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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

Understanding Drug Use: An Adult's Guide to Drugs and the Young.

Marin, Peter, and Cohen, Allan Y. (1971).
New York: Harper and Row.

ISBN: None

Description: Hardcover, x + 163 pages.

Contents: 5 chapters, glossary, bibliography, index.

Excerpt(s): The early and sincere psychedelic users became aware that the esoteric teachings of all spiritual systems emphasized development of consciousness of the God Force within and that history has cataloged many techniques and approaches toward unlocking that latent Divinity. We also became aware of outstanding spiritual Oneness and Love. In the youth subculture generally, there was an upsurge in respect for the "Eastern" mystical tradition. (page 140)

[Meher] Baba's views and the general thrust of his declarations have been reflected by scores of other respected contemporary spiritual figures from Yogis to Christian mystics, all of whom firmly propound that drugs are a blind alley for spiritual development. As I have personally involved myself in the approach espoused by Meher Baba, some principal differences between the chemical and authentic spiritual techniques have become clear. First, the LSD path denies internal worth. Using drugs creates an underlying feeling that inner happiness must somehow be enhanced from the outside. In contrast, authentic spirituality stresses the omnipresence of God Within and defines the spiritual task as uncovering that essence. The drug approach emphasizes separateness and exclusiveness-it is "We, the hip people" versus the "straight, unaware world." Yet true mysticism implies oneness and tolerance for every being. The drug orientation is passive and often leads to disengagement from active life in society. One supposedly gets results by swallowing the pill, the sum total of effort necessary. But in Reality, you don't get something for nothing. The genuine Path entails real effort, and earned progress can be retained as one's own. Psychedelic experience is inevitably temporary; genuine mystical experience is lasting in its impact. (pages 141-142)

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