Is it possible to communicate with the supernatural?

11/24/2012 7:59 AM

11/24/2012 8:00 AM

Communicate with the divine

Arvind Khetia, engineer and a Hindu: In Hinduism, the idea of communicating with supernatural beings such as ghosts, demons or the dead is considered inconsistent with the true spiritual practices defined by the wisdom of the scriptures. Such pursuits arise only from spiritual ignorance of the mind and do not help one attain liberation (moksha).

When supernatural beings are seen as God, then “communicating” takes the form of a deep and unwavering devotion. Then, with self-control and purity of heart and mind, one’s consciousness becomes united with the divine. The following true story from “The Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna” by Swami Nikhilananda illustrates this point.

Swami Vivekananda, whose 150th birth anniversary is celebrated next year, had an intense desire to realize the truth.

Finally, he went to Sri Ramakrishna, a saint of India, and asked the same question, “Sir, have you seen God?” Without hesitation, he replied, “Yes, I have seen God. I see him as I see you here, only more clearly. God can be seen. One can talk to him … but, who weeps for the vision of God?”

Describing this intensity of longing for God, Sri Ramakrishna said, “The soul must be restless for God … as restless as one feels for air when drowning.”

Don’t ask for help from spirits

Rushdy El-Ghussein, former president of the Islamic Society of Greater Kansas City: The Qur’an indicates that there are other beings in the universe besides human beings, such as jinn and angels. Angels, and especially the archangel Gabriel, conveyed God’s message to Allah’s prophets. They are servants of God and obey him absolutely. Jinn, on the other hand, can be good or evil.

Jinn used to listen to the message of God. Some believed in it, but others are evil and try to mislead humans. Satan is a jinn. Prophet Solomon used the jinn to serve in his kingdom, but this was an exceptional situation.

Some ancient people used magic to communicate with jinns. Muslims are prohibited from using magic and sorcery, and accordingly, Muslims are not to communicate with or use the jinn.

Muslims visit the cemeteries not to communicate with the dead but to remind ourselves about the hereafter, to remember that we will also die and return to God, facing his judgment. We can ask God to forgive and have mercy on the deceased. However, we are prohibited from seeking blessings or intersession from the deceased.

There is only one God, Allah, and he is the God of all his creation. Since he is the Lord of all, no one can help more than he can, and no one can protect more than he.

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