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Does a full-fledged Yogi not feel tempted to test his Yogic powers? Is such testing justified?

A full-fledged Yogi can never have the idea either to test himself or his powers. If such
be the case, he should in no way be considered full-fledged or well-baked. It is only the raw, the
ill-expanded and half-baked Sadhaks or Yogins that will have the inclination to test their own
selves, i.e., their progress, by virtue of the powers they might have acquired.
Yogic powers cannot but manifest in proportion to the amount of progress one makes in
Yoga as per the injunctions laid down in the Yoga Sastras; and they are surely a detriment to
one’s further progress if even the slightest attention is paid towards them either to advertise
oneself or to test oneself. Every day, every minute, nay, every second, will see some blissful
experience or the other even without the wish of the Yogic aspirant. As these experiences
manifest of their own accord, the aspirant is to remain indifferent and unconcerned and wonder at
the glory of glorious God; and he should not care to have even a knowledge of the experiences.
Only then, and then alone, can he be expected to have onward progress. A full-fledged Yogi is
he who has attained Self-realization through the medium of Yoga and so there can never be any
temptation in him to know who he is or how far he has progressed by dint of the powers
aFrom "May I answer that" by Swami Sivananda (1987-1963). More Informations on Swami Sivananda: on the Website of Divine Life Society, Photographs of Swami Sivananda, German Pages on Swami Sivananda
cquired.

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