Demons Could Come Into Rama' Idol - 2nd Letter - Revelation Movement

 

 

Friday, January 19, 2024

To,

Honorable Narendra Modi

Prime Minister

Government of India

New Delhi, India

Honorable Modiji,

You are diligent in performing the rituals prescribed for breathing life into Ramlalla’s idol. Yet, the learned Shankaracharyas are warning that your effort could bring ‘demons’ into the idol. These “evil spirits”, they predict, will hurt you, other worshippers and the “National Temple” of the Hindu Nation.

The mainstream media is ignoring these serious warnings, repeated by the most respected Hindu gurus. The Social Media is reporting them, at least in Hindi, even though most of the anchors are not requesting the gurus to explain their concern for your spiritual well-being and for the religio-political movement you are leading.

As you will see in this YouTube video (< click here), the Shankaracharyas base their warning on scriptures such as Skandhpurana. However, I have no doubt that their fear of demonic activity in temples are also based on their experiences. My own experience is recounted below. What Shankaracharyas fear is well illustrated in the tragic end of Saul, Israel’s first king.

I know that Shankaracharyas’ fears are justified because during 1972-75, I researched 15 of the then prominent gurus for my book, The World of Gurus (Vikas Publishing House, Delhi, 1977). Before describing a specific incident that makes me take the warnings seriously, may I mention that the Shankaracharyas’ opinion is supported by serious academic research.

One prominent researcher was Professor Alf Hiltebeitel. His book is published by the State University of New York Press and titled, Criminal Gods and Demon Devotees: Essays on the Guardians of Popular Hinduism (1989).

Professor C. S. Lewis who taught in Oxford and Cambridge made the same point in his Science Fiction, That Hideous Strength (1948). That novel fictionalizes Lewis’ influential little book, The Abolition of Man (1943). Prof. Lewis, sought to understand the supernatural background of the two World Wars. He repeated the theme of cosmic evil in the last book of The Chronicles on Narnia, called, The Last Battle (1956).

In chapter 13 of That Hideous Strength, Lewis says exactly what the Shankaracharyas are warning: “They have pulled down deep heavens on their heads.

Prof. Lewis is not alone. In our day, George Lucas, the Creator of Star Wars saga, also explores the destructive supernatural power of the “Dark Side.” The Sith acquire their Dark Powers through meditating on the same Force as the Jedi.

Alf Hiltebeitel was the Columbian Professor of Religion, History, and Human Sciences at George Washington University in Washington, D.C., USA. He specialized in Sanskrit and mastered epics such as Ramayana and Mahabharata. His books on Hindu religion and scriptures are authoritative.

In Criminal Gods and Demon Devotees, Prof Hiltebeitel explains that the Hindu sacred order is guarded by the very gods who violate it and the demons who oppose it. His book is a ‘who’s who’ of such transgressive supernatural figures. Some are familiar, such as Bhairav, while many are unfamiliar to the average Hindu. The book shows the place of these demons within the Hindu order that they violate. When I took initiation into Transcendental Meditation in Maharishi Mahesh Yogi’s living room, my initiator, the National President of the TM movement, gave me the name of a demigod and asked me to recite it for 20-minutes morning and evening. It began a terrible insomnia. I was delivered a few months later when a family in Whitefield, Karnataka prayed for me.

The Shankaracharyas’ warning is being ignored by some educated Hindus, but Prof. Hiltebeitel’s study is a serious, scholarly discussion over the nature and composition of this Hindu order. It is a wide-ranging overview of transgressive sacrality.

Why do I believe that the Shankaracharyas warning ought to be heeded? Please, allow me to answer that with an anecdote:

One Sunday morning in 2016, about 4,000 of us were worshipping in Yeshu Darbar in Prayagraj, UP. I was at the back, welcoming the late comers. A 25-year old Brahmin young-man came just as the service was ending. So, about eight of us sat down on chairs in a circle and each explained why they had come.

The young man said that he had come to be delivered from a demon who had entered into him three years earlier.

“What happened?” I asked.

“Four of us,” he said, “had rented a small room in the city to study for the UPSC exams. We wanted to become civil servants. On most days we went across the Ganga river, on the Phaphamau side. We sat in one of the abandoned temples and studied. In the first week of each month we went to our homes to bring rations and pocket money.

“One day, because my companions had gone to their homes, I went alone to our usual temple. I bowed and prayed before god; then I sat down to study. No devotees come to these temples because new, better and easily accessible temples have been built along the river”.

“My reading was interrupted by a huge buffalo coming straight at me. Before, I could decide what to do, suddenly that buffalo turned into god Shankara. I panicked and bowed.”

Shankarji said, “Everyday, you come into my temple. I like you. Therefore, today I am going to come into you and take you for myself.

“No! I protested. You cannot take me. My family has been spending money so that I study and become a District Collector. I have to prepare for the exams”.

“I need to take you for myself, said Shankarji, because I have been lonely for a long time. My devotees have deserted me for newer temples”.

“Shankarji entered my body and I lost my mind. My friends found me and called my family. My parents took me to the best hospitals in UP and Delhi. They spent a lot of money, but no one has been able to heal me.

“Someone guided me to a Tantric Baba. He agreed to perform the Yajna to get rid of the spirit that frequently makes me insane. The Tantric Baba gave me a long list of things to buy for the ritual. My family did not recognize the names on that list. Nor did we know where to find them. So the Baba offered to get them for us, if we paid him Rs.70,000. My family no longer had that kind of money. Our relatives did not help because they did not think that I will be able to get back into my studies.

“I have come here become someone told my family that the Lord Jesus casts out demons for free.”

“Yes, He does!” I assured the young man. “I will be glad to pray to Jesus for your deliverance.”

As I began to pray, the demon shrieked and threw the young Brahmin on the ground, along with his chair. As the young man howled and rolled on the ground, I commanded the demon, in Jesus’ name, to get out of that young man. I reminded the demon that the Lord Jesus Christ had shed his blood to purchase his soul.

In a few minutes, the young man stood up as if he had come out of a terrible nightmare. He raised his hand high and shouted, “Jai Yeshu.”

Such experiences help me take Shankaracharyas’ warning seriously. Another important reason is the historical record about Israel’s first King, Saul, son of Kish.

God wanted Israel to be a Republic, governed by Elders, elected by the people, who govern according to the Law written down by Moses. Israelites, however, demanded a king. In response, God asked Samuel, Israel’s Chief Priest and Seer, to anoint Saul (1 Samuel 9).

Chapter 13 of 1 Samuel records the first incident when Saul, the king, disobeyed God’s word. He offered sacrifices, taking over the Chief Priest’s role.

Spiritual arrogance led Saul to disregard God’s word. So, Samuel announced God’s verdict, “Because you have rejected the word of the Lord, he has rejected you as king” (1 Samuel 15:23). Jewish Scriptures tell us, then, “The Spirit of the Lord departed from Saul, and an evil spirit from the Lord troubled him.” (1 Samuel 16:14)

The demon began driving Saul into episodes of insanity and paranoia. He began abusing his political power and mobilized Israel’s army to find and murder his own son-in-law, David. Why? Simply because David was becoming a folk hero by standing up for God’s honor and for his nation.  In the end, Saul destroyed himself and the Elders invited David to become their king.

For reasons such as these, I would urge you sir, to please listen to the Shankaracharyas’ warning that inappropriate meddling in supernatural matters, could end up brining dark powers into your soul and Ramlalla’s idol.

Yours, for God’s kingdom in India

Vishal Mangalwadi

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