WHAT IS PAR-KAYA PRAVESH(Enter Another Person's Body)IN HINDUISM?
MEANING OF PAR-KAYA PRAVESH;-
Parkaya Pravesh means entering one’s soul in the body of some other person. Through this knowledge even a dead body can be brought to life.
1-Have you heard of Parakaya Pravesha i.e. the soul leaving the body and entering into another body? I am sure those who read the life history of Jagadguru Adi Shankaracharya might be very well aware of this term Parakaya Pravesha during his debate with Mandana Mishra and his wife Ubhaya Bharati Devi. It is believed that Adi Shanakaracharya left his body entered into the body of a dead King named Amaruka in view of learning the Kama kanda to win the debate challenged by Ubhaya Bharati Devi.
2-Coming to the point, do you believe in such a situation called Parakaya Pravesha? Have you come across anyone in your life who could do this so called Parakaya Pravesha? Do you think that it is scientifically possible to do Parakaya Pravesha? Or do you say that whatever mentioned in the life history of Adi Shankararacharya is not true?
3-That is the power to leave your body consciously and enter into a new one. In regards on how to do this Swami explains:
"It is simple, The first step is to overcome your identification with your body. 'This body is me' or 'I am this body' is what causes consciousness to remain bound.
4-Free your consciousness from the identification with your body. Then you will neither find yourself the doer of your action nor be affected by the fruits of your action.
"This technique has been described in the third chapter of the yoga sutra..."
This Vidya or knowledge has been mentioned in several ancient texts. On acquiring this Vidya a person neither feels hungry nor thirsty and he can remain without eating food or drinking water for several day at a stretch. Several Yogis of the Himalayas, remain engrossed in deep Sadhanas for months and years without eating or drinking anything. When they do not eat or drink, they do not even have to empty their bowels. Thus they are able to perform long penance for years and their bodies also remain healthy and fit, even without food.
Just as one does not feel hungry or thirsty in Haadi Vidya similarly in Kaadi Vidya a person is not affected by change of seasons i.e. by summer, winter, rain etc. After accomplishing this Vidya a person shall not feel cold even if he sits in the snow laden mountains and shall not feel hot even if he sits in the fire. Thus a Sadhak can perform incessant penance without being affected by change of weather or seasons. The Jain scholar, Pragya Sun had accomplished both the Haadi & Kaadi Vldyas. Guru Gorakhnath and Matsayendranath too had accomplished them.
CAN SAMYAMA HELP US FOR PAR-KAYA PRAVESH ?-
ACCORDING TO SWAMI VIVEKANAND;-
The key to every power in Yoga comes from Samyama. If you apply Samyama to other body, then you enter that body. When the mind has attained to that state when it identifies itself with the internal impression of the object, leaving the external, and when, by long practice, that is retained by the mind, and the mind can get into that state in a moment, that is Samyama.
ACCORDING TO Patanjali Sutra;-
त्रयम एकत्र संयम ॥ trayam ekatra sanyamah॥
(MEANING;-These three (when practised) in regard to one object is Samyama.
Commentary of SWAMI VIVEKANAND on this verse;-
1-When a man can direct his mind to any particular object and fix it there, and then keep it there for a long time, separating the object from the internal part, this is Samyama; or Dharana, Dhyana, and Samadhi, one following the other, and making one.
2-The form of the thing has vanished, and only its meaning remains in the mind.It is by applying Samyama yogi gain knowledge and power.
3-See the verses of Patanjali sutra which describe how knowledge and power are described from power of Samyama.By making Samyama on word, meaning, and knowledge, which are ordinarily confused, comes the knowledge of all animal sounds.
4-By perceiving the impressions (ie. applying Samyama on past impressions), knowledge of past life. By making Samyama on the signs in another’s both knowledge of that mind comes. By making Samyama on the form of the body the power of perceiving forms being obstructed, thepower of manifestation in the eye being separated, the Yogi’s body becomes unseen.
5-By making Samyama on friendship, etc., various strength comes.
6-By making Samyama on the strength of the elephant, etc., that strength comes to the Yogi.
7- By making Samyama on the sun, (comes) the knowledge of the world.
8-(By making Samyama) On the moon, (comes) the knowledge of the cluster of stars.
9-On the pole star (comes) the knowledge of the motions of the stars.
10-Hence it is by the power of Samyama everything is accomplished. For the process of entering other body here is a Patanjali sutra;---
बन्धकारणशैथिल्यात प्रचारसंवेदनाच च चित्तस्य परशरिरावेश ॥ ''Bandhakarannashaithilyat pracharasanvedanach ch chittasya parashariraveshah'' MEANING;-When the cause of bondage has become loosened, the Yogi, by his knowledge of manifestation through the organs, enters another’s body. 11-Here is commentary of Swami Vivekananda on this verse The Yogi can enter a dead body, and make it get up and move, even while he himself is working in another body. Or he can enter a living body, and hold that man’s mind and organs in check, and for the time being act through the body of that man. That is done by the Yogi coming to this discrimination of Purusa and nature. 12-If he wants to enter another’s body he makes a Samyama on that body and enters it, because, not only is his Soul omnipresent, but his mind also, according to the Yogi. It is one bit of the universal mind. Now, however, it can only work through the nerve currents in this body, but when the Yogi has loosened himself from these nerve currents, he will be able to work through other things. 13-Hence entering other body means gaining omnipotence of mind (by the practice of Samyama)But in rare cases Yogi may enter a body also with Vijnamaya kosha , Anandamaya kosha and Soul (ie. total body transfer) also in the case of ghost possession. 14-Then body behaves through total samskaras of manomaya koshas as manomaya kosha is the store house of samskaras. Intellect also behaves in similar way as it is just the reflection of soul. 15-Remember the situation of a person who is possessed by ghost. It depends upon samskaras of manomaya kosha how his mind behaves. ie. If the samsakars of the person who is possessed are strong (godly), then ghost can't control him. 16-There is no problem for the Soul in this condition because soul is the mere witness of event. Both soul witness the event. Soul is just like a bird in tree which just witnesses the tree. 17-Adi Shankaracharya on Vivekchudamani says:-Of the tree of Samsara ignorance is the seed, the identification with the body is its sprout, attachment its tender leaves, work its water, the body its trunk, the vital forces its branches, the organs its twigs, the sense-objects its flowers, various miseries due to diverse works are its fruits, and the individual soul is the bird on it. 18- In nutshell, parakaya pravesh is an advanced yoga. One can't make a person understand how sugar tastes by just saying it. He must taste it to know. Such is the case here. One must experience to understand the truth. 19-QUE.When a Yogi enters with other Koshas such as Vijnanamaya, Aananadamaya and Soul, will these Koshas of other person and koshas of Yogi overlap or mix each other resulting in new Vijanamaya, Aanandamaya Koshas? Or Are they present intact as separate entities with second person's Vijnanamaya, Aanadamaya Koshas dormant? ANS;- Its not exactly intermixing. If manomaya kosha intermixes then samskara of two bodies will intermix whic will violate the law of Karma. Vijnamaya and Manomaya kosha of the two bodies try to control the same gross body at the same time. Body is controlled by mind and intellect. Hence body behaves as a mixture of command. Hence possessed body behaves abnormally and shaking occurs due to two separate koshas commanding the same body. People known as dhamis who are possessed by God and their body is not in their control. They donot remember what they, jump and shiver the whole time. A-It is because intermixing doesnt take place. Body seems to obey the command of that having higher mind power and intellect. But the lower mind power and intellect is also influencing the body hence resulting in seeming abnormal behaviour. It is also in the case of Godly possession. For eg. When Kapalika was sacrificing the head of Shankaracharya then his disciple Padmapada was possessed by Lord Nrisimha Thus resulting enormous power jumping and tearing the chest of Kapalika. 20-QUE."The Yogi can enter a dead body, and make it get up and move, even while he himself is working in another body". How is this possible? Which koshas Yogi take with him while he do Parakaya Pravesha? ANS;- The commentary of Swami Vivekananda... It is possible by identifying the mind of another person as the one ie, refers to making omnipotency of mind by Samyama. 21-QUE. How long can you stay out of your body. ANS;- As long as you want. But you must avoid staying outside body for long or else your soul might get lost in the sukshma world. Once you become spiritually advanced enough, you can stay outside your body for long time. ....SHIVOHAM...