From Hindupedia, the Hindu Encyclopedia

By Swami Harshananda

Cākṣusi literally means ‘pertaining to the eye’.

The desire to acquire and use supernatural powers is a natural trait of human beings. It has given rise to a whole range of occult sciences.

One of the powers that is most fascinating and sought after is the clairvoyant power. It is the power to see anything that is taking place anywhere in the world as per one's will. This is called ‘cākṣuṣī’ in the ancient Sanskrit works.

The Mahābhārata[1] refers to it in the episode of Arjuna and a Gandharva hero Citraratha. Arjuna taught him about the fire missile (āgneyāstra) and learnt the cākṣuṣīvidyā from him.


  1. Mahābhārata 1.186
  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore