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From Hindupedia, the Hindu Encyclopedia

By Swami Harshananda

Laghimā literally means ‘the power to become light or weightless’.

The desire to acquire siddhis or super-natural powers is not uncommon among the spiritual aspirants. Patañjali (200 B. C.) in his Yogasutras[1] mentions about the eight such siddhis among which laghimā is also the one. It is the power to become extremely light.

Such siddhis can be obtained by tapas (austerity) and mantrajapa (repetition of holy syllables). Even levitation may result from the attainment of this power.


  1. Yogasutras 3.45
  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore