Q: What is the purpose of Siddhis (paranormal powers)?
Sri Sri Ravi Shankar: Okay, when you want something, before the want arises if it is available to you, that is called siddhi.
Suppose you want to get married and you don’t get anybody till you become 70, what do you do? That means there is no siddhi. Suppose, even before you want to get married there are 10 people who are telling you, 'Please marry me', that means you have siddhis.
There is a proverb in India, when you had teeth you had no nuts, and when you had nuts you had no teeth.
So you couldn’t get nuts when your teeth were intact. When you got nuts at that time there was no teeth. So this is lack of siddhi. You got what you wanted, but it was too late.
Now, if you want something but you got lesser than what you want, then that is also no siddhi. Suppose you want to go to California and you needed $1500, but you got only $1300, then that is no siddhi. So when before time, more than what you need appears, is siddhi.
Things should just appear. If it appears later then no point, and if it is not enough thats also no good. So, whatever you need when it comes on time that is called siddhi.
More than the need, before the time, the arrival of material thing, is called siddhis.
More than the need, not to satisfy greed. So more than the need and before the time.