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By Swami Harshananda

Antardhānatva literally means ‘the capacity to become invisible’.

Patañjali, the great teacher of Yoga, has described in his Yogasutras several siddhis or miraculous powers, which a yogi can obtain through saṃyama.

Saṃyama can be obtained by practicing these as follows:

  1. Dhāraṇā - Fixing the mind on the object of meditation
  2. Dhyāna - Continuous flow of the mind-stuff towards it
  3. Samādhi - Super-conscious experience

When the yogi practices sarṃyama upon the inherent capacity of his own body to be seen by others, thus controlling it, and by arresting its function, he becomes invisible to others. This siddhi is called antardhānatva.[1]


  1. Yogasutras 3.21.
  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore