Ritual of casting off the evil eye
What is meant by the ‘ritual of casting off the evil eye’ and how does it benefit us?
Definition : The ‘ritual of casting off the evil eye’ is a process of sucking out the distressing vibrations or black energy present in the pranamay-kosh (vital energy sheath) and the manomay-kosh (mental sheath) [see picture below] of the affected person, into the substances used in the ritual. This is followed by burning the substances so that the influence of the energy and vibrations in the substances is reduced.
- Persons affected by the evil eye, black magic or tormented by negative energies benefit by the ‘ritual of casting off the evil eye’.
- The extent of reduction in distress is dependent on the extent of distress present. Generally negative energies, at the spiritual level of 40-45% and lower are most impacted by the ritual of casting off the evil eye. Negative energies can attain higher spiritual levels due to their spiritual practice but they use the spiritual energy to cause distress to others.
Prayer is a very important part of the ritual : By performing the ritual of casting off the evil eye after first praying to Sri Hanuman and drawing strength from Him, the person performing the ritual does not experience any distress and the distress of the affected person also reduces at the earliest.
Select the method based upon
A. Severity of distress
Sea salt and mustard seeds
Sea salt, mustard seeds and red dried chillies
Only red dried chillies, coconut containing water and alum
B. Availability of substances to be used in the ritual
This depends on the severity of distress
Once a week
More than once a week depending on the severity
Every day till complete relief from distress
Substances used for the ritual of casting off the evil eye and the various methods of the ritual
A substance has to have the capacity to attract the Raja-Tama waves, to be able to consolidate them within itself and then destroy them, only then can it become potent for use in the ritual of casting off the evil eye. Mainly mustard seeds and salt / salt and dried red chillies / mustard seeds, salt and red chillies, or limes or coconut are used for the ritual. Mostly two substances are used in a combination to increase the speed of removal of the black energy. Mustard seeds, salt, red chillies and coconut have an inherent capacity to attract and hold the Raja-Tama filled waves; thus they are mainly used in this ritual.
Salt and mustard seeds combination : When the ritual is performed with salt and mustard seeds, the Raja-Tama covering around the body is sucked with the help of the salt, condensed by the fast moving waves in the mustard seeds, and later destroyed in the fire. Since the covering over the gross body reduces, we feel light and the numbess of the body reduces.
Importance of using salt in the ritual : Salt has the property to condense the Raja-Tama waves with the help of air within. When salt is dissolved in water it becomes more effective due to its increased contact. The humid air sheath that is present around the salt is very potent in absorbing the Raja-Tama filled covering around the body. When salt is taken in the fists of both hands and moved around an individual, due to contact with the Raja waves formed by this movement the humid air sheath around the salt also gets activated. It then absorbs the Raja-Tama covering around the body and keeps it sealed within itself. This humid air sheath around the salt is then destroyed when thrown in fire and so the negative waves are destroyed. Thus in the ritual of casting off the evil eye this humid air sheath of the salt is especially useful for keeping the Raja-Tama waves sealed into itself till they are burnt in fire.
Why is rock salt better than common salt ?
1. As common salt is chemically processed its ability to absorb the negative vibrations are less, as compared to that of rock salt (granulated salt).
2. Rock salt is in the form of tiny granules, thus it has more capacity to attract the negative vibrations as compared to common salt.
Ritual of casting off the evil eye using salt and mustard seeds
Special features : Salt and mustard seeds can immediately discard the black energy which has been attracted into them, when they come in contact with fire,
1. Mix the salt and mustard seeds. The portion of salt should be more than mustard seeds.
2. Take a mixture of salt and mustard seeds that is enough to fill the fists of the hands.
3. Facing the fists downwards stand crossing the forearms over each other.
4. Then while uncrossing the arms move them upwards and in a circular motion rotating them from inside-outwards.
5. After the ritual is completed, burn the salt and mustard seeds over live coals.
Why should the hands of the individual performing the ritual be crossed ?
1. Importance of crossing the hands
A. The relation between the māntrik and the cross (multiplication sign) : The linga-dēha (subtle bodies) from Bhuvalok (nether region) and Pātāl which trouble humans are called negative energies. There are various types of negative energies such as ghosts, pishāch, haḍal etc. Among them the most powerful are called ‘māntriks’.
When māntriks perform black magic on someone they make a cross mark. This mark represents destruction through the medium of black magic. At times the māntriks create centres in the individual’s body. These centres act as small dwellings of the māntriks from where they can easily give and take black energy. Some of these areas are also in the shape of the cross mark.
At times one sees cross marks on an individual’s body after the ritual of casting off the evil eye is performed. This is because the distress manifests after the ritual in the form of cross marks.
B. The effect when the hands are crossed : The waves associated with the aim of the māntrik in making the cross marks get attracted to the crossed hands in a shorter period. So crossing hands helps in casting off the evil eye in a shorter period.
(Keeping hands in mudrā [sign] is yet another very effective spiritual healing method. When H.H. Dr. Jayant Athavale [Compiler] suggests mudrās to those severely affected by negative energies, He advises them to cross the two index fingers or cross both forearms. The reason behind this is also evident from the above)
How can the intensity of being affected with the evil eye be judged ? (The foul smell emitted is an indicator of the intensity of the evil eye)
A. Not affected by the evil eye : If an individual is not affected by the evil eye then when salt and mustard are burnt, there is no foul smell but only a burnt smell.
B. Mildly affected with the evil eye : At times there is no foul smell. This is when the Raja-Tama waves absorbed into the salt and mustard seeds are negligible and get destroyed immediately in the fire. The gross foul smell in the atmosphere is not intense as that generated when affected severely with the evil eye. This therefore indicates being affected in a mild form.
C. Severely affected with the evil eye : When a strong foul smell is emitted, the intensity of being affected with the evil eye is severe.’
(As explained above, if we are not affected with the evil eye then no foul smell will be emitted when the salt and mustard seeds are burnt. That means the individual does not have spiritual distress. But if the individual continues to have gross signs of distress then it can be considered that the ritual of casting off the evil eye did not remove the covering at all and so this ritual is performed at hourly intervals. In case the ritual is not removing the black covering then the substances of the next level (for example coconut) can be used. In spite of these efforts if the distress remains then one can consult a spiritually evolved individual and act accordingly. – Compiler)
Casting off the evil eye with salt and red chillies : Dried red chillies have the ability of rapidly absorbing the Raja-Tama waves making them dense and immediately releasing them in the atmosphere.They can emit these waves in the atmosphere very soon when put in fire. Thus it is advisable to have a burning fire nearby when using red chillies. The speed with which the red chillies attract Raja-Tama waves is more than that of mustard seeds and hence red chillies are mainly used when the ritual needs to be performed on the gross body and mind. Contact with the humid sheath around the salt gives momentum to the activity of the chillies, of absorbing Raja-Tama waves.
When the Raja-Tama waves are reduced from the mind, the thought process of doubts reduces and the individual feels tension free. Those who are distressed with unnecessary thinking are best benefited with this kind of ritual.
Importance of using red chillies in the ritual
Explanation about the subtle-picture
A. ‘There are many substances which have the Tama component. However chillies in addition to having the Tama component also have the ability to absorb the Tama component.
B. Red chillies have this unique capacity to absorb the Tama component as well as to expel it, when they are burnt in the fire.
C. In red chillies the Tama vibrations move very rapidly. When the chillies were held in my hands I felt that they were attracting blackish Tama vibrations. I felt it was just like two similar personalities who get attracted to each other.
D. When I held the chillies in my hands I yawned many times. (The black energy came out in the form of yawns – Compiler). At that time I felt that the black energy within me was getting attracted into the red chillies.’ – Ms. Priyanka Lotlikar, Sanatan Sanstha
The number of chillies used in the ritual depends upon the severity of the distress : The number of red chillies used is based on the severity of the distress. The table below contains information on the distress experienced due to being affected by the evil eye and the number of chillies required to cast off the the evil eye in each type of distress.
(If there is no indication of distress as aforementioned then odd number of red chillies starting from three in number may be used as per convenience.- Compiler)
Method of casting off the evil eye : It is similar to the ritual wherein salt and mustard seeds are used.
How to understand the severity of being affected by the evil eye ? : When salt and red chillies are put in the burning fire after the ritual of casting off the evil eye, whether there is a foul smell or not and if there is coughing or not, decides the severity of the evil eye.
A. If there is cough, it is assumed that the individual is not affected by the evil eye.
(We normally experience cough while frying red chillies during cooking.) If we do not have cough when the chillies are burnt that means we are affected by the the evil eye. The reason for not getting cough is because the pungency in the chillies is used in fighting against the black energy vibrations. The more severe the distress, the less the cough.
B. It can be assumed that the individual is not affected by the evil eye when there is no foul smell, and affected when there is a foul smell.
Salt, mustard seeds and red chillies when used together : The method of performing the ritual using salt, mustard seeds and red chillies and the science underlying it is the same as that done with only salt and red chillies. Generally two teaspoons of salt, half teaspoon of mustard seeds and an odd number of red chillies are taken.
Importance : ‘When limes are used in the ritual of casting off the evil eye, the subtle Raja vibrations in it gain momentum and attract the Raja-Tama covering around the individual, condensing it within itself.
The limes to be used in the ritual of casting off the evil eye : The plain limes, and not the one with ridges are used for this ritual.
Limes having ridges have a distinct ridge running along one side of the lime from top to bottom. At times there are ridges on both sides. Such limes are used for performing black magic as they have a greater capacity to expel the Raja-Tama energy into the atmosphere compared to the common limes.
Method of ritual
A. Holding limes in both hands, they are moved in a circular clockwise motion from the legs to the head.
B. The limes are then burnt on live coals or immersed in flowing water.
B1. Why it is better to burn the limes rather than immerse them in flowing water ? : ‘When the limes are immersed in flowing water, it takes a while for the vibrations in them to mix with water and in between a negative energy can make use of this energy to do black magic on another jīva. On the other hand when they are burnt the Raja-Tama vibrations are rapidly destroyed.
How can the severity of being affected by the evil eye be decided ?
Gross effects seen when the limes are immersed in flowing water, based on the severity of being affected by the evil eye : ‘The more the severity of the evil eye, greater is the time taken for the Raja-Tama in the limes to get dissolved in the water, thus prolonging the time for the limes to swiftly flow away in the water.
A. ‘Alum is used to suck the covering over the manomay-kosh, condense and destroy it. Alum has an inherent white gas with an odour, which can easily dissipate into the atmosphere. This gas can very quickly merge with the space in the atmosphere, attract the Raja-Tama waves from the atmosphere in it and store them within itself. As the manomay-kosh is more subtle then the mano-dēha, in a short time the gas from the alum absorbs the Raja-Tama waves saturated in the void of the manomay-kosh.
B. When the alum is burnt after using it for the ritual of casting off the evil eye, the Raja-Tama waves emitted from it get condensed; the various forms of the alum that are thus created give some indication of the nature of the negative energy problem.
Shape of the alum used for the ritual of casting off the evil eye : Alum used for the ritual should be of medium size; a little larger than a betel-nut.
Method of casting off the evil eye with alum : Take a piece of alum in each hand and perform the ritual in the manner similar to that done with salt and mustard seeds. After the ritual, burn the alum on live coals.
Importance of coconut in the ritual of casting off the evil eye
A. A coconut can attract both, positive as well as negative energies. Raja-Tama waves are attracted into a coconut faster and disintegrate inside it to a large extent because of the coconut’s inherent Sattva component.
B. In comparison to other substances a coconut has greater capacity to absorb the negative frequencies thus it is most effective in sucking the black covering from the subtle body of an individual. Any kind of severe distress due to evil eye can be removed with a coconut.
C. A coconut is all encompassing and can therefore be used against any kind of evil eye and black magic.
Method of ritual of casting off the evil eye using a coconut
1. The individual affected by the evil eye pays obeisance to Sri Hanuman and prays – ‘Sri Hanuman, let all the distressing vibrations within me (say one’s name) get attracted into this coconut and be destroyed.’
2. The individual performing the ritual of casting off the evil eye pays obeisance to Sri Hanuman and prays – ‘Sri Hanuman, please suck all the distressing vibrations around and within the body of this individual who is affected by the evil eye, into this coconut and destroy them completely. Let the protective covering of your grace remain around me while performing this ritual.’
1. The coconut which is used for casting off the evil eye should have the outer fibrous covering removed leaving only a small pointed tuft.
2. The individual performing the ritual should hold the coconut in his palms and stand in front of the individual affected by the evil eye. The tuft portion of the coconut should face the affected individual.
3. The affected individual should look at the tip of the tuft of the coconut.
4. The coconut is moved thrice in a circle, starting from the feet to the head and back to the feet of the affected individual, in a clockwise direction. Then the one performing the ritual circumambulates around the affected individual thrice, in a clockwise direction. The tuft of the coconut should face the affected individual, throughout. (The ritual of casting off the evil eye can be performed collectively on many individuals sitting together.)
5. What is done with the coconut after the ritual of casting off the evil eye ?
A. When the distress of the affected seeker is mild or moderate, the coconut can be broken at the junction of three roads.
B. When the distress of the affected individual is severe the coconut is broken in a temple of Sri Hanuman. If a Hanuman temple is not nearby then it can be broken on the steps of a nearby temple of a superior Deity. It is necessary to break the coconut and is incorrect to just keep it on the steps of the temple.
In case of severe distress the coconut can also be immersed in flowing water.
C. In case any of the above is not possible then one can do pūja of the sāttvik picture of Sri Hanuman prepared by Sanatan, near one’s home and with a prayer to Sri Hanuman to destroy the negative energies, the coconut can be broken in front of Sri Hanuman’ s picture.
While breaking the coconut or while immersing it in water, sing the praise of Sri Hanuman by saying ‘Hanumānāchā vijay aso (Victory to Sri Hanuman)’, thrice .
The coconut usually offered as Holy sacrament to God is eaten as ‘Prasad’ but the coconut used in the ritual of casting off the evil eye should not be eaten, as the negative energies sucked in it can cause distress.