Friday, April 15, 2011


INDIA - - The state Cabinet on Friday accorded sanction for preparing and introducing the controversial Black Magic Bill in the state legislature.  The Bill aims at curbing the exploitation of people at the hands of Tantriks and fake sadhus.  The state government has been struggling with pioneering the legislation against such faith since 2005.  The previous bill, the Maharashtra Eradication of Black Magic, Evil and Aghori Practices Bill had been passed by the Assembly but got stuck in the council as Shiv Sena members termed it as being anti-Hindu.  It was then referred to a joint select committee of legislature. Ultimately, it lapsed as elections were held in 2009 and the previous Assembly completed its tenure.  Sources said the bill might either be introduced in the ongoing session of the legislature or an ordinance would be issued after the session concludes.   After the ordinance, the bill would then be introduced in the monsoon session of the legislature.  

Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar said in the Assembly on Thursday, “We are in the 21st century and still such things (human sacrifices) are happening. We’ll try to introduce the Bill during the ongoing session, or else we’ll issue an ordinance and introduce the Bill in the Monsoon session.”  On the other hand, the Editor of Hindu Press International says: “The danger lies in leaving it up to the government to decide who the charlatans are and who the real practicioners of ancient Tantric and Aghoric arts are, most of them traditional and many benign.  Who is qualified to judge?  This can be an unsettling precedent”. 
In India, the Maharashtra state government is all set to revive the Maharashtra Eradication of Black Magic, Evil and Aghori Practices Bill.  The proposed legislation, which received the cabinet nod on Friday, is aimed at curbing Tantric practices of black magic and human sacrifice.  Some of the Tantric followers practice magic and alchemy in their techniques, using mantras for the deliberate manipulation of the material energy for their own purpose.   It is well known that Tantric sorcerers, particularly those in the Left-hand path - who know the art of magic - can possess amazing but dark powers.

There are sixty-four Tantra texts, which were written in the middle part of the first millennium and later.  These texts are devoted to many techniques, which have been formulated to invoke spirituality and divinity in man.  The Tantra techniques deal with the arousing of the dormant spiritual energy of the body by the divine spark of meditations and other methods. Some of these Tantra techniques, like Kriya yoga and Kundalini yoga, have gained popularity in many different parts of the world, apart from India. The other aspect of the Tantra philosophy, however, in which the primordial energy is aroused by the practice of sexual techniques, partaking of meat and wine, and dubious methods of black magic, has been seriously questioned by many and has now become taboo in most places.

Dr. Hiro Badlani:
“Hinduism - Path of the Ancient Wisdom”
Chapter 5: “Ancient Hindu Scriptures: An Ever-flowing River Of Knowledge”

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