Apr 15, 2013
“We have drunk Soma and become immortal; we have attained the light, the Gods discovered. Now what may foeman's malice, do to harm us? What, O Immortal, mortal man's deception? - Rig Veda (8.48.3)
So, is usage of drugs divinely sanctioned?
This question has vexed even the best, at all times, in every time, since the beginning of time. Now, more than ever, many a people see no harm in “mild” form of drug usage in normal, everyday life. Banned or not, it cannot be denied that marijuana, hashish or “soma” herbs such as of charas, ganja, opium find their way in every society, at any time, every time.
The voices of those who are not religious, yet religiously seeking governmental sanction in usage of marijuana and other such intoxicating and addictive substances are becoming shriller day by day. Despite evidence to the contrary, of more harm than good coming from such usage of hallucinogenic drugs, people are increasingly taking a rather cavalier attitude towards it. Some countries and cultures either allow habitual usage of above mentioned easily available “soft” and seemingly “harmless” drugs or look the other way, without much of a say either way.
"There is always a need for intoxication: China has opium, Islam has hashish, the West has woman," said Andre Malraux. However, the twain has met. Now, in both East and West - drugs are the best.
“A gramme is better than a damn.. I wish I had my soma!” Aldous Huxley, in The Brave New World. And, William S. Burroughs refers to “soma” (Greek word for “body”) as a non-addictive, high-quality form of opium said to exist in ancient India. Soma was a Vedic ritual drink amongst early Indo-Iranians, subsequent Vedic and greater Persian cultures.
In nutshell, drugs, in mild or wild form, have been used in most regions and religions throughout history of mankind. Yet, do they induce mystical or hallucinogenic experiences?
There is no denying that drugs make us lose inhibitions and “make” the users see “things” which they do not usually witness in everyday living, without drugs. What happens? More importantly, why does this happen?
The metaphysical reality, as witnessed by yogis and free mystics of ancient India, is that Things That Be, quintessentially, are One. That is Consciousness, Life and Existence is composed of and emanate from One, Single, Indivisible “Stuff”. There are essentially no boundaries between The Conscious, Sub-Conscious and The Unconscious - like lines drawn across the sky.
Drugs make its users “lose” touch with the baser ego-consciousness; in the process, “crossing lines” as if, unto The Unconscious. In this “nowhere land”, drug users “see” hereto untapped potentialities. The yogi, on the other hand, consciously is “taken” to newer “realities”; which, continued over a longer period, “show” One Divine Reality as The Primordial Source of All That Is.
Hence, in the former case, using drugs one may “feel” bliss et all and “see” many a transcendental vision; yet, an unbalanced mind is not intellectually or spiritually endowed to “physically” get The Ultimate Reality as a verifiable fact. For, drugs diminish the incisive intellectual ability of the user; sometimes demonizing it so. That is, one hallucinates more than one understands What Is.
Self-Realization of The Divine Self, the fundamental reality behind everything, requires the practitioner to be fully aware and lucid; to “get” That Which Is. It’s An Experimentation upon The Self. The laboratory is one’s own physical entity. Just as scientists looking for the “god-particle” would not dare do so in an inebriated state; similarly, any search unto The Alpha and The Omega cannot be seriously taken up in a drugged state. It’s this simple.
Whether one believes in The Divine Order of Existence or not, or is an adherent of The Big Bang Theory; metaphysics or simple physics “experimentation” has to be conducted not in a stupor but in a serene way.
Metaphysically, “Soma” is “So”-That “Ma”-Am. Or, “That Am”. So, when mystics or yogis of India spoke about taking “soma”, it was meant that they “took” The “am” of “That” – The Universal Self: The One Ultimate Reality.
Use of drugs is for “lower” isms. Higher science or spirituality must have nothing to do with it. Drugs lead to delusion, not divinity. Period.
Let’s understand this once and for all.
Posted by Fakeer Ishavardas at 5:59 PM
Mar 10, 2013
“I am very astonished that the scientific picture of the real world around me is deficient.. It knows nothing of beautiful and ugly, good or bad, God and Eternity. Science sometimes pretends to answer questions in these domains, but the answers are very often so silly that we are not inclined to take them seriously.” - [Physicist Erwin Schrodinger, Nobel Prize Winner of 1933 in Physics]
Knowing less, we suffer more. Hence, before one ponders over good and evil, it is essential we know what existence or reality is.
Most isms, including today’s “rock star” ism of science, are unable to conceive “god-particle” of existence beyond a couple of thousand to few billions years. Both are wrong.
Science is not god. And, god is not science.
The Ultimate Reality is inconceivable to limited minds. Confined to man-mind-made realities, fundamentalists of religion or science-ism believe in things blindly or conceive “things” boldly, but badly. Today’s science limits itself to some bang; yesterday’s isms of religion on their books hang. Mystic Reality is much, much more than a tiny “big bang” or some little religious thong.
Yogis, free mystics “see” The Ultimate Reality unlimitedly.
In “Samadhi” - Sameness as the (Eternal) Aim (Primordial Reality) - The Observer and The Observed are “physically” One. In this “physicality”, yogis report “seeing” The Whole as One “I”-ness. “There”, in Original Source Reality of Everything, in Godliness as if; each and everything - Seer and Seen – is Own-ness. There’s neither one-two; nor many. Each and All, is “seen” as The Self of The Whole.
"We ought not even to say that he will see, but he will be that which he sees, if indeed it is possible any longer to distinguish between seer and seen, and not boldly to affirm that the two are one.” - [Plotinus, 206-270A.D., Greek Philosopher]
Therefore, blaming neither science nor spirituality, or mankind and god; we need to have an integrated view of life. In simple words, what we see happening “here”, though of concern to any sensitive soul, must not trouble much a wise mind. For, in “there” - The Ultimate Reality of Existence – all “this” is but a chimera.
“This life of yours which you are living is not merely a piece of this entire existence, but in a certain sense the whole; only this whole is not so constituted that it can be surveyed in one single glance. This, as we know, is what the Brahmins express in that sacred, mystic formula which is yet really so simple and so clear – “Tat Tvum Asi” – THIS is YOU. Or, again, in such words as "I am in the east and the west, I am above and below, I am this entire world.” Thus, spoke Schrodinger, the Nobel Physicist – colleague and contemporary of Albert Einstein.
And, as quoted in The Eye of Shiva: Eastern Mysticism and Science (1981) by Amaury de Riencourt; the physicist explained Reality – “The multiplicity is only apparent.. The mystical experience of The Union with God regularly leads to this view, unless strong prejudices stand in the way.”
Hence, waves play with “own”-self of other waves - in water-self. As does storm with own air-self. Similarly, in “this” life we call our world, life-forms inter-act with each other; in a “stormy” or selfless way; with love or love-less nay. Yet, it’s all a play. Good or bad, evil or ugly – yet! It is Illusory.
So - Behold! This! - life’s illusion. Live and let live - let go! Delusion.Read the Article at HuffingtonPost
Posted by Fakeer Ishavardas at 1:39 PM
Feb 25, 2013
I am neither ego nor reason, I am neither mind nor thought,
I cannot be heard nor cast in words, by smell nor sight ever caught:
In light and wind I am not found, nor yet in earth and sky -
Consciousness and joy incarnate, Bliss of the Blissful am I.
I have no name, I have no life, I breathe no vital air,
No elements have moulded me, no bodily sheath is my lair:
I have no speech, no hands and feet, nor means of evolution -
Consciousness and joy am I, and Bliss in dissolution.
I cast aside hatred and passion, I conquered delusion and greed;
No touch of pride caressed me, so envy never did breed:
Beyond all faiths, past reach of wealth, past freedom, past desire
Consciousness and joy am I, and Bliss is my attire.
Virtue and vice, or pleasure and pain are not my heritage,
Nor sacred texts, nor offerings, nor prayer, nor pilgrimage:
I am neither food nor eating, nor yet the eater am I -
Consciousness and joy incarnate, Bliss of the Blissful am I.
I have no misgivings of death, no chasms of race divide me,
No parent ever called me child, no bond of birth ever tied me:
I am neither disciple nor master, I have no kin, no friend -
Consciousness and joy am I, and merging in Bliss is my end.
Neither knowable, knowledge, nor knower am I, formless is my
form, I dwell within the senses but they are not my home:
Ever serenely balanced, I am neither free nor bound -
Consciousness and joy am I, and Bliss is where I am found.
[By Adi Shankaracharya]
Posted by Fakeer Ishavardas at 12:52 PM
Feb 13, 2013
Dec 31, 2012
Twitter kick-starts my day.
After my early morning meditation, if I am not on silent mode; and after paying my dues at the pot, I usually go to twitter for a trot. Suddenly, the world opens up, like a pinch in the butt. Usually, it is someone somewhere letting out his or her crap. As a counter point, a few gentle souls whisper sweet “nothings”, hoping to catch somebody’s ear “out there”. It’s a “mixed-up” crowd here, on twitter. Luckily, as I have come to know, over time, the do-gooders out-twit the “crap” shooters.
It’s akin to watching ticket-less, the world “pass” us by, without necessarily saying hi. Once in a while, if one is lucky and feeling cocky, one is able to trap a gadfly. That is, one is able to counter punch a below-the-belt hooker. Though tit for tat following un-following is common, there are many a quid pro quo friendly encounters too. Some touchy, over-the-top gung-ho evangelicalism inevitably crops up now and then, but many a sane voice too has its say on twitter.
Considering my foot to mouth luck these days, after a little over 1100 days in “active service”, I yet have some 11, 000 friends on Twitter. Whether they “follow” me with any good intention or attention, is any fool’s wild guess. Since I value my sanity, I just count my blessing than my woes. But my sense of humour keeps me on my toes.
However, humour, especially about religion and god, my beta noire, is missing in large parts on Twitter. Poking fun with unfunny intentions is not humour, by the way. Few pretentious twits are purchasing followers too; some in hundreds of thousands. Many glum faces, too busy selling their wares to run with the hare, are also here. They obviously do not really care about befriending the “lesser” lot. Too many self-proclaimed gurus also tout their twitch on twitter.
Yet, overall, here, good guys are able to crinkle their noses at the wise guys. Perhaps this is what one enjoys. Anything extra or by the way by-product, could be “manna” from God.
Being a spiritual person, I hope it is.
Here’s wishing all a happy tweeting, my friends, in 2013. May we all be a little more caring, compassionate and little less country-specific in the coming year. For, amongst its many blessings, social media platforms, especially Twitter, have made us all a citizen of the world. Enough said.
Posted by Fakeer Ishavardas at 11:22 PM