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In Hindu mythology, a demon or evil spirit. There are three types: supernatural beings who are like the YAKSAS; lofty beings who are enemies of the gods, or titans; and fearful demons and creatures. Helena P. BLAVATSKY stresses that while Rākasas are considered demons, they are also regarded as “preservers.” This is in connection with the Purānic story about BRAHMĀ, creator of the Rākasas, who turned himself into Night or Ignorance. As Brahmā was about to be devoured by the Rākasas and Yakas, he said, “Do not devour me, spare me.” This means that while ignorance should be devoured, sacred truth must also be preserved from profanation.


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