“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 flew 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 represented ad 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 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 did not explore this field, but I am fully acquainted with the governing laws of science”- Swami Rama writes in his book Living with the Himalayan Masters.
Numerous ancient writings maintain that humans possess the capacity for outstanding powers by way of various techniques. Some of them, which are known as siddhis (from Sanskrit, meaning “perfection”), include drumming static dancing, meditation, psychedelics, fasting etc. .
Buddhism recognizes the existence of advanced powers, and Buddha even required from his disciples that they acquire these abilities, without being distracted by them. It’s believed that he possessed a full knowledge of each of his past lives and those of others, the ability to read others’ thoughts, levitation, the ability to create doubles of himself and so on. And, even though he passed into nirvana at eighty-one, he could’ve lived forever, had he only wished to do so.
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.
There exist studies that observe monks living in the Himalayas, who have the ability to raise the temperature in their toes by as much as 17 degrees. However, they yield no explanation as to how they can generate such heat. There are also studies that have revealed advanced meditators in Sikkim India, who can lower their metabolism by 64%.
In 1985 Harvard researched filmed monks drying cold, wet sheets with body heat alone. It’s also not uncommon for monks to spend freezing winter nights at 15 000 feet up in the Himalayan Mountains, and such outstanding feats are not the only instances of science discovering humans with superhuman strength.
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.