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Tuesday, July 29, 2014
A Discourse On Power Of Gods (浅谈神通)
The term ‘power
of gods’ commonly used in Chinese culture generally refers to supernatural
power in the West, it is synonymous in Tantric practices as ‘siddhi’. The
common practices to gain these powers of gods are mainly meditation, fasting
and chanting mantras.
there are two ways to gain supernatural powers: gifted (果报) and trained (修炼).
folks obtained supernatural powers when they are born. People believe that it
is due to their previous accumulated merits and when the karmic fruits are
ripened (机缘), the power
manifests automatically in these gifted folks. However, these gifted powers are
not permanent. If these gifted psychics do not continue to practice or they use
their powers to swindle money and flirting around; then their power will also
fade accordingly. I have personally seen many of such cases and while lamenting
the lost of these psychics, nobody will ever trust them again. As the saying
“He prayed to the
heaven, the heaven kept silent.
He then prayed to the
mother earth, the earth doesn’t respond.
He turned to his
fellow members, no one heeds him.”
I would think that the psychic powers obtained through training are more
lasting than the gifted ones that behave as if loose cannons. Religions holistically
speaking, forbid followers to gain psychic powers with an exception. Taoism however, specifically trained to gain
psychic powers through rituals, mantras and talismans.
Buddhism, psychic powers should be treated as a byproduct of orthodox Buddhist training.
The reason why the Buddha rejects the practice of psychic power is that these
powers gained through many years of practices are not permanent. This
standpoint is generally stated in the Vajra Sutra (金刚经):
All worldly endeavors
are as if dreams and reflections on bubbles,
They are as if morning
dew and also lightning.
Hence, we should treat
(these efforts) as such.
collected some sort of training that perhaps may give the trainees some sort of
supernatural power and shall be sharing here in this blog later.