There are various ways to realize supernatural skills or a perceptual transformation (siddhi). But only through contemplative immersion can this be achieved without side-effects such as Karma.

Yoga Sutra 4: On Inner Freedom
tatra
taparticle
there, thereby, over there, thither
dhyānatatpuruṣa-compound lokative
dhyānasubstantive neuter
immersion, *meditation
dhyānaword formation
dhyāverbanasuffix
{immersion}
dhyāverbthink, think to one’s self, contemplate
anasuffix neuterKr̥t-Suffix mit Guṇa-Stufe: {DE: bezeichnet eine Handlung
jam nominative singular neuter
jaadjective
born, risen
anāśayamnominative singular
anāśayasubstantive masculine
without storage
anāśayaword formation
anprevixāśyasubstantive masculine
without establishment
anprevixnegation
āśayaword formation
āśīverb
resting place, seat
āśīword formation
āprevixśīverb
lie, rest
āprevixto, towards, to here
śīverblie still, lie there, sit, sleep, yield, fade, perish

Once you have transformed your perceptual space (citta) through deep immersion (dhyāna), you can perceive the world around you without bias from the individual ego (asmitā).RSt


Of these 1 [five ways to attain supernatural skills (siddhi), [only one, namely that] which results from complete immersion (dhyāna) 2 which has arisen without storage [in the individual ego (asmitā) and therefore not associated with motivated action (karma).RSw

1:

Refers to the five means of attaining supernatural skills (siddhi) from (YS 4.1) which are: birth, mind-altering substances, mantra, asceticism and states of enlightenment.

2:

Here Patañjali is speaking of immersion (meditation) and not as in YS 4.1 about the complete experience of oneness (samādhi). But this practice leads directly to this experience (see YS 3.2-3.3).


Hierbei ist das durch die Meditation geschaffene [Cittam] ohne Werkresidua.

Paul Deussen - 1908


Among these (minds produced by birth etc. that which spring from meditations is without substratum.

James R. Ballantyne - 1852

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