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Archive for January 7th, 2010

From: George Kourakos
To: AM-GLOBAL
Subject: New Fad in the West
Date: Thu 07 Jan 2010 07:53:02 -0000

Baba

“A’lor pathe je eseche a’ndha’re se hoy na’ ha’ra’…” (P.S. 996)

Purport:

Baba, those who are treading the divine path never get lost in the
oblivion of darkness and staticity. Those who are smiling sweetly, their
life can never be like hell– surrounded by the agony of suffering and
crying. Baba, here along with me, You are and I am. And Your love has
bound me. In result I have lost everything else. Those who have ascended
onto the path of hope and optimism never get lost in hopelessness and pessimism.
Baba, by Your grace You have come with Your sweet smile riding Your
chariot of panoramic colors. By getting You, the whole universe is
purified; everyone’s existence has become successful…

== NEW FAD IN THE WEST ==

Namaskar,
Watch out! A new fad is lighting up in the west: Marijuana is now being
legalised in parts of the the USA in the name of health reasons.

In states like Oregon, new marijuana bars and cafes are opening where
patients can enter, purchase marijuana and hashish, and smoke as much as
they wish. Medical doctors are prescribing and certifying their patients
marijuana for pain relief and mental anxiety etc. This is the new and
growing phenomenon.

The tricky part is that any new fad that starts in the west then spreads
all over the globe. So this is the latest trend – everyone should be
careful.

Of course as Proutists, our dharmic stand is to oppose as Baba is
against the use of such intoxicants (Ref: Prout Nutshell part 21).

BABA’S PERSONAL ACCOUNT

Before further examining the medical marijuana trend going on in the
USA, all Ananda Margiis will find Baba’s below first-hand account very
interesting.

In this below reflection, Baba talks how as a young boy he opposed those
so-called sadhus who smoked marijuana.

Baba saya, “This story took place very long ago. I was extremely young
then, about four or five years old. I had a Shiva linga…In those days
ordinary people had a rather excessive amount of devotion towards
sannya’siis and holy men. A group of sannya’siis would light a fire and
sit around it in one of the neighbourhood’s slightly elevated vacant
areas. Countless devotees would encircle them singing devotional songs
and kiirtana. I used to see this scene all the time. Stories of Lord
Shiva’s white radiance, his magnanimity and detachment had attracted my
mind a good deal. But I did not at all like these sannya’siis’ greed for
all kinds of delicacies, nor their marijuana pipes and tweezers. And so
I would harass them by throwing stones from afar or stealing their
sumptuous food and fleeing.” (Strange Experiences, Chap 2)

So Baba’s dharmic stance against marijuana took expression very early in
life.

LONG HISTORY OF MARIJUANA IN INDIA

Actually there is a long history of marijuana use in India. But mostly
it was rejected by the people as being harmful to both mind and body.
Only certain dogmatic sadhus with ashen bodies would resort to marijuana
smoking. Their fake justification was that they were following the cult
of Shiva – but that is wrong.

Baba says, “The developed sa’dhaka [spiritual aspirant] remains
submerged in this beatific condition of intoxication. It is said that
Shiva remains overwhelmed under the spell of this very type of
intoxication, with His eyes fixed upwards. This is not the intoxication
produced by bhang [Indian hemp] or ganja [marijuana], or that of opium,
nor that of wine, but is a sort of beatific intoxication brought about
by sudha’rasa.” (YP)

As Baba points out, it is known in India that the marijuana drug does
not lead to an enlightened mind. Every true sadhaka and everyday
citizens understand this, either practically or theoretically.

But that does not mean that the latest medical marijuana trend in the US
will not soon hit the streets in Mumbai and elsewhere. After all, India
rejected materialism centuries ago yet now the youth of India are
plunged in all kinds of pseudo-culture fashion and materialistic
lifestyles – religiously copying the trends in the west.

So it may not, nay will not, be long before patients & innocent citizens
in India and other countries are also smoking marijuana

MORE ABOUT “MEDICAL MARIJUANA”

A former US Surgeon General has issued the following statement:

“The evidence is overwhelming that marijuana can relieve certain types
of pain, nausea, vomiting and other symptoms caused by such illnesses as
multiple sclerosis, cancer and AIDS — or by the harsh drugs sometimes
used to treat them. And it can do so with remarkable safety. Indeed,
marijuana is less toxic than many of the drugs that physicians prescribe
every day.”

And indeed there are many medical professionals in the west who advocate
the use of marijuana for a wide-range of patients. And now there are at
least 13 states in the US where patients can legally purchase and smoke
marijuana and hashish in cafes.

400,000 patients in Canada smoke marijuana and in the US the number are
exponentially growing into the millions.

This trend is spreading fast – it has all happened in the last few months.

SHOULD DOCTORS BE TRUSTED

This all begs the question: Should doctors and the US medical industry
be trusted.

There are many strong lobby groups in the US that have direct influence
of medical policies in the US. From dietary recommendations to
prescription drug use, billions and billions of dollars are laid down by
special interest groups to get their agenda approved by doctors.

Indeed the tobacco industry got away with this for years, and in the
last couple decades it is the the prescription drug industry that has
most doctors in the pockets.

And now today, we see that the marijuana lobby has made its way into the
wallets of physicians and the medical establishment.

So we have to think a thousand times – and educate the common people
about this – how far should doctors be trusted.

Time and again physicians make recommendations that are basically
ludicrous: In the 50’s and 60’s they were advocating that pregnant women
smoke cigarettes in order to relax. And more recently medical
professionals have advocated the regular consumption of red wine
(alcohol) and chocolate for overall health and happiness.

So there is no shortage of ridiculous recommendations by the US medical
establishment. And now we see that the use of marijuana for patients is
just one more scar on this growing list.

PROUT’S STAND

As Ananda Margiis and Proutists, we should quickly come forward on this
issue and state our position. It may seem like an obvious point to us,
but not so for others.

Tragically, the common public and patients all over have been duped into
thinking that marijuana is be some kind of magic herb for healing etc.
Not only do they think it will help with pain relief etc, but some have
even begun advocating that marijuana will enhance one’s memory. When in
fact, marijuana is quite harmful in many respects – ruining both one’s
physical and mental constitution.

We should strictly pay heed to Baba’s below mandates about marijuana.

Baba says, “It is desirable that people keep themselves free from
intoxicants and stimulants and move steadily towards the higher realms
of physical, mental and spiritual development through all possible
ways.” (PNS-21)

Baba says, ‘Taking hashish, marijuana, opium or wine causes a peculiar
change in the mind.” (HS-1)

Baba says, “Intoxicated by opium, people sit idle and doze off. Hemp
[marijuana] destroys general intelligence and the faculty of
understanding. None of these intoxicants are good for human beings.”
(PNS-21)

Thus it is our duty to oppose this latest trend of marijuana cages
advocated by medical professionals and the hemp lobby etc.

What they are prescribing for patients today they will be recommending
to general citizens tomorrow. That is the unfortunate direction things
are headed. It needs a strong push to buck this trend.

BABA’S BLESSING

By Baba’s grace, He has given us the duty to clean up society in all
respects. This recent marijuana campaign is latest issue that we must
take to the fore. With proper education, we can prevent it from
spreading and set humanity on the proper path.

Baba says, “For progress in entitative flow, one is to lead a pure life,
a moralistic life, a life based on moral principles. Do not do anything
bad. What is bad? Bad is that which depraves human existence. Follow a
strict code of morality. Live a pure life, a neat and clean life. Be
strict in 16 Points. What will happen? Your entitative flow will get
purified and will be in parallelism with your psychic wave.” (SS-12)

Namaskar,
Gagan

Note: IRONY OF THE HUMAN QUEST FOR PEACE & SATISFACTION

Humans have long been on a quest for peace and comfort – and that has
led them in all kinds of directions. Check out the irony of this most
recent trend.

On the one side, wealthy people in the west who have all kinds of
luxuries resort to drugs like marijuana in hopes of finding peace and
tranquility and all around the globe those in the so-called developing
world are chasing after money and wealth thinking that those riches will
supply them all the happiness and comfort they need. So those with money
are not happy and seeking joy elsewhere, and the rest of the world is
thinking that “I need to be like those wealthy people” in order to
become happy. Such is the irony unfolding.

The marijuana trend just throws one more smoke-screen into the minds of
the people.

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Eternal Source of Energy

Baba says, “Because each and everybody in this universe gets energy from
Parama Purusa, He is the Supreme Source of energy.”

“This earth and all the other planets and satellites of this solar
system get their energy from the sun. The sun is the source of their
energy. But He is the source of the sun’s energy. And that’s why He is
jvalantam.”

“And that’s why I have said that there won’t be any thermal death of
this universe. Because He is jvalantam, He is present, and He will be
present forever. So there won’t be any shortage of energy in this cosmic
system, though there may be a shortage of energy in some particular
portion of the earth or the cosmos.” (AV-3, p. 26-27)

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