'power', 'magical power'. The magical powers
constitute one of the 6 kinds of higher spiritual powers (abhiññā, q.v.).
One distinguishes many kinds of magical powers:
the power of determination (adhitthān'
iddhi), i.e. the power of becoming oneself manifold;
the power of
transconstruction (vikubbana iddhi), i.e. the power of adopting another
the power of spiritual creation (manomaya iddhi), i.e. the power of
letting issue from this body another mentally produced body;
the power of
penetrating knowledge (ñāna-vipphara iddhi), i.e. the power of inherent
insight to remain unhurt in danger;
the power of penetrating concentration (samādhivippharā
iddhi) producing the same result.
The magical powers are treated in detail
in Vis.M. XII; Pts.M., Vibh. - (App.).
They are not a necessary condition for final deliverance.
'Noble power' (ariyā-iddhi) is the power of
controlling one's ideas in such a way that one may consider something not
repulsive as repulsive and something repulsive as not repulsive, and remain all
the time imperturbable and full of equanimity. This training of mind is
frequently mentioned in the Suttas (e.g. M.152, A.V.144), but only once the
name of ariyā-iddhi is applied to it (D.28). See further Pts.M.,
Iddhi-kathā, Vis.M. XII.