Sunday, October 21, 2007

Buddha on Psychic Powers!

Taken from Digha Nikaya!

Supranormal Powers

"With his mind thus concentrated, purified, and bright, unblemished, free from
defects, pliant, malleable, steady, and attained to imperturbability, he directs and
inclines it to the modes of supranormal powers. He wields manifold supranormal
powers. Having been one he becomes many; having been many he becomes one. He
appears. He vanishes. He goes unimpeded through walls, ramparts, and mountains
as if through space.

He dives in and out of the earth as if it were water. He walks onwater without sinking as if it were dry land. Sitting cross-legged he flies through the
air like a winged bird. With his hand he touches and strokes even the sun and moon,
so mighty and powerful. He exercises influence with his body even as far as the
Brahma worlds.

Just as a skilled potter or his assistant could craft from wellpreparedclay whatever kind of pottery vessel he likes, or as a skilled ivory-carver orhis assistant could craft from well-prepared ivory any kind of ivory-work he likes, oras a skilled goldsmith or his assistant could craft from well-prepared gold any kind of
gold article he likes; in the same way — with his mind thus concentrated, purified,
and bright, unblemished, free from defects, pliant, malleable, steady, and attained toimperturbability — the monk directs and inclines it to the modes of supranormal
powers... He exercises influence with his body even as far as the Brahma worlds.

"This, too, is called the miracle of instruction.

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