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Origins of Tulpas

According to Tibetan Buddhism, a person can meditate and bring into existence a being known as a tulpa. Alexandra David Néel (1868-1969), French woman explorer and student of Madame Bavatsky and theosophy, journeyed to the forbidden city of Lhasa and decided to create a tulpa. She was naturally incredulous, but she began to experiment for herself. In order not to be influenced by the lamaist deities, she decided to invent a short, fat monk who would be innocent and jolly.

She proceeded to perform the prescribed meditation and other rites. In a few months’ time, the phantom monk materialized. He became gradually alive and was like a guest living in her apartment with her.

When Alexandra went on a tour, the monk came along. He would appear, when she was not thinking of him. Sometimes she felt as if a robe was rubbing against her. Once she felt a hand touch her shoulder. She wrote: “I ought to have let the phenomenon follow its course, but the presence of that unwanted companion began to prove trying to my nerves; it turned into a ‘day-nightmare.'”

Then the monk seemed to change. His jolly face became thinner,  and he took on a sinister and frightening expression. Alexandra soon learned that there is danger in delving into the occult.

Where did her monk friend come from? She conjured him up. Perhaps he came from another dimension. Physics tells us that there are as many as 10 or 12 dimensions.  Physics also postulates the existence of parallel universes. It is impossible to tell where the tulpa came from, but obviously he was up to no good. Rather he was an evil character who fought Alexandra’a attempts to get rid of him for months. Delving into the occult can be very dangerous.

If you have ever watched a documentary of an exorcism, you would know that it is very unwise to delve into the occult. The movie The Exorcist was based on the true story of the exorcism of one Robbie Manheim, the name given to hide the identity of the person who was exorcised.

The Vatican has a chief exorcist on its staff in Rome, the Rev. Gabriel Amorth, who claims he has dealt with 70,000 cases of demonic possession.  According to Amorth, some seemingly innocuous Eastern practices are in fact dangerous. He says, “The idea of spirits is a universal idea, one that belongs to all cultures, all religions, all times.”

In 1996, six years before he became pope, Benedict XVI, as Cardinal Ratzinger, issued warning to all Catholics of the dangers of  yoga, Zen, transcendental meditation and other “eastern” practices.