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Written by Sir John Woodroffe, Book: Introduction to Tantra Sastra 


SIDDHI is produced by sādhana. The former term, which literally means “success,” includes accomplishment, achievement, success, and fruition of all kinds. A person may thus gain siddhi in speech, siddhi in mantra, etc. A person is siddhi also who has perfected his spiritual development. The various powers attainble— namely, aṇimā, ahima, garimā, mahima, prapti, prākāmyā, īśitva, vaśtva—the powers of becoming small, great, light, heavy, attaining what one wills, and the like—are known as the eight siddhis. The thirty-ninth chapter of the Brahmavaivarta Purāṇ a mentions eighteen kinds, but there are many others including such minor accomplishments as nakhadarpaṇ asiddhi or “nail-gazing.” The great siddhi is spiritual perfection. Even the mighty powers of the “eight siddhis” are known as the “lesser siddhi,” since the greatest of all siddhis is full liberation (mahānirvāṇ a) from the bonds of phenomenal life and union with the Paramātmā, which is the supreme object (paramārtha) to be attained through human birth.













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