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ON GETTING HIGH

The marijuana enthusiasts out there often ask me if they can use weed or other drugs as a way to enlightenment. After all, Shiva has this image of a stoner. It has happened to me many times in the Himalayas and other places that some sadhus invited me to smoke weed with them, because they thought I smoke. If you look into my eyes, you will see I am always stoned, without taking any substance. Everything that you want to experience is already in your system.

Most chemicals that we put into the system to have some kind of experience only stimulate something within us. Now the question is, are you on self-start or push-start? If you know how, you can sit here in bliss without having to put any substance into your system. Shiva was always high – no question about that. But he was not such a cripple that he needed chemicals from outside. Shiva was not using substances – he is the substance. I can make that happen for you. If you can be with me in a certain way, I can have you all stoned, because the substance is not outside – the substance is within.

Those who want to emulate Shiva, can you do everything else that he did? First you must sit unmoving for three months – then maybe you can smoke. The following happened when Adi Shankara crisscrossed India, from Kerala in the south to Badrinath in the north and back, from east to west, before he left at age thirty-two. In between, he produced thousands of pages of literature. He was walking briskly. A bunch of his disciples trotted behind him.

Then he saw a drink shop outside a village. A few people were hanging around there, drinking. Shankara looked at them in their inebriated condition. They looked at him. You know, drunkards tend to think they are having the best time and everyone else is missing it. They made some comments. Without a word, Shankara walked into the shop, took a potful of arrack, drank it, and walked away.

His disciples witnessed the scene. Shankara started walking briskly again. They were trotting behind him. Among themselves, a discussion came up – “When our Guru can drink, why can’t we?” They just needed an excuse. He knew what was going on. When they came to the next village, there was a blacksmith at work. Shankara picked up a vessel with molten iron, drank it, and walked on. The disciples knew they did not want to drink that.

Shiva was always stoned for sure, but not with something as petty as weed. By smoking marijuana, all that is happening is you are feeling a little smoked out and hazy in the head. If getting hazy is spirituality, then I do not want to be spiritual. For me, the biggest thing is living in crystal clarity. Clarity can be intoxicating. When you do something for which you need to be super alert, there is a kind of intoxication in that. That is why people are jumping off airplanes or doing other incredibly risky things.

To some extent, you can achieve intoxication through physical activities. If you can stimulate a state of intoxication in you without any outside substance or activity, then there is an element of Shiva in you. If you can simply sit here and be so super alert that you are high, that is the way to do it, not by smoking weed. Leave the weeds for the cows. Human beings can do better things. Those who are smoking weed generally seem peaceful. When they are hazy, they are peaceful, but that peace is of no value. They will not be peaceful if you take away the substance.

Today it has become legal in many states in America, and major corporations are getting into this business. If some day, they bring Coca Smoka on the market, you should not be surprised. From selling drinks with carbon dioxide to selling products with marijuana – you may think that is an improvement. Your brains will shrink. Because you do not know how to handle your brain, which is not your making – it has evolved over so many generations to where it is now – you want to smoke it down, so that it feels peaceful. That is not the answer.

If you have not found any better use for your brain than freaking out, with marijuana, at least you will simply sit somewhere and not bother anyone. If you have found a better use for your brain, if you can do something worthwhile, creative, and useful with it, then smoking weed is not the way to go. There is nothing spiritual about any chemical.


Poem ' Substance Abuse '

To be sober is dreary
But inebriation takes you
away from all that is reality
How to dwell in the empty
room of dry lifeless logic.
Logic through the day and
inebriation at the end of the day
logic through the week and
inebriation for the weekend
logic at work and inebriation
for the vacation. Say the compromisers

Come! I have a substance
that leaves you in throes of ecstasy
And peak of alertness at once.
No need for secrecy, no one
will find us in our within.

Let us abuse the substance
without dimension but within
let us get super sober and stoned

Love & Grace,

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'Lap of Master'

There are peaks of awareness
and Valleys of Grace

At the peaks one shall
know the brilliance of knowing

In the valleys you can
melt into the mist of Oneness

Masters lap a melting pot
of brilliance and grace, of knowing
and dissolving. It is a place
to pray, play or perish.

Pray – You shall be graced with much
Play – You shall know Bliss of Being
Perish – You shall become One with him.

Love & Grace,

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When I say a ‪leader‬, you need not necessarily be the leader of a nation or a large group of people. You are running a family; you are a leader, isn’t it? In some way you have taken the destiny of a couple of people’s lives into your hands, isn’t it?

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If you can maintain your awareness in the moment you are shifting from one dimension of life to another, from the physical to the beyond, that is ‪mukti‬. But to come to awareness in that moment, you must practice awareness for a lifetime.

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If one has to become still, the individual mind has to become less and less important. This is coming from a knowing that the existence itself is a living mind. When such a huge mind is at work, better keep your petty mind aside.

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Yoga is a huge love affair. It is a process of including every form and dimension of life.

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Every particle in your body is communicating with the entire cosmos. Yoga is about experiencing that.

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Always see what best you can do for everyone around you. It is this sense of offering that will make you shine.

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Life has a certain pace. You should be joyfully in a hurry but never impatient.

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Power should not be given to people who have no sense of inclusiveness.

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Yoga is not just about living better. It is about exploring the very source of life.

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Too many people are hungry not because there is dearth of food. It is because there is dearth of love and care in human hearts.

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A society that does not respect and take care of its women cannot progress and prosper. May the feminine blossom around the world.

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When you consciously rise above your likes and dislikes, that’s maturity.

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If your humanity overflows, divinity will come in search of you.

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Consciousness is your natural state of being. You only lose it by identifying with your thoughts, emotions, and body.

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Marriage means weaving two lives into one. Thinking, feeling, and living beyond yourself can be a stepping stone to Ultimate Union.

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From ameba to elephant, all creatures nourish the ecology. Only we humans are in destruction mode, and we think we are brilliant.

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If you are in a state of exploration and seeking, your intelligence would work better. The sages of the past who consciously crafted this culture saw that human ingenuity and human intelligence will always be perky and sharp only if you are a seeker. If you become a believer, it will get blunted.

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One of the simplest and best ways of establishing balance is lots of physical activity in a natural environment.

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In the vastness of the cosmos, everything is going perfect, but one nasty little thought in your mind can make it a bad day. That is lack of perspective.

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Why was Pournami a holiday in ancient India?

Q: In India, Pournami and Amavasya were traditionally holidays. Why?

Sadhguru: In this land, the science of living was deeply embedded in our lives. We evolved a culture where we make use of every natural force for our wellbeing. At one time, these things were built into our culture, but due to invasions and 200 to 300 years of abject poverty, it was gradually lost. Otherwise, we always had three holidays around Amavasya and two around Pournami. So there were five holidays in a month when people did not work. Even today in villages, a farmer will not plow his land on Amavasya. Do you know, even seeds sprout differently on Amavasya and Pournami? The growth of a plant is significantly different on Amavasya as compared to Pournami. These days have such a big impact on life.
But most people take a holiday on Sunday because we are just living by numbers. These numbers are made up by us, they are not existentially relevant. No one knows what to do on a Sunday so they eat a lot and watch television! But Pournami and Amavasya have relevance because of the relationship between the Moon, Earth and you. If you take a break when the moon is in a certain phase and did the right kind of practices, it would be very beneficial for your body and brain. An enormous amount of rejuvenation would happen within you.

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If you gain a little more mastery over your life energies and a little more mastery over your mind and body you will see you can become one hundred percent master of your ‪destiny.

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Do not make life decisions based on immediate compulsions. Looking back after many years, it should still be a worthwhile choice.

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This is not just about talking or teaching a practice – this is about releasing an explosive energy of ecstasy.

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Sadhguru: This wonder gadget that you are carrying in your pocket – a fork – is also part of the crime. When you do not touch the food, you do not know what it is. If food is not good enough to be touched, I do not know how it is good enough to be eaten!

Mark Hyman: So we should not have listened to our mothers – we should eat with our fingers, because touching our food helps us stay in contact with it.

Sadhguru: The cleanliness of your hands is entirely in your hands. The cleanliness of the fork is not necessarily in your hands. No one else but you has used these hands, so you can be sure how clean or not clean they are right now. With the fork, you do not know who has used it, how they have used it, and for what. All they have to do is wipe it with a tissue and it looks clean. Above all, when you use a fork, you do not feel the food.

The first thing that we were taught is if food appears in front of you, you hold your hands upon the food for a few moments to feel how the food is. If something appears on my plate and I just feel it, I know what to eat and what not to eat without having to taste it. My hands are the first level of knowing the food. Similarly, if you want to know a person, you guys shake their hands. I usually avoid that.

Mark Hyman: That’s a good strategy.

Sadhguru: But it is important to know the food that is going to become a part of you. Even if you do not physically touch it with your hands, just by being conscious, you will clearly know how the food will behave within you. The decision whether a particular food should go into you or not changes from day to day, because your body is different every day, every moment. If you feel the food, you just know whether it should go into you on this day or not. If the necessary awareness is brought in, we do not have to tell people what they should eat. Every meal, they should decide what to eat this time.

There is no one prescription of what you should eat for the rest of your life. That said, sugars and carbs are definitely a serious issue. But the real long-term challenge is weaning people off meat. Almost 200 pounds of meat are consumed per capita in the US per year. And 3 trillion dollars are spent on healthcare – barely four other countries on the planet even have a GDP that is larger than that. In other words, the healthcare bills in the US are higher than most nations’ GDPs.

This is a violent way to exist, and it is very hard on your system. Illness is the first level of violence. You cannot be peaceful when you are ill, because your body is in a constant battle. The fight with some virus, bacteria, or something else that comes from outside is one thing. But a chronic ailment is like a civil war. You created a battle within your own system, without an outside enemy.

Too many people die from chronic ailments, and more than that, even when they are alive, they cannot live well. And unfortunately, the maximum number exists in one of the most affluent countries on the planet. That means if affluence comes, we will lose all our sense. This is what America is telling the rest of world. And this will happen to the whole world at some point. We see similar things in Indian cities. It is just that America may be the forerunner. It is very important that America corrects itself, because whatever America does, for some reason the rest of the world does too.

You will see, in an Indian city, almost 60% of the population is wearing denim pants. And if you go to an Indian village, they might not have heard of yoga, but they know Coca Cola. When a nation has such an impact, you have a responsibility not just for your own health or your nation’s health, you have a responsibility for the world’s health, because the rest of the world imitates whatever you do.

Mark Hyman: Actually, China and India now have the highest numbers of diabetics in the world: 80% of the world’s diabetics are in the developing world. And it is because we created the worst diet on the planet, exported it to every nation, and they are eating it. One in three adult Americans has pre-diabetes or type 2 diabetes, and one in ten kids in Mexico has type 2 diabetes, which we used to call “adult-onset” diabetes.

This epidemic is getting out of hand. It goes right along with the amount of soda we drink and processed foods we eat, and the amount of misinformation people get. One of the things that have struck me in the last few years is that people want to do the right thing, but they often do not have the right information.

As part of the movie “Fed Up,” which is about childhood obesity, the obesity epidemic in this country, and the food industry, I worked with a family in South Carolina who was very overweight, very sick. The father was on dialysis; the mother was probably 150 pounds overweight and had many illnesses; and the son was 16, almost diabetic and probably 60 or 70 pounds overweight. They lived in a trailer on food stamps and disability benefits.

The solution was food – not a prescription drug. I showed them how to cook a simple meal with a guy from “Good Food on a Tight Budget,” which is an initiative of the Environmental Working Group that teaches you how to eat food that is good for you, good for the planet, and good for your wallet. This family just did not know how to cook. After teaching them to cook a meal without processed foods and sugar, I gave them my cookbook.

The mother lost over 100 pounds, the father lost 45 pounds and was able to get a new kidney, and the son lost about 50 pounds. There is a huge hunger in this county to do the right thing, yet people do not have the right information. I think it has been a deliberate, intentional effort by some elements of the food industry to disenfranchise us from our food, which goes from a direct relationship to the food we eat, to connecting to it like Sadhguru said, to growing it, to eating real food, to knowing what it is.

I think that is the revolution that has to happen. And it is that seed that will be planted that can shift a lot of the global problems we have. When the World Economic Forum says that the single biggest threat to global economic development is our chronic diseases epidemic, and that this epidemic is driven by the food we eat, changing our diet and lifestyle is the answer to this huge problem.

Sadhguru: Eating improperly and eating inappropriately are two big aspects. The way we “do” food is violent, and if we carry much more on this frame than what we should carry, it is a kind of soil erosion. Whatever number of pounds you shed does not go into the sky – it is going back into the earth. You prevent soil erosion!

We are allowed to carry what we want, but not beyond what is comfortable for us. The pain of existing like that is such that most people who are in this state have forgotten what it means to be light, what it means to be agile, what it means to be really alive. As I said earlier, it is not just about the medical aspects, the number of people who die, and various other things. The biggest problem is the number of people who are alive but cannot live a full life.

Mark Hyman: That’s right. It is not just about preventing disease somewhere down the road. People just do not connect the way they feel with what they eat. The truth is that in a short while, by shifting the way you eat, you can literally transform your health. We see this over and over – even in a week or ten days, people have dramatic transformations.

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