Are Demons Real?
I often say that there are peculiar forces at work in the world that are harmful to humans. People ask me if I really believe these are actual demonic forces or if I am speaking metaphorically.
Well, the truth is that demons are real – they just aren’t exactly what the average person thinks they are.
There is an ancient energy field in the universe that masks the actual appearance of and nature of the world. This field is called variously the Veil of Illusion, Maya, World Glamour, and so on. It is something that clouds the senses, interferes with perception and generally deceives people into believing the world is one way when it is really another.
Most mystical philosophies speak of this Veil of Illusion. Many people who have heard about it, however, believe falsely that it is a negative force – something set up by some arch deceiver or universal enemy of humanity. This is not the case. The Veil is not evil. It is a natural function of our universe much like gravity or reincarnation. It simply exists and we must work with it. If it has any moral attribute it is good, for it protects us psychologically from discovering more of the world than we can emotionally accept. Also, for those on the Path, it offers a way to strengthen us as we evolve spiritually.
The problem is not the Veil. The problem is that other intelligences in the universe – physical, biological beings with different appearances and psychologies – use the Veil against us. They take advantage of our perceptual difficulties and pretend to be divine or demonic personalities in order to exploit us. They are NOT superior beings, gods, angels or demons as such – they are just other life forms that want to use us for their own purposes.
How can this be? Take an example from recent, human history. When the Europeans first encountered the inhabitants of the Americas and the pacific islands, were they not thought of as deities? And did those Europeans not shamelessly take advantage of the natives to gratify their own desires?
The natives eventually learned the truth and we also must learn the truth. Ongoing meditation helps us break through the Veil of Illusion and gives us greater insight into the nature of the universe and its inhabitants.
Here is a test to help you determine whether the being you have made contact with through prayer or more direct means is really spiritually divine or just a fraud. God, whatever you perceive God to be, is NOT a wish granting genie. God works for your spiritual evolution not your material comforts. Anything that offers you material goods in exchange for your service is a false god.
Recently, a whole pack of celebrities led by the likes of Oprah Winfrey have made it seem that god will give you money and fame if you only learn to pray properly. The book called The Secret is big advocate of this. In many interviews Oprah has stated that she prayed to her god and received jobs in movies and television and as a result has become rich and famous.
What god is she praying to?
The 6 million people who died in the Holocaust prayed to their god for life and it was not granted to them. The untold millions of people around the world who have been kidnapped, enslaved, tortured and murdered also prayed for life and it was denied them. Were they all just bad people? Should they have read The Secret before suffering? Were they all just praying to the wrong god? Or are people like Oprah just so much more worthy than everyone else that their genie-god will grant them their wishes.
Oprah’s god gave her money, fame and power. But what did she have to give in exchange?
There are demonic forces in the world. They pretend to be spirits, angels, demons and even Jesus or Satan if it gets them what they want. They might make it possible for you to get money and glory but they will expect you to pay for it – and their price is your humanity and your future development.
When the Master Jesus was in the wilderness someone offered him all the kingdoms of the world if he would bow to that being. Jesus rightly turned him down.
Learn to meditate and learn to be aware of what is actually going on in the world.