Dr. Lokesh Chandra, a religious scholar and former member of Parliament, said: "In Hinduism the divine and the satanic are not distinguished. Everything, both good and evil, emanates from the supreme. Individuals have an element of both. Life goes on in the gray area between the two."
The Tantric ritual uses five offerings to please the gods--ritual sex, wine, meat, fish and certain finger gestures, all of which are forbidden in other forms of Hinduism.
In the case of Bhairon it is madya --wine or its more potent cousin, whiskey--that devotees think is the best way to win the god's grace.
Substitute for Psychiatry
"Bhairon is the ferocious aspect of the divine," said Chandra. "He is pleased only with things that are not normal--human blood, whiskey and so on. When in India you have a very serious problem, the solution lies outside the ordinary. So if your child is very ill you might go to Bhairon and say 'You have the experience of all the terrible calamities so take me out of mine.' It is a replacement for going to the psychiatrist. Nearly every politician goes to a Tantric ritual."