(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 16 May 2013, Simhachalam, Germany, Srimad Bhagavatam 9.7.21)
Transcribed by Jnana-samudra das
One level higher than the Shakta’s, are the Surya’s, or the worshippers of the Sun. The Surya’s are worshipping the life-giving force within the universe – we can see Egyptians and we can see the Incas, in the history of the world, but amongst this Surya worship is also prana energy. So that puts reiki right in there with the Surya’s, for example, or other types of prana like Chi. In Chinese movies, I have seen people flying to the other side of the room and so on and even cooking on Chi. On the plane, you get a good sampling of movies. You see this guy like baking an egg with just shakti from his hands! Saves gas – that’s about it! Otherwise, what is the value of such kind of shakti and powers and so on?
There is a story about a man who practiced for so many years to get mystic power, and finally, he learned to walk on water! He went back to his village and he told other people, “Yes, I have this power, I can walk on water.” Everyone was excited, “Oh oh oh, you must show us.”
“Tomorrow I will show you.” Everyone assembled along the river and then, the yogi walked across the water. He did it and everyone was really excited saying, “This is amazing!” but one old man said, “I don’t think it’s worth very much. I don’t think it’s worth more than five paisa.” The yogi was very upset, “So, you are envious of me, you are criticising me, you are saying that my mystic power is not worth more than five paisa.” The old man said, “Yes, it’s not worth more than five paisa. You can walk across the water but I take the boat for five paisa. So, it’s not worth more than five paisa.”
So, all these material mystic powers are really not worth that much. I remember that there were books about Carlos Castaneda who had taken peyote, some mushroom, and he was under the training of a real Indian medicine man who taught him all kinds of tricks – who taught him how to run in the forest at night; taught him how to find energy points in a waterfall and in this way, climb across the waterfall!
Well, it was interesting – I bought all the way up to book number four and in book number four, the hero, who at that stage was a warrior, he finally meets with death. When he meets death, there is a final dance with death by his mystic tricks. He manages to stop death for a moment and then finally he is defeated by death. Then I thought, “This is all rubbish!” and I took the book and threw it in the bin. What is the point? What is the point of all this great mystic power if anyway, if we lose it at the time of death? So, the Surya’s are trying to harness power within the universe. Their worship is a worship of great energy and power.