Harvard Research Team Reveals The Shocking ‘Superhuman’ Abilities Of The Tibetan Monks

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It’s fascinating to consider just how many ancient teachings tell us that humans have the capacity to gain extraordinary powers through various techniques. Some of these techniques, known as siddhis in the yoga tradition (from the Sanskrit, meaning “perfection”), include meditation, static dancing, drumming, praying, fasting, psychedelics, and more.

In Buddhism, for example, the existence of advanced powers is readily acknowledged; in fact, Buddha expected his disciples to be able to attain these abilities, but also to not become distracted by them.

A Professor of Buddhist and Tibetan Studies at the University of Michigan, Donald Lopez Jr., describes the many abilities ascribed to Buddha:

“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.”

Again, there are numerous historical anecdotes of people with, as the Institute of Noetic Sciences calls them, ‘extended human capacities.” Since this article is focused on Buddhist monks, here is another example from the lore as written by Swami Rama in Living with the Himalayan Masters:

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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.

A lot of these stories exist within the literature and lore, but they are just stories, up to the readers to decide if they hold any actually credibility. Of course, one who subscribes to various ancient teachings would be more inclined to believe that these are more than just stories and tales. With science shedding light on the possible truths of ancient mysticism, it’s not implausible to think that, at one time, these abilities were more common knowledge.

Today, there have been a number of studies within the realms of parapsychology that have yielded statistically significant results, especially when examining the findings that’ve come from quantum physics. This is why Max Planck, the theoretical physicist who originated quantum theory, stated that he “regards consciousness as fundamental” and that he regarded “matter as derivative from consciousness.” He also wrote that “we cannot get behind consciousness” and that “everything that we talk about, everything that we regard as existing postulates consciousness.” And the Dalai Lama has supported this viewpoint:

Broadly speaking, although there are some differences, I think Buddhist philosophy and Quantum Mechanics can shake hands on their view of the world. We can see in these great examples the fruits of human thinking. Regardless of the admiration we feel for these great thinkers, we should not lose sight of the fact that they were human beings just as we are.

R.C. Henry, Professor of Physics of Physics and Astronomy at John Hopkins University, explains things further:

A fundamental conclusion of the new physics also acknowledges that the observer creates the reality. As observers, we are personally involved with the creation of our own reality. Physicists are being forced to admit that the universe is a “mental” construction. Pioneering physicist Sir James Jeans wrote: “The stream of knowledge is heading toward a non-mechanical reality; the universe begins to look more like a great thought than like a great machine. Mind no longer appears to be an accidental intruder into the realm of matter, we ought rather hail it as the creator and governor of the realm of matter. Get over it, and accept the inarguable conclusion. The universe is immaterial-mental and spiritual.

For a selected list of downloadable peer-reviewed journal articles reporting studies of psychic phenomena, mostly published in the 21st century, you can click here.

Harvard And The Himalayan Monks

During a visit to remote monasteries in the 1980s, Harvard Professor of Medicine Herbert Benson and his team of researchers studied monks living in the Himalayan Mountains who could, by g Tum-mo (a yoga technique), 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.

And it doesn’t stop there — the researchers also studied advanced meditators in Sikkim, India, where they were astonished to find that these monks could lower their metabolism by 64 percent.

In 1985, the Harvard research team made a video of monks drying cold, wet sheets with body heat alone. Monks spending winter nights 15,000 feet high in the Himalayas is also not uncommon.

These are truly remarkable feats, and not the first time science has examined humans who can do extraordinary things.

If you’re further interested in this subject, I recommend reading Supernormal: Science, Yoga, and the Evidence for Extraordinary Psychic Abilities by Dr. Dean Radin, Chief Scientist at the Institute of Noetic Sciences.

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Originally written by Arjun Walia and published on Collective-Evolution

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  1. bhargav

    March 6, 2016 at 4:27 PM

    Its not ancient knowledge , its hindus or sanatana dharmas ancient knowledge, the same culture christian cultural terrorists attacking furiously with abroad money. stop cultural terrorism in India and around the world, dont kill diversity in the World to turn everyone into sheeps

    • Ganhuleg

      March 7, 2016 at 2:54 PM

      I think you was going to say stop freeing people from the bondage of the fear of death and sin and stop making people come to true knowledge of God and attain eternal bliss and escape the wage of sin which is eternal hell?

      • lu

        March 13, 2016 at 9:58 PM

        start think with your head man

    • Ned Kelly

      September 5, 2016 at 1:50 AM

      Unles it is used to help others, I cant see the point …

  2. Bob James Dutrow

    May 4, 2016 at 10:01 PM

    In the mid 70’s I spent time with an American who had spent time with the monks and shared some things even more astounding than these mentioned here and I have paid close attention to Bhudist knowledge which led me to become a Quantum Physicist; all concluding in knowing that everything is created in your head and what we see is a projected illusion

  3. Balázs

    August 9, 2016 at 9:16 PM

    To tell the truth these abilities are worth nothing if they are used only for the sake of a show, or with evil intention, but if these abilities are used compassionately, then it is wonderful, then it also menas that time and space do not have acontrol over us. So love is the most important when it comes to using these hidden but existin gpowers if our wonderful Universe.

  4. Samir

    October 16, 2016 at 5:04 PM

    If what we see is just a projected illusion… why do we all see the same things? It is a physical object that we can touch feel taste smell and this can be verified by different people!

    • Gabriel

      October 20, 2016 at 7:28 AM

      with more meditation you’ll understand

  5. Dr Y N I Anand

    October 18, 2016 at 11:58 AM

    Half a century ago, my father told me an incident that happened in the village where he was posted:

    There was an old scholar, who lived with his wife and a son. He had three other sons living in Delhi, Madras and Bangalore. They would visit the couple once a year or so and had just left a few days ago after vacation.

    One day, out of the blue, he asked his son to write letters to his brothers to come at the earliest. Perplexed, all the brothers came to the village only to see that their father was hale and hearty.

    He told all of them that he would like to leave this world on a certain day. Since he was healthy, none of the sons took their father’s words seriously.

    The wife asked as to what would happen when he leaves her as a widow?

    To this he told her that he would take her also as a Sumangali. (In Hindu tradition, widowhood starts only from the 11th day of the death of the husband).

    On the D Day, he asked all of the members to have their food. He sat in samadhi and at 2 PM, died as announced before.

    The whole family was plunged into grief.

    To their shock, their mother also died on the tenth day, as Simangali, as announced by their father.

    Can anyone give any explanation for this phenomenon?

  6. Wendy S. King

    April 20, 2017 at 4:30 AM

    These abilities are nothing new and they come with the development of practice, whether you want them or not. Ordinary people are amazed by them, but for a serious meditator, they are a serious hindrance, and uncomfortable. Such siddis can occur whether you want them to or not! If you know modern physics, you have already the explanation for all of them, you just have not put two and two together yet.

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