Siddhas are humans who have attained perfection, or perfection of consciousness. In other words, they have achieved the pinnacle of human development. The word Siddha is a Sanskrit word but Siddhas existed in many cultures throughout history, although they may not have been called "siddhas" in that culture. What makes the Indian tradition of Siddhas unique is that it has remained unbroken for many thousands of years. There were undoubtedly Egyptian/Kemetic Siddhas however that culture was disrupted and when the Romans burned the great library of Alexandria, 99% of the wisdom of ancient Egypt was lost. However, the Indian spiritual tradition has continued unbroken up to the present day.
Modern psychologists say that most humans are using only 5-10% of their full mental potential. That's like trying to accomplish your work using a computer that is operating with only 5-10% of it's memory. Or, trying to drive a car with only one cylinder working. It's no wonder that there are so many problems facing mankind. The human race is functioning with a drastically sub-normal operating system. The Siddhas, on the other hand, optimized their operating system and by doing so activated latent abilities that all humans are capable of. These latent abilities are called "siddhis" or supernormal powers. Actually they are not supernormal. They only appear so because practically all human beings are functioning in an extremely sub-normal way. Developing the siddhis, or supernormal powers, is not the goal. The goal is Enlightenment or God-Realization. The siddhis are attained along the way to Enlightenment and are signposts that indicate levels of attainment and mastery.
The greatest gift that the Siddhas have given the world is their knowledge of medicine. There is an entire system of medicine in India called Siddha medicine. The Siddhas knew things about the human body that modern science and medicine have not yet discovered. Their knowledge of the five elements, the functioning of the organs, the chakras, the nadis (energy channels) and all the subtle energy systems of the body was vast. They were also master alchemists who perfected ways to purify and strengthen the body, avoid disease and degeneration and attain tremendous longevity. One such substance is Navapashana, a rare and highly sought after rejuvenating substance that was created by the great Mahasiddha Bogar. Through the use of these powerful rejuvenating substances many of these great Siddhas lived hundreds of years. Bogar is credited with having taken Siddha medicine from India to China and thereby creating Chinese Medicine. Bogar himself wrote that he lived for 10,000 years in a body of light and had traveled all over the world by flying.
In ancient India spirituality was controlled by a priest class, the Brahmins, who made spirituality available to only a few who were also of high caste and men. The lower classes and women were denied spiritual teachings. The Siddhas were totally against this prejudice and taught everyone, regardless of sex or caste. The Brahmins were sitting on the top of society, had a spiritual monopoly and profitted financially by conducting rituals that only they were allowed to perform. Because the Siddhas threatened the status quo, the Brahmins, persecuted and slandered the Siddhas and because of this the Siddhas have been denied their place in history.
Above all the Siddha's were social workers who strove to improve the lives of all people in society and stood for justice and equality.
Mahavatar Babaji, a Himalayan mahayogi said to be about 1,800 years old, is the founder of kriya yoga. The world first heard about him courtesy Paramahansa Yogananda's Autobiography of a Yogi. Today, many cults are growing around his enigmatic persona. Mumbai-based Dr Ram Bhosle claims to have lived with him for six years.
Legend has it that the remote parts of the Himalayas are home to many rishis, tapasvis and siddhayogis—Eternal Masters engaged in singular methods of sadhana or disciplined practice dedicated to cosmic exploration and in guiding the destiny of humanity through the ages. They live in rough-hewn natural caves under glacial conditions. Some have ashrams amidst verdant greenery, located at a vibrational frequency at variance with the 'normal' three-dimensional one to keep intruders at bay. Their abode has been verily named Shambala, Gyan Ganj, or Siddha Loka.
MAN OF MIRACLES
It was there that he chanced upon Mahavatar Babaji. He ended up giving massage to Babaji, the latter offering him safe house initially for three months, and ultimately for a period of nearly six years to-date, spread over the intervening period. Dr Bhosle's stories throw considerable light on the immortal master.
Once, when the two had taken shelter in a cave for the night, Babaji asked him to go and fetch milk. A fierce snowstorm was raging outside and Dr Bhosle thought the sage had gone mad. But when he gingerly walked a few paces beyond the cave's entrance, merely out of deference to his host, he was surprised to find a pitcher of fresh milk, still warm to the touch, positioned on a ledge!
On another occasion, Babaji solicitously asked if he wanted a book to read. Unbelieving, Dr Bhosle asked for Bharatmuni's ancient opus on dance, Natyashastra, which was procured for him. Babaji remarked that deep within the womb of the Himalayas was an unimaginable storehouse of ancient texts. He also revealed that four rooms in that great edifice were entirely devoted to astrology. Babaji also predicted that from 2001 onwards India would gradually return to supremacy in world affairs. Several decades ago, he had also forecast the end of all the political isms of the 20th century.
Mahavidyas (Great Wisdoms) or Dasa Mahavidyas are a group of ten aspects of the Divine Mother or Devi in Hinduism. The Ten Mahavidyas are Wisdom Goddesses, who represent a spectrum of feminine divinity, from horrific goddesses at one end, to the ravishingly beautiful at the other .
The development of Mahvidyas represents an important turning point in the history of Shaktism as it marks the rise of Bhakti aspect in Shaktism, which reached its zenith in 1700 CE. First sprung forth in the post-Puranic age, around 6th century C.E., it was a new theistic movement in which the supreme being was envisioned as female. A fact epitomized by texts like Devi-Bhagavata Purana, especially its last nine chapters (31-40) of the seventh skandha, which are known as the Devi Gita, and soon became central texts of Shaktism .