Mysticism and India
Asuric mysticism is well documented in Hindu tradition. Ravana,
the great enemy of Lord Rama, was not only an Asura but came from a
Brahmin background. Other great Asuras like Hiranyakashipu or Bali
were defeated by Vishnu, while Prahlad, a noble Asura, became a
great devotee of Vishnu.
Asuric mysticism usually occurs when
people of Kshatriya or warrior temperament (those who represent
rajoguna in society) reject the rule of the Brahmins or those of
spiritual knowledge, the true priests, monks and yogis, or when they
come to follow false Brahmins, those who have no true spiritual
knowledge or only that of a mixed or distorted type.
This split between the Brahmin and
Kshatriya elements in humanity can also occur when the Brahmins
(forces of knowledge) reject or fail to properly acknowledge the
importance of the Kshatriya (force of action) and abandon the
Kshatriyas, failing to guide and support them, which causes them to
turn against the Brahmins. Such fallen Kshatriyas set themselves up
as the highest spiritual law of the land and refuse to honor those
who have renounced the world for higher values.