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walking-on-water yogi trick

There are so many siddhis. But those who are after Krishna consciousness, they do not care for all these siddhis. In India some yogis convince people that they can manufacture gold and fly in the sky, and foolish people believe them. Even if a yogi can fly, what is his great achievement? There are many birds flying. What is the difference? An intelligent person can understand this. If a person says that he will walk on water, thousands of fools will come to see him. People will even pay ten rupees just to see a man bark like a dog, not thinking that there are many dogs barking anyway. In any case, people are always hankering and lamenting, but the devotee is fully satisfied in the service of the Lord. He doesn’t hanker for anything, nor does he lament.
There is one story, interesting story, that one person, he was out of home for ten years, and he went to the Himalayas to find out some yogi to get some perfection. Now, after ten years, that particular man came back to his village. That is quite natural, that any person who achieves some success, he wants to show it before his friends and relatives and countrymen. That is quite natural. So he came back to his village, and all the villagers, they assembled, and they were very much anxious to know: “Oh, my dear friend, you have been ten years to learn yoga perfections. So what you have learned, please let us know.” So he said that “I have finished the laghima-siddhi perfection. That means I have learned how to become the lightest.” And what is the result? He said, “Oh, I can walk over the river.” So everyone was very anxious because people are very inquisitive and curious. So all of them requested him, “All right, let us have some demonstration. Please show that you’ll walk over the river.” So there were, all the villagers came and requested him. “All right, I shall show tomorrow morning.”
So there was an old man. He said, “My dear such-and-such, oh, after working for ten years, you have learned something which is two cents worth.” Oh, that man was very angry. “Oh, it is two cent worth, do you think?” “Yes, I think it is two cent worth.” “Why?” “Now because you’ll walk over the river. All right. But I shall pay to the boatman two cents and he will take me over the river.”
So these Yogis, they want to show some magic: “I can walk on the water. I can fly in the air without any airship. I can go this planet, that planet.” Yogis can do that. They have got this magical power. “I can create immediately gold.” And if you can show these magical feats, immediately you get so many followers.
But that kind of yogi also very rare to be found, and now, in your country, yogi means who can show some gymnastics, that’s all. So they are also working hard. Because they have got desires/The yogi, he wants to be very popular by showing magic. Because general people, they cannot walk on the water. But if somebody can walk on the water, oh, millions of people immediately go to the Pacific Ocean to see. So therefore they want siddhi. Actually, there are yogis in Siddhaloka, without any flying machine, they can go from one planet to another. Durvasa Muni, a great yogi who returned within a year visitng Vaikuntha planet .So one need not be after this Siddhis-material perfection. Suppose a yogi can fly in the air. What is so great about that? A rich man can pay some dollars and travel in aeroplane. He can fly from any place to another without any siddhis. Modern science has made everything cheaply available . Any kind of material perfection will not solve our real problem of life. Our real problem is to know, how to get rid of this material entanglement, the threefold miseries, birth after birth. That is perfection of Bhakti Yoga.

Ref >> Srila Prabhupada Vani.

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