According to Hindu mythology, the Rakshasa were considered to be demonic in appearance and their sole intention was to drink blood and eat the flesh of humans. They appeared either very beautiful or quite unattractive in appearance. According to my research, some are said to possess poisonous fingernails, shape-shifting ability, and increased strength and could move at extraordinary speed. On the other hand, there are also sub species of vampires which are the opposite. Does this sound familiar, anyone?
The 20th century romanticized ideology which is currently so popular is contrived in comparison to the observations of my great-grandfather. Vampires are commonly perceived as “evil” or the latest trend in vampirism suggests a level of benevolence, depending on your point of view. It is interesting that vampires are not viewed as possessing a plethora of emotions and attributes’, as being intelligent, possessing a level of morals and beliefs, it is either black or white. Just another reminder of how dominant western ideologies promote certain beliefs and perceptions’ to the detriment of other thoughts which exist around the world.
My story begins with my great-grandfather, who documented much of his findings and only recently was I able to fully understand and decipher some of his thoughts. He wrote in Sanskrit/Hindi and even though I was educated in several languages, including reading some Sanskrit, I am not an expert. However, his recollections’ and stories were really quite fascinating and intriguing. My grandmother reiterated these stories when I was younger, of how her father, banished ghosts, demons and rakshasa in India.
I also read my great-grandfathers interpretation of a rakshasa in the form of a beautiful young Indian woman. According to my great-grandfather’s notes, she stood at the gates of my family’s compound one evening, asking for help and food. In those days (circa, 1940s), nobody was turned away, especially a woman without an escort, at night. My great-grandfather felt obliged to help the wandering soul and invited the woman into the court yard and offered her some food and water, but she refused. He asked her what she wanted and she replied your “prana” (life force) and I need rakta (rakta in Sanskrit basically means blood). He realized she was a rakshasa and quickly recited several mantras and stated that the type of nourishment was not available and he made it known he was a priest.
According to the notes, she was quite understanding and sought to be cleansed of all her sins and inquired if he was willing to conduct the ritual. I thought this request was rather strange, especially as the rakshasa previously asked for his life force and blood.
My great-grandfather was a priest and it was his duty to help lost souls and he could not refuse such a request, even though he was afraid, he guided her into the open temple to conduct the cleansing ritual. The rakshasa was able to enter the temple without suffering any ill effects and according to my great-grandfathers notes, she believed she was evil and did not possess a soul. In Hinduism, we are taught that all living beings possess a soul, (Atma) even a rakshasa. According to his notes, once the ritual was completed, she left my great-grandfather unharmed and thanked him for his respect. This behaviour suggests civility and not suggestive of one whom is considered “evil”, do you not think?
There were several further notes and I have not deciphered all of his writings, but one suitable verse caught my attention. A popular verse in the Bhagavad Gita is, “He who rooted in wisdom casts of the shackles of both good and evil deeds in this very life.” Basically, the existence of evil can be seen as a function of the mind rather than an absolute. Clearly what is ‘evil’ for one culture may be ‘good’ for another and vice versa. Here lies the duality of interpretation.
I did not post this story to reinforce religion but merely to indicate there is a different point of view and not everyone conforms to popular ideology.
I will post more as I discover further revelations. Any and all comments are welcome.
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