- In Hinduism, it is believed that some Hindu gurus who have becomesiddhas (those who have achieved spiritual powers) have the siddhi (power) of being able to levitate. The power of levitation is called in Sanskrit laghiman(lightness) or dardura-siddhi (the frog power). It is said that Hindu Sadhushave a history of paranormal levitation and that when one progresses on the path of spiritualism levitation comes naturally. Autobiography of a Yogi has accounts of Hindu Yogis who levitated in the course of their meditation.
- Yogi Subbayah Pullavar was reported to have levitated into the air for four minutes in front of a crowd of 150 witnesses on June 6, 1936. He was seen suspended horizontally several feet above the ground, in a trance, lightly resting his hand on top of a cloth covered stick. Pullavar’s arms and legs could not be bent from their locked position once on the ground.
- Shirdi Sai Baba, an Indian yogi, is described in the Sri Sai Satcharitra to have mastered the art of levitation while sleeping.
- The Transcendental Meditation movement claims that practitioners of the TM-Sidhi program of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi achieve what they call “Yogic Flying“. They say that there are three stages of Yogic Flying – hopping, floating, and flying – and that they have so far achieved just the first stage. Transcendental meditation groups have held annual “Yogic Flying Contests” to see who could hop the farthest or the fastest. Proponents say the hopping occurs spontaneously with no effort while skeptics say there is no levitation and they are using their thighs to bounce in the lotus position.
- It is recounted as one of theMiracles of Buddha that Gautama Buddha walked on water levitating (crossed legs) over a stream in order to convert a brahmin to Buddhism.
- From the buddhist’s point of view, supernatural powers including levitation are just by product of meditation. It mean that the ways to get supernatural powers are universal. ( the strong karma from the past lives and times + practicing with strong concentration of mind and body with a teacher)
- The ultimate aim of Buddhism is to release from all sufferings. In order to reach this goal, Buddhists have to practice the dhamma or the buddha’s teaching. Meditation is also a part of dhamma. In meditation, concentration of mind and body also play a role. So, a practicing buddhist can have these abilities through meditation.
- it also mean that non Buddhists can have supernatural abilities if he or she has strong karma from the past times and is able to concentrate his or her mind with the help of a teacher.
- Jesus walks on the water to meet his disciples who are in a boat. Initially they are afraid, thinking he is a “spirit”, but he quells their fears (Matthew 14:22 – 33)KJV.
- Saint Bessarion of Egypt (d. 466) walked across the waters of a river (Nile).
- Saint Mary of Egypt also walked across a river, according to St. Zosimas.
- Saint Francis of Assisi is recorded as having been “suspended above the earth, often to a height of three, and often to a height of four cubits” (about 1.3 to 1.8 meters).
- St. Alphonsus Liguori, when preaching at Foggia, was lifted before the eyes of the whole congregation several feet from the ground.
- St. Joseph of Cupertino (mystic, born 17 June 1603; died at Osimo 18 September 1663; feast, 18 September) reportedly levitated high in the air, for extended periods of more than an hour, on many occasions.
- St. Teresa of Avila (born in Avila, Spain, March 28, 1515; died in Alba, October 4, 1582) claimed to have levitated at a height of about a foot and a half for an extended period somewhat less than an hour, in a state of mystical rapture. She called the experience a “spiritual visitation”.
- Saint Martín de Porres (December 9, 1579 – November 3, 1639) claimed psychic powers of bilocation, being able to pass through closed doors (teleportation), and levitation.
- Girolamo Savonarola, sentenced to death, allegedly rose off the floor of his cell into midair and remained there for some time.
- Seraphim of Sarov (1759–1833) Russian Orthodox saint had a gift to levitate over the ground for some time. This was witnessed by many educated people of his time, including the emperorAlexander I. A young paralyzed man brought into his cell saw Seraphim raised from the ground during a fervent prayer. Likewise, four Diveyevo sisters saw him walking above the grass lifted up from the air.
- Mariam Baouardy “little Arab” (1846-1878), a Carmelite nun, who died in Bethlehem in 1878, and frequently experienced ecstasies, was seen levitating more than once by others: for example, in the garden of the monastery during times of private prayer, when living in the Carmelite monastery at Pau, in France.
- Padre Pio (1887–1968), Catholic saint, who had stigmata, is said to have been able to levitate, as well as being able to bilocate.
- “Demonic” levitation in Christianity
- Clara Germana Cele, a young South African girl, in 1906 reportedly levitated in a rigid position. The effect was apparently only reversed by the application of Holy water, leading to belief that it was caused by demonic possession.
- Magdalena de la Cruz (1487–1560), a Franciscan nun of Cordova, Spain.
- Margaret Rule, a young Boston girl in the 1690s who was believed to be harassed by evil forces shortly after the Salem Witchcraft Trials, reportedly levitated from her bed in the presence of a number of witnesses.
- H.P. Blavatsky described the phenomenon of levitation or “Æthrobacy” in her 1877 book Isis Unveiled. She explained that the earth is a magnetic body, charged with what one could call “positive electricity” while all other forms of matter, including human bodies, produce what could be called “negative electricity”. Weight, or gravity, she explains, is “simply the attraction of the earth”. Therefore, an individual can levitate by aligning their own electricity with that of the earth, and they would be repelled from the earth in the way two negatively charged magnets repel one another. This can be achieved throughhuman will, a nervous system disease,ecstasy, or other causes.
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