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By: Nirmal.S.S, PGDM A

Occult Practices and Modern India

Since independence, India has been subjected to many social and economic transformations. She stood as an epitome among world nations for her scientific achievements from Nano technology to Avionics engineering. Even though we praise our advancements in socioeconomic and linguistic aspects, our nation is still witnessing a predominant era of occult practices or simply black magic. We cannot define occult practices as such- it is a lot deeper. It even meddles in the minds of the educated.

The word ‘occult’ comes from the Latin word ‘occultus’ which means the knowledge of something clandestine or hidden. Occultism or black magic cannot be defined because the type of practices performed differs from region to region. In some places of India it is acclimated with the traditional religious doctrines, whereas, in some other places it is an extreme illegal activity which the religious leaders never tie up with religion. Occult physics or science exists throughout the world. It occurs in different forms, rituals or methods, but it all comes to a common ideology of an existing external power which could be manipulated to reach the desired actions.

Let’s consider the case of our nation India- India, famous for its vedas, upanishads, tantric or mantric karmas and the exorcism practices led by Christian priests or Islam preachers. It is evident that these practices are still continuing in different parts of the nation in different forms. According to me, it all starts from the psychological intuition of the ardent belief in the existence of an extraordinary power which is not visible, but the aura of which is present everywhere. Even though there is no relevant scientific explanation of occult physics, people tend to fall into these things which for me is completely absurd and for the ones who believe, a matter of prime importance. One of the most widely spread activities is exorcism. This technique is being used by Hindus, Muslims and Christian communities. The methodology says that a religious leader or preacher who is an exorcist can eradicate the evil or demon power of a possessed body by swearing to an oath. Now here comes my contrary question- What exactly happens during an exorcism? The answer is simple- Nothing!

In order to look into this matter, the reader should have an unbiased mind- free from ones religious thoughts and beliefs and must have basic scientific knowledge or common sense. A person who is considered to be possessed must be analyzed meticulously. We can see that he or she blabbers something, shows physical fatigue, and expresses anger, confusion and distorted thought processes. Do we necessarily have to think that all of these are caused by demonic powers? Absolutely NO! An individual could be confronted with psychotic and neurotic disorders. Scientific researchers have mentioned that in a majority of cases where the person is said to be possessed, he or she has a condition called psychotic abnormality. Certain psychotic disorders include schizophrenia, delusions, hallucinations, etc. We are often confused by the symptoms and brand it as possessed evil powers. Incoherent speech, extreme anger, weird movements are all the symptoms of the above said disorder, but our ignorant mind filled with absurd thoughts that doesn’t have any scientific evidence considers it as an evil or demonic power. It happens in the majority of the cases that people practicing occult practices such as human sacrifice, witches healing, necromancers do this because of their unawareness and foolishness.

So it is high time to deal with such practices that are detrimental to the society. Occult practices exist in many parts of India. The idea is simple- looting people’s money by selling religious doctrines. Stringent actions must be taken in order to eradicate or curb these practices as these are highly dangerous.

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