Do ghosts really exist?

So far no credible evidence can support the existence of ghosts. There numerous stories and many people believe in ghosts. For many people that is enough. We can think of ghosts just like any other phenomenon. That phenomenon may be gravity or ghost.

Science is the study of the world. We need to look at two basic questions.

  • Is the phenomenon accepted by scientific establishment?
  • Is the methodology used to test the phenomenon valid?

Examining phenomenon based on these criteria yield four possibilities:

  1. The gold standard is a phenomenon is accepted by the scientific establishment and methodology is valid. The phenomenon exists such as gravity.
  2. The phenomenon to be accepted by the scientific establishment, but the methodology is invalid. (e.g. data is incorrect or faked, the procedure was flawed). The phenomenon does not exist, but is wrongly accepted by science. The planet Vulcan was once thought to be real.
  3. The phenomenon is not accepted by the scientific establishment, but the methodologies testing the phenomenon are valid. The phenomena on exists, but is not yet considered sound science. At one point continental drift fell into this category.
  4. The phenomenon is not accepted by the scientific establishment and the methodologies to test the phenomenon is not valid. The phenomenondoes not exist. Mermaids fall into this category.

A phenomenon may move around the different categories depending on changes in the evidence, methods, or even death of older scientists.

So WTF does that have to do with ghosts?

Since ghosts are not accepted by the scientific establishment, we can eliminate the first two possibilities. At this point, even though ghosts are not accepted by the scientific community, they may still be real. We have to look at the methodologies that support the existence of ghosts.

There are many stories of ghosts. A ghost story is a testimonial. One testimonial is just as good as 10,000 testimonials. I love to listen to a good ghost story. A ghost story is not strong enough evidence to support the existence of ghosts. It is simply a good starting point.

So far the evidence presented by ghost hunters and such is just not believable. I am not going to try to debunk all the ghost claims. There are plenty of people who do this duty. If someone has some specific evidence, I would like to know. I do not know if I am qualified to evaluate it, but I may find someone who can. The most respected and only full time salaried ghost investigator is Joe Nickell. Here is some of his articles: Articles by Joe Nickell .

At this moment in time, I must conclude ghosts fall into category #4. The phenomenon of ghosts does not exist. If credible evidence presents itself, I will update my beliefs.

EDIT: clerical spelling

19 Replies to “Do ghosts really exist?”

  1. I have witnessed one powerful incident in my family (that I narrate further in this answer) and it completely changed my belief. Before the event I was unsure whether they existed.

    (skip the next 2 paras if u want to get to the story right away)

    Ghosts is a concept that has been around since i think humanity.
    I, so, wonder why least number of science students venture into ghost/paranormal studies. There are just too many interesting evidences and stories, accumulated over ages now, that its hard for me to believe why the subject of ghosts still does not incite much interest in researchers.
    Maybe its because of the same reason why not many scientists study the existence of GOD. They could give atleast some damn about it.

    They are wasting so much resources in trying to find gravity waves (LIGO) since decades without any success(Edit: Ok, so they did get some in Feb,2016), when they could have used 10% the effort to prove this ever existent question of 'whether ghosts exist'. Man!, so many people would be relieved including my uncle who sees the ghosts of his friends apart from the ghosts of his pet cat who meets him on fridays. Which was a very special case due to the general lack of animal ghosts. If my uncle wasn't suffering from schizophrenic paranoia and hallucinations of doctors and family running around him , maybe he would have started research himself. If it was proved they exist he would be more confident interacting with the ghosts, rather than horrified and confused.

    I remember the ghost of one of my expired family members. Btw this is a true story that i have witnessed. He used to possess my aunt and shout at everyone very frequently. She was the least educated in the family and maybe that's why the ghost chose her. Nevertheless, my grandma did a blunder mistake and called a popular exorcist. He was practicing since the age of 5 and never needed any schooling. The exorcist quickly found that the ghost was in my aunts pinky finger and all they needed to do was, cut it and then again join it, he would ensure that there would be no pain involved. My aunt was ready to do it, but unfortunately the ghost heard it and never came back. You might wonder that my aunt had always been faking it, and cutting the finger scared her enough to finally stop the drama. But believe it, she said she was not faking it.

    It was unfortunate that we did not have access to some well educated paranormal/ghost researcher who could have devised a way to let us interact with the ghost. And that's why, the dumb exorcist ended up destroying one heck of a chance 🙁

    Thanks for reading this. Apologies if the sarcasm was not clear enough. Nevertheless the events are actually true.

  2. As generally understood, "ghosts" meaning paranormal entities that interact with the natural world, I think we can say "no" to the extent we can say "no" to the existence of the positing of any given number of things that hypothetically would have to be said to "possibly" exist so long as it is impossible to prove one way or another despite there being no actual empirical evidence or natural, logical, scientific reason or explanation for how and why they could/would exist.

    On the other hand, I know people who are otherwise very scientifically and rationally oriented, but who feel we should leave open the potential that alternate dimensions might have alternate laws of physics, and perhaps hauntings and other claims are based on some sort of passage between dimensions, or overlap, or some other situation that merely lies beyond our current capacity to understand as an otherwise "natural" occurrence, because our point of reference is limited to what we can observe and share about our own specific interaction with our own universe through eyes, ears, and touch.

    And at least in a very narrow sense, to the extent ghosts are not exactly here and exist in some strange other worldly state between here and some strange, intangible world from which they stir our imaginations and make us afraid of what we don't see, ghosts "exist" because they exist in pop culture and the imagination, you could say.  Ghost stories and beliefs do serve some very basic need for a lot of people to believe in things beyond this world, not just in a religious sense but just the view that as technology and understanding erase mysteries and awe as we grow older and learn there's no Santa and no this or that etc, it's nice that there are still some corners we can call "uncharted."

         SORT   OF   HAUNT

  3. I would say yes and no. That which most people commonly think of when they encounter the term 'spirit', those sort of spirits certainly do not exist! However in the original and deeper meaning of the term 'spirit', they certainly do exist.

    The term 'spirit' arose within the context of mystic discourses. It has over time been heavily misinterpreted due to Naive Realism ( ) and then co-opted for political purposes or for fantasy and entertainment. It is these misconceptions that have pervaded our culture and which most people associate with the term 'spirit'.

    To understand the mystic meaning of the term requires a radical paradigm shift. If your mind firmly believes that the personality complex within the mind is in fact a physical person and that the mind's stream of experiences is in fact a physical world then it is impossible to comprehend the mystic meaning of 'spirit'. From this world-view the term can only be known as some vague "fairy tale" concept that one either believes or disbelieves.

    One must overcome naïve realism to some extent in order to comprehend spirit. To understand the nature of the paradigm shift required please refer to John Ringland's answer to What is consciousness? and also John Ringland's answer to The Big Philosophical Questions: Is the Universe a Simulation?

    Within the context of the paradigm described in those answers I can define spirit as an information process. The seemingly 'physical' universe is in fact a virtual construct being animated by information processes. These processes operate within / behind / beyond the virtual world permeating it and animating it into existence. Thus all that we are, that we experience, that believe and that we can be is mediated by the underlying information processes (the spirit world).

    An equivalent term from physics would be 'wavefunction'. It is an information process that is non-physical and non-local. It is an un-manifest phenomenon that underlies and animates all manifest forms.

    So in a mystic sense, spirits most certainly do exist. In a computational sense the information processes that animate our universe certainly do exist. In a quantum sense the wavefunctions that are the non-physical reality underlying the physical universe certainly do exist.

    A lot of what is written about spirits is just misconceptions and fairy tales. However if you turn to some coherent sources, then keeping this understanding of 'spirits' in mind you may find that what was previously just "fairy tale" nonsense is actually saying something quite valid and meaningful.

    Such writings are not talking about spirits as if they are 'people' that  live on a higher plane of existence to us mortals (that is just a metaphorical  narrative). When the symbolic, mythic and conceptual languages are properly deciphered, these writings  are talking about primal forces operating within the field of existence, which are an intrinsic aspect of the ongoing process of the real.

    BTW John Ringland's answer to What use is the I Ching? contains some talk about spirits in the mystic sense. If interpreted through a naïve realist world-view it would seem spurious, yet if interpreted with mystic insight it makes a great deal of sense.

  4. Until yesterday night, my answer could have been "probably yes, probably no". And now, it's a straight yes!

    Last night at around 4:25 AM, when I was walking down the staircase of my house to fetch water from the kitchen, I saw through the staircase window a strange translucent figure covered in some kind of whitish clothes, looked like a woman of 30+. I thought it was a delusion. I cleaned up my eyes, and there she was again! She was walking right beside the house boundary wall adjacent to an empty plot of land. I quickly got down and went straight to the kitchen to check out what it is that (I wasn't yet sure whether it was what I was thinking). And then, I'm freaked out!

    There's a park right in front of my house. There was this bench. The whity thing walked past my house, went towards the park entrance, and walked "through" the bench, and went all way to the other side!!!!!

    That confirmed my doubt – I did see what I didn't want to see – a GHOST!

    You might just say it could be someone playing a prank. No it wasn't. The area where I live in is quite quiet and posh and everyone was sleeping at that point of time.

  5. I personally think that they do. There's been far too many things that have happened to myself and my husband to declare otherwise. For example- when we first moved into our home 4 years ago, I kept thinking I was seeing someone out if the corner of my eye. I never mentioned this to my husband, until one night, I got up to use the bathroom around 2:30am, I came out of the bathroom and actually bumped into someone in my hallway. In my semi-awake state I said “oh! Excuse me.” And kept walking, then I realized what had just happened so I quickly turned around and saw no one. Now, I know I bumped into someone and I could even describe her. It was an older woman, with long gray hair to her waist, in tattered clothes. I went back to bed, thinking possibly that was some weird “dream” like state I was in. But, in the morning my husband said “this is going to sound silly, but do you ever see ghosts here?” I was a bit in shock that he'd mention that so I kind of shrugged it off and just said “why do you say that?” And then he went on to tell me that he keeps seeing this old woman, with long gray hair in clothes that looked quite worn. I believe we were seeing the same woman.

  6. My night at Bhangarh Fort .

    For those who believe,

    No i have never seen a ghost,

    but if sensing them counts,

    It might seem crazy but I like to go to haunted places at midnight,

    I have been to few places :

    • Bhangarh Fort,Rajasthan.
    • Dowhill,Kurseong,
    • Brijraj palace bhaban, Kota.
    • Kuldhara,Rajasthan .

    I believe in the existence of wave nature of every particle,so hence the conversion of particle nature to wave nature might also be possible.

    this was my experience in Bhangarh Fort at midnight,

    for those who think how I got there ,

    We were four guys,who came to visit Bhangarh at 1:00 a.m,there we convinced some guards to help us guide how could we stay there overnight in exchange of some favour.

    Now comes the night we were laundering around in the fort,when we came across the dancers haveli signboard,being watched bhool bhuliya,I wanted to meet monjolika,so I insisted and we went there.

    There was nothing much there but what happened there scared the hell out of us,

    A small stone came towards Raj and me from back. I thought it might be an attempt of my other two friends to scare us, we ignored and this continued to happen with us for a few time then it stopped. I was starting to feel that something is not right, when we turned back after moving some 50m, to our surprise(me,raj) there was no one behind,and we could see Ashish,Harsh sitting at a distance of about 40m and now we just realized it couldn’t be Ashish and Harsh throwing stones,we ran back to them as fast as possible,we narrated it to them,they also encountered the same thing before,we ran from that part of bhangarh ASAP,we stayed close to each other sitting in a circle,remembering names of all hindu gods,we couldn’t even escape the fort as there was nowhere we could go without vehicles.

    There were sounds of animals or ….. idon’t know haunting us all night,we somehow passed the night,running as far as possible from the fort,when we could see the glimpse of sun.

    Ashish claimed that he saw some transparent light apperance in the shape of a women,

    I had never seen Ashish lie,so I believe in him.

    he saw something like this :

    p.S:I had goosebumps even when writing this answer.

    Mr.Crazy here.

  7. I can't answer the question in yes or no but i have felt the presence. Here are the few things, me and my family experienced while we were living in a rented apartment in New Delhi in 2005:

    1) One room had the feeling of coolness and darkness, even in the summer. That room had a window too but still it was slightly darker than other room. (So called cold spots. Wish i could have clicked the photos. I bet i would have captured the Ghost)

    2) The volume of the Television used to go to zero automatically. I have seen the volume bars decreasing in the TV display by itself (We used to think the problem was with the remote control unit :))

    3) The music player turn on by itself. Though it happened only once but that led to many questions in my mind. (I was thinking logically and the answer was –  Probably a Loose plug :P)

    4) I was preparing for the engineering exam at that time so i used to study beyond mid night (mostly till 2:00 AM). Everytime i left that room to sleep after study hours, i always had the feeling of being followed. I looked back many times but didn't find anyone. It was just an scary feeling. (Yes, it really happens!!)

    5) My mum used to hear the clinking of jewellery in the day hours when she was alone at the home.

    6) Real encounter: It was 9 PM. There was no body at home. Mum and dad went for the evening walk after dinner. I was alone in that house. Every light was off except that of the above mentioned "cold and dark" room. I went to the washroom and then washed my face. Then, i went to the other room crossing the lobby. The curtain was fully covering the entrance of the other room. It was dark in the lobby too. Only light coming was from the half opened door of that room. As I tried to move the curtain, a hand from behind the curtain pushed my hand away with a force. I chilled down to the spine. I felt that palm on my palm, i am 100% sure . I was afraid to try again. Then I groped the light switch from outside of the room and lit the room, only then, i dared to enter.  At that time, i was trying to find a scientific explanation (My assumption was that the curtain might have come under my feet so i found it hard to push, so stupid of me) but the curtain was almost 2-3 inches above the ground. No chance that might have happened. I didn't tell this incidence to anybody till i heard the similar stories of the people in the neighbourhood while vacating the apartment.

    Now, how did i come to know that all of that happened was something that couldn't be explained? Answer is: When we were vacating the apartment after 10 months as we found a better one. The people nearby told us that a girl committed suicide in that house and its good that we are vacating it. The people who have lived here before us also experienced such things and mostly suffered from the various diseases until they left the house. Thank God it didn't happen to my family.

    I believe in Ghosts since then. 🙂

  8. Ghost hunters was a Paranormal reality tv series that premiered on discovery channel. In it an organization named TAPS(The Atlantic Paranormal Society) used to investigate the reportedly haunted places using high tech instruments such as EMF meters, night vision and thermographic cameras.
    The TAPS team then spends several hours taking electromagnetic field and temperature readings, recording audio for EVPs, and filming with digital video cameras. Many times, they will even try to verbally coax the ghosts into responding, while recording. Afterwards, the team spends several days analyzing all of the data for evidence of possible paranormal activity.
     In many cases they found high reading of EMF meters showing that there is some energy at that place which we call ghosts. So it is clear from these evidences that ghosts do exist.

  9. Ghosts, I believe are mere manifestations of the mind's fantasies and have no existence in realms of science. Their existence can be disproved, or atleast rebutted on two grounds.

    Scientific: Any object, entity or whatever, in order to be seen, needs to possess mass. Why? We see things because light bounces off from the object and reaches our eyes. For "bouncing", light "photons" need to collide with something. And by elementary physics, it can be proved that the object needs to have a mass, in order to cause something to deflect. So? So, any thing that has mass cant levitate unless a force manages to counteract its weight. And hence, the ghost will be doing work against gravity, or expending energy to do this action if it moves or floats as people report. So, if ghost is that energy, it should eventually deplete and fade off.

    Psychological: Why is every ghost a lady in white with long hair, or a beheaded person, etc? Ever heard of a cat ghost or a spirit of a sunflower or amoeba souls taking revenge on humans for making vaccinations? We project our ideas the way we would be most afraid of. Fear is a form of entertainment. That explains why people love horror movies so much, it gives you the rush. Even in real life, we like to be frightened, making stories that are divine or spooky, either way. Hence ghosts merely lie in the mind, made up of your thoughts only.

    • If you believe in ghosts, you're not alone.

    Cultures all around the world believe in spirits that survive death to live in another realm. In fact, ghosts are among the most widely believed of paranormal phenomena: Millions of people are interested in ghosts, and a 2005 Gallup poll found that 37 percent of Americans believe in haunted houses — and nearly half believe in ghosts.

    Ghosts have been a popular subject for millennia, appearing in countless stories, from the Bible to "Macbeth," and even spawning their own folklore genre: ghost stories. Part of the reason is that belief in ghosts is part of a larger web of related paranormal beliefs, including near-death experience, life after death and spirit communication.

    People have tried to (or claimed to) communicate with spirits for ages; in Victorian England, for example, it was fashionable for upper-crust ladies to hold séances in their parlors after tea and crumpets with friends. In America during the late 1800s, many psychic mediums claimed to speak to the dead — but were exposed as frauds by skeptical investigators such as Harry Houdini.

    It wasn't until the past decade that ghost hunting became a widespread interest around the world. Much of this is due to Syfy cable TV's hit series "Ghost Hunters," now in its 10th season of not finding good evidence for ghosts. The show spawned several spin-offs, including "Ghost Hunters International" and "Ghost Hunters Academy," and it's not hard to see why the show is so popular: the premise is that anyone can look for ghosts. The two original stars were ordinary guys (plumbers, in fact) who decided to look for evidence of spirits. Their message: You don't need to be an egghead scientist, or even have any training in science or investigation. All you need is some free time, a dark place and maybe a few gadgets from an electronics store. If you look long enough, any unexplained light or noise might be evidence of ghosts.

    The idea that the dead remain with us in spirit is an ancient one, and one that offers many people comfort; who doesn't want to believe that our beloved but deceased family members aren't looking out for us, or with us in our times of need? Most people believe in ghosts because of personal experience; they have seen or sensed some unexplained presence.

    • The science and logic of ghosts

    Personal experience is one thing, but scientific evidence is another matter. Part of the difficulty in investigating ghosts is that there is not one universally agreed-upon definition of what a ghost is. Some believe that they are spirits of the dead who for whatever reason get "lost" on their way to The Other Side; others claim that ghosts are instead telepathic entities projected into the world from our minds.

    Still others create their own special categories for different types of ghosts, such as Poltergeist, residual hauntings, intelligent spirits and shadow people. Of course, it's all made up, like speculating on the different races of fairies or dragons: there are as many types of ghosts as you want there to be.

    There are many contradictions inherent in ideas about ghosts. For example, are ghosts material or not? Either they can move through solid objects without disturbing them, or they can slam doors shut and throw objects across the room. Logically and physically, it's one or the other. If ghosts are human souls, why do they appear clothed and with (presumably soulless) inanimate objects like hats, canes and dresses — not to mention the many reports of ghost trains, cars and carriages?

    If ghosts are the spirits of those whose deaths were unavenged, why are there unsolved murders, since ghosts are said to communicate with psychic mediums, and should be able to identify their killers for the police. And so on; just about any claim about ghosts raises logical reasons to doubt it.

    Ghost hunters use many creative (and dubious) methods to detect the spirits' presences, often including psychics. Virtually all ghost hunters claim to be scientific, and most give that appearance because they use high-tech scientific equipment such as Geiger counters, electromagnetic field (EMF) detectors, ion detectors, infrared cameras and sensitive microphones. Yet none of this equipment has ever been shown to actually detect ghosts.

    Other people take exactly the opposite approach, claiming that the reason that ghosts haven't been proven to exist is that we simply don't have the right technology to find or detect the spirit world. But this, too, can't be correct: Either ghosts exist and appear in our ordinary physical world (and can therefore be detected and recorded in photographs, film, video and audio recordings), or they don't. If ghosts exist and can be scientifically detected or recorded, then we should find hard evidence of that — yet we don't. If ghosts exist and cannot be scientifically detected or recorded, then all the photos, videos and other recordings claimed to be evidence of ghosts cannot be ghosts. With so many basic contradictory theories — and so little science brought to bear on the topic — it's not surprising that despite the efforts of thousands of ghost hunters on television and elsewhere for decades, not a single piece of hard evidence of ghosts has been found.

    • Why many believe

    Many people believe that support for the existence of ghosts can be found in no less a hard science than modern physics. It is widely claimed that Albert Einstein suggested a scientific basis for the reality of ghosts; if energy cannot be created or destroyed but only change form, what happens to our body's energy when we die? Could that somehow be manifested as a ghost?

    Carol Anne: Hello? What do you look like? Talk louder, I can't hear you! Poltergeist helped define a paranormal culture in the United States.

    It seems like a reasonable assumption — unless you understand basic physics. The answer is very simple, and not at all mysterious. After a person dies, the energy in his or her body goes where all organisms' energy goes after death: into the environment. The energy is released in the form of heat, and transferred into the animals that eat us (i.e., wild animals if we are left unburied, or worms and bacteria if we are interred), and the plants that absorb us. There is no bodily "energy" that survives death to be detected with popular ghost-hunting devices.

    While amateur ghost hunters like to imagine themselves on the cutting edge of ghost research, they are really engaging in what folklorists call ostension, or legend tripping. It's basically a form of playacting in which people "act out" a legend, often involving ghosts or supernatural elements. Bill Ellis points out that ghost hunters themselves often take the search seriously and "venture out to challenge supernatural beings, confront them in consciously dramatized form, then return to safety. … The stated purpose of such activities is not entertainment but a sincere effort to test and define boundaries of the 'real' world.'"

    If ghosts are real, and are some sort of as-yet-unknown energy or entity, then their existence will (like all other scientific discoveries) be verified by scientists through controlled experiments — not by weekend ghost hunters wandering around abandoned houses in the dark late at night with cameras and flashlights.

    In the end (and despite mountains of ambiguous photos, sounds and videos), the evidence for ghosts is no better today than it was a year ago, a decade ago or a century ago. There are two possible reasons for the failure of ghost hunters to find good evidence. The first is that ghosts don't exist, and that reports of ghosts can be explained by psychology, misperceptions, mistakes and hoaxes. The second option is that ghosts do exist, but that ghost hunters are simply incompetent. Ultimately, ghost hunting is not about the evidence (if it was, the search would have been abandoned long ago). Instead, it's about having fun with friends, telling stories, and the enjoyment of pretending to be searching the edge of the unknown.

    After all, everyone loves a good ghost story.

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  10. My answer to that would have to be "No"

    Here's why:

    If, as it is speculated by scientists, 55 billion human beings have lived on this planet, then even if ghosts were only a tiny fraction of that number it would still mean that there would be hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of ghosts.That number of ghosts would exceed the current populations of large numbers of commonly known animals, such as tigers, polar bears and baleen whales.

    Given that only a relatively few places actually claim to be haunted, there seems to be a discontinuity between the number of ghosts that there should be, and the number of ghosts that are claimed. If anything there should be far more ghosts being seen than there are.

    Even if you believe the dodge used by believers in the paranormal ( that ghosts are the spirits of the unsettled dead) given the tens of thousands of murders, suicides, accidental deaths and deaths by warfare, there should still be a sizable number of ghosts and that number should be recordable and their actions observable.

    Sorry, it ghosts were real, they would be everywhere.

  11. For me, It's the Screaming tunnel.

    The Screaming Tunnel is a small limestone tunnel, running underneath what once was the Grand Trunk Railway lines (now the Canadian National Railways), located in the northwest corner of Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada. The actual location of the attraction is just off Warner Road. Often thought to be a railway tunnel, it was actually constructed only as a drainage tunnel so that water can be removed from the farmlands. This water would go underneath the Grand Trunk Railway and down to the valley below. Farmers used this tunnel to transport goods and animals safely underneath the busy railroad above.

    The tunnel, constructed in the early 1900s, is 16 feet (4.9 m) in height and 125 feet (38 m) long.

    A local legend recounts that the tunnel is haunted by the ghost of a young girl, who after escaping a nearby burning farm building with her clothing ablaze, died within its walls.

    Several variants of the legend exist locally, one version has the girl set on fire by her enraged father after he loses custody of his children after a nasty divorce. Another tells of a young girl being raped inside the tunnel and her body burned to prevent any evidence from being found.

    All variants involve a claim that a match struck within the tunnel's recesses will produce the sound of the young girl's dying screams, this purported phenomenon is alleged to be the origin of the tunnel's name.

    The tunnel was used as a set during the filming of David Cronenberg's 1983 film adaptation of Stephen King's horror novel The Dead Zone.

    An independent film, titled Limestone Burning, used the legend as a basis for the plot, and was filmed at the tunnel and in surrounding Niagara Falls, Ontario and Buffalo, New York, locations. Production was completed in the late summer of 2012. Information about the film can currently be found at the Official Facebook Page and on IMDB.

    स्‍क्रीमिंग टनल, जहां आप एक माचिस तक जालाने में कांप जायेंगे

    Screaming Tunnel: Urban Legend, Dark Side of Niagara Falls | Urban Ghosts

    I find this story really freaky nobody exactly knows what happened in that tunnel but there are many who felt the present of evil spirit in the tunnel. I have also read one article where one cleaner went into the tunnel and he lit matchstick for ciggararette and then he saw a girl with burned skin sitting… Later  people found him in unconscious. Many of the people have heard the screaming from the tunnel.

  12. Answering this question without causing a chaos in comments would be really hard. People have always found God and Ghost in the gaps and crevices of  knowledge.

    Anything hard to understand, to reason or explain have been corelated to something Virtuous or Vice in some or the other way.

    Old Scandinavian or Vikings as we know them were terrified by the occurrence of lunar and solar eclipse. The associated solar eclipse to an evil wolf  trying to eat the sun. To ward the wolf away they'd shout on the top of their voice, little did they know their shouting made no difference at all.  

    The more we knew about our world the lesser we needed God or Ghost.

     What makes us humans so much successful of a species over other animals? It is our highly developed communication. Transcendance from gesture, whistles, howls allowed us to understand and explain incidents, events, occurrence better. We could share our knowledge other members of the group in the form of stories. Humans are also more aesthetic as compared to other animals, we like art, good music, good things to share. Have you ever had a fun incident to share, but then while telling it to others you added your own bits to the story. We all do that because it makes it more interesting.  Many of the stories,legends, folk lore whether true or not have been changed over course if time to make them more interesting or fascinating. Imagine a story repeat over and over in a span of ages, how much it might have deviated from truth!

    Most of our anciet civilizations had practices, rituals which actually made sense, but they didn't really have a religion. These people observed their world, came up with practices that ensured sustainability. Sections of society relying on fishing as staple food admonished finishing during rains. Because it was a breeding time for fish. It had nothing to do with their religious practices.

    Even today we find god in the lack of knowledge, even everything that we have known has only helped us. Neil deGrass Tyson said in his interview, "I know how most of the things work, I know about gravity, about electricity, but how all these forces come together and make something so beautiful is fascinating to me! " 

    The most remarkable similarities between all the faith is that they preach same principles. To be human, to do good, don't fear anything but evil deeds. Who's to know if there is God or not, but someday we might. Till then let's just fuel the curiosity that has served us all this way!

  13. Yes ghosts are real. Even the Indian Government recognizes the existence of ghosts. There was an soldier of Indian Army by the name of Baba Harbhajan Singh who died in 1968 in Indo-China war. He is still given a salary from Indian Government and he guides the soldiers against any attack.

    I too have seen many real ghosts but I will narrate one incident which is from my book Reminiscences of A Seeker.

    It was an unforgettable night. It was two days prior to Diwali and festivities marked the city. I was then in mid-twenties and still a bachelor. Being ambitious and with vibrant young blood, I strove hard to reach the top. At the same time, I was flamboyant, easy going and quite popular among my peers. I possessed an unshakable confidence in myself and the word „fear‟ did not exist in my dictionary, a quality which my friends admired. At that time I was working for a multinational US based company with their offices in Delhi. My work demanded late hours at the office.That night started like a usual one.I came home late and after dinner went straight to my room. It was at the farthest corner totally cut off from the entire house. Around 11.30 p.m., I hit the bed and immediately went into deep sleep. Due to hard and long working hours, I generally had sound sleep.However, that night, I started feeling restless and woke up in panic. The clock had just struck one.What I saw in front of me made my blood run cold. My whole body trembled and I perspired from head to toe.For the first time in my life, I came to know what fear was. My room was dimly lit, as light from “diyas‟ placed outside for Diwali celebrations filtered through the window into my room. In the faint light, I witnessed a black dense, smoky cloud, the size of a basketball, moving from one wall to the other in the air close to the roof. It was spinning slowly and after some time it started progressing towards me as if aware of my presence in the room. Lowering down, it took two or three rounds of my bed.For a minute I went blank. I was unable to understand what it was and I was terrified. I sat still on my bed.I could sense that it was just not mere black smoke. There was something more to it and it had some consciousness within it.After some time, it started revolving slowly around me and encircled me completely. It slowly came extremely close to me.I wanted to shout for help but my voice failed. I felt choked and found it difficult to breathe.The black smoke was only a few inches from my face. With great difficulty, I stood up and managed to run out of the room in the nick of time and bolted the door from outside.I was now on the veranda under the open sky, completely shaken. I didn‟t know what to do; I looked up and took some deep breaths to return to normal. I pondered on my next move.The first thought which came to me was whether I should inform my parents. Then I said to myself, maybe the object inside the room was a figment of my imagination. Anyway, my parents could not do anything even if that something existed in reality.I was at loss to explain what had happened in my room. It was certainly not a body was still shaking in nervousness and my heart pounding at a fast pace. I kept sitting idly on the floor outside my room for about two hours or so.I remembered such unexplainable incidents had occurred many a times before, but this time it was happening after many years. I used to experience such unusual phenomenon since the age of eight or nine. As a child, I used to tell my parents about these incidents, but neither they nor I could understand what was happening to me. After a certain age, I stopped telling them anything and started keeping things to myself.I made myself strong and started facing them on my own…Later that night, I gathered courage by telling myself that I could handle the situation, whatever it was, and returned to my room.I put on the lights and looked around very carefully. I checked every nook and corner of my room even under the bed, but there was no sign of anything. I looked at the clock, it was 2.40 a.m. I dozed back with the lights on.The next four-five days passed in Diwali celebrations with family and friends. The memory of the incident that occurred a few nights back got completely erased from my mind.After the festivities, normal life resumed and I was back to sleeping soundly in my room.Suddenly in the middle of one night, I grew very restless and my eyes opened by themselves. The clock on the wall showed 1.00 a.m. I felt a strong urge to get out of the room and looked at the door.Before I could react, I saw the same smoky ball entering my room from the closed door and it slowly started taking shape.Keeping my eyes on it, I tried my best to move my body and get up but I couldn’t move, not even my fingers. My hands, legs, the whole body felt so heavy and numb.However, I was completely aware of everything – myself, my emotions, my room and what was happening around me. My only confusion was whether I was sleeping or awake.The black entity took a form and emerged in the shape of a beautiful woman.The lady standing in front of me was wearing a bright white sari. She had long, jet black hair which she kept open and which almost reached her waist. She was fair complexioned and had big wide eyes rimmed with black kohl. A big vermillion “bindi”adorned her forehead.Though she was beautiful, there was nothing divine about her face.A mysterious smile curved her lips, which was good enough to tell me that I was getting into big trouble.She slowly tiptoed across the room and came over to me. She stood on the left side of my bed and looked straight into my eyes. I also returned her gaze. My previous experiences of such ghosts taught me to face them without fear and never give up.The lady perched herself on the bamboo chair which was placed near my bed.The bamboo chair was a new addition to my room as it was gifted fondly by my uncle. He had brought it especially for me from Arunachal Pradesh where he was posted at that time as Deputy Collector of Seppa.She made herself comfortable on the chair as if going to sit there with me, forever. I found myself in a state of panic as I struggled to move out of my paralytic state. Cold sweat broke on my brow and I could not figure out anymore whether this was for real or a nightmare.She smiled at me, “Don‟t be afraid of me. I am your friend.”However, my instinct clearly told me that she was a devil in disguise and had some evil intention for coming here.“What do you want from me and why have you come here?” I tried my best to show my brave front.“Nothing; I have just come to take you, Kapil, with me.” “Where do you want to take me?” I was suspicious about her intention.She laughed and held my hand softly, saying, “Trust me.”As she caught hold of my hand, I felt jerked out of my body and suddenly we started moving with lightning speed. We entered some wormhole. Bright lights of all colors started reflecting around us and we passed through them. We soon came out into a bright open place.I didn‟t want to go any further but she pulled me.The place was a large, barren land and seemed limitless, without any boundaries. It opened to the vast sky with an extraordinary brightness which was glaring for the eyes. The sun appeared a huge, red ball of fire. The scorching heat pricked my skin. The land was completely dry with dark patches and cracks all over.We were now walking on a narrow trail. The path beneath our feet made a rustling sound.I was skeptical and hesitant to go forward but she pulled me ahead.Suddenly there was a ghastly scene before me and I was horrified.The place swarmed with men, women, and children of all ages. Some of them were howling in maddening laughter, others were howling in great pain.I could see a few giant-sized men garbed completely in black, beating and torturing the people. Even women and children were being hit brutally with iron sticks and chains. Their screams were pitiful and heartrending. They had deep cuts all over their bodies and fresh blood oozed out… A terrible stench of raw flesh and blood filled the whole atmosphere. As we passed by their side, a few of them stared into my eyes with anguish and helplessness. I was horrified to see their innocent blood flowing and scarred, scared faces of little kids looking at me in agony. It seemed they were asking for help; I could feel their deep pain and my heart cried out but I could do nothing. I was in complete shock at the scene.I forgot that I was also a victim.The lady ordered me to keep moving. After crossing the horrendous area, we came to an empty, dusty, dry land again. After a long tiring walk, we reached a hilly area with boulders. The hill was not too high.On reaching the top, the lady in white pointed out and said,“This is your world, follow me,” and she started descending.From the height, I could see a mighty river flowing at some distance, which separated our side from the other world, which was nothing but complete darkness. As soon as we reached the shore of the river, the lady ghost motioned me to cross it. As I put my foot forward, I saw that the river was blood red in color. It was roaring as if alive and burning from inside…I could feel intense heat coming from it. It was filled with very thick, sticky fluid as if thick blood was boiling and frothing. Bubbles were erupting as if the river was breathing.The lady walked on across the river with ease and soon crossed to the other side. I could faintly see her hand gesturing me to cross the river.I wanted to run away but there was something which kept pulling me to move forward. I was completely frustrated with all that was happening to me. I tried my best to stop myself but was unable to do so.Then, as soon as I put one foot in the river to try and cross it, I started being pulled into it!I was being sucked in, bogged down, down, down…Desperately I tried with full strength to push my body towards the shore, which was just a few feet away but I couldn”t reach it. The pull from inside the river was too strong for me. It felt as if someone was sucking me into it.I looked down and saw…There were infinite hands holding my legs, pulling me inside!The bloody fluid had almost reached my neck… I started screaming on top of my voice for help.Suddenly I felt the presence of a strong hand on my arm…The hand easily and gently pulled me up from the river.I found myself standing in an abandoned place. I was totally confused. I looked around – there was no sign of the screaming and moaning people, the deadly river or even the lady in white who had brought me there.Before me, was standing a man with long gray hair. He was strongly built and held a long golden stick in his right hand. The stick was quite wide, flat at the bottom and touched the ground. He had bright eyes but no expression on his face.Before I could come to my senses, he looked into my eyes and asked in a very strong voice, “What brings you here, young man?”“I don‟t know.”“Beware! You are not supposed to come to this place. Go back.”“I thank you for saving my life. Who are you please?” “I am the „Door Keeper‟.”Saying this he disappeared before I could ask or explain anything to him.The next moment I found myself on my bed in my room. It was 2.30 am. My whole body was soaked in sweat. It took me a while to identify where I was. The scary incident I had just experienced completely terrified me.What was happening to me? Why was I experiencing such incidents?I thought I had got rid of such incidents but they had started haunting me again.Many questions clouded my mind but I never had any answers to them.Now also, I could perceive no one who could provide answers to my long list of questions.The next two nights, the same incident was repeated.The lady in white sari visited me, sat on the bamboo chair, took me to the same location and tried her best to drown me.Both nights, I was saved by the same Door Keeper who warned me from coming to that place and left without answering any of the questions hounding me.I was helpless.The woman overpowered me as if she had cast a spell.I had no control over my mind and was totally powerless as I followed her blindly…The third night, I was petrified.After saving me the Door Keeper warned me in a serious tone.“If you come here one more time, I am sorry I would not be able to save you. Young man, this is my last help and also last advice to you – Do not come back.”I could sense that my life was in real danger.I seriously debated on the old man‟s advice and suddenly thought of a way to avoid the situation.I had observed that the woman used to visit me at 1.00 a.m. and I returned to my room at 2.30 a.m.I started keeping myself awake.I drank cups and cups of coffee and idled time watching TV in our living room. I started sleeping only after 3.00 a.m.This routine continued for about a month.Soon the sleepless nights started to take a toll on my health and affected my work too. I could hardly concentrate due to extreme mental and physical tiredness. My parents were also getting suspicious about my abnormal routine.I was in really bad shape and prayed fervently every day, hoping that the incident would not be repeated anymore.I was afraid to venture into my room before 3.00 am because of the dire warning given by my savior. My frustration grew each day as I could not figure out what I should do to extricate myself from the situation. My thoughts were chaotic, my mind a whirlpool…These reflections occupied every moment of the day and night.One morning I had just reached my office and settled down at my desk when the phone rang.“Sir, there is a personal call for you,” my receptionist was on the line. I told her to connect the call.“Hello Kapil, how are you?” It was Aman at the other end.His voice was heavy and there was a tone of seriousness in it.“I am doing well; is everything fine with you? And why you are sounding so serious?” I queried. It had been a while since we had met. In fact, we had not met since the incidents had started occurring.“I am down with high fever, but are you sure you are ok? Don‟t lie to me.”I was taken aback at his words but was careful not to divulge details.“Yes, I am completely fine, my friend. But why are you asking me like this? What is the matter?”He continued, “Is it not true that there is a new chair in your bedroom?”I wondered how he knew about the new bamboo chair. Aman had not visited my home since a month. I had also not told anyone about my new possession which my uncle had gifted. This time I told him the truth.“Yes, my uncle gifted it to me on Diwali.” “That means the dream I saw was true.” I was completely taken by surprise.„What dream are you talking about?” I asked him.“Last night I had a strange dream. I saw that I had come to your house and found myself standing outside your room. As soon as I opened the door I witnessed you lying on your bed and a woman sitting on the bamboo chair. She looked at me with bloody eyes and threatened me, „You are his best friend and I will take you also along with him‟.The dream felt so real and fearful that it shook me inside out. I got up in great fear and am having fever since then.”I was speechless and told him what he had seen in his dream was absolutely true, the same incident was occurring with me.We decided to meet at Aman’s house after my office hours. That evening I headed straight to his home. He was lying on his bed and was still down with high fever.We discussed and analyzed each and every minute detail of the incidents which we had experienced in the last few days.I narrated the whole story to him. Aman was hurt and a little angry that I had not shared this episode with him earlier.I apologized heartily.I voiced my concern. “I am not able to understand when the lady in white says that she will take us along with her. What does she mean by this?”He pondered for a while and looked at me. Suddenly he exclaimed, “Oh God! You can’t understand this but she wants to kill us!”My worst fears were being confirmed.“What are you saying? Why the hell on earth would she want to kill us?”Aman replied solemnly, “Everything is clear to me. Look at my condition.”It made sense.I understood that as she was not able to reach me, she had set her sights on my friend, to send a clear message to me that I would not be able to escape her trap. I was her target.She wouldn’t leave me without doing harm. By coming in Aman’s dream, she had sent a warning to me, “See, I can reachyou through anyone or anything I want.”We wondered whom we should approach to get rid of this dire peril over our heads.Aman remembered that he had a friend who knew a ‘Tantric’, someone who possessed unusual powers to ward off effects of ghosts and spirits.We decided to visit him the next morning.I wont reveal further how I got rid of the ghost. To know what happened next and many such true paranormal experiences, you can read my book.

    Thanks and Regards

  14. I would answer that question in several parts. Is their definitive scientific proof ghosts exist? No. Ghosts are only a subjective experience / theory, thus the lack of scientific proof. It is very hard to prove such a thing as ghosts when lacking a definitive definition for ghosts. Some people believe ghosts are intelligent spirits from the grave while others believe ghosts are visual imprints of past events replaying over and over. People of Religious backgrounds can only support a belief in Demonic presences as the bible does not support the idea of ghosts. Another trial for the paranormal community, is the lack of a unifying scientific way to actually observe and record haunted paranormal.

    If you're a believer in haunted paranormal please read on. 48% Nearly half of Americans say they believe in ghosts, or that the dead can return in certain places and situations.

    "Spooky action at a distance," –a phrase used by Einstein in criticizing the phenomenon of Quantum Mechanics. The key word here is "phenomenon."… . Something remarkable, observable, yet unknowable. It is remarkable how the same scientific community that scoffs at ideas of the paranormal, supports ideas like string theory, multiple dimensions, and quantum mechanics. Many of the actual principles of these scientific ideas, make ghosts seem trite and insignificant.

    "Alice's Wonderland had nothing on quantum physics, which describes a bizarre state of matter and energy. Not only can the same atom exist in two locations at once, but merely attempting to observe a particle will alter its properties. Perhaps least intuitive is the characteristic called entanglement. As described by quantum mechanics, it means that two entangled particles can keep tabs on each other no matter how far apart they are. Physicists have been trying for decades to determine whether this property is real and what might cause it?. In the process, they've uncovered evidence for it but not much about its properties" source

    I won't go into further detail but here is a synopsis… . One of my favorite remarks from the show "Through the wormhole" when used to explain the extra dimensions of string theory. Imagine walking forward into a solid wall, and hitting against the wall. Now walk back and continue to do this an infinite amount of times. In theory at some point, given infinity you will walk through the wall to the other side, at least once. – (source)

    I do believe in ghosts, however I don't subscribe to the fact that they are the spirits of the deceased.  More than likely quantum mechanics and ghosts share a lot in common.

  15. Ghosts are creations of human minds – when external conditions are not favourable.

    Sometime back I read one interesting story in the news papers here. It seems some teenage boys wanted to film 'ghosts and spirits' and post the video on You Tube to create some sensation. So about 12 of them went to a grave yard in the middle of the night and waited there for about four hours. When they couldn't find any spirits despite trying their best, they themselves started to act like ghosts by wearing white clothes asking their other friends to film them.

    When one of the night police patrolling vans came near the grave yard, they heard strange noises coming from inside. The police went inside to check what the matter was and came out with the whole story and the youngsters who were creating nuisance to create sensational news! They were warned not to do it again by the police.

    Imagine what would have happened had the police went another way at that time and didn't find them 'trying to build' false stories!

    Read more stories and scientific explanations here: Science and the paranormal

  16. To answer that question, we have to leave the realm of the hard sciences and enter the muddy waters of theory, speculation, and (oftentimes) faith. At this point, there's no definitive way to scientifically prove ghosts are real, just as there's no way to prove God, angels, Satan, and demons are real. But just because something cannot be scientifically verified doesn't mean it isn't real. I can't go into a lab and perform a series of controlled experiments to show God exists — and yet I still believe in Him.

    Ghost hunting, therefore, must be classified as a pseudo-science. To answer your question, I'll delve into the theories that are generally held among paranormal investigators.

    There are five basic kinds of hauntings: intelligent, residual, poltergeist, time warp, and demonic. The first three involve human energy, the fourth involves astrophysics, and the last…the last is just plain scary as hell. Literally.

    1) Intelligent: A human (or sometimes an animal) dies, but their soul/energy doesn't move on to the afterlife (heaven, hell, purgatory, wherever their destination lies). There are many reasons as to why this might happen: a) The person doesn't know that they've died and they're just trying to live their lives as they've always done; b) The person died in a strange or violent manner and they're just pissed or unsatisfied or sad about what happened to them, hanging around until they feel vindicated; c) The person is frightened about moving on, usually because their final destination is hell; d) The person chooses to stay around to watch over family members or a location that's important to them, or they're attached to an object; e) The person just plain got STUCK, for lack of a better word. They don't want to be here at all, but they don't know how to move on. Intelligent hauntings can have patterns that they repeat, but they're not eternally wedded to those patterns. If their energy is strong enough, they can be seen in varying levels of transparent and opaque forms, they can move objects, or speak. Hunters theorize that spirits can drain energy from the atmosphere around them (creating the tell-tale temperature drop), from living humans, or from electrical equipment (hunters ALWAYS have extra batteries with them, since a ghost can take a new battery and drain it dead in a matter of minutes).

    2) Residual: The soul of the dead human isn't actually there. Their energy was "recorded" in a certain location and, every so often, certain actions are replayed. Maybe they died violently, releasing strong energy into the area. Maybe they performed a task so many times that they've left a permanent impression, like a crevasse on an old mattress. Maybe the materials around them are good at soaking up energies — paranormal theory states that different substances, like stone or quartz, are better at holding those energies. Residual hauntings also explain why several places can be haunted by the same person; they're not actually there. It's just a faint leftover of the person that's remained.

    3) Poltergeists: Hunters can be split on these. Some say they're actual spirits, others contend that all poltergeist activity is unknowingly caused by a human being with untapped telekinetic abilities (usually a child or adolescent who's under great amounts of stress). These hauntings are often very frightening. Objects get thrown or destroyed. People are attacked. Eerie sounds are heard. The sounds are what give this haunting its name: "poltergeist" is German for "noisy spirit".

    4) Time Warp: It's just a jump to the left… (Sorry, I couldn't resist.) The time warp hypothesis theorizes (to paraphrase Doctor Who) that time isn't a strict progression of cause and effect, but rather a "ball of wibbly-wobbly, timey-wimey…stuff". In time warp hauntings, a window has formed in the fourth dimension, and what you're seeing isn't a ghost — it's a living person, in their own time, doing whatever they're doing. Heck, maybe they can see you, too. Maybe they think YOU'RE the ghost!

    5) Demonic: These are the "drop everything and call a priest NOW" hauntings. The spirits aren't human, and they've never BEEN human. They're dark, harmful beings who wish to cause as much trauma as possible, through oppression, splitting families apart, etc., up to and sometimes including influencing humans to harm/kill others or taking full possession of a human. These forces involve a realm that we will never fully understand and that we reaaaalllly should NOT be messing with. Do NOT invite a spirit to use your energy. Do NOT mess with Ouija or spirit boards. Do NOT participate in seances. Oftentimes (if contact is made), a demon will masquerade as a friendly spirit, and use the connection that's made as a conduit into our realm. (I point to the haunted doll Annabelle: although in "The Conjuring" and in her own film, the doll was very scary-looking, in reality, she's a harmless-looking Raggedy Ann doll. Ed and Lorraine Warren really did investigate this case and made the call that the so-called "ghost" that called itself Annabelle was actually a demonic spirit that was using the doll as a conduit to get at the human owners. Annabelle, to this day, resides in the Warren's macabre museum of haunted or cursed objects, locked away in a blessed glass case that bears a sign that reads, "Do not open ever", or something to that effect.) Don't mess with demons. You can't get rid of them with your own plucky willpower. They respond to holy authority and fear God.

    So…that was the long answer to a very short question. A crash course in ghosts, if you will! I hope I was helpful and not too long-winded…

  17. The mystery as to whether ghosts are real or not has always fascinated me.   I have never been satisfied with the answer science seems to give which is that seeing or sensing ghosts is in our minds, and that when our brains die, we cease to think.  However; how can a ghost come back to loved ones with messages or to help them cross over, if they no longer have thinking brains?  How can they communicate to us or walk around without brains?  The spirit world therefore may just be imaginary and something our brains convince us of.

    I have had some very interesting experiences with sensing my dead brother's presence immediately after he died, and in younger years (around 7 or 8) actually hearing my name whispered twice while playing the piano as well as sounds in my room at night of people talking and music playing, not from the neighbors, but in my room. I would lay there paralyzed in fear, unable to move.  When my brother died, I felt him there and actually got a few messages from him, not audibly but mentally. He said, "Wow this is really neat", he didn't remember he was ever sick at all, and then he hugged my mind where I felt like his ways of thinking and fun personality was put inside me for about 30 to 45 seconds. I felt like I was he in that moment. Then he did not say goodbye but he said he wouldn't be coming back. Then he left through a corner in my room. I was on the exercise bike when I experienced this.  I saw nothing and heard nothing. Only felt it.

    Now. Were these things I experienced real? Or was it my imagination. Was my brain so excellent that I vividly created these phenomenon? Or were these tangible spirit world experiences?  I don't know.

    I read a little bit about mass hysteria events of which there are several historical examples. One such example is the Dancing Plague the 15th century where 400 people were compelled to dance for days, some dancing to their very deaths.  There are other such examples here:
    Top 10 Bizarre Cases of Mass Hysteria – Listverse

    Wikipedia describes a phenomenon called Mass Psychogenic Illness (MPA). People who mentally produce sickness symptoms which are real all deriving from unreal events.   An interesting observation in the article is that women seem more vulnerable to these hysterias and sicknesses than men do.
    Mass psychogenic illness

    What do these articles have to do with this question? Only that people can make things up in their minds which produce seemingly physical results.  Scientifically, how can our brains effect our bodies in this way to where we would get rashes and dizzy spells?  Our brains can actually make us physically sick.  Are female emotions geared in such a way that we can harness that power and make ourselves physically sick?  Interesting to think about.

    Even with no scientific evidence and events that can occur in our brains there are just too many personal experiences out there to ignore. There are countless experiences told on News and Events for the Nursing Industry of nurses seeing old patients that have passed on and patients who tell them their relatives have come to collect them. I just can't believe all these experiences are in the mind, or made up.   The hospice my mother in law was in even put out a booklet on what family may expect as their loved one during the dieing process. One thing in the booklet is that some patients will start talking with dead friends and family.

    There is too much out there on this phenomenon to readily dismiss it without further convincing through scientific and psychological study; however it is possible our minds make these things up.

    Some will tell you they know what they saw was real.  I know I would never want to see a ghost or a spirit and I hope I never do.

  18. Well its my personal experience on a recent Camping trip to Rishikesh.

    Since it was our last year, we friends decided to go over to Rishikesh during the Holi break. So we booked our camp and zoomed off.

    It was a beautiful location sandwiched between Breathtaking Mountains and Awe-inspiring crystal clear river Ganga. They had various tents installed there with two beds each, so me and a friend Shubham chose the last, corner most of them. As we entered everything about it was perfect, two beds, windows, the tent could be zipped in from inside and so could not be accessed from outside,the only strange thing was some protruding from the carpet underneath, seemed to me a stone some 1 ft tall, but we decided to avoid it. Also Shubham's bedsheet had a small heap of sand which he just cleared off. So we unpacked, changed and went for the lunch.

    Now as we returned, we saw the bedsheet was a bit messy and there was again a small heap of sand on Shubham's bed. We assumed some friend is messing with us so cleared it and simply laughed off.

    In the evening we went for trekking and as we returned, again the heap of sand. Still we avoided and went for the dinner. Thereafter we spent our time nearby river-shore gossiping for long hours. Now since it was late almost 12:30 and I was deadly tired, so me and Shubham headed back for the hut, went in, zipped down the tent from inside, took the blanket and just slept off.

    (NOTE: Now I am a kind of person who once slept, is almost impossible to wake up. People have tried various aggressive and different means but have returned disappointed each and every time. My Parents and Friends can provide the testimony for the same.. 😛 )

    Ok so now while am asleep, something suddenly wakes me up, somebody is pulling my blanket..!! :O.

    I opened my eyes slightly and through the corner of my eyes, had a look and find Shubham is asleep in his bed, yet in the dark I can see a figure close to my bed too. Knowing the tent was locked from inside, I was too scared and terrified to say the least..

    Somehow I managed to gather some courage and very slowly and steadily tugged in the blanket under my body from sides and bottom, then slowly hid my face under the blanket too. But too my terror the tugging of blanket was still there, I was now fully concious and someone was definitely pulling my blanket away. I, with all my strength was holding the blanket with whatever means I had, determined not to face the Figure (whatever that thing was), but after some 5-6 mins of our little tugging war, it suddenly stopped.

    I was even more scared now, sweating heavily and waiting for him to make the final move/ Assault, but nothing happened. Every minute was like a passing hour, I simply was clueless of what to do.

    After waiting endlessly for around half an hour or so,
    Shubham whispered "Rahul".
    I instantly said: "Haa Bol".
    Shubham: "You're awake??
    Me: "helll Yes"
    Shubham: "So why are you making so much noise.??"
    Me: "I have been lying here quietly scared for past half an hour, what noise are you talking about..??" :O
    Shubham: I have been hearing strange sounds, thought it was you, so called out your name, didn't expected you to reciprocate though. o.O

    I quicky uncovered my face, had a cautious look if the figure was still there,Absolutely Nothing, The tent was still zipped from inside, I had heard no sounds, so where was it then. I quickly got up and asked Shubham if it was him.?

    He didn't understand, then I narrated the entire incident, he was equally scared. Said " I swear I just got up 5-10 mins back because of the noise,  I thought it was you."

    But I didn't utter a word or anything, neither did I hear any..
    We again checked, the tent was packed, nobody was there, except for some sand on Shubham's bed.. xO

    We quickly cleared it off, and joined our beds, remained awake for sometime, didn't knew what to do so silently fell off to sleep.. Nothing happened that night.

    Next up in the Morning we went for breakfast, and as we returned…. YES THE SAND HEAP yet again.

    We wasted no time then, just picked up our bags and shifted to a different tent altogether. We inquired from the Manager if there was any special past about that hut, he simply denied..

    We did spend 1 more day at the camp, but the tent, that remained isolated thereafter..

    Well, It was surely not my friend as I saw him sleeping, definitely not a rat or such animal as I witnessed the shadow close to me and the force was much more than it could have applied.

    I just don't know what it was, all I know is it did scared the hell out of me.. :/

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