POWER OF PERFORMINHG MIRACLE IS NO SIGN OF SPIRITUAL ADVANCEMENT
Miracle is an illusion within and misleading for any spiritual aspirant. One should not give any importance to it. It is no sign of spiritual progress. It amounts to distraction of seeker from the spiritual path by not able to resist the temptation of displaying power gained at lower plane if he not under the guidance of a Master or Avatar.
Sometime one himself performs miracle unconsciously. For example: one is not prepared for an examination nut he appears in examination unwillingly on persuasion of someone and passes out with good grade unexpectedly. This can be attributed as miracle on his part himself. Any feat or act which one is not confident to perform but he takes chance and unexpectedly performs well, it can also be considered as miracle on his part. In these two situations one cannot say that one has the power to perform miracle. Miracles can be said to any act performed by one which cannot be explained by normal and scientific reasoning.
Any spiritual aspirants when enters on the path of first plane (Subtle). He himself becomes oblivions of the world (gross plane) and gets supernatural powers (occult power) which superimposes on gross plane and can perform miracles of different kind on gross plane. The surroundings of Gross plane do not affect him but he can affect many things on gross plane. Progressing on subtle planes 1st to 4th plane he gets tremendous power of gross plane and can create a new universe like Perfect Master Vishwamitra did. But he was stopped by Lord Indra in trap by sending Apsara Menka to Him; Vishwamitra was distracted, married Menka gave birth to daughter Shakuntala, lost all his powers. Vishwamitra realised his mistake of to perform his act of creating new universe under irresistible temptation. Later Vishwamitra did severe austerities and regained the status of Perfect Master. The powers on gross plane gained by spritual aspirant is meant to concentrate on God without getting affected by adversities of gross plane or surrounding but the temptation to show off his achievement or power to perform miracle is so great that he fall pray to it unless he is guided or protected by a Avatar or living Sadguru. In event of display of miraculous powers further spiritual progress gets blocked. Degeneration of power begins, and one gets more binding sanskaras of performing miracles.
Baba’s quotes and explanation on other aspects of miracles
Miracles are small illusions in the great illusion called the world.
Miracles are justified only when they are performed for the purpose of drawing humanity at large toward the final goal of realising God otherwise they are definitely an interference with the natural evolutionary process.
Miracles do not consist of bringing dead to life, but in the living dead to the ego.
Advanced souls of lower planes of spirituality can perform big miracles but they do not do it. These occult powers gained in the traversing the spiritual path by soul of lower plane is to sustain himself unaffected in the gross world and concentrate more toward his goal without being distracted by temptation to perform miracles. Once compelled by temptation of performing miracles, if an aspirant or soul falls prey to it and performs miracles, his further spiritual advancement gets held up.
It should be clearly understood that attachment to miracles is only a continuation of the habit of playing with illusion. It is not miracles, but inner illumination which will one day bring true freedom.
Performing miracles to attract others for own following is a proof of one’s distraction from the spiritual path. Meher Baba said “Biggest miracle I have ever done is to have created this universe.”
Meher Baba explained
No miracle is an exception of the existing law of universe. We call it a miracle because it cannot be explained by known laws of the gross world. Miracle means known laws are superimposed by unknown laws. The yogi who is not even spiritually advanced can keep his physical body for hundreds of years by using supernatural powers.
According to Meher Baba: “The scope of miracles is very wide. Even the animal world is not exempt from the possibility of miracles. Though mammals such as porpoises and other animals do not have fully developed subtle body, there is in subtle world an equivalent and counterpart of their gross forms. The rudimentary subtle matrix, which has yet to develop into a definite and functionally self-sufficient subtle form, can still serve some purposes and become a medium for performance of miracles. Stories of sorcerers who caused schools of porpoises to come from the open sea to the shore for a native feast are within the bound of probability. But all this realm of supernatural, occult, miraculous and magic (black and white) must be regarded as having no spiritual value itself.
Occult phenomena like stigmata, telekinesis (affecting the flight of objects such as communion wafers through the air), elongation, elevation etc. may amuse, astound or overpower people. But they cannot bring about any spiritual healing or uplift, which is the real thing that matter. They are just an illustration of suspension of ordinary and known laws of nature by the supernatural and unknown laws of the inner spheres.
Ability to perform miracle is not necessarily spiritually perfect
Meher Baba explained that the ability to perform miracles does not necessarily imply high spirituality. Anyone who has attained perfection and enjoys “Christ consciousness” can perform miracles. Healing the sick, giving sight to the blind, and even raising the dead are quite simple for a Perfect Master. Even those who has not become One with the Infinite, but who are only traversing the planes, can perform miracles and are able to make and unmake the things.
Spiritual Masters do not perform miracles in order to just satisfy idle curiosity. Miracles were performed and will be performed, according to existing circumstances. Masters have sometimes performed miracles when they intended to give a universal spiritual push.
Difference between miracles of Avatar and yogi
Divine miracles are generally attributed to Avatars, Sadgurus, or Realized human beings, while occult powers belong to yogis. The former is the outcome of extremely high and unselfish motives, while for the latter the mainspring is invariably the worst kind of selfishness. An Avatar or Sadguru performs miracles when He intends to give a general push to the world toward spirituality, but a yogi generally enacts his supernatural powers to serve his own ends.
For example, a child is tightly holding a parrot by the neck to the point of strangling it. Now in order to save the bird’s life it will not be advisable to try to snatch it from the hands of its young captor because there is the chance of his tightening his grasp. The child must therefore be offered a coin, which will make him let go of his hold on the parrot. In this instance, the offering of the coin means performing a miracle, and saving the parrot from the child’s grip means saving the mind from ignorance and Maya’s grip. Such is the way of Avatars and Sadgurus. However, if a yogi sees a very beautiful woman and desires her, he will materialize gold jewellery in order to attract her. It is evident that there is a world of difference between the motives involved in both these actions.
“Another example, a man has put on spectacle of white glass which makes him see everything white; through in reality all things are colorless. A yogi’s power consists of putting the red or green spectacles before the man’s eyes, and to take the man’s amazement everything appears red or green. A Sadguru, knowing that everything has no colour , not even white, and that everything is nothing, does not believe in wasting time over the changing the colour of the glasses. He works toward removing a man’s spectacles that he is wearing, thereby enabling a person to see the things as they are; however, the yogi only adds to the illusion which a person sees by putting yet another pair of glasses before his eyes.
Occult phenomena are as much within the domain of false imagination as any other phenomena of the material world.
For ages and ages the Atma (soul) has been seeing its own shadow and getting engrossed in the illusory world of forms. When the soul turns inward and longs to have Self-knowledge, it has become spiritual minded. But even there, this habit of wanting to see more spectacle persist for several lives.
The soul wants to experience some miracles or spectacular phenomena or in the more advance stages, it wants to perform miracles and manipulate phenomena. Even spiritually advanced person find it difficult to outgrow this habit of playing with illusion.
Kind of power
Spirituality and spiritualism are two different things. Spirituality has nothing to do with any kind of power in any form
There are three kinds of powers.
- The Divine powers of fourth plane.
- The Occult powers of the first three planes of consciousness. These are called the mystic powers
- Other occult powers
The Divine Powers of the fourth plane are the almighty powers of God. They are source of all powers, whether mystic or the other occult powers .The occult powers, whether they are of planes or not, are different in kind and vary in expression. The miracles performed through manifestation of the divine powers by Avatar and Qutub are called Mojwzat. These are performed for the good of all.
Occult powers of the first three planes called mystic powers cannot be misused by the aspirant of these planes, though they sometime are tempted to display them. These mystic powers are different and vary in expression, such as: reading the mind of others, reciting words or passage from a book without seeing it, allowing themselves to be buried alive for hours together, etc. this display of power should not be confused with the demonstration of mind readers and others who put stage performance.
The one on the third plane can change his physical form at will, and one who does this is known as abdal. This act is also a display of mystic powers, but not the misuse of powers. However, this act should not be confused with dematerialization or materialization of the human forms by the tantriks.
Other occult powers have nothing to do with spirituality or with the mystic powers of the planes.
These occult powers are of two types
1- Superior type
The one who has these powers can make good or bad use of the same. Good use of occult power helps one to put himself on the planes of the path and even make one Mahayogi. But bad use of these powers make one suffers intensely in the next human form. Good use of superior occult power puts one on the fifth plane of consciousness after four lives (reincarnations)
Superior types of occult powers are derived from tantrik exercises such as chilla-Nashini or repetition of certain mantras, etc. The one who holds this power can perform miracles such as levitation, flying and floating in the air, dematerialization or materialization etc.
Inferior types of occult powers need no tantrik or any special exercises. They are had through sanskaras of past lives. For example : If someone has done certain good deeds many times in the past, his next incarnation may give him a faculty of inferior occult powers without undergoing any strenuous exercise. His sanskaras give him the faculty of inferior occult power such as clairvoyance, clairaudience, healing, producing sweets or money seemingly out of nothing etc.
All such capabilities form lower or inferior type of occult powers. If one makes good use of the inferior type of occult powers, he derives superior type of occult powers in his next life without undergoing any tantrik exercise. Likewise, the one who puts good use of his faculty hypnotism gains superior type of occult powers in his next life.
Powers of yogis (Siddhis) compared to spiritual powers.
Through different yogas, one can attain strange, occult powers such as walking on water, talking with persons who are at a distance, becoming immune to snake venom through chanting mantras, etc. These powers, attained through yoga, control different vibrations, which have different effects. Each yogi controls one particular vibration through which he is able to perform certain feats impossible for an ordinary human being.
But the peculiarity of this yogic power is that it can control only one particular vibration. So that a yogi who, through his control of a certain vibration, can walk on water, can do nothing else. Likewise, one who can nullify the effects of the poison of a snake bite can do nothing other than that. All these different powers attained through yoga practices are phenomenal, and hence transient and unreal. These have nothing to do with spirituality or spiritual powers, which are already latent in all, but manifest only in a few select ones who have realized the Self.
All life depends on certain subtle vibrations (pran); their connection is more universal through the ether (finest gas). For instance, a yogi wants to obtain a certain connection to something which he desires. Just as there are infinite varieties of things in the gross world so there are an infinite variety of things in the subtle realm. A yogi gets hold of one of these things (powers) and gains control over the vibration pertaining to that particular thing. The spiritualists – true spiritual aspirants, saints and Masters – do not indulge in these petty playthings, because once Realization of God is attained, all powers come to Him and emanate from Him. It is all bliss which He himself experiences, and that bliss permeates everything and flows from none other than Himself.
Gas in its finest state, one discovers in the mental world as Tej. Gas in a very fine state, one discovers in the subtle world as Pran. The vibration of ether, gross gas in a fine state, one discovers in the gross world through deep concentration. A yogi who attains the vibration of ether does not need to eat gross food, and the ether-vibrations help him to maintain his body. A yogi can thus live on ether alone. Similarly, poets, writers and artists attain vibrations of subtle inspiration temporarily from the subtle world. Inspiration comes to them and they feel inspired to write poems, epics and create art; but they do not attain permanent experience which can only be experienced in the subtle planes through the transformation into subtle consciousness. Therefore, the yogis attain a different vibration (than the inspiration of poets, writers and artists) from the subtle world but can only feel one vibration and that too is temporarily – but in a more concentrated form as a power (form of energy). Although temporary, the vibration that the yogi holds in his own body can last a long time – centuries.
Miracles to lovers are reflection of their love for Him
Whatever miraculous experiences are experienced by My lovers who recognize Me as Avatar or those who love Me unknowingly through other channels, are but the outcome of their own firm Faith in Me. Their unshakable faith, often superseding the course of the play of Maya, gives them these experiences which they call miracles. Such experiences derived through firm faith eventually do well and do not entangle the individuals who experience them in further and greater binding of Illusion.
Many miracles have been attributed to Me but I do not perform miracles and do not attach importance to them. Only the firm faith of My lovers has given these experiences. My Miracle will not be to raise the dead but to make one dead to self. My miracle will not be to give sight to blind but make one blind to the world.
It is easy to love Baba if health. Money, fame, influence etc are bestowed. When Baba withdraws all and there is “Nash” of these, to remain steadfast and love Baba-that is indeed My miracle.
“I do not perform miracles. But My spiritual status is so high that and so great that if anyone, in any difficulty, at any place, at any time remembers Me wholeheartedly, the difficulty will be immediately solved.”
Spiritual power exhibited before others is no good. Real power is that which makes you free from all bindings and gives you eternal freedom.
A father never even dream to prove to his own son that he is his real father. In spite of this, if the son doubts him, naturally he tries to search for his real father – and ultimately, the son is convinced that what his father said is true.
Powers of a Trantric
It is possible to derive occult powers if you gain tantric knowledge – mystical formulas for attainment of supernatural or magical powers. These powers may then be utilized for good or bad purposes – good when they are used for removing evil spirits from people and ghosts, bad when they are used for selfish ends and self-aggrandizement. These tantric powers have nothing to do with the Spiritual Path and the divine powers of the planes. Miracles performed by people possessing such powers are very childish. Even Vivekananda got himself in a terribly bad predicament when he began to crave such powers. His Guru, Ramakrishna, saved him in the nick of time.”
A person wanting to possess such powers makes a small circle (Chilla-Nashini) around himself and sits within its limits for forty days and nights repeating a particular mantra. If he succeeds in sitting there for the full forty days without a break, he gains certain powers. But it is not easy to go through such an ordeal and do such penance, as the person often sees weird and terrifying sights and is practically forced to leave the boundary of the circle due to fright. If he leaves the circle, he gains no occult powers and would have to start the process again
Occult powers of tantrik are worst from spiritual point of view
This is due to occult powers, but remember that it has nothing to do with ghosts. Ghosts and occult or black magic are quite different. Spirit (mind and energy) itself, as in ghosts, is a power, originally the power of cause, but occult powers are powers that are caged and covered.
A tantrik seeks occult powers. By acquiring such powers, the tantriks spirit contracts very bad sanskaras, worse than the sanskaras of the worst sins, and reaps the fruit accordingly. So I advise you all not to fall prey to such madness. This has no connection with the spiritual path to God – the planes. On the contrary, the treader of such a path is far, far away from the spiritual path because he accumulates the worst possible kind of sanskaras, which prove an obstacle to his progress on the path.
Tantriks are persons who temporarily acquire minor occult powers through certain exercises or practices. In modern terms, the Sanskrit word translates to mean a person who is a sorcerer or magician, either black or white. Tantrik exercises are based on scriptures called mantras which were legendary passed down by Shiva, the greatest of yogis. Such practices were always disapproved by Meher Baba for the modern seeker.
The least said about occult powers the better. This type of tantrik spirit, in comparison to ghosts of suicides, is even more terrible, and neither receives nor gives benefit from his efforts. He gains occult powers through various studies or by very undesirable practices – like eating excrement, drinking blood and other such obscene acts.
Ghosts are not like tantrik spirits. Ghosts are people who have committed suicide and have no body. They enter another body and then make the body of whomsoever they enter do as they wish.
Tantrik practice takes a very long time, and the person concerned acquires only the power of making his body large or small. He can make his body smaller than an ant's and then assume his human bodily form again. But he changes into another form for some material gain or objective. He can enter another's body by making his body small, but his own gross bodily sanskaras are with him in his tiny form. In this action there is also the danger that through some accident he may be trampled on some other person while in his little body. In short, after long and hard study such tantriks magicians, sorcerers do not benefits in any way but, on contrary, risk contracting some of worst possible sanskaras. So there is no use in playing such a worthless game of magic-sorcery!
All miracles are child's play, whereas spirituality is far above them. Miracles in themselves have no spiritual value or significance. But they are necessary, and at times are performed by the Master as a means to convince people of Truth and spirituality. Jesus performed miracles, not for his own gain, but to make people recognize the Truth and to create faith in them. Yet when he was crucified, he who could raise the dead did not stop it. (13 March 1937, Nasik, interview with a Catholic priest,
(Lord Meher pp-2130)