Do alcohol and drugs induce state of meditation?


Consumption of alcohol and drugs gives relaxation to the mind only and makes one forget the present worries and stresses temporarily. Drugs may induce some “elevated experiences” in addition to giving relaxation to the mind. Like the drug induced experiences alcohol induced experiences are also not spiritual experiences and causes harm to the body and mind, in the long run. For sadhana (spiritual practice), a seeker should take care of his body properly, a fit body supports sadhana. It is not advisable to weaken the body by consuming drugs or alcohol.

For progressing in spiritual life there are no shortcuts. If alcohol or drugs could induce spiritual experiences things would have been very easy. Spirituality could then be purchased within the cost of drugs or alcohol but this not true. Those who believe that alcohol or drugs can give them spirituality are misguided. As I said before there are no shortcuts to spirituality. One has to do the hard work of sadhana. Also anybody who does sadhana gains in spirituality and these gains are his permanent and authentic spiritual treasures. No one can snatch your spiritual treasures from you.

~ Avathar ATMAGURU

10 thoughts on “Do alcohol and drugs induce state of meditation?

  1. Whilst I agree with you, I would ask the question: what about all the tribal shaman, who use leaf/mushroom etc drugs in their rituals? Would you say there is a difference between how and what they do and us, the uninitiated? Or do you think that they, too follow an incorrect path?
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    • Thanks Heidi! Very good question. Actually, I came to know about shaman drug usage in rituals now only from you. When I explored a bit, its a topic in research, so I have no idea on it. But it is true that the food we have and environment we are in has a impact on our mind and way of thoughts. Rituals (Yagya’s) done in proper ways has a positive effect on humanity. You can see more about Yagya here. 🙂

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      • 🙂 This is what I love about blogging: sharing, helping, thinking, learning. I think you are totally right though: shamans are rigourosly trained and know exactly what they are doing with the drugs – recreational drugs without the spiritual exercise brings on a different experience – though from personal past experience, I think that non-shamanic people with the right mind-state can achieve – or, rather, open gateways – to meditative/spiritual experiences 🙂
        I am NOT condoning drug use. drugs are bad. Don’t do them! 🙂

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  2. I find that alcohol should not be considered putting you in a state of relaxation but dulling down our personal essence and leaving us with a primitive form of ourselves; inducing a feeling that we are relaxed but truly we become an open vessel to the negative which can be felt around us. True meditation comes from linking yourself with our inner most thought processes not dulling them. 🙂

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    • Very true. Alcohol is a depressant, which means it slows the function of the central nervous system. Alcohol actually blocks some of the messages trying to get to the brain. This alters a person’s perceptions, emotions, movement, vision, and hearing. In very small amounts, alcohol can help a person feel more relaxed or less anxious. More alcohol causes greater changes in the brain, resulting in intoxication. 🙂

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      • Hmm…don’t you find it interesting that those that beta-blockers and benzodiazepines are so readily prescribed to those who suffer from anxiety or depression? Dulling the physical awareness that we feel and blocking the communication with out inner selves?

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        • Yes, it is true that modern medical system cares very least or totally ignores the spiritual wellness of human being. Also people in materialistic world prefer instant relief and cure for pain or disease which results in short fix of the issue with long term side effects which people are least bothered. For them time is money, but in reality health is the wealth. 🙂

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