The idea that there are humans on Earth with ‘superhuman’ abilities is something that many of us consider exclusive to Hollywood movies.
However, if you were to take a little time to research and investigate, you’d come across a number of extremely interesting articles and texts which suggest that there are humans on Earth who can do the unimaginable.
There are numerous ancient teachings that explain how human beings have the ability to obtain mind-boggling abilities through the use of different techniques.
Take a look at the ancient Yoga teachings, for example, and read about Buddhism.
Through the use of techniques known as siddhis—perfection in Sanskrit—which are meditation techniques including meditation, static dancing, drumming, praying, fasting, psychedelics, and more, people can unlock their potential.
When we think of yoga, Buddhism comes to mind, or at least it does for me. Curiously, in the ancient teachings of Buddhism, we find ample evidence of the existence of ‘extreme powers’, and Buddha expected that his disciples to attain these abilities, and live a peaceful and normal life.
A professor of Buddhist and Tibetan Studies from the University of Michigan called Donald Lopez Jr, explained the many abilities attributed to Buddha and his teachings.
“With this enlightenment, he was believed to possess all manner of supernormal powers, including full knowledge of each of his own past lives and those of other beings, the ability to know others’ thoughts, the ability to create doubles of himself, the ability to rise into the air and simultaneously shoot fire and water from his body. . . . Although he passed into nirvana at the age of eighty-one, he could have lived “for an aeon or until the end of the aeon” if only he had been asked to do so.”
Buddhist Monks are fascinating. It is popularly believed that these monks have brains that function beyond human capabilities. Plus, they are known to easily rewire their brains.
It is an established fact that Buddhist monks are super human but it is their out-of-this-world incredible features that continue to stun and shock scientists!
Evidence of ‘superhuman abilities’ can be found in numerous verifiable sources. Here is another example, from the lore as written by Swami Rama, in his book, Living with the Himalayan Masters:
I had never before seen a man who could sit still without blinking his eyelids for eight to ten hours, but this adept was very unusual. He levitated two and a half feet during his meditations. We measured this with a string, which was later measured by a foot rule. I would like to make it clear, though, as I have already told you, that I don’t consider levitation to be a spiritual practice. It is an advanced practice of pranayama with application of bandeaus (locks). One who knows about the relationship between mass and weight understands that it is possible to levitate, but only after long practice. . .
He (also) had the power to transform matter into different forms, like changing a rock into a sugar cube. One after another the next morning he did many such things. He told me to touch the sand – and the grains of sand turned into almonds and cashews. I had heard of this science before and knew its basic principles, but I had hardly believed such stories. I did not explore this field, but I am fully acquainted with the governing laws of science. (source)
But even more evidence of these teachings can be found in countless books and ancient texts.
In modern times, we have a study performed by Harvard scientists, who were left stumped but what they had found after visiting remote monasteries in the 1980’s.
Harvard researcher Herbert Benson, who has been studying a meditation technique known as “g Tum-mo” for 20 years, says that:
“Buddhists feel the reality we live in is not the ultimate one. There’s another reality we can tap into that’s unaffected by our emotions, by our everyday world. Buddhists believe this state of mind can be achieved by doing good for others and by meditation.”
Benson is an associate professor of medicine at the Harvard Medical School and president of the Mind/Body Medical Institute at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston. He firmly believes that studying advanced forms of meditation “can uncover capacities that will help us to better treat stress-related illnesses.”
Herbert Benson, also testified on a breathing technique known as “tummo.” Through this technique, it’s possible to manipulate the body’s temperature. In the Tibetan language, tummo can be translated as “inner fire.” Indeed, a more recent case of tummo has astonished the West: Wim Hof, a 57-year old Dutchman, has been nicknamed “Iceman” because he used the technique to climb Mount Everest wearing nothing but shorts and a pair of shoes (in 2007). He also spent more than an hour immersed in ice (in 2008), among other feats.
Experiments with Buddhist monks, practicing g Tum-mo, produced dramatic results. Just using the power of their minds, the monks could raise the temperatures of their fingers, and toes, by as much as 17 degrees. It is still unknown how the monks are able to generate such heat.
After a series of studies, conducted with the help of the Dalai Lama, in the late 70s, and early 80s, it was found that many monks, were able to also raise their skin temperature, by as much as 8.3 °C, whilst keeping their core temperature the same. Other studies, have shown that they can actually increase their core temperature as well. This is primarily attributed, to the meditation technique called Tummo, which involves visualising the human body, as a hollow structure of light, and then, using a combination of breathing controls methods, to slow the heart rate.
This is so effective, that monks have actually been documented sleeping on a rocky ledge, at over 4500 metres above sea level, apart from each other, with no additional insulation beyond their robes. Allegedly, they didn’t even shiver, and we’re talking about temperatures in the region of -17 °C.
It is still not fully understood how they can do this, beyond the effectiveness of their meditation techniques, but what we do know, is that during meditation, their brains show completely different blood flow activity, enabling certain regions, to become more active, especially those that regulate blood pressure, and metabolism.
Furthermore, studies performed in Sikkim India, left experts shocked, after they found that Monks had the ability, to somehow lower their metabolism rate, by as much as 64 percent, and to put that into perspective, our metabolism only lowers by about 15% when we sleep.
Experts also discovered that Himalayan Monks had the ability to dry cold wet sheets with their body temperature alone. Take into consideration that some of these monks live in extreme places, in Himalayan mountains at altitudes of 15,000 feet.
These discoveries are so ground breaking that meditation is now being seriously considered as a useful practise for astronauts. Centuries of refinement have enabled monks to understand and regulate their bodies so efficiently that they can actually remain comfortable in conditions that should, by all rights, kill them.
Many people believe meditation to be a mental discipline, only. It seems to be an exercise that targets the thoughts, an ability to let them pass, or the possibility of clarifying the mind, among other abilities. The eyes are half-closed, concentration is privileged, the posture is one of stillness.
But as spiritual teachers, philosophers and now scientists have, by now, explained, the mind is not separate from the body, and can’t be separated. Between these two exists a close relationship of mutual interference.
A striking example of how the body and mind find a meeting point in meditation is revealed amongst Buddhist monks. From a strictly scientific point of view, several studies have, over the last 30 years, examined Buddhist monks who meditate for several hours each day. The collected observations are striking.
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