Well, kinda’ funny to be writing about this on a blog focused on the society, lifestyle, movies, environment and new technology. Nevertheless, after a recent round of casual discussions with my friends (over a couple of pints of beer!), I would wanna share my thoughts on this.
What (or, may be who?) is a ghost? Going by the classic definition on Wikipedia..
A ghost is said to be the apparition of a deceased person, frequently similar in appearance to that person, and usually encountered in places she or he frequented, the place of his or her death, or in association with the person’s former belongings.
I agree, more or less, with Wikipedia’s definition of ghosts. Various religions treat/consider ghosts in their own form, choreographed to that religion’s ‘personal’ likes and dislikes, and I’m not gonna discuss about them over here. I may believe in God and ghosts, but not in religion.
Do you believe in ghosts? Well, it is subjective! In my opinion, if you believe in God, you must believe in ghosts too, just like there is matter and antimatter. So, atheists can be positive in their thinking that there are no ghosts in this world.
What are ghosts made of? Hmm, an interesting question, but difficult to give a concrete answer. During the conversation with some of my friends (over a couple of pints of beer ,of course!), almost everyone gave a visual representation of a ghost, which resembled a cute friendly little one that ‘comes’ in the movie ‘Casper’. And, all of them, including me, concurred that ghosts are transparent!! Having said that, I have a very different opinion on the composition of ghosts. As a student of science, I would say they are electromagnetic. Our body is electromagnetic, and our imprint (apparition) should also be electromagnetic, with very low energy levels. Perhaps, this is the reason why those so called ‘ghost busters‘ look out for uneven EMF (electromagnetic field) readings (surges or spikes) on their EMF detectors.
Do ghosts have mass? Any matter in this world, be it electromagnetic or not, contains mass, and ghosts are no exceptions. Probably, they will weigh a few trillionth of a milligram, I don’t know. Please let everyone know if you have an answer to this question, or if you know the average weight of ghosts (just in case they are categorized as fat, slim, athletic, average, etc.).
Ghost busting on TV I’ve come across quite a few serials on the Discovery/National Geographic channels, about the various ghost stories, and how these ghost-busters have fun with their infra-red cameras, and EMF detectors. In some cases, I see these religious priests drawing five-pointed stars, and holding a miniature copy of the Bible, chanting something, moving their body back and forth as if attached to a pivot beneath their waist. Then they appear before the TV camera, with full make-up on their faces, to describe the kind of ‘being‘ they encountered during the ritual. This is in all religions, and to me, this is LOL (laugh-out-loud) stuff. Some don’t even know that they are dealing with an atheist ghost. ROTFL (rolling on the floor laughing!). Jokes apart, these serials are seriously funny.
So, here are my thoughts, inferred from various books and online resources:
- I believe that ghosts or spirits are electromagnetic imprints of the deceased person
- Energy can neither be created nor destroyed, and these electromagnetic imprints need energy to sustain its course. Since they are imprints of the deceased person’s thoughts with unaccomplished goals and cravings, they may find a living person with similar thoughts, and merge with him/her (unisex).
- The soul of a person that has accomplished everything in his life, attains Mukthi or Nirvana. Hence, he may not leave an imprint after his death. Huh, very rare! Probably, one in seven billion people?
- Ghosts are not physically harmful. What can a ghost do with a weak EMF field? Slap you? eeeks, scary (did you read, crazy?).
I would never say that the above thoughts are my own ones. I just concur with the various theories, books and brainstorming with my friends. However, I would like to mention one special book that I came across last year, that deviated me from thinking the conventional way about ghosts. And, the book is “Life Before Birth And After Death” by Shri Vethathiri Maharishi. Don’t worry, there is nothing religious in this book. A good read; a view of ghosts and bio-magnetism from a unique perspective.
Got any comments on ghosts, spirits or beer? Lemme know!!
TIP: Since the ghosts/imprints always find someone (with similar thoughts) to dwell with, almost immediately after their owner’s death – graveyards are safer places to visit, 24×7!!