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There are three states of mind,which modern sciences acknowledge — the conscious, unconscious and subconscious states. The fourth state, which science does not acknowledge is the super conscious state or turiya state.There is confusion between meditation, hypnosis and dhyana. They are thought to be the same, but vedic rishis had experiences of subtler dimensions. Mantras enabled them to see images of devas and devis. With their help, they could manifest in the (unreal) physical world objects like various weaponry, heal the diseased,bestow physical attributes,wealth…and the like.This was the state of dhyana which they were in,the turiya state,and so they could do all this. In dhyana, there is no pratyaya or object of focus. There is purna, or shunya. The five senses are at rest.You don’t focus on anything. You are everywhere, yet you are nowhere. You let go. 

Depending on your karmas, divinity takes over you and the guru guides you to higher realms and into reality. Siddhis are a by-product. In meditation, the conscious mind is at play.There is pratyaya or an object of focus.You are meditating on something which has a form and through it, you are trying to reach the formless. This does not happen, because when you focus on a form, the mind and senses are active; neurons in the brain form the imagery and the senses do not get stilled.You are meditating on something — something physical or on unreality.You daydream, the subconscious is activated and you have visions and, whatever you have seen in your life is all recorded and is mixed and matched in imagery and over time you see things.There are no siddhis in this, just relaxation and a false impression of enlightenment. The so called instant kundalini awakening falls in this category. Hypnosis taps into your subconscious mind. 

Image: Sanatan Kriya Practitioner 
The article was published in The Speaking Tree 


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