|By: Dr. John Ankerberg, Dr. John Weldon; ©2003|
|What type of influence has Eastern religion and on the west, and what is the relationship of Eastern religion to witchcraft and Satanism? The authors describe the influences and the way it has affected Western cultural thinking.|
In this article series we will discuss the relationship between witchcraft and Satanism on the one hand and Eastern religion (especially Tantrism) on the other. We have included this discussion because of the great influence of Eastern religion in the West and the fact that few people seem to be aware of such connections. For millions of Westerners, Eastern religions are viewed rather benevolently as examples of “wisdom of the East.” Unfortunately, Eastern religion also carries a dark undercurrent with which even devotees are often unfamiliar.
In her Drawing Down the Moon: Witches, Druids, Goddess-Worshippers and Other Pagans in America Today, Margo Adler interviewed numerous prominent witches who discussed the experience and philosophy of witchcraft. The parallels to Eastern religion and occultism were obvious. These witches make correlations to yoga, shamanism, developing altered states of consciousness, the realization of inner divinity, and alleged connection to the “infinite.” Witches themselves speak of witchcraft as being “the Yoga of the West” and that “a Witch is a type of European shaman”:
It is well documented that numerous perversions (including human sacrifice) occur in witchcraft and Satanism, and yet these also have a rich tradition in Eastern religion (e.g., Hinduism), as well as pagan occult religion in general. In his Occultism, Witchcraft and Cultural Fashions, the noted cultural anthropologist Mircea Eliade of the University of Chicago refers to the interconnections between European witchcraft and Hindu Tantric yoga. He points out that “even a rapid perusal of the Hindu and Tibetan documents” reveals the connection:
“The Witches of Orissa” is another article by Satindra Roy published in a Bombay anthropology journal. It makes the following observations about a particular sect of Indian witchcraft. Roy begins by noting the connections between the witch cult and Tantra’s Shakti (power) worship.
He proceeds to show that the witches apparently derived their powers for evil from magical incantations learned from Hindu gurus. Significantly, we find they may endure the characteristic death struggle of occultists:
An anti-moral pragmatism is a strong feature of Satanism and witchcraft on the one hand and much Eastern religion on the other. For example, in a standard text entitled Yoga: Immortality and Freedom, the late yoga authority Mircea Eliade observes the amoral orientation of much yoga.
Further, the goals of the sexual union in Tantra and witchcraft on the one hand and in magic/ Satanism on the other are also similar. For example, in Tantra and witchcraft we find the predominance of the feminine energy theme. In both categories we find occasional cannibalism, ritual cruelty, a preoccupation with death, ritual sacrifice, ritual insanity, anarchy, and horrible degradations in general.