Remembering My Warrior Dad and His Battles With Ghosts

Joyce Singha By Joyce Singha, 26th Jul 2014 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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My father struggled with 'ghosts' but fought them off like a true warrior; most probably it was a sleep disorder.

Battles with Ghosts (Bhoot in Hindi)

For many years, my father suffered from a 'Bhoot or Ghost problem’. When he first told me about the nightly battles he'd been having with various creatures, I shuddered, laughed, and quickly shuddered again lest those creatures came upon me as well. Such is the fear of ghosts in the Indian culture! This is what my dad told me. He said those guys wanted to sit on top of his head and did so; he said they were pinching him, he said they were blowing air on him, he said they whistled at him, he also said they were pushing him from his bed. I was shocked that any creature could be so rude as to push a man from his own bed. My Dad threw different things at the creatures: shoes, slippers, pillows, spoons, sticks, mud, water, anything he could lay his hands on.

Trying to get rid of ghosts

Nonetheless, it all amounted to a lot of activity so I asked my dad to be less dramatic and a little more reasonable. My Dad said that when they bared their teeth, he had enough and that is the time he whipped out his Bible and whacked the life out of them. Then he did his favorite thing, which is to let out choice curses in Hindi. Believe me, some of the curse words in Hindi can be very scary. On a side note, when my dad used profanity, it was not gentle at all; he could really grind it out good. It seems with the Bible in one hand, a shoe in the other, and a mouth full of curses my father was successful in scaring those creatures, for a while. Most likely they retreated for a while. My Dad also saw a Maulvi (Muslim priest) who wrote few powerful stanzas on bits of paper, which my father stuck all over his house. Unfortunately, in the ensuing weeks, bits of paper and my father’s curses were not potent enough to keep wily creatures away; they were back to torment my father. I requested my father see his doctor before the situation got completely out of hand.

Enter medical dilemma

Dad duly headed for his PCP who happens to be a benign Jewish fellow complete with cap, keys, and threads; jingle-jangle of Doctor’s keys usually informed of his arrival. In the monthly or weekly meetings, my father and doctor usually discussed Israel, MiddleEast and various political situations and rarely my father’s troubles, which fortunately had remained unchanged and hence no need of changing of the guard. Kind Doctor diagnosed my father’s battles with ghosts as sleep disorder/ anxiety/ depression - all combined, and recommended anti-depressants, which my dad refused to take just in case they interfered with his heart medicines. Then the doctor suggested maybe he should see a psychiatrist at which my dad went completely ballistic. When the doctor seemed exasperated, my dad came to his rescue and said he will get some priests to wipe out those night creatures! Medicine and juju don’t go together.

Rescue mission

As the rescue-from-ghosts mission began, the group comprised of two priests, one designated priest and another one for added support, my Mum, my Mum's two friends, Dad, Dad's friend, and me. The idea was to present a very formidable group just in case any of those creatures were hiding under the carpet or in the walls or something. The priest soaked the house with holy water and Bible chapters read to banish the creatures to depths of hell. The group lead by the priest made a few rounds of the house making sure all bases has been covered. My father was satisfied, slept peacefully for a few days till a few days later when his troubles started again.

Homeopathy gets rid of ghosts

I decided to take matters in my hand, fished out my Homeopathic books and read all the troubling symptoms. Voila I had the right remedy for Dad. He was given Stramonium. Dad became well, slept well and even gave advice to all and sundry about how to tackle ghosts. My Dad also told me about a certain distant relative who had regular sessions of boxing with some local nocturnal creatures as well! My mind began to whirr and I thought could this thing run in the family? Could God be so unkind as to allow generations to be troubled by these restless creatures? Should I get ready with some shoes and slippers? Or should I just keep some Stramonium nearby for myself? May my father rest in peace and those creatures as well.

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Antidepressants, Father, Ghosts, Homeopathic Remedies, Sleep Disorder, Spirits, Stramonium

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author avatar Joyce Singha
Writer, Thinker, Homeopath.
Background in Literature, Films and Homeopathy. Interests in Politics & Human Idiosyncrasies. Humor is essential. Personal Blog at: http://joyce-iamwhatiyam.blogspot.com

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author avatar snerfu
27th Jul 2014 (#)

Indeed very little is known about the dark realm or aliens who regularly make their appearance. It is good to know homeopathy has strong cures for almost everything.

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author avatar Joyce Singha
27th Jul 2014 (#)

Thanks Doc. I wish those creatures would just rest and give people a break.

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author avatar Retired
27th Jul 2014 (#)

Thanks for sharing this personal story. Interesting application for homeopathy. Great share. :)

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author avatar Lady Aiyanna
27th Jul 2014 (#)

Medication doesn't get rid of ghosts, your attitude and change of lifestyle does. It may not be religiously inclined though...

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author avatar Joyce Singha
27th Jul 2014 (#)

Homeopathy is different; it works on the mind which works on thoughts which work on changing attitude. This was a memoir of my father with sleep problems which may have seemed like 'ghost problem'. Thanks for commenting.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
27th Jul 2014 (#)

Interesting share, thanks Joyce. Yes, some do have such issues and good to know there are remedies close at home! siva

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author avatar JayeByrd
28th Jul 2014 (#)

Great memoir piece. I am interested in knowing more about Homeopathy. Do you have a blog, or could you recommend resources for my further endeavors? Or is this something we can even comment on here?

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author avatar Joyce Singha
28th Jul 2014 (#)

I'm a little lazy Jaye regarding work on my homeopathic website. Unless it's something extremely personal, I suppose comments here should be fine or you could write me directly. Thanks JayeByrd.

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author avatar A.M>CrewsAnita Crews
2nd Aug 2014 (#)

Fascinating! I have long believed that your state of mind was governed by your attitude. I have always tried to go by the glass half full theory and it has worked pretty well for me. I have also found that if you give credibility to the dark places your mind can go, it is hard to find the light again. Loved the story. I too was very close to my dad, who was an extrodinary man.

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author avatar Joyce Singha
2nd Aug 2014 (#)

Thank you Anita.
Light and darkness by themselves are no good; they have to be juxtaposed for us to appreciate one from the other. Dads and Mums are great. I still have my Mum :)

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author avatar Margaret Michel
6th Aug 2014 (#)

Wow, this was interesting. Did you know that other names for this plant is Devil's Weed or Hell's Bells or Devil's Cucumber? Seems almost ironic!

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