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Published on September 13th, 2014 | by HDG A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada | Full size image


Ghosts and Spirits Are Real!

When a man dies, he is called dead, but when he again appears in a subtle form not visible to our present vision and yet acts, such a dead body is called a ghost. Ghosts are always very bad elements, always creating a fearful situation for others.

It is practically experienced. I know that the ghost, if you go in a house ghostly haunted, if you chant Hare Krsna mantra, they’ll go away. They cannot tolerate. In my life there was several incidences like that. In my household life, I was doing business in Lucknow. So there was one house, very big house, worth thousands of rupees’ rent, but it was ghostly haunted. So nobody would take that house. I took it at two hundred rupees, (laughter) and very big house. And I was… All the servants, they complained, “Sir, there is ghost.” So I was chanting. He was living in several spots, especially on the gate side. So I could understand, but I would chant Hare Krsna, and I was saved. Everyone was saved. There was… And, say, in 1969 I was guest in the house of John Lennon in London. So there was a ghost in… It was a big plot. There was a guest house. So they complained, “Sir, here is ghost.” So I advised them to chant Hare Krsna, and the ghost went away. Yes. This is fact. When there is Hare Krsna chanting, these ghostly, demonic living entities, they’ll not be able to stay there. They’ll go away. [750203BG.HAW]

Those who are very sinful and attached to their family, house, village or country do not receive a gross body made of material elements but remain in a subtle body, composed of mind, ego and intelligence. Those who live in such subtle bodies are called ghosts. This ghostly position is very painful because a ghost has intelligence, mind and ego and wants to enjoy material life, but because he doesn’t have a gross material body, he can only create disturbances for want of material satisfaction. It is the duty of family members, especially the son, to offer oblations to the demigod Aryama or to Lord Visnu. From time immemorial in India the son of a dead man goes to Gaya and, at a Visnu temple there, offers oblations for the benefit of his ghostly father. It is not that everyone’s father becomes a ghost, but the oblations of pinda are offered to the lotus feet of Lord Visnu so that if a family member happens to become a ghost, he will be favored with a gross body. However, if one is habituated to taking the prasada of Lord Visnu, there is no chance of his becoming a ghost or anything lower than a human being. In Vedic civilization there is a performance called sraddha by which food is offered with faith and devotion. If one offers oblations with faith and devotion–either to the lotus feet of Lord Visnu or to His representative in Pitrloka, Aryama–one’s forefathers will attain material bodies to enjoy whatever material enjoyment is due them. In other words, they do not have to become ghosts. [SB 4.18.18]

The word eka-pada, “one-legged,” refers to ghosts, for it is said that ghosts walk on one leg. [SB 4.29.2]

Because of his desire to enjoy the material world, the living entity is dressed with the material gross and subtle bodies. Thus he is given a chance to enjoy the senses. The senses are therefore the instruments for enjoying the material world; consequently the senses have been described as friends. Sometimes, because of too much sinful activity, the living entity does not get a material gross body, but hovers on the subtle platform. This is called ghostly life. Because of his not possessing a gross body, he creates a great deal of trouble in his subtle body. Thus the presence of a ghost is horrible for those who are living in the gross body. [SB 4.29.6]

Sometimes the living entity is forced to give up his body and enter another one according to the judgment of Yamaraja. It is difficult, however, for the conditioned soul to enter another body unless the present dead body is annihilated through cremation or some other means. The living being has attachment for the present body and does not want to enter another, and thus in the interim he remains a ghost. If a living being who has already left his body has been pious, Yamaraja, just to give him relief, will give him another body. Since the living being in the body of the King had some attachment to his body, he was hovering as a ghost, and therefore Yamaraja, as a special consideration, approached the lamenting relatives to instruct them personally. Yamaraja approached them as a child because a child is not restricted but is granted admittance anywhere, even to the palace of a king. Besides this, the child was speaking philosophy. People are very much interested in hearing philosophy when it is spoken by a child. [SB 7.2.36]

After giving up the body, one is transferred to another body, but sometimes, if one is too sinful, he is checked from transmigrating to another body, and thus he becomes a ghost. To save a diseased person from ghostly life, the funeral ceremony, or sraddha ceremony, as prescribed in authorized sastra, must be performed. Ravana was killed by Lord Ramacandra and was destined for hellish life, but by Lord Ramacandra’s advice, Vibhisana, Ravana’s brother, performed all the duties prescribed in relation to the dead. Thus Lord Ramacandra was kind to Ravana even after Ravana’s death. [SB 9.10.29]

We have heard of people’s being haunted by ghosts. Having no gross material body, a ghost seeks shelter of a gross body to stay in and haunt. The Sakatasura was a ghost who had taken shelter of the handcart and was looking for the opportunity to do mischief to Krsna. When Krsna kicked the cart with His small and very delicate legs, the ghost was immediately pushed down to the earth and his shelter dismantled, as already described. This was possible for Krsna because He has full potency. [SB 10.7.9]

If a man becomes disappointed and he cuts his own throat or hangs himself, some way or other, eats some poison, to finish, does it mean that he is finished? Na hanyate hanyamane sarire. He is rascal. He does not know. By finishing this body he is finished–no, that is not possible. The result is, because he violated the rules of nature, he becomes a ghost. That is his life. One who commits suicide, he becomes a ghost. Ghost means he does not get this material body. He remains in the subtle body, mind, intelligence. Therefore ghost can go because he is in the mind. Mind speed is very strong. If you have got this material body, you cannot go immediately hundred miles off. But if you are in the mental body, you can go immediately, thousand miles immediately, within a second. So the ghost, they can play something wonderful because… But they are not happy because they have no gross body. They want to enjoy. He’s materialist. He has committed suicide for some material want. So he is want of material…, fulfilling material desire. He could not fulfill in this body; therefore commits suicide, but the desire is there. The desire is there, and he cannot fulfill it. He becomes perplexed. Therefore the ghost create disturbance sometimes.

You mention ghosts. So far I have experience, the best way to remove them is to chant Hare Krishna very loudly and have jubilant kirtana until they leave. In England, on Mr. John Lennon’s house where I was staying in 1969, there was one ghost. But as soon as the devotees began chanting very loudly, he went away immediately. [71-12-03]

His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada

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19 Responses to Ghosts and Spirits Are Real!

  1. Neemchand Ganesh says:

    What should you do if someone is being affected by ghost because someone did vodoo for to them to destroy them.

    • Hare Krishna Neemchand

      You can get them to chant Hare Krishna mantra seriously and follow the regulative principles. [no illicit sex, no meat eating, no gambling and no intoxication]

      No ghost can remain in the presence of the pure chanting of the Hare Krishna mantra. Chanting Hare Krishna is by far the most powerful way to get rid of ghosts.

      But it is also important for your friend to raise himself to the mode of goodness. Ghosts like the mode of darkness, the mode of ignorance. They hang around people who are intoxicated, people who are not clean, people who sleep a lot. So it is important for your friend to be clean both externally by taking a bath regularly and wearing clean clothes and keeping his room clean and tidy and also keeping clean internally by regularly chanting the Hare Krishna maha mantra.

      If he is actually being effected by a ghost this chanting of Hare Krishna is really the best way. Your name is Neemchand. So I think you know this comes from the Neem tree. So this Neem wood is also very purifying and it is said that Neem wood will repel ghosts. So you may get him some Neem beads he can wear around his neck. But the chanting of Hare Krishna is the most powerful and most essential thing.

      Chant Hare Krishna and be happy!

      Madhudvisa dasa

  2. chetan says:

    Hare Krsna

    Is performance sraddha is effective in Kali Yug (Dark age). Because no one is qualified in this age of kali (dark age)…to perform sraddha…

    What is the solution to sraddha…

    • Hare Krishna Chetan

      The solution in Kali-yuga, the only solution is to chant Hare Krishna.

      So chant Hare Krishna, prepare the bhoga nicely and offer it to Krishna and chant Hare Krishna.

      Any festival if you make a nice offering of bhoga to Krishna and have congregational chanting of the Hare Krishna mantra with many people there and read from Srila Prabhupada’s books and speak on the philosophy of Krishna consciousness will be very auspicious.

      That is the solution…

      Chant Hare Krishna and be happy!

      Madhudvisa dasa

  3. Hardik says:

    But how do you experience the presence of ghosts
    what are the signs and symbols of presence of ghost?????????

  4. Bhakta Andrew says:

    hello my name is andrew, i understand that the sufferings i go through now are due to my karma And are a debt to be dutifully paid to lord krishna, i love krishna, but i am a hightly depressed individual, and have much anxiety, i chant regularly, and see the miseries of everyone else as well , and am at great rish of committing suicide very soon.. do i get another chance to pick up where i let off in devotional service? or am i doomed to hell or ghostly body…. i just wann know what i’m about to get myself into thank you very much,
    all glories to prabhupada AND all glories all glories to all you so wonderful devotees who are fighting the fight no matter what and serving only krishna’s will… i really am pround for all of you..

    hare krishna

    • Hare Krishna Andrew

      It is natural to be depressed in the material world. It is a truly depressing place. But if you seriously take to chanting Hare Krishna and reading Srila Prabhupada’s books you will realize that there is another world, the spiritual world, and we can go there and that place is not at all depressing… It is sat-cit-ananda, eternal, full of knowledge and full of ever-increasing bliss.

      But this human form of life is a great benefit and being on the earth at this time when Lord Caitanya’s sankirtan movement is going on is a great chance. So we must take full advantage of this human form of life and not waste even a second. We need to be constantly engaged in Krishna conscious activities 24 hours a day. If you do this you will be very happy…

      Committing suicide is a very sinful thing and you will be doomed to a ghostly body and your depression and suffering will increase unlimitedly. It does not make things better, it makes them much, much worse. The ghosts are in a very horrible frustrating depressing situation. They are still here in the material world, they are still full of material desires, but they have no material body to experience those desires with… Very painful.

      So don’t do it. You will be much, much, much worse off. Because you are chanting Hare Krishna now that will not be lost. But it may be covered for some time. So there is no guarantee that you can immediately continue with your Krishna Consciousness, if you perform such a greatly sinful activity as this then you may have to suffer for a long time as a ghost and then suffer many births before you can restart your Krishna consciousness…

      So just become a serious pure devotee of Krishna now…

      Chant Hare Krishna and be happy!

      • Anand says:

        I am also considering leaving this body because the suffering is unbearable. On the other hand, I do not wish to enter ghostly life. Please help Prabhuji.

        • If you commit suicide the suffering will be so much worse.

          You can not avoid the suffering. That is the nature of the material world. Suffering. That is what this place is for. Suffering.

          But if you would just become Krishna consciousness then you will transcend this material world and enter the spiritual world even though you still appear to be in the material world. You will no longer be in the material world and none of the suffering of the material world will be able to touch you.

          So do it. Become Krishna conscious by chanting at least 16 rounds of the Hare Krishna mantra every day, strictly following the four regulative principles [no illicit sex, no meat eating, no gambling and no intoxication] and read Srila Prabhupada’s books at least 1-2 hours a day. If you really seriously surrender to these things you will no longer suffer in the material world.

          Chant Hare Krishna and be happy!

          Madhudvisa dasa

          • Anand says:

            I completely understand Prabhuji. But what do we do during those unbearable moments?

          • Chant Hare Krishna. Any unbearable moment will be turned into a spiritually ecstatic moment if we just chant Hare Krishna and be happy!

            This material world is unbearable. We have to expect that.

  5. Vishaka says:

    I completely believe in ghosts as one of my friend had given me a photo showing that the ghosts exist in this world. i had it in my mobile. from the time i had got it everything was going wrong. then i deleated it. everything is fine now. my parents tell that there is no such thing in this world called ghosts. and if there is another world what singals do they give? how do we come to know whrther they are really around us? as i somtimes feel that they are around. but i ignore. please help me as i am very curious to know?

    Hare krishna.

    • Yes. Ghosts are real. They are the souls of ‘dead’ people. When someone dies but he is still very attached to this material world he can not leave although he no longer has a material body. So these ghosts hang around in their subtle bodies of mind, intelligence and ego and because they have no bodies of their own they are always trying to take over the bodies of others to do their nasty work. The people who are most likely to become haunted or possessed by a ghost are those who live unregulated and unclean lives and who are addicted to intoxication and sleep. These people who are in the mode of ignorance are very prone to being possessed by ghosts. They are real for sure.

  6. Vikram says:

    Yes it’s true there’s parallel world around us which we can’t see. I myself is doctor who never believed in the existence of ghosts. But lately when i shifted to new house due to job, i started experiencing strange things happening. For instance,i found gold plated child bangle with black beads down under almirah. Few days later, refrigated milk disappeared in nights ,leaving the vessel black on bottom. Moreover wen there was no milk,water would disappear from refrigerator!!It’s very strange as i live alone and nobody comes to house.

  7. Ram says:

    In vedic astrology we have nine planets out of which two – Rahu and Ketu are invisible imaginary but powerful planets known as ” karmic planets ” or ” shadow planets ” as these two geometrical points are located at the two intersecting nodes of solar and lunar orbits – while solar is the soul and lunar is our karmas
    these two powerful shadow causing planets are capable of masking the sun light to cause eclipses both lunar and solar. Rahu is the materialistic inclined and hence will create more karmas to make souls go for the cycle of rebirths after rebirths while ketu is towards the spiritualistic realm of terminating our karmas and liberating the souls from rebirths and hence ketu is called as ‘Moksha karaka”
    while rahu which gives materialistic pleasure is called as ” yoga karaka”.
    so rahu which propound the theory of ” Resurrection” because rahu was cut off head portion of a demon svarbhanu and ketu is the tail portion. Rahu and ketu are the creator of Ghosts for such souls as per their past karmas whle they are on the job of recycling and terminating the souls. i write a big book on this subject with many details which covers the subject of all religions which are differentiated as ” REBIRTH’ ,REINCARNATION, RESURRECTION – rebirth is not necessarily human beings but also animals,birds ect while Reincarnation is restricted only to human beings alone – this concept came from the avatar of balarama – i can not give more details but u might see in my book once published.

  8. David R says:

    Hello. What is the difference between a ghost and an evil spirit or demon? Thanks

    • Hare Krishna David

      A ghost is a disembodied spirit. So when someone dies, if they do not promptly go to their next destination, they can hang around as a ghost. They are still in the material world with us and they can still perceive what is going on but they have no material body so they can not interact with the world very well. So they often want to take over someone’s body so they can use it to do the things they want to do.

      All the ghosts are evil spirits and demons. There are only demons and devotees. So the devotees do not become ghosts. So any ghost will be a demon and practically all ghosts will be evil.

      Chant Hare Krishna and be happy!

      Madhudvisa dasa

  9. dhruv says:

    I just wanted to know has it been proven that commiting suicide makes u a ghost? Has lord krishna mentioned this thing?

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