During the process, Chimdada had poured boiling water from a basket over the possessed person, thus delivering him from the evil spirit.
When Old Guru met Chimdada, he asked Chimdada to clarify the story and was told that the water that Chimdada poured over the person was actually not hot at all. He confirmed that the possessed person was the son of a Cambodian General who lived in Thailand.
Based on this story, Old Guru will briefly talk about the principles of exorcism:
1. The exorcist must have the ‘Official Seal’ (or license) from Saints or Deities and must be knowledgeable in the field of metaphysics. The methods used to exorcise varies between different schools of mysticism, sects or faiths: some exorcists use a rattan rod to whip into thin air whilst chanting some mantra. Some use ritual hand gestures (Mudras) to fight the spirit from a distance. Some use foliage (small branch with leaves) that they dip in water and sprinkle over the person’s body.
All of these methods as well as others can be used make the evil spirit scream and beg for forgiveness and finally leave the person. However, it is stricly forbidden to beat the physical body of the possessed person in order to drive the devil out.
2. Do not attempt to exorcise spirits if you are not an expert in the esoteric field. Do not use images of Buddha, Jesus Christ, including mantras, yantras or any magic spells to suppress the evil spirits. They may attack and chase after you and causing you to lose face.
3. You must know whether the involved spirit is a Saint, Deity or an entity from the lower realm, If it is a spirit from a deceased then ask if there are any unsettled debts between that spirit and the family of the possessed person? And what does the spirit want?.
4. Do not mistakenly think that any one who practices magic, or who has a high and revered standing in their faith or religion will know how to perform exorcism. This includes professional exorcists (Thay may only have partial knowledge of it).
The following are a few factual examples:
- A spiritual teacher nicknamed Nước Lạnh (Cold water - because he uses cold water when he exorcises) was struck very hard in the face by a hand gesture of the possessed person right in front of the altar. Seized by anger the monk and two of his disciples knocked the possessed woman over, pinned her down and brutally beat her. In this way, they are actually beating the woman herself and not the evil spirit!
- Another monk, renowned for his success at performing exorcism, was very proud of himself thinking of himself as a virtuous man, being a strict vegetarian and eating only once a day at noon time. His disciples considered him as a living Buddha. Once during an exorcism, the possessed, a young girl, jumped into his lap. He was so angry and gave her a few slaps ( I guess that the spirit was having a good laugh at the monk: How come the Living Buddha be so afraid of sexual temptation and of losing his reputation that he would beat someone so brutally).
- An elderly abbot of a provincial monastery, not particularly adept at exorcism, had heard that the mantra in the Lankavatara sutra has supreme power capable of dealing with very powerful evil spirits, including the ones in the heaven’s realm. Armed with this knowledge the over confident Abbot started the exorcism ritual. He placed a tocsin on top of the possessed‘s head and repeatedly knocked on it while he chanted the Lankavatara mantra. Right in front of the altar the possessed person brushed off the tocsin with a gesture of his hand and cursed him: ‘how much virtue do you have that gives you the right to place this tocsin on my head?! ’ (this is so embarrassing for the Abbot as there were about 30 disciples who stayed over after they had finished reciting the Buddhist scriptures in the evening).
- Pope John Paul II was performing an exorcism a few years ago. The possessed was a Catholic girl (this was after the time when the Catholic Church announced the forming of a committee to revise exorcism rituals). The Pope invoked the name of God to order the spirit to leave the girl’s body. The devil mocked the pope, saying: “Not even your church (head) can send me away.” (source: http://www.angelfire.com/ky/dodone/EXO.html)
- The press has also written many articles about exorcists from various faiths because of their anger during the exorcism - had killed the possessed and as a result had ended up in jail.
In summary, one has to be in a position of authority in the tangible or intangible world in order to deal with cases involving the law in this physical world or the world beyond.