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Black magic and Pleasing the Evil spirited Deities
Tantriks and Mantriks - Occult Science Practitioners
Worship of evil spirited deity (Kshudra devatha upasana in Hindi language) is common in some parts of India, even today.
Tantra vidya (subject related to occult science), or tantrika, is said to be a diverse and rich spiritual tradition of the Indian subcontinent. People in Western countries simply call this as Black magic. Ancient tantrik texts contain two kinds of Black magic methods practised in India. Sorcerers in the North India practised Kashmora whereas the South Indian sorcerers were using the Banamathi method. In the southern state of Andhra Pradesh and North Karnataka they still practice Banamathi.
What do you mean by Tantrik, Mantrik and the Yantra?
A Tantrik is well known as a tantra systems practitioner in India and Tibet. This type of science is also associated with practices of the occult and black magic.
A Mantrik is someone who specializes in practicing mantras. One who chants to please a god or evil spirit for his benefit. Mantras are sacred chantings containing magical and mystical words.
A Yantra is associated with these kind of practices. Yantra is a meditational device or instrument used by Hindu and Tibetan Tantriks to accomplish certain tasks. The word "yam," means "to sustain," the Yantra has in it a symbolic image used to maintain a focused state during meditation or worship. Most of the time it is composed of an outer geometrical form enclosing other interior geometrical designs. Each type of Yantra or design is used for a specific purpose or intent.
Tantriks of India
Tantriks casting a spell
in some parts of India, go in search of these Tantriks and powerful Mantriks to get their
impossible and incomplete tasks done successfully. The task accomplished may
give a good or bad result. But the faith in it still remains intact for many
people who think it as possible. People in this part of the world also have a
belief that they can get cured from health problems when a doctor gives up.
Even in this modern age it is amazing to see the people believing in such
Women and men go in search of the Tantriks, so as to bring the opposite sex under their control. Also sometimes to win over a person, may be with some good or bad intention. The magical powder or liquid given by these Tantriks is mixed into the enemy's food or drink, unknowingly. Thus they get rid of a particular person or plan to put a person into deep trouble. This is called as Prayog (casting a spell)in Hindi. After this prayog, the enemy either suffers a lot because of health problems, or dies, not knowing what actually happened to him. Most of the time it gets detected by another powerful Tantrik who is involved in the same profession. Sometimes, it might get detected with the help of Sadhus and Babas( persons who have gained supernatural powers by deep meditation and sacred chants).
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The clan of Tantriks and Mantriks
Tantriks and mantriks get their powers by what they call the
upasana(worship) of Kshudra devathas(deity with evil spirits). They worship
these Kshudra devathas in order to get the powers. The sacrificing of birds and
animals to gain those powers is common here. Myths and legends of ancient
India, give a clear picture of the sacrificing human beings in front of these
deities just to gain some supernatural powers.
The Indian states, Kerala and West Bengal even to this day have many Tantriks performing unbelievable tasks. Keralite Mantriks are good at black magic and also are able to remove cast spells. The hair, cloth, sometimes finger nails and also sand (or soil) lying below a particular person's feet on whom he has to cast a spell, is taken for this purpose. The Prayog is done from remote places many times. A clay doll is created. After performing all necessary rituals the cloth, nail or the sand collected is used in the doll. And then just by piercing the doll or chanting mystic mantras the Mantrik starts troubling enemies. The enemy at the other end will feel the pain and unknown physical and mental disorders. In the later stages, it becomes intolerable and finally dies. There will not be any clue of what actually went wrong with the person and why he died.
Disputed land will be got back by the owner when he castes a spell and wins in the court. Land owner troubles the tenant to leave the place with the help of a copper plate powered with black magic. A Tantrik's prayog will be so strong that it takes the form of a Cobra snake or a dead, haunting around the house, wearing a white dress. The people who get attacked in such a way, worship the Hindu god Hanuman or read Hanuman chalisa( chant in praise of Lord Hanuman, the monkey god). Thus they believe they might get rid of such a vicious attack.
A possessed person gets relieved from the unbearable physical and mental stress caused by evil spirits, when he visits a Tantrik continuously. In this respect, the Tantriks are very similar to "exorcists" in the western culture.
To cast a spell, obviously a heinous act
The Tantrik most of the time uses burial ground for the incantation during
midnight, especially on a new moon day. He finishes off his work smoothly on
such a dark and frightening night. Burial ground is the best place to invoke
spirits, according to them. He may also sit over the dead body to chant the
mystic mantras, sometimes. Mantriks also take the help of women to invoke
spirits. In some cases, a sexual intercourse on the spot cannot be ruled out.
This pleases the spirits and allows to continue with the incantation work,
smoothly. Blood from ones own finger or sacrificial animals and birds is
spilled. Domestic animals such as Sheep, Goat and birds like Hen, Cock etc. are
offered to please these evil spirits. If something goes wrong during this time
or mantras are wrongly chanted then Mantrik himself will have to bear the wrath
of evil spirits. He may die later, vomiting a lot of blood.
Mantriks and Tantriks have always got to be careful while on their way to incantation and invoking spirits. Sometimes, they also die when the cast spell is reversed by the other side person. It may be either performing a Mrithyunjaya yajna ( Yajna, a religious duty involving Agni, the sacrificial fire, with the chanting of the sacred mantras. Mrithyunjaya is Lord Shiva of the Hindus) or equivalent by the person who has been troubled seriously.
Tantriks and Mantriks act like the underground criminals who always secretly chant mantras from remote places and perform devilish tasks. Businessmen and politicians who believe in them, get their job done and think they will succeed in their respective fields. Politicians win the favour of people by an incantation or get good results in the election by pleasing the deity. If the Tantrik they follow is not good enough, or the opposition takes smarter steps, the spells do not work at all. It's all about huge gains and losses in this material world.
Greed has no limits. Greediness leads the human race to carry out such a heinous act, every now and then.