Occultism – The Clandestine Benevolence Of The Yore

Occultism is one of the most nefarious and ill conceived beliefs  woven out of ill-intent designs. Occultism is widely practiced, the world over. Occult practitioners had poured out so many explanations and attributes to occultism which are awesome. The attributes are pain-filled attraction for the ill-intent believers.

Awe and wonder are there in all paranormal experiences, but the experience that is bestowed by and through occultism is fearsome for one thing and destructive for the other; both are too relevant that it cannot be ignored.

‘Occultism is the knowledge of and engagement with Supernatural Powers; occultism surpasses all the powers of the Nature including that of the Humans. Occultism is no Ordinary knowledge but it can be acquired and disclosed only by the Initiated Ones from among the human beings’. Thus goes the twisty explanations attributed to occultism. The route to the abode of occultism is misty and it is impenetrable by common sense.

The word ‘Occult’ owes its origin to ‘Occultus’ of Latin linguafranca: Occultus refers to something which is secret and clandestine. The clandestine knowledge of Occultism is secret: The secret knowledge is the propriety of the ones who are the Initiated humans: Initiated humans are the ones who are introduced to the hidden, secret and clandestine knowledge of the supernatural powers.

The aim and purpose of the hidden, secret, paranormal and out of the natural phenomena of Occultism is focussed on mischievous and clandestine dealings: The dealings are handled by section of the humans who are the Initiated Ones.

There are innumerable number of members in the Occult family: Telepathy, Clairvoyance, Alchemy, Astrology, Palmistry, Parrotstrology, Ouija, Tarot, Sorcery, Tantra, Sex magic, Transcendental meditation, Yogic trance, Nudism, Subconscious mind, Super conscious mind and similar other concepts and practices live well within the Occult Family. Of these, the most acclaimed occult members are Telepathy and Clairvoyance. All the occult practices owe their parentage to the so-called paranormal, supernatural and out of the world entities.

Beginning of occult practices can be traced to the origin of Beliefs: Long before Homo sapiens reached the stage of civil society, what the wandering prehistoric humans, wandering for food and shelter in the dangerous terrain on the surface of earth, feared the most was wild animals, thunder, lightning, rains and floods. They started believing that these calamitous agents are the creation of unknown powers and that pleasing of the unknown, supernatural powers would help them defeat the odds of the nature. Thus was the beginning of Belief in supernatural powers; belief that was born out of fear. The belief thus evolved, started traversing in two distinct directions. One path followed rituals and practices for propitiating god for the good of a group of humans which later became religion. The other path resorted to propitiating the supernatural for maleficent objectives. The latter category of pursuits resulted in the formation of Occultism and Occult practices. All the religions, including the antique and the modern, stoutly follow occultism as the negative path of religious benevolence.

Occultism is closely linked to religion and religious beliefs. Religious Texts teach that there is a malicious power which is almost equal but opposite to the divine powers of the almighty god. By propitiating this satanic power, the Initiated ones can create secret experiences which are beyond or outside the scope of science and scientific inquiry. Such experiences belong to the Occult Family. Experiences of occultism are believed to traverse through an extraneous sense which is described as the ‘Sixth Sense’.

All humans and almost all higher animals have five senses. They represent the faculties of seeing, hearing, smelling, tasting and touching. These sensory experiences are produced by the processes of excitation and inhibition of the five sensory centres like, visual centre, auditory centre, olfactory centre and motor centre situated in the cerebral cortex of the brain. In the absence of the existing five sense organs and the sensory centres, no one including the people of extreme religious faiths and the persons of the deepest spiritual achievements, can ever have any sensory experiences. Scientists have proved that persons whose cortex had been damaged did not have sensory experiences. Therefore the story of existence of sixth sense other than the established five senses is a fallacy. That is proof enough to establish that occultism is just another trickery to malign the innocence of believers.

Experiences relating to things and matters which have objective reality in the physical plane are generated by brain activity. However, experiences relating to things and matters which do not have objective reality in the physical plane can also take place: Such experiences too are the working results of the nervous system. The experiences of the latter category can be traced to abnormal working of the nervous system of the beholders. Neuroscience has proved that these subjective experiences are delusion centric illusions and hallucinations.

Those experiences stand real for the ones who experience them because of their deranged mental conditions. Occultism is one among the several mystic concerns of the antique philosophies: Perhaps, in the absence of science and scientific methods of evaluation, the thinkers of the past had no other way available before them to codify subjective experiences. The only route in front of them was the path of mysticism: They channelized all the then inexplicable experiences through extra- sensory and supernatural by-routes. Thus was the emergence of Occultism which stands out today as the store house of obscurantism before the light of Science and Technology. Occultism will remain and continue to remain as long as human race continues to remain steeped in gullibility and superstitious beliefs. Science has saved many from the clutches of obscurantism; let science do what science need to do and save many more from the strangle-hold of Occultism.

God, Belief and Religion

‘Religion is an organized system of beliefs in and worship of god or gods’. That is how religion is defined in dictionary. The system of beliefs and worship of god or gods is completely in the domain of human thoughts: No animals, no plants do have any idea of god and religion. No living organism other than humans has any thought of god and religion; none of them except humans worship god or gods as the system of belief.

God or gods and belief thereof are totally out of objective reality in the physical plane as compared to science which has no such confines: Science is applicable to all living and non-living organisms. Science cannot represent religion because science does not have any of the attributes of religion. Science and Religion have no common link. Science cannot, at any point of time, take over the posture or rank of religion.

God is a creation of human mind; human mind created god out of fear. Several independent studies are available on this subject: These studies were not carried out to evaluate whether belief in god is good or bad, but to find out how the concept of god came into being.

First it was confirmed that lower animals and other living organisms have no faculty of believing in anything. Their brain cells are not capable of this activity. They have, therefore, no idea of god and they have no belief in god. In that context it is pertinent to note that, some advanced animals like elephants, monkeys and cows can be trained to bow and prostrate before man-made abodes of gods and man-made deities.

What is happening in such cases is the working of conditioned reflexes developed in the brain cells of the animal by and through repeat action of bowing and prostrating forced upon the animals by animal trainers. The act of the animals bowing before places of worship or prostrating before deities cannot be taken for granted as proof of evidence that animals do believe in god.

Tracking the case of humans, long before homosapiens reached the stage of civil society, what the wandering prehistoric humans, while wandering for food and shelter in the dangerous terrain on the surface of earth, feared the most was wild animals, thunder, lightning, rains and floods. They started believing that these calamitous agents were the creation of unknown supernatural powers and that pleasing of those unknown supernatural powers would help them survive the odds of the nature. Thus was the way belief in supernatural powers surged in human mind. That was how belief originated in human mind; belief that was born out of fear.

It took hundreds of years for the humans to reach the stage of societal advancement and civility. During the course of the advance, refinement took place in the concept of supernatural powers, refining it to the glory of god and providing it with innumerable explanations as attributes to god or gods. But the root cause of belief remains the same: It was fear! Fear of odds that retard survival; fear of odds that retard growth and progress in every area of survival; fear of odds that prevents entry to heaven when death occurs.

Whatever be the truth about the origin of belief  in god and the origin and growth of religion, one of the most painful facts remains: Religion has been a tool for destruction. Religion continues to be the tool of destruction despite the growth of science and scientific temper across the world.

Astrology – What’s Its Worth

Has astrology any relation with astronomy? Has astrology anything to do with astronomy?

Astrology is commonly known as ‘Jyothi Shastram’ or ‘Jyothisham’ in most of the Indian languages. ‘Shastram’ and ‘Shastra’ are terms used to refer to science. ‘Shastra’ word-connection with Jyothisham, that is astrology in Indian linguafranca, gave credence to the belief that astrology is a branch of science.   However there is absolutely no relation between astrology and astronomy. Astrology has nothing to do with astronomy. Astrology and Astronomy are two different branches of knowledge, the latter based on science while the former based on beliefs. There is nothing common in between astrology and astronomy. Astronomy is the scientific study of cosmos whereas astrology is a belief of falsehood. Astrology is a story book off assumptions; astrology assumes and professes to interpret the influence of heavenly bodies on human affairs on the basis of the assumption. Some pretentious intellectuals therefore prefer to call astrology as pseudo science: Astrology does not deserve to be qualified even in that way.

The perceived basis of astrological evaluations and predictions of past, present and future of individuals or entities, is the supposed position of planets, stars and moon at the time of birth of the individual or at the time of emergence of the entities. Astrologer prepares astrological chart for predictions on the premise that the position of the celestial bodies at the time of birth dictates the course of events during the life span of the individuals or the concerned entities.

Stars, planets and other celestial bodies in space have gravitational pull on Earth. But it is ridiculous to imagine that the gravitational influence decides the fate of humans who live on the earth; the gravitational pull decides the fate of people depending upon the planetary position at the time of birth of the individual or occurrence of events on earth.

Astrology developed hundreds of years ago when study of space and the celestial bodies was not even heard of. There was no scientific methodology to measure and to confirm the position of stars and planets in the space when any event took place on earth.

Scientists have irrevocably established that the light rays of the stars, planets and other celestial bodies one sees in the sky should have started traversing   through space many light years ago and by the time one sees the star or other celestial bodies in the sky, the actual position of the object of vision might be thousands of miles away from where light rays started to traverse. It is therefore abundantly clear that the father-formulator of astrology could not have been able to decide the actual position of the celestial body in the astrological chart for predictions based on the position of the stars and planets as viewed from earth. This apart, till now no astrologer or proponent of astrology could prove with evidence that the astrological charts, the basis of predictions and the astrologers themselves, hold any validity in areas other than subjective beliefs as against objective reality.

Astrology is a farce, the ‘names’ of the very few celestial bodies among the millions, mentioned in astrological charts may   be   the   only   common   link   that   can   be inferred as existing between astronomy and astrology because astronomy is the study of stars, planets and other celestial bodies in space and the universe.

During the course of existence, hundreds of events and happenings take place in the life span of individual humans. If at all any of the predictions charted by an astrologer coincided with a factual happening, such occurrence could be the result of accidental coincidence: A close evaluation of astrological predictions will undoubtedly show that the percentage of such accidental coincidences never exceed more than one percent. It establishes the truth that astrology is a farce because science does recognize coincidences only if they exceed twenty percent for being studied further.