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Religion and Psychoactive Sacraments:
An Entheogen Chrestomathy

Thomas B. Roberts, Ph.D. and Paula Jo Hruby, Ed.D.
Author Index | Title Index

The Mastery of Consciousness:

An Introduction and Guide to Practical Mysticism and Methods
of Spiritual Development as given by Meher Baba.

Meher Baba. (Cohen, Allan Y., Compiler and Editor). (1977).
New York: Harper & Row.

ISBN: 0-06-090371-6

Description: Harper Colophon paperback, xx + 202 pages.

Contents: Preface, introduction: A Letter to the Reader, 15 chapters in 4 parts: 1. Preparation, 2. General Methods, 3. Specific Techniques: The Way of Meher Baba, 4. Reflections on the Way, and 5 appendices: A. Introduction to the End of the Beginning, B. Prayers, C. Glossary, D. Annotated Bibliography, E. Sources of Information about Meher Baba, notes.

Excerpt(s): Mind-changing, or "psychedelic" substances have been used in other cultures to stimulate religious experiences, and many Westerners, already preconditioned to the drug ethic, saw them as shortcuts to enlightenment. Meher Baba acknowledged that a few sincere seekers had aroused their spiritual longing while using consciousness-altering chemicals. However, he was explicit about the limits of drug induced spirituality.

["]All so-called spiritual experiences generated by taking "mind-changing" drugs such as LSD, mescaline and psilocybin are superficial and add enormously to one's addiction to the deceptions of illusion which is but the shadow of Reality. ... The experience of a semblance of freedom that these drugs may temporarily give to one is in actuality a millstone around the aspirant's neck in his efforts towards emancipation from the rounds of birth and death. ... Indulgence in drugs is harmful physically, mentally and spiritually, and people should stop taking them. They bring more harm than good. Tell those ensnared in the drug-net of illusion to abstain.["]. (pages 58-59)

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