After the age of Enlightenment, Science was considered as the paramount principle of humans. People today have faith. However, that faith is not in religion but in the reality of science and technology. We believe that most of the demonic possessions in the world are nothing but some kind of madness or may be epileptic seizure. We have been to jagrans and there is not even a single one of us who haven’t seen or heard of someone who was the victim of a possession – something what we often term as ‘MATA AAGAYI’.
We have seen various movies that talk about Ghosts and demons. 1920, Bhoot, The Exorcism of Emily Rose, Conjuring and the list is endless. We watch these movies and get horrified. But, do we ever actually believe in all this? After watching a horror movie, when we go back home on our cozy beds, some of us do feel the comfort being lost. What we negate is the fact that any fact in itself is temporary in nature. Some of us do think if or not there is something which goes beyond the reality of the four walls that we exist in. If we believe in God, why don’t we believe in Demons? A good thing is defined as good only because it is set apart from the bad, which proves that bad is there. Somewhere. It exceeds the reality of nature or it dwells within us?
What is Exorcism? Exorcism is the religious or spiritual practice of evicting demons or other spiritual entities from a person or an area they are believed to have possessed. Almost every religion practices and believes in the concept of exorcism. However, the procedure for exorcism differs from religion to religion.
When a person is possessed, he/she shows things which cannot be explained. Anything which might seem like a symbol of insanity becomes a part of that person’s being. Ever thought of yourself, moving and beating yourself in hysteria, scratching your head demonically to pull your hair apart from the roots of your head, your body is bruised and wounded, with the scars appearing on your body, you are having ten thousand needles going through a single point in your head, your essentials and your entire body becomes a medium for the demon to show his anger, you eat a bird’s head and crawl on the floor just to scratch the adjacent wall and you suffer and suffer – only to feel the dissection of your soul which screams in insanity only to get rid of that pain which seems eternally existent. You think this couldn’t happen to you, but, what if it does?
We all think about the impossibility of something beyond and it becomes an accepted part of our everyday life. We believe the impossibility of events owing to the possibility of things. But, what if it is the other way around? We are not saying that demons are a fact. But the question is that is it a possibility? People say that God is dead, but how can they think that if people show them the devil? Here are certain incidents that will make you believe in the existence of duality as a probable possibility.
- In India’s Madhya Pradesh, there’s a temple that’s fairly popular among the possessed. The Deoji Maharaj temple in Malajpur plays host to several ghost fairs every year, where people come to be exorcised. Often, they are women brought by their relatives during the full moon (the most auspicious night of the year according to the Indian calendar).According to the Reuters, the exorcism involves running around the temple courtyard to make the ‘ghost’ weak then being beaten by a priest with a broom.
- Anneliese Michael
In the mid-1970s, a German woman named Anneliese Michel underwent 67 rites of exorcism. The Washington Post reported that “under the influence of her demons, Michel ripped the clothes off her body, compulsively performed up to 400 squats a day, crawled under a table and barked like a dog for two days, ate spiders and coal, bit the head off a dead bird and licked her own urine from the floor.” This story was also the inspiration for The Exorcism of Emily Rose.
- In October 2014, Aathira, 18, lost her life in Pathanamthitta district of Kerala in India after the exorcism was performed on her, owing to the belief that she was possessed by devils.
- The town of Vindhyachal in the north of India- in Mirzapur UP is famous for its temple of Vindhyavasini Devi, a powerful Hindu goddess. Within the bustling temple, down the dim corridor is a tiny dark room, out of bound from all but a tormented few. This place is also known as the cave of spirits. Families travel from all over the world to seek help from the exorcist in this temple.
- Bobby Jindal’s Colleg Exorcism
Before he was the governor of Louisiana, Bobby Jindal was just your average college student who tried to compel a demon out of his friend Susan. He wrote about the experience in an article titled “Beating a Demon: Physical Dimensions of Spiritual Warfare.”
- The Exorcism of Mother Teresa
According to the Archbishop of Calcutta, Mother Teresa was the subject of an exorcism. In 1997, Doctors could not explain why Mother Teresa was experiencing insomnia. Archbishop Henry Sebastian D’Souza said, “I thought she might be getting attacked by the devil.”
These are some of the cases which are true. While the ones who do not believe, say all these are superstitious, the others, who are the sufferers, believe in ghosts, demons and evil. There is a possibility of the existence of a parallel and paradoxical world to ours. We might not believe in it before, but these are the true stories that might reinforce or lay the foundation for our belief. So God does exist and the belief that devil is real or not – depends on you and your circumstances.