Thursday, March 25, 2010

Of Ghosts and Demons

Some time back my father narrated me an interesting tale. It appears when he was a student of Government College, Hoshiarpur he decided to go home to his village about 15 miles away during the week end. As it was 9 pm the last bus had left, therefore he and a friend of his named Harbans decided to walk down to the village.

The duo started walking to the village. It was a dark night and a cold icy wind blew as it was November and winter was setting in. Mid way to the village there is a small rivulet called a "CHO" in the local language. As the two approached the rivulet my father says he heard horse's hooves on the earth. After some time it appeared that the rider had fallen from the horse. Three times more they heard the horse's hooves and at each time it appeared the horse and rider was nearing them. When ever they looked back the saw nothing. They now waded into the rivulet to cross it and at the same time they decided not to look back. They also started reciting the 'Jap' the holy prayer of Guru Nanak.When they were mid way down the river which had a little less than waist deep water, they heard the rider come close behind them and then fall into the water. They did not look back and continued reciting the prayer. As they emerged out of the river my father says he heard a voice that said 'You have escaped now....but not next time"

This incident looks unbelievable but as my own father narrated this tale to me I am apt to believe it. All religions agree that there is a dark world that includes the undead. The existence of ghosts, demons, and angels is an age old question. Many people are skeptic but many are believers. There is a small percentage that are in between who cannot decide.
The question that everyone asks spontaneously is "do Ghosts and Demons exist?" There is no simple answer to this question. But generally a ghost is a spirit that is on earth for what ever reason. There is a good chance that this spirit is earthbound for a variety of reasons like some unfinished work or having committed some abhorrent crime like child rape and murder and for this crime is denied entry into the after life. Thus he moves in this earth till he can atone for his sins. Such spirits can also cause harm and are manifested in a number of ways like eerie goings on in an empty house. Doors being slammed, windows breaking, bricks falling all cannot be explained by scientific logic.

 I for one do believe in ghosts. Now coming to Demons.These are closely linked with angels. They complement each other. Angels are good, demons are bad. Angels work for God, demons work for the devil.
All religions accept angels and demons as they are supposed to balance each other. The church also accepts demons and exorcism of evil spirits is part of Christian philosophy. The field is vast and it will be some time when even science will unravel this last mystery of the world. Belief in such supernatural events and powers for centuries is not without any foundation