The origin of ghosts is always traced to death and it is an accepted fact that spirits are an after death effect.
Every human is composed of two elements - prakrita or body, the physical form and sukshma/jivatma, the motivating energy which is metaphysical and invisible, only experienced as soul. When a person dies, deha or the physical form decomposes, but the jivatma, soul or invisible form transmigrates as part of the renewal process of the universe. It is the oorjam or chaitanya which drives the human to function. In Death and After, V R Krishna Iyer, former justice of the Supreme Court, says "physical termination is not physical extinction''...''death is not termination of life; it is only a punctuation".
A verse in the Bhagwad Gita says:
"Never was the spirit born; neither will it cease to be;
It is beyond time; ends and beginnings are dreams;
Birthless, deathless and changeless remains the spirit forever;
Death hath not touched it at all, dead though the house of it seems."
The soul is the energy of life; it can neither be created nor destroyed. It is indestructible. In metapsychosis the energy gets transmitted from one medium to another. Ancients practised this transfer of energy (transmigration of souls.
The Gita says, ''In death, all are not equal - circumstances, age, maturity of the deceased - all these factors determine post-death conseque-nces.'' One who has led a full life is completely satisfied, with no unfulfilled desires nor regrets; who has led a happy life - when he dies, his soul gets an eternal sleep and it goes millions of miles above the stratosphere and reaches the land of bliss; joining the celestial world with the ancestors. En route it has only to pass through some correction centres (listed in the Garuda Purana) to answer some omissions or commissions while alive, which any mortal is bound to commit. Once desires are completely exhausted, the birth- death cycle ends with God-realisation. In the land of bliss the departed souls do not enjoy heavenly life forever. They come back to the cycle of life depending on their actions.
The spirit of one who commits suicide is not qualified to leave this world and so the spirit wanders and wanders as a floating ghost until someone gives it an ethereal transmission. No one wants to communicate with a floating spirit.
Depending upon the circumstances as above, the character and nature of the ghosts differ. A ghost is always a ghost and it is a dreaded thing. Depending upon their potency, ghosts can be friendly or unfriendly, harmful or benign. The nature of the ghost depends upon its origin. Ghosts are known by several names depending on their potency and characteristics.
They are referred to variously as ghosts, goblins, gnomes, ghouls, vampires, witches, imps, werewolves and pishachas or wild spirits. There are several manifestations possible in the period after death and these remain a mystery to us. They can be revengeful, cruel, harmful or they could be entirely harmless and soft depending on their origin. There are also a rowdy bunch of ogres, demons and dwarfs who do no harm nor kill, but are mischief-mongers and play pranks to unnerve a person. On the other side, there are sweet angels (equivalent to devatas of Hindu mythology) who constitute the hierarchy and potency of ghosts. The bodhisattvas, too, come in this category.
Source: The Times of India
The King of Denmark bore a son. Six fairy sisters attended the christening, the youngest being Morgan le Fay.
Each one brought the child a wish. The first girl wished him bravery; the second, a chance to display his honor; the third, invincibility; the fourth, the art of pleasing; and the fifth, a loving nature.
Little Morgan le Fay quite taken by the boy her wish was herself. She announced that when the time was right the two would be joined to live together as one.
In time, when the boy grew to a man, he came to rule France as Ogier, the Dane, after the region of his birth. A man of honor, distinguished by valour, he lived a long life.
When Ogier turned grey, Morgan could wait no longer. Her heart ached for him. She set forth a great storm, causing her beloveds ship to be destroyed near Avalon. The King of Denmark survived. When he reached the shore he found an apple orchard. From out of a an apple tree stepped Morgan le Fay appeared to him, dressed in a flowing white gown, as beautiful as beautiful can be. She walked toward Ogier, never removing her eyes from his. Then taking his left hand she placed a gold ring on his finger. His back was no longer bent, his aged skin lost it's creases.
Ogier eagerly became the her mate placing his crown upon her head. Together they lived for centuries in Avalon, where Morgan le Fay held supreme power of the enchanted island.
Summer, the "Time of Light," from April 30th to July 31, the fairy folk can easier be sensed than seen. The longer days, the warmth of the growing sun, and the new life in the meadows, woods, fields and streams, draw them from their winter shelters. At this time the fairies roam the farmers' land, the deep forest, and the wild green fields to collect what is needed.
There was a time, long ago, before humans began defying creatures, building structures to live in, and bringing order for those who dwell on the planet, when fairies, elves, and gnomes ruled themselves. The wee-folk lived in harmony among the birds, wild animals, trees, and plants. Together they lived as one. Fairies enjoyed living life as they wandered through the meadows, climbed the hills and mountains, drank and swam in the stream, river and lakes.
They had the gift to shape-shift into any of Mother Nature's children. They could appear and disappear with the snap of fingers. They respected all that are born to Mother Earth by taking only what is needed and acknowledging the Divine presences.
Mortals needed to define the small beings mostly by their ability. In Latin, the fairies are known to predict and control human destiny and charged (named) "fatum" or "fate." In France, the term, "feer" later translated in English became the word "fairy" to describe the small beings as one who casts spells, changing human vision. The sighting of them are recorded in poems, songs, and myths. When one crossed your path, it is a sight no one could forget. No bigger than a man's hand, the males dressed soft, bright rainbow color fabric. The females flowing garments with flowers woven in their hair.
Polarity also applies to fairies. The universe is dual and contains its opposite. The solitary fairies were known to be the keepers of the four corners, guardian of wood, water, air and land. A sighting of this fairy is more by actions - like rustle of leaves, a babbling brook, or parting of grass. They can command a bird to appear carrying knowledge, the answers we humans seek. The opposite is born from banished gods, trooping fairies. Their joy is humans greatest fear.
Long ago, when the early Russians arrived to build new lives, a few unknown guests known as the Leshy chose to tag along. The Leshy appears like an infant cradle among the tree branches, along the river beds, and in cottages. You can hear them sighing, moaning, or laughing with the wind. You dare not wake one as they are mischief-makers and can be hostile to humans. They hold great power and are able to conjure up storms. If you wander into their territory and wake one with a snap of a twig, or a loud cry, they feel you are a trespasser and will be treated as one.
If you do meet a Leshy, receive him as pleasantly as you can.