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God in a Pill?

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God in a Pill? was a 1966 pamphlet by Meher Baba in which he spoke out strongly against taking illicit drugs like marijuana and LSD, saying they were harmful "physically, mentally, and spiritually."

The pamphlet, originally titled God in a Pill? Meher Baba on L.S.D. and The High Roads, was published in 1966 by Sufism Reoriented using quotes by Meher Baba where he strongly disparaged the view that hallucinogenic and mind-changing drugs, especially LSD, but also marijuana, psilocybin, and other drugs, might be used to elicit meaningful spiritual insight. Meher Baba wrote, "If God can be found through the medium of any drug, God is not worthy of being God."[1] It was compiled from letters to several academics in the West such as Allan Cohen, Robert Dreyfuss and Richard Alpert.[2]

The pamphlet went out of print, but in 2003 was rewritten and published as A Mirage Will Never Quench Your Thirst, A Source of Wisdom About Drugs by Laurent Weichberger (Sheriar Foundation, 2003).[3] The new book has material not contained in the original God in A Pill? and a section entitled God in A Pill? Revisited, which reprints those quotes from God in A Pill? which were directly from Meher Baba related to drugs.

* 1 History
* 2 Baba's statements on drugs
* 3 References
* 4 External links

[edit] History

Not long before his death in 1969 Meher Baba's name spread throughout the hippie counterculture movement of the 1960s, his image appearing in the documentary movie Woodstock and on posters and inspiration cards of the era, and even on the cover of Rolling Stone in 1970. In the mid-1960s Meher Baba became concerned about the rising use of illicit drugs in the West. He told several academics (including LSD guru Timothy Leary) in correspondence not only to stop using drugs, but to help others to get off drugs. In a November 1970 Rolling Stone article, Pete Townshend, leader of the rock band The Who and a follower of Baba's, discussed Baba's message on drugs, writing:

Baba did emphasize to a young devotee going to see Baba in about 1966, that the biggest single gesture a man could make for youth, would be to spend his life trying to show the dangers of dope. Remember, Baba was concerned with a set of people that felt the psychedelics held the key to religious experience, to Universal consciousness. God in a pill.[4]

[edit] Baba's statements on drugs

Meher Baba emphatically told several disciples not only to cease taking hallucinogenic drugs, but also to spread his word that drugs were harmful physically, mentally, and spiritually.

Tell those who indulge in these drugs (LSD, marijuana, and other types) that it is harmful physically, mentally and spiritually, and that they should stop the taking of these drugs. Your duty is to tell them, regardless of whether they accept what you say, or if they ridicule or humiliate you, to boldly and bravely face these things.[5]

In addition Baba made specific claims about drugs, giving a clarification to several American professors through his secretary Adi K. Irani on July 4, 1964.[6]

* Meher Baba did say that the user of LSD could never reach subtle consciousness in this incarnation despite its repeated use, unless the person surrendered to a Perfect Master. To experience real, spiritual consciousness, surrenderance to a Perfect Master is necessary.
* The experiences gained through LSD are, in some cases, experiences of the shadows of the subtle plane in the gross world. These experiences have nothing at all to do with spiritual advancement.
* Beloved Baba stresses that repeated use of LSD leads to insanity which may prove incurable in mental cases, even with LSD treatment.
* Medical use of LSD helps to cure, in some cases, mental disorders and madness.
* There is no such thing as “areas in the brain reserved for subtle consciousness,” and the question of LSD affecting them has no meaning.
* When LSD is used for genuine medical purposes, in controlled doses under the supervision of specialists, there are no chances of the brain, liver or kidney being damaged.
* Baba answered again that continued LSD use for non-medical purposes results in madness, and eventually death.

[edit] References

1. ^ God in a Pill? Meher Baba on L.S.D. and The High Roads, Sufism Reoriented, Inc. 1966
2. ^ Lord Meher by Bhau Kalchuri, 1986, p. 6473
3. ^ Amazon
4. ^ Rolling Stone, No. 71 (November 26, 1970)
5. ^ Meher Prabhu: Lord Meher, The Biography of the Avatar of the Age, Meher Baba, Bhau Kalchuri, Manifestation, Inc. 1986. p. 6403
6. ^ CAMPAIGN AGAINST LSD & STREET DRUGS Meher Prabhu: Lord Meher, The Biography of the Avatar of the Age, Meher Baba, Bhau Kalchuri, Manifestation, Inc. 1986. p. 6469

[edit] External links

* Excerpt from God in a Pill by Meher Baba
* Avatar Meher Baba On Drugs
* Lord Meher, Bhau Kalchuri, pp. 6467-6470
* In Love With Meher Baba (Complete 1970 Rolling Stone article by Pete Townshend)

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