I saw this with my own eyes along with a group, but was still very scary and reaffirmed my belief in the paranormal.
It was an Indian festival called Rakhi. It is a festival for brothers and sisters. Sisters tie rakhee to their brothers and ask for the sisters well being, security and safety. And brothers give something in return for the sisters as a gift and promise that they will take care of them in all possible ways. This is not just for sisters/brothers by blood but for anyone who would want to be brothers and sisters (irrespective of caste, creed, religion, race, family and nationality).
Usually this day is full of sweets. Sisters and brothers travel to meet each other and cover most people they know and have sweets in all houses. That's a tradition to have sweet. It is a strong belief in certain parts/cultures of India that sweet/sugar attracts spirits. They also believe that open hair of girls attract spirits. Scientifically progressive people rubbish it as superstition but people who believe do believe it quite strongly.
So on this day, a friend of mine traveled to his sister's place with another friend of his. His name is Manish. They were travelling on a motor scooter. Manish owned the scooter and was driving my friend to the place. They took a route which was less used, to beat the traffic and reached the sister's place. After having finished the traditions and having sweets they took the same route back home.
In the evening when they reached home Manish started to behave abnormally. He was closing himself in the room and was stuck to the bed like he was really scared of something. He was stuck to a single corner in the bed and was shivering when his parents saw him. The parents were very worried as to why/what is causing Manish to do this. This continued for two more days after the festival.
My friend was called to ask if they had any incident or if they had a fight with someone or received a threat from someone that he is getting scared. I was along with my friend that day when he went to meet Manish's parents. He answered that they only went to his sister's place and met a few friends on the way and returned home. Neither did they have any incident or any scuffle. We all went to the room where Manish was sitting inside. It was a small house so he could hear what we were speaking.
As soon as we went in, Manish was very angry at my friend and was fuming with anger that he was making kind of hissing sound with his mouth. He was not even making eye contact. He started saying loudly that my friend was lying and that he was along with Manish when he drove the motor scooter over it, two times which ended up hurting it. We were all shocked to hear this because he was not harmed in anyway and no physical wounds as well. And he was not talking in his original tone and voice. He was speaking in a very squeaky voice but rudely without looking at anyone.
I didn't understand at the moment what was happening. Because of the rudeness he spoke with, I thought that these two people had some misunderstanding or a fight that my friend is not revealing. I was trying to observe Manish's body postures and movements while this conversation was happening. The eye contact was never made directly. He was sitting on the bed with his legs on the floor and was facing the wall. We were standing 70-80 degrees to his right and I saw Manish looking at us through his eye corners stealthily and quickly moving the eyeballs towards the wall. He was so uncomfortable with we in the room that he was almost trying to face his back to us and moving his feet to his left (kind of showing his back to us). And when he spoke his forehead and cheeks were being wrinkled so much that it seemed like he was disgusted by our presence and while talking he was indicating with his hands for us to go away.
We came out being shocked and surprised by the behavior. While we walked out and sat outside, we heard heavy voice from Manish's room. Manish was shouting something very loud but what was being shouted was not clear. It was some language and it appeared to be definitely of Indian origin. It was not clear Hindi, but had a few words of Hindi mixed into some dialect. Manish's mother rushed into his the pooja room and brought kum kum (vermilion) to keep on his forehead. We also went along with her. He clearly refused to have vermilion on his face and was pushing away his mother when she was trying to. I was willing to go hold him tight so that the vermilion can be applied. My friend stopped me and called a baba within the locality to visit Manish's place. I was told that it appears as if he is being possessed by a spirit and hence not being allowed to place vermilion on his forehead.
This baba is quite a unique guy. He is a well-educated employee of a private firm who helps people being bothered with spirits and stuff like that. He came to their house that evening and was well prepared to ward off the evil that was bothering (assuming by the material he brought along with him, which was pretty much in two separate bags). He entered sat in the room where Manish was sitting and started speaking to him. He didn't do any prayers or apply anything on the forehead or nothing like that. Just plain simple conversation. He spoke in the language we all understood. Hindi.
He simply asked a few questions:
Q) What is wrong with you?
A) I am angry because he hurt me knowingly.
Q) Who hurt?
A) Scooter one
Q) How were you hurt?
A) Manish responded he drove over me two times. Everyone knows I am there.
Q) Where were you?
A) I was sitting in my place where I have been sitting since 200 years
Q) Which place?
A) Rangrez Galli (Name of a lane, which they took to reach their sister's place)
Q) What is your Name?
A) Reshma Bi (name of a woman)
Q) Were you visible when you were sitting?
Q) How can he see you if you are invisible?
A) He should know
Q) He didn't know you were there. It was a mistake. He will not repeat. Now leave him and go.
A) Mistakes are to be paid for
Q) Go back to your place. It was a mistake and he will not repeat.
A) Mistakes are to be paid for
Q) What do you want?
A) Two goats
Q) They are poor people, can't afford two goats immediately
A) I will go after I get two goats
Q) How and where do you want the two goats?
A) Place them under the Chaderghat Bridge near Malakpet (it's an old bridge over a river, which once upon a time had flowing water, now completely dry)
Q) Ok. Will be given to you in 15 days. But you leave now.
Q) One goat today and one goat in 15 days leave now
Q) Will you leave or should I forcefully make you leave
A) Laughs loud and says two goats.
Q) OK. Two goats today. How do we know you left?
A) Two goats
Q) Don't you understand? Two goats will be kept today. But leave now. How do we know you left?
A) I will leave through the mirror (pointing to the mirror in the room)
Q) How will we know you left through the mirror?
A) You will know
A) Don't you understand? I will leave and you will know
Q) OK. Leave now and your goats will be kept in place today.
In two seconds, the mirror in the room broke. We were 6 people in the room standing right next to the baba who was having the conversation. All of the conversation was in a very loud and angry voice/tone from both ends like a verbal fight. The baba didn't touch any material he brought along nor was there a need to.
After the mirror broke, which was an indication for us that the spirit left, the baba told that this spirit has possessed him to take revenge because they drove from a lane to beat the traffic that day, and unknowingly drove over her. That place was where she (the spirit) has been resident, apparently.
The same day, we bought two goats and placed it under the bridge. Don't know what happened to them. We didn't go back to check. Manish was fine in a day or two after that and they never took that road nor there was any trouble.
This reaffirmed me the existence of spirits. But how did that baba talk to the spirit without having to use any holy material he brought along? Does that mean there are other ways to deal with spirits and paranormal, in addition to the path of god? Or is it that the baba has developed the strength and support of god within himself?