What is Halloween?
Halloween history is one of mystery and intrigue, the story of Halloween’s past has been passed down through generations. Traditions and adaptations of ancient ceremonies and superstitions have evolved into the holiday we know and love today. We’ll explore the history of Halloween in various forms, and unlock the dark secrets of this ancient holiday.
Halloween is a holiday celebrated on the night of October 31. The word Halloween is a shortening of All Hallows’ Evening also known as Hallowe’en or All Hallows’ Eve.
Traditional activities include trick-or-treating, bonfires, costume parties, visiting “haunted houses” and carving jack-o-lanterns. Irish and Scottish immigrants carried versions of the tradition to North America in the nineteenth century. Other western countries embraced the holiday in the late twentieth century including Ireland, the United States, Canada, Puerto Rico and the United Kingdom as well as of Australia and New Zealand.
Halloween – the Origins
Halloween has its origins in the ancient Celtic festival known as Samhain . The festival of Samhain is a celebration of the end of the harvest season in Gaelic culture. Samhain was a time used by the ancient pagans to take stock of supplies and prepare for winter. The ancient Gaels believed that on October 31, the boundaries between the worlds of the living and the dead overlapped and the deceased would come back to life and cause sickness or damaged crops.
The festival would frequently involve bonfires. It is believed that the fires attracted insects to the area which attracted bats to the area. These are additional attributes of the history of Halloween.
Masks and costumes were worn in an attempt to mimic the evil spirits or appease them.
Spiritual effect of celebrating Halloween
At the outset, let us familiarize ourselves with a basic law of Spiritual science which states that ‘The word, touch, form, taste, smell and its related energy coexist’. This means where the word ‘God’ is present, God’s attendant divine energy is also present. That is why we feel better after praying to Him.
Similarly where the name and form of ghosts (demons, devils, negative energies, etc.) exist such as on Halloween, their distressing energy is also present. As the form and colour of the decorations and costumes used in Halloween are similar to that of ghosts, they act as antennae (similar frequency conduits) to attract a lot of negative distressing energy such as the common ghost.
The three subtle basic components: Sattva, Raja and Tama
According to modern sciences, the Universe is made up of basic physical particles that include electrons, protons, neutrons, mesons, gluons and quarks.
At a spiritual level, however, the Universe is made up of something even more basic. These basic particles are known as the three subtle basic components (trigunās) namely Sattva, Raja and Tama.
The three subtle basic components : Sattva, Raja and Tama are the very fabric of Creation. Unknown to modern sciences, they permeate through all living and non-living, tangible and intangible things. The vibrations emitted by anything are dependent on its predominant subtle basic component. This also influences the behaviour of all things. The proportion of these components in human beings can only be changed by spiritual practice.
We call the components subtle because they are intangible, not physical in nature and they cannot be seen with any instruments such as the latest electronic microscopes. Technically advanced physical instrumentation in the future too will not be able to measure them. These three subtle basic components can only be perceived by the subtle sense organs or our sixth sense.
- The subtle basic Sattva component is the most subtle or intangible of the three subtle basic components. It is the component nearest to divinity. Hence its predominance in a person is characterized by happiness, contentment, virtues like patience, perseverance, ability to forgive, spiritual yearning etc.
- The subtle basic Tama component is the basest of the three. Its predominance in a person is reflected by laziness, greed, attachment to worldly matters etc.
- The subtle basic Raja component provides fuel to the other two. Depending on whether a person is predominantly sāttvik or tāmasik the subtle basic Raja component will bring about actions pertaining to Sattva or Tama.
In fact spiritual research has revealed that Halloween is a festival that was created by negative energies with the objective of generating and spreading their black negative energy in society. Very often negative energies such as ghosts, demons, put thoughts in people’s minds to start traditions that are steeped in Raja-Tama so that they can influence people through them.
With the attraction of ghosts to this celebration, the following are the main adverse effects on people and the environment in places where Halloween is celebrated:
Halloween increases ghost activity
In places where Halloween is celebrated, the activity of ghosts increases by about 30%. Due to the increased activity of ghosts and the negative vibrations created by the various costumes and decorations, the Raja-Tama in the environment goes up by 30% on the evening/night of 31st October, the time Halloween is celebrated. This is a very significant increase and the heightened effect of negative energies continues for 4 weeks. The effect then slowly subsides over a 6 month period.
Even during natural events such as eclipses, full moon and new moon there is an increased activity of ghosts. However this is due to natural phenomena. In the case of Halloween, the increase in the activity of ghosts is purely man made.
Increases the risk of possession by common ghosts
In the table below the effect of Halloween on 3 types of people is explained, which are active adult participants in the festivities, active child participants in the festivities and those not actively participating.
A group of Spiritual Researchers discovered in Feb 2014, a subtle reading of the effect of Halloween and found that since 2007 the damaging impact of Halloween at a subtle level had increased considerably. Below you can find the revised figures of its effect.
|Effect of Halloween in 2014 with respect to||Active adult participants in the festival||Active child participants in the festival||The people not participating|
|Increase in Raja-Tama||30%||30%||20%|
|Increase in the likelihood of possession||50%||50%||30%|
|Time the adverse effect lasts||10 weeks||10 weeks||4 weeks|
Source: Spiritual research by SSRF.org Feb 2014
The following reasons have been provided for the increase in negative effect:
- There is an overall heightened level of Raja-Tama or spiritual impurity in the environment since 2007. (This means that 2007 was relatively more sāttvik as compared to 2014.)
- Society has shown an increased desire to take part in such negative celebrations this showing that the Raja-Tamain society had increased. This in turn increases the risk of being affected by negative energies.
There is a rule that like attracts like. So also people who have an affinity for such demonic kinds of costumes (that are Tama predominant) generally are Tama predominant themselves. Such people are more likely to be affected or possessed by negative energies. The negative energies affecting them influence the thoughts of such people to participate in such activities.
The main point is that we attract a lot of distressing vibrations and get affected by them. However if a person is possessed by a demonic entity then not only does he or she attract negative energy but also transmits negative energy into the environment.
The type of ghost that is most likely to take advantage of the festivities is the common ghost.
Wearing of black and costumes on Halloween
During the festivities black is the predominant colour worn and used. Since the colour black is tāmasik in nature, it has maximum capacity to attract and transmit negative and distressing frequencies in the environment, to the extent of 70%. This means, out of all the possible negative vibrations (ghosts included) that there can be in the environment, the colour black can attract up to 70% of them.
Children are also dressed up as magicians, vampires, witches, ghosts, skeletons which are Tama-predominant and attract the actual negative energies they represent.
Decorations for Halloween
Entrance door: Entrance doors are decorated with wreaths that are often black in colour or adorned with signs of the underworld.
House: Houses are decorated with Tama predominant artificial cobwebs, spiders, ghosts, tombstones, skeletons
Halloween lanterns: Pumpkin lanterns are often carved into bizzare faces through which Tama-predominant waves circulate into the surrounding.
Food specific to Halloween
On Halloween day it is common to have cakes and other types of food in the form of tombstones, haunted houses, cut off hands, etc. As per the spiritual rule explained above the form of an object and its related energy coexist. (This rule is more applicable to solid objects.) These food objects, due to their shape act as another conduit for increased attack by negative energies such as common ghosts by as much as 30%.
Intention behind ‘trick or treat’
Children go for trick or treat collection passing from door to door asking for goodies and threatening to play tricks on those who refuse. As a result, Tama predominant values are impressed on the minds of children. The mind becomes used to being extroverted.
What you can do to protect yourself from the spiritual effects of Halloween
- By participating in Halloween festivities we markedly increase the likelihood of being affected and possessed by ghosts. Hence it is best to stay away from these festivities and to educate others about its ill-effects.
- To protect oneself from the adverse effects of the heightenedraja-tama and the increased activity of ghosts in places where Halloween is celebrated, it is essential that one concentrate on one’s spiritual practice stringently. This is especially in the period of 1-2 days before Halloween and for at least 1 week following it. Constant prayers (with gratitude) for protection from the adverse effects and for spiritual practice to happen optimally are also a must.
Here is an interesting video on why we should stop celebrating Halloween the way we do today:
A lot of shocking events happened on Halloween`s night during time:
I wish you all a safe Halloween !