Aemilius wrote:M.G. wrote:Aemilius wrote:The definitions of magic add various elements, mere volition or mental act doesn't constitute magic as such. There is very little in the definition of magic in the wikipedia article, and it's polish version is non-existent. Further inquiry into the forms of magic mentioned in wikipedia tell us more what it really is.
An example: you may go jogging with the intention and wish of becoming healthy and of remaining in good health. Jogging is not seen normally as a magical operation.
This isn't hugely important in terms of dharma, but I'd define magic as the deliberate use of non-local action.
As many have said, faith in one's guru, meditative stability, and regular deity & guardian practice absolutely protects against all real black magic, which is anyway quite rare.
That leads to the further question: what is "non-local action"?
Interaction or information exchange between not obviously connected systems.