The practice of Yogic flying has gained fame in various parts of the world. In several parts of India, we can hear saints practicing the art of Levitation, lifting their bodies over the ground with spiritual practices. Naturally, the question arises, is it really possible to fly through spiritual practices?
The concept of levitation is not new, we have been overhearing people rising their body or an object into the air by mystical averages or meditation. There have been numerous cases, where we have received yogis and monks floating in the air while being deep in their meditation or while preparing some certain yogic posture. In the yogic foundation, it is believed that someone who has attained Siddhi in the spiritual path, can evolve the ability to be able to levitate or fly. Guru Patanjali tells in the sutras that it is possible to achieve this power when a Yogi practices meditation and drives their application towards the weightless quality of the body. Being just like cotton or a down once can acquire lightness.
The Eight Siddhis
In the spiritual tradition, yogic flying has its price and many of the seekers have been practicing these methods and knowledge for ages. There are meditative and spiritual practices to get into this process. The eight primary siddhis are as follows:
Laghima Siddhi is the capacity to become weightless or lighter than air. It is said, one who attains this siddhi can become any creature on this earth, insert into his body and even fly.
Prapti Siddhi is the capability to appear anywhere and anytime at will. It is said, one who achieves this siddhi will have unrestricted access to all the dimensions of space and time.
Prakamya Siddhi is the capability to obtain whatever is desired. It is said, one who attains this siddhi has the power to actualize any desired object or situation.
Ishita Siddhi is possessing complete lordship over the entire creation. It is said, one who attains this siddhi has the power of controlling these 5 things: creation, protection, destruction, concealment, and giving grace.
Anima Siddhi is the capability to become very small in size. It is said, one who attains this siddhi can decrease their body to the size of an atom or even become invisible.
Mahima Siddhi is the strength to expand one’s body to an infinitely large size. It is said, one who achieves this siddhi can expand the size of their body even larger than the universe.
Garima Siddhi is the capability to become infinitely heavy. It is said, one who attains this siddhi can make himself as heavy as he aspires to be and cannot be moved by anyone or anything.
Vashiionta Siddhi is the capability to have control over the natural force. It is said, one who succeeds this siddhi has the power to have everything beneath control, especially the real manifestation made up of 5 elements.
Siddhis are the spiritual, supernatural, paranormal or magical strengths or skills that a yogi attains, with a long and constant practice of meditation, sadhana, and yoga. Among the eight siddhis, the attainment of laghima Siddhi makes a yogi worthy to become almost weightless by which they can fly in the air.
There are several old Hindu sculptures, where the methods and paths to these powers have been mentioned and described. These are tales of various yogis flying, but many yogis who have acquired this power and ability, don’t really expose their character freely. They are happy and fulfilled with it.
There are various stories and happenings, which indicates that yogis who have gained such quality and power can fly.