lends his aid, I will try to find you.”
During the absence of Yogananda, Kashi’s father came to the school and forcibly took him to Calcutta. There he ate contaminated food, contracted cholera, and died.
When Yogananda returned, he immediately left for Calcutta by train. Then he writes: “Using a secret yoga technique, I broadcasted my love to Kashi’s soul through the microphone of the spiritual eye, the inner point between the eyebrows. With the antenna of upraised hands and fingers, I often turned myself round and round, trying to locate the direction in which he had been reborn as an embryo. I hoped to receive response from him in the concentration-tuned radio of my heart. I intuitively felt that Kashi would soon return to the earth, and that if I kept unceasingly broadcasting my call to him, his soul would reply. I knew that the slightest impulse sent by Kashi would be felt in my fingers, hands, arms, spine, and nerves.
“With undiminished zeal, I practiced the yoga method steadily for about six months after Kashi’s death. Walking with a few friends one morning in the crowded Bowbazar section of Calcutta, I lifted my hands in the usual manner. For the first time, there was response. I thrilled to detect electrical impulses trickling down my fingers and palms. These currents translated themselves into one overpowering thought from a deep recess of my consciousness: “I am Kashi; I am Kashi; come to me!”
He finally located the street, and then the house. He then asked the master of the house – ““Please tell me, sir, if you and your wife have been expecting a child for about six months?” “Yes, it is so.” Seeing that I was a swami, a renunciate attired in the traditional orange cloth, he added politely, “Pray inform me how you know my affairs.” When he heard about Kashi and the promise I had given, the astonished man believed my story.
“A male child of fair complexion will be born to you,” I told him. “He will have a broad face, with a cowlick atop his forehead. His disposition will be notably spiritual.” I felt certain that the coming child would bear these resemblances to Kashi.
Later I visited the child, whose parents had given him his old name of Kashi. Even in infancy he was strikingly similar in appearance to my dear Ranchi student. The child showed me an instantaneous affection; the attraction of the past awoke with redoubled intensity.
Years later the teen-age boy wrote me, during my stay in America. He explained his deep longing to follow the path of a renunciate. I directed him to a Himalayan master who, to this day, guides the reborn Kashi.
One interesting thing to observe here is that the looks of the new person is similar to the looks of the person in previous life. Many authors of the reincarnation cases have pointed out this characteristic. It seems then that parents may not play any role on the features of next generation. It is the soul that decides and controls everything in our life. We will cover another such example in the following subsections.
5.3 Swami Rama
One of the greatest adepts, teachers, writers, and humanitarians of the 20th century, Swami Rama (1925-1996) is the founder of the Himalayan Institute. Born in Northern India, he was raised from early childhood by the Himalayan sage, Bengali Baba. Under the guidance of his master, he traveled from monastery to monastery and studied with a variety of Himalayan saints and sages, including his grandmaster who was living in a remote region of Tibet. In addition to this intense spiritual training, Swami Rama received higher education in both India and Europe. From 1949 to 1952, he held the prestigious position of Shankaracharya of Karvirpitham in South India. Thereafter, he returned to his master to receive further training at his cave monastery, and finally in 1969, came to the United States where he founded the Himalayan Institute. His best known book, Living With the Himalayan Masters, reveals the many facets of this singular adept and demonstrates his embodiment of the living tradition of the East [Faculty].
We copy few paragraphs from his book “Living with the Himalayan master” on the subject related to yogic powers.
Predicting Incarnation [Rama, pp. 13-16]
Swami Rama’s birth was predicted 18 months before his birth to his parents by Bengali Baba, Babaji or Master for short. This is how Swami Rama writes about the incident.
Swami Rama’s father left home and was meditating for six months in a forest at Mansa Devi, near Hardwar in Himalayan areas. There Babaji came to see him. Babaji stayed with him for a week and then told him to go back home and mentioned that although the wife and husband were forty-three and sixty years old, they will have a son, who would also follow him. Their son will have hole in the right ear as a birth mark.
Two years later, the master came down from Himalayas to the village to see the parents of Swami Rama. He asked them to give their son to him. The parents responded, “For us to have a son at our ages would be a miracle, but if we can have him, he will be yours.” Eighteen months after this meeting, Swami Rama was born.
The day he was born, the master arrived at his house and instructed, “Look after him; I will come again later and take him with me.”
Three years later the master returned and initiated the boy by whispering a mantra in his right ear. The boy told him that I already knew the mantra and had been remembering it all the time. He said, “I know. I am only confirming that which you remember.”
Swami Rama says – “I remembered at an early age that the purpose of my life was the completion of the unfulfilled mission of my previous life. As a child I clearly remembered details of my past life.” It shows that he was a Jatiswar. After a few years, the parents died and the child joined the master.
This is probably the best way to get a dedicated disciple. The story shows that a yogi can send a specific soul to a pacific couple for a child birth. The entire story of Ramayan and Mahabharat, are based on the birth of the princes acquired by highly qualified, dedicated, and honorable sages or yogis of their times.
Healing a Patient [Rama, pp.113-115]
Swami Rama says the following about the healing power. “The power of self-healing is buried in the tomb of every human life. By uncovering the potentials of that power one can heal oneself. A completely selfless man of God can heal anyone. The highest of all healings is to attain freedom from all miseries.”
The following example shows how a simple touch can heal any one from any kind of diseases. We have learnt similar healing power in Lama Govinda’s book also. This is nothing but pure yogic power. Everything is done by our soul. This example will also show how all things come into play simultaneously to give you a success in your mission. The details are amazing. We will see more about the working of simultaneity law from other books in another chapter.
The master said to Swami Rama -“Take the bus to the Hardwar railroad station. You’ll get a ticket and from there go to Kanpur. Dr. Mitra is bedridden and is constantly remembering me. He is having a brain hemorrhage and is bleeding out of his right nostril, but his wife will not allow him to go to the hospital. His brother-in-law, Dr. Basu, knows that it is a hemorrhage, but there are no facilities there to perform brain surgery.”
Swami – “What shall I do?”
Master – “Just give him a love pat on the cheek. Don’t consider yourself a healer. Think that you are an instrument and go there, for I have promised him and his wife that we will always help them. Go as quickly as you can.”
The Swami came down to the bus route. The bus came and picked him up free of charge. People always help swamis when they see them. At the rail road station, the swami wanted to sell his watch to buy a ticket. But a man approached him and gave one of his tickets, saying his son did not come and you travel with his ticket.
In the train Swami met a lady, a close relative of Dr. Mitra. She heard about the Swami and his master from Dr. Mitra. She gave food to swami and they travelled together all night to Kanpur.
Outside the station Swami met a person who knew him very well. He was waiting with his car to pick up a person from the station. But the person missed the train at the origin in Delhi and never came. He took swami to Dr. Mitra’s house.
The book then continues with the following: “When we reached there I knocked on the door and entered to find three doctors examining Dr. Mitra. Mrs. Mitra was delighted to see me and said, “Now that you have come, I hand over my husband to you.” This is called Indian blind faith in sadhus (yogis).
I said, “I am not a healer. I have just come to see him.” I went over to Dr. Mitra’s bed, but he was not allowed to sit up because of the bleeding from his nostril. When he saw me he asked, “How is my master?” I gave him the gentle pat on his right cheek. After a few minutes there was no more bleeding. One of the doctors explained that the slap which I had given him on the cheek closed the opening in the blood vessel and that it was now sealed.
I did not know what I had done, but I followed my master’s instructions. Dr. Mitra’s sudden recovery quickly became the talk of the town, and hundreds of patients started searching for me, so I left the city later that day and reached Hardwar the next morning.
Ability to heal a person is considered as a fundamental responsibility of a yogi. This is how a yogi serves the society, besides giving true knowledge from the Vedas. In the same way it maybe said that if a person cannot heal a sick person, then that person is not a yogi. Along the same line a yogi himself cannot be sick at anytime. If a yogi cannot heal himself then how can he heal others?
Thus yogis do not practice renunciation. They are intimately linked with the society, as guru, as healer, and as messenger of god propagating the true and eternal knowledge of Vedas.
Transparent to Photography [Rama, p. 124]
In September 1939 two French photographers were travelling to take pictures of Himalayas. Swami Rama paid them to take some pictures of his Master. He led them over a narrow bridge across the Ganges to a small hut where they were living for fifteen days.
When the master saw the photographers he looked at him and said, “You are a bad boy. Why must you be so obstinate? They will have nothing!” Swami didn’t understand at that time.
The photographers each took a roll of pictures with their separate cameras. Inserting two new rolls, they asked him to sit next to his master so they could take some pictures of them together. In all, four rolls of pictures were taken with two separate cameras from three o’clock to five-thirty in the afternoon. After taking a few more pictures of the mountains, the photographers left for Delhi. When the pictures were developed and returned, Swami could not believe the results. Everything around where the master had been sitting appeared in the pictures, but his master’s image did not appear at all!
We have seen such incidents in the book by Swami Yogananda also. There are no photographs for his Babaji. Many people tried but nothing appeared in the films.
Physical Transportation [Rama, p. 135]
Swami Rama took lessons from his Grandmaster, the master of his master, who lived near Lhasa in Tibet, 7000 feet above sea level. Swami Rama took lessons from him for two and half months. One day he was thinking it would be nice if he could write down his knowledge and experiences in his diary. Swami writes:
My grandmaster smiled and beckoned me to come to him. He said, “I can get your diary for you. Do you need it?” Such a possibility was not a great miracle for me anymore, for I had experienced such things before – swami wrote.
I casually replied, “Yes—and a few pencils too.” I had left my diary in India at a sanatorium called Bhawali near the Nanital hills in North India. Suddenly three pencils and my diary, which was quite large, containing 475 pages, were before me. I was pleased but not especially surprised. I told him that I preferred him to give me something spiritual.
We can see that mind reading and physical transportation of objects from one place to another is no problem for any Yogi. The existence of such powers shows that there are some fundamental laws of nature that our modern technology or science or math has yet to discover. But these techniques can be mastered by anyone by yogic meditation.
Living in a Dead Body [Rama, pp. 143-144]
When Swami Rama was sixteen years old, he was living with his Master, in a Gupta Kashi cave five or six miles from town. A yogi, called Boorhe Baba, who often used to see his Master, came to consult with the Master on higher spiritual practices. Swami Rama met him there for the first time.
This adept was very slim. He had white hair and a beard and dressed in white robes. He had an unusual way of carrying himself. He resembled a very straight, unswaying bamboo staff.
After this meeting, Sawmi Rama and Boorhe Baba left together for Assam by train. There they met a British commander, who was a disciple of the Master. Boorhe Baba told this commander that in nine days he was going to assume another body.
After a few days Boorhe Baba and Swami Rama left the commander’s military camp and went to the Naga hills. Because of the mosquitoes, snakes, and wild animals, including tigers and elephants, in that part of the country, very few yogis live there. During the time they spent together, this adept would often talk on some profound subject, while swami would be preoccupied with flexing his muscles. He told Baba, “I have strong muscles,” to which he replied, “Very soon your strength will be tested.”
Boorhe Baba said, “I am over ninety years old now, and my body is not a fit instrument to remain in samadhi for a long time. Besides, the opportunity has presented itself. Tomorrow there will be a dead body in good condition. A young man will be bitten by a snake and then placed in a river thirteen miles from here.” Swami thought his talk was quite bewildering. He told that they should leave the cave in the morning and reach the destination before sunset.
Thirteen miles north of the cave they came upon a river, and camped for that night. In the morning Swami took bath in the river and at four-thirty sat down for meditation. When he opened his eyes Baba was gone. He searched for him and waited the whole day, but he never turned up. So Swami Rama decided to depart for the Himalayas.
When he reached the Assam headquarters of the British commander, the commander said, “Boorhe Baba has done it! He has assumed a new body!” Swami Rama still did not understand the whole thing. Immediately the next morning he left for his Himalayan home. When he arrived, the master said, “Boorhe Baba was here last night and was inquiring about you.”
Swami Writes: A few days later a young sadhu visited our cave. He started talking to me as though he had known me for a long time. He described all the events of our journey to Assam in detail and said, “I’m sorry you could not be with me when I changed my body.”
It was strange for me to talk with someone who had appeared at one time very familiar to me, but now he had a new body. I found that his new physical instrument did not affect his previous capacities and characteristics at all. He exhibited all the intelligence, knowledge, memories, talents, and mannerisms of the old Baba.
I verified this by minutely watching his speech and actions. The young man even had that same strange bamboo-like walk of the old man. Later my master gave him a new name, saying, “The name goes with the body, not the soul.” He is now called Ananda Baba and is still a wanderer in the Himalayas”.
This way a yogi can continue to live forever by changing his body, provided he finds an appropriate one at right time. Imagine how difficult it will be to program a robot when its software is completely taken out. Reverse engineering all the hardware, electronic, integrated circuits, motors, power amplifiers and then writing all drivers for all device, is a tremendous job. The human body is billion times more complicated than a robot, yet a soul knows exactly how to operate any physical body.
Thus the soul is the master of everything. If we can learn to connect with a soul then no harm can touch us. The entire theory of this yogic technology is completely written in various books of Veda. There are many yogis, living in Himalayas, even today, from whom we can acquire such knowledge and experiences.
Transmutation of Matter [Rama, pp. 108-110]
Swami Rama’s book described one yogi, Aghori Baba, living in a Himalayan cave near Srinagar, who had the power of converting any material to any material, called Transmutation of Matter.
When the frightened pandit came back with the water, the aghori handed him a cleaver and said, “There is a dead body which is floating in the river. Pull it ashore, chop off the thigh and calf muscles, and bring a few pounds of the flesh to me.” The aghori’s demand shook the pandit. He became very nervous—and so did I [Rama]. He was extremely frightened and did not want to carry out the aghori’s wishes. But the aghori became fierce and shouted at him, saying, “Either you will bring the flesh from that dead body or I will chop you and take your flesh. Which do you prefer?”
The poor pandit, out of deep anxiety and fear, went to the dead body and started cutting it up. He was so upset that he also accidentally cut the first and second fingers of his left hand, and they started bleeding profusely. He brought the flesh to the baba. Neither the pandit nor I were then in our normal senses. When the pandit came near, the aghori touched the cuts on his fingers—and they were healed instantly. There was not even a scar.
The aghori ordered him to put the pieces of flesh into an earthen pot, to put the pot on the fire, and to cover the lid with a stone. He said, “Don’t you know this young swami is hungry, and you also have to eat?” We both said, “Sir, we are vegetarians.” The baba was irritated by this and said to me, “Do you think I eat meat? Do you agree with the people here that I am dirty? I too am a pure vegetarian.” ……
The aghori ordered the pandit to serve the food. When the pandit took the lid off the pot and began filling my bowl we were astonished to find a sweet called rasgula, which is made from cheese and sugar. This was my favorite dish, and I had been thinking of it as I was walking to the baba’s cave. I thought it was all very strange. The aghori said, “This sweet has no meat in it.”
So Aghori Baba not only knew what Swami Rama was thinking, but also produced the food of his choice. Same yogi can acquire many different kinds of power: mind reading, body healing, material conversion. Swami Rama explained how one can transmute matters. These are all yogic methods, and part of Atharva Veda, according to Swami Rama.
After I meditated for two hours we began talking about the scriptures. He [Aghori Baba] was extraordinarily intelligent and well-read. His Sanskrit, however, was so terse and tough that each time he spoke it took a few minutes to decipher what he was saying before I could answer him. He was, no doubt, a very learned man, but his way was different from any other sadhu that I had ever met.
Resurrection of Bengali Baba [Rama, pp. 144-145]
Swami Rama’s master, Bengali Baba, told him in 1945 that he wants to cast-off his body. Then Swami said, the scripture says it is not desirable to leave a foolish student. Then the master agreed to live. But in 1954 while taking bath in Ganges Swami thought it was not good to hold the master in his body. The master immediately found it and called everybody and told them he would cast-off the body now.
He asked the five disciples what they want from him. Swami Rama said I want you to be with me whenever I need you. The master agreed. Then master sat in an accomplished pose, closed his eyes, gently muttered the sound “Aumm” and became lifeless.
All five students carried the body for two days, and then decided to bury the body in a pit six feet deep in the snow covered Himalayas, at about 16000 feet high, in a place from where they could see his master’s cave. They laid the body inside the pit. But then all of them were paralyzed and could not move and cover the body.
Then from behind the tree, the master said do you need help, do you need me in the body or without the body. The students said, they want him in the body. The master came back and got out of the pit. He said it was too bad that you still needed me in the body.
Thus we can see that it is a simple matter for an accomplished yogi to leave a body and or reenter the old dead body or any other dead body. In this way it is a very simple matter to extend the life to any number of years, as long as the yogi wants it, or destiny allows.
Paul Brunton was a British journalist, who came to India in search of yogis and their yogic powers. The following example of yogic power is taken from his book – A search in secret India.
Resurrection of a Bird [Brunton, pp. 195-196]
Paul visited the house of Swami Vishudhananda in Benaras, the Hindu holy city of India. Here the Swami told him that he can demonstrate the resurrection of a dead bird and for a short period of life.
A bird was lying dead in front of Swami, Paul, and many other disciples of swami. Paul examined the dead bird and convinced himself that it was really dead.
Swami took the bird in his hand. Then used a lens to focus sun light on the bird, uttered some mantra. The bird moved its legs little bit showing a sign of life. After a while it fluttered its wings, and eventually it stood up on its feet and started walking on the floor. When it gained some energy, it flew around the room. But eventually, after about half an hour it dropped dead again on the floor.
The Swami said to Paul – “What you have been shown is not the result of Yoga practice. It is the result of knowledge of Solar Science. The essence of Yoga is the development of will power and mental concentration on the part of the Yogi, but in Solar Science practice those qualities are not required. Solar Science is merely a collection of secrets and no special training is necessary to make use of them. It can be studied in exactly the same way that any of your Western material sciences are studied.”
The Swami’s guru was a Tibetan teacher, who according to swami lived for more than 1000 years. He initiated young Vishudhananda into the principles and practices of the Yoga of Body Control. Under this rigorous training, the disciple developed powers of body and mind control which were supernormal.
If we can predict the past and future now then it means that the person who is predicting is not waiting in time to know the future and the past. Or in other words for this man there is no time gap between past present and future; everything is only now. Thus for a yogi the concept of time is different. We will discuss more about time in the destiny section. In Vrigu Samhita, future has been presented for about 400,000 people by Vrigu several thousand years before.
One of the yogic power shows that things can be transported from one place to another place instantaneously. Swami Rama’s grand master brought his note book from India to Tibet when Swami wanted. We can also see that the health conditions of Lama Govinda’s mother were determined immediately across continents. These capabilities show that there is no space between people and objects.
Divine vision is also a similar capability that indicates there is no space difference between two events for a yogi. In Mahabharat we see that Sanjoy can see what is happening in the battle field sitting in the palace and describing the events to the blind king Dhritarashtra. We also see that such power can be given to anybody by a competent yogi. In Mahabharat Byasdev, the author of Gita gave this power to Sanjoy, the day battle started.
In modern times, yogis renounce the society and live in caves, forests, and mountains. But in ancient times they used to live in their hermitage or ashrams. If we can again create that environment then we can bring the yogis back to society. Then these yogis will be able to give training to many other people to learn yoga and acquire yogic power. People will be able to control their health properly. There will be minimal health care needs. Any yogi will be able to heal any person from any kind of sickness. This is the most important benefit for the society – healing sick people. But of course money, money power, and the central bank will not like that.