Super hearing or the ability to hear at vast distances is one of the different types of Spiritual Power or siddhis outlined in the Vibhuti Pada (Book III) of the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali. In Sanskrit, this ability is called dura-sravana or “hearing things far away.”
I was reading the powers and abilities of Superman earlier and I was dumbfounded by what he possessed. Aside from super hearing, he also has superhuman strength, invulnerability, flight, superhuman speed, x-ray vision, heat vision, super breath, superhuman vision, superhuman olfaction, and eidetic memory. I was like, “Holy Eucharist, this guy is invincible!”
Seriously though, if you want to see people with these abilities, you won’t find them in comic books or in movies. Go to the jungles of the Amazon, the Ganges of India, or the Buddhist monasteries in Tibet and Japan. These are the kinds of places where you will find spiritual adepts or the real “supermen” of this world.
“Srotrakasayoh sambandha-samyamad divyam srotram”
"By performing Samyama on the relation between Akasa and the ear superphysical hearing."
— I.K. Taimni, The Science Of Yoga
"By focusing with perfect discipline on the way sound travels through the ether, one acquires divine hearing."
— Chip Hartranft, The Yoga-Sûtra of Patañjali
"From perfectly concentrated Meditation on the correlation of hearing and the ether, comes the power of spiritual hearing."
— Charles Johnston, The Yoga Sutras Of Patanjali: The Book of the Spiritual Man
The ability to hear at vast distances or super hearing can be attained by performing Samyama Meditation on the Throat Chakra.
The Throat Chakra, also called Vishuddha, is the energy center in the subtle body associated in the physical body with the area of the throat. Its corresponding element of this center is Ether or Akasa and this is what you will be required to learn about to master this ability. See the Mastery Of The Elements for more info.
Akasa, spelled Ākāśa in Sanskrit, is a word that means Aether or Ether. In Hinduism, the five "great" or "gross" elements are ether, air, fire, water and earth. Akasa or Ether is one of the five grand physical elements having the specific property or which is the substratum of the quality of sound. It is the one, eternal, and all pervading physical substance, which is imperceptible.
According to ancient and medieval science, Ether is the material that fills the region of the Universe above the terrestrial sphere. In Homeric Greek, it means "pure, fresh air" or "clear sky" and is imagined in Greek mythology to be the pure essence where the gods lived and which they breathed, analogous to the air breathed by mortals. It is also personified as a deity, Aether, the son of Erebus and Nyx.
Akasa or Ether is said to be the omnipresent and unquestionable transcendent eternal source of all energy - the primal source that creates and nourishes the other four elements, fire, earth, air, and water. Ether is in all directions, east, south, west, and north and all seasons, spring, summer, autumn and winter. It is not limited to three dimensions, length, width, and depth or height, but is made up of infinite ones comprising all possibilities of movement, both material and spiritual. Therefore, the mastery of this element through meditative practice allows the student of yoga to attain super hearing or the ability to hear at vast distances.
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