"On Mystic Perfection and Long-Distance Hypnosis"

BTG Issue: 
May/June 1992 | Vol 26 No. 3
"Experiments of this kind fall within a field of study that ... today is more often called parapsychology. This field deals with apparent powers of the human mind ... hard to explain using accepted physical theories."

"In the West, scientists reject the idea that the mind can do things that violate the known laws of physics. To them, such phenomena must be miracles, and they follow the philosopher David Hume in saying, 'No testimony is sufficient to establish a miracle, unless the testimony be of such a kind that its falsehood would be more miraculous, than the fact which it endeavors to establish.' Since there is nothing miraculous about fraud, scientists still prefer it as the proper answer for anomalous parapsychological data. ... [Coincidently,] the point that yogis who acquire the vasita siddhi often use it to cheat people fits well with at least one idea of modern science. Scientists tend to think that people claiming this power are mostly cheaters, and the Vedic view agrees. Many psychics use their abilities, alleged or real, to separate foolish people from their money ... Thus scientists and great devotees both regard mystic siddhis as undesirable. For scientists they distract people from 'scientific truth,' and for devotees they distract one from the path of service to the Supreme Personality of Godhead."

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