Reading on the Plane – An Excerpt
Vancouver to Toronto
On a morning walk May 7th, 1973, on the shores of the Pacific Ocean, our guru, Srila Prabhupada had this to say when speaking with Dr. Singh:
“Yogis are mainly concerned with developing different mystic powers. A yogi can walk on the water without drowning. The law of gravity does not operate on him. That is a mystic power called laghima. Laghima means that a person can become lighter than cotton and counteract the law of gravity. The yoga system simply develops the inconceivable potency in the practitioner. These boys are swimming (gesturing to surf bathers) but I cannot swim. Yet that swimming power is potential within me, I simply have to practice it. So, if yogic power is so potent in the human being, think how much more yogic power God has. Therefore, in the Vedas, He is called Yogeshwar, which means master of all mystic powers. In the Bhagavad Gita 10.8 it is stated, “I am the source of all spiritual and material worlds. Everything emanates from me.” Unless we accept this statement from God, there is no conclusive explanation to the origin of material nature. God cannot be understood without accepting the existence of mystic power. But if you can understand the existence of God scientifically, then you can understand everything.