Andrew108 wrote:Fortunately your study of Dzogchen will not lead to you gaining all those siddhi's and legendary attainments.
Oy .... In my dotage, I cannot climb ladders anymore, and am plunged into crisis whenever a light-bulb in the house I rent (which has high ceilings) blows and needs to be changed. Do you mean to say that I cannot expect (a) to levitate, making the changing of light-bulbs a doddle; or (b) to produce light in Hogwarts fashion, making light-bulbs redundant?
Apologies: I couldn't resist that ...
Less flippantly, when I was a novice in a religious order, I can remember a discussion about great Christian mystics and tales of levitation and the like. The sound and accepted view was that levitation was jolly useful only if one needed to paint one's ceiling, but that it was of no practical use or significance otherwise. In samatha practice in the Theravada tradition, it is connected with piiti (prti in Sanskrit, "rapture" as against "bliss"); but bouncing around (which I have encountered) or floating off (which I haven't encountered) tend to be viewed somewhat disparagingly as signs of unbalanced energy. Noises coming from the room of a meditator whose energy is unbalanced and bounces around while sitting can be rawther alarming and are not necessarily conducive to the clam of people trying to sit in neighbouring rooms.
Dukkham eva hi, na koci dukkhito,
kaarako na, kiriyaa va vijjati,
atthi nibbuti, na nibbuto pumaa,
maggam atthi, gamako na vijjati
Suffering there certainly is, but no sufferer,
no doer, though certainly the deed is found.
peace is achieved, but no-one's appeased,
the way is walked, but no walker's to be found.
- Visuddhimagga XVI, 90