The demonic hour – A universal time of reflection and fear

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“In Hinduism, exactly contrary to Christianity, it is specifically advised to wake up and do spiritual activities at this time. Instead of fearing the “thinness” between the worlds,

3.00AM; the ‘witch hour’, the ‘devil’s hour’, the ‘spiritual hour’ or a time of deep reflections.
Depending on whichever angle you chose to pitch your belief, this is a time of heightened fear and solitude between the two worlds of the physical and the unseen.

The hour from 3 to 4 am is considered a demonic hour (“the witching hour” or “the devil’s hour”) in the Western Christian tradition and cultures descended from it. It comes from old folklore, in which witches, demons, and ghosts appear and are at their most powerful around that time of night, and various supernatural events occur, typically of a frightening nature. It’s said that the veil between life and death is thinnest at this time, allowing spirits and ghosts to travel between worlds.

The specific hour of 3.00AM to 4.00AM was said to be the Devil’s mocking inversion of the holy time at which Jesus died, which was supposedly at 3.00pm. The number 3 is also a mockery of the Holy Trinity. In 1535 the Catholic Church prohibited all activities during that hour other than lying in bed, since anyone who did anything at all during that hour was suspected of witchcraft, or thought to be at risk of being harmed by witchcraft.

Modern psychological surveys find that apparitional experiences and “sensed presences” are indeed most common between 2.00am and 4.00am.

But 3.00am is considered a demonic hour only in Western Christian culture. In Hindu culture, around that time is considered the holiest and most auspicious time, called Brahma Muhurta or the Hour of Brahma (technically not exactly 3.00am, but from 96 minutes before sunrise until 48 minutes before sunrise).

In Hinduism, exactly contrary to Christianity, it is specifically advised to wake up and do spiritual activities at this time. Instead of fearing the “thinness” between the worlds, the Hindus take advantage of it for meditation, Yoga, and other spiritual practices. The Hindus do agree that demons and ghosts appear and are at their most powerful in the night, but very positive spiritual energies can also be contacted and worked with. The Christian Devil does not appear in the Hindu traditions at all.


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