"However, it is already proven that at higher levels of consciousness, things that were erstwhile outside of our control, come under our control. Involuntary body processes such as regulating the temperature of your body, heartbeat can be controlled at higher levels of consciousness.
Yes, such things become possible, there is no doubt about it. The way that the average person functions is just scratching the surface of the potentialities of a human being. But even this has it’s limits. Try as one may, one is never going to grow a third head - even if one awakens capabilities which may appear to be super-human. If one has become identified with the ego one is naturally going to think that man can have absolute control over nature - that is part of one’s ego trip. And to have absolute control is impossible, because control itself means boundaries, it means limitations.
It should be understood that control, in the very nature of things, means restriction. It is because you have channeled your energies in a particular direction in a particular way, that certain things happen. This is not freedom, this is restriction. In freedom - there is no trace of effort that is involved, you become absorbed just as a drop of water becomes absorbed into the ocean. The drop is in fact always absorbed in the ocean, it is just that because one has become identified with a limited identity, that one has started to think of oneself as a separate entity. Everything in nature is such, that it is impossible for anything to function as a separate entity, everything is interconnected in a complex web of cause and effect. It is for this reason too - that it is impossible for man to have absolute control.
“In a recent series of studies conducted by a team of Indian scientists it was shown how the yogi Prahlad Jani was able to control his urine, absorb the urine into his body and transform it. He did not eat or drink, and was kept in a lab under controlled conditions and monitor for 14 days. He claimed he was able to transform the prana into chemical energy for his body.”
That is nice that he has learned how to perform that trick, which any fool can perform with enough training. Like this, there are many people who can perform all kinds of feats, both physical and mental. Some people can walk on a tight rope for hours upon hours. Amongst several shao-lin monks, they are capable of being attacked by swords without penetration of the skin. Some yogis can swallow razor blades without damaging of the internal organs, others can remain buried alive for days, weeks, months, or years. Another well known yogi had managed to remain underwater for several days at a stretch, and it was a public display of demonstration of such an ability.
But these do not mean anything at all as far as one’s insight and spiritual expansion is concerned, they are just superficial. Nor does it mean that one has come to any transformation. In fact, such capabilities have only strengthened their ego - it makes one feel superior to others, that one is somehow special. And although one may not declare this sense of superiority openly - it is there. Unless one is truly a conscious being, in which case one is not going to be interested in these capabilities at all.