Re: Chillums and Charas
Subject: Re: Chillums and Charas
From: email@example.com (K. Sadananda)
Date: Wed, 22 Jun 1994 15:57:34 GMT
Organization: Naval Research Lab, Code 6323
In article <firstname.lastname@example.org>, email@example.com
(Matthew Taylor) wrote:
> I am not a hindu, but many of my friends have aspirations in that
> direction, and I am very sympathetic to hindu teachings. One thing
> continues to bother me however. To the hippy sceptic one of the main
> appeals of hinduism seems to be the religious justification for
> smoking large quanties of charas. My question is why do sadus do it?
> Is getting high really supposed to bring you closer to god or
> enlightenment, or do they do it merely to distinguish themselves from the rest of their society?
No religion in the world justifies self damnation - Leave alone Hinduism.
People interpret the teachings to justify their action or satisfy their
cravings. This is an age old problem plaguing all religions not only the
Hinduism. In the name of religion people waged wars killed millions of
people and yet quote scriptures out of context to sanctify their
animalistic passions. That is not religion and those are not religious
people. It is an abomination of sanctity of all religions. In the name of
religions, there were Christian crusade wars and many innocent people were
persecuted. Christ who gave His own life and protested against any kind of
violence did not preach that. These wars are nothing to do with
Christianity. In the name of religion, Muslim invasions were conducted and
many temples were destroyed. In truth that is nothing to do with Islam.
This is misunderstanding of the scriptures and some time deliberately
misinterpreted to suite their conveniences.
It pains me deeply to learn that some people claim that Hinduism justifies
smoking large quantities of chars. If some sadhus do it, that only means
that they are addicted to it and cannot justify their taking the drugs any
other way. Some may take-up "sadhu profession" to satisfy some of these
cravings. They are not true sadhus they are only vagabonds with no
spiritual aspirations. This is true now it was true in the olden days - in
the 9th century Sankaracharya also warned "Jatilomudi lunchita keshaha -
kashayambara bahukrita veshaha". essentially warning to watch out for the
impostors in the sadhus dress.
Every religion has this problem and I believe strongly no true religion
sanctifies these activities. It is only perverted interpretations and
justifications to carryout their cravings. But believe me there are
thousands sadhus in Hinduism who don't smoke any thing.
Life is the most precious gift of the God. By taking drugs people destroy
the most delicate instrument in God's creation. They become like stones and
that may be why they call it getting stoned. Every minute is so beautiful
and so enchanting it is a crime to destroy it. They not only destroy
themselves but destroy the innocent children and bystanders. That should
be stopped at all cost. -That is not Hinduism and no religion sanction it.
Hari Om! TAT SAT! - Sadananda