Drugs and yoga, stories and reality / part 2
As we said in the first part of this article (read here), various legal drugs or not, medical or recreational, not at all resolved or even seek to resolve the tension in the person, what they do is cover it through the numbness or overstimulation. Joaquín G. Weil writes.
So, obviously, any effort of purification will now have to cross two barriers in the other direction: that of the artificial obstacle to the drug by one side and the tensions that conceal, on the other. The relaxation and the enlightenment through yoga and meditation is satvico, or care and relaxed awareness, or, put another way, relaxation attentive and lucid.
The usual drugs in our society are most similar to the "soma" of A brave new world of Aldous Huxley, with which the poor vassals of the futuristic utopia, adocenaban no to the soma of the Rig Veda, that the ancient indoiranios is comulgaban.
Now let's talk about the other type of psychotropic substances: those which attempt to increase awareness and enables us to see other aspects of the reality or the same reality from other perspectives.
It had Ram Dass (Dr. Richard Alpert), one of the populizadores of LSD along with Timothy Leary, who wanted to solve the mystery of the lysergic acid asking various teachers of spirituality: some lectured him, others asked for more doses. Arose it when he was going to be his guru, Neem Karoli Baba, This grabbed the bottle and swallowed the entire contents, a huge dose capable of lying to a battalion of marines. The time after casual smiled and said: "And good?".
This same substance, lysergic acid, was in its traditional way of filtering of Ergot that ate only once in life the ancient in the sanctuary of Eleusis. The philosophers Plato and Aristotle, the literati Pindar, Aeschylus and Sophocles, politicians Cicero and Marcus Aurelius they were some of the famous names who took part in the ritual where explaining the mysteries of life and death. Who has read Plato, there will be perhaps perceived these echoes.
I the so-called"left bank" of the sacred cities of the India have traditionally been and are either uninhabited or populated by the wandering sadhus, some of which is notoriously hartan hemp in its various forms, among other many habits shocking. But, although the hemp has been mentioned as a possible ingredient of soma, does not seem that the consumption of such plant case with attention and fine focus that requires the concentrated exercise, yoga and meditation.
In the Rig Veda It is said: "we have drunk soma and we have become immortal; We have reached the light and discovered the gods."
Some years ago, in one of my trips to India, by Council of the yogacharya RAM Rajiv, I decided to visit the teacher Somdev on the outskirts of Haridwar on the banks of the Ganges. My goal was to learn more about the soma, the drench entheogens that the indoiranios entered communion with their gods.
Pandit, scholar, specializing in this subject, I was talking about the literary sources, in particular of the Rig Veda, but also of other later texts. I spoke of the Ayurvedic herb ARKAthat he considered with certainty the real soma; I also spoke of maceration of plant with ashes of gold in ghee (clarified butter) buried within a jar among the roots of a wild cashew. Finally he told me that the true and authentic (God) soma had to find it not in a plant but within oneself.
Although my initial purpose was to know the exact composition of the drench, now I understand that such commitment was impossible, due to the historical and geographical complexity of the matter. In fact the soma)haoma) is also mentioned in the Avesta, the sacred text of the ancient Persians. It is likely that the drench change components in his geographical journey to the India. Even already before having different types of soma.
The formula of the soma
There are various plants candidates to integrate the formula of the soma. It is also plausible that the most emblematic formulations were any component with MAOI (monoamine oxidase inhibitor), as the härmälä, along with another that contains DMT in significant doses, like cashew, which mentioned Professor Somdev (unless This plant was introduced in India at least from the 15th century). But there are many others, such as for example the Lotus, in particular the so-called Blue Lotus. In fact the legends tell that soma is the dew collected by Lotus petals on full moon nights (soma = Moon). Both the harmala and the Blue Lotus are two likely components of the concoction.
La DMT, dimetiltriptamina, está presente en numerosas plantas y seres vivos. Su uso oral entre humanos sólo es posible gracias a la sinergia con un IMAO (inhibidor de la monoaminooxidasa). Tal composición de principios activos químicos sinergéticos es las que se da en el ayahuasca, procedente de dos plantas distintas, de modo que ninguna de los dos tiene efecto psicotrópico alguno por separado.
In the Ayurveda suele distinguirse entre el rasayana o tónico (externo), y el ámrita o ambrosía interna. Precisamente el tónico lo que hace es suplir la ambrosía cuando ésta es deficitaria. Esa ambrosía es lo que los antiguos llamaban los licores internos: hormonas, encimas y otras sustancias químicas que nuestro cuerpo naturalmente segrega, como por ejemplo la misma DMT, presente en nuestro cuerpo,más abundante en unos órganos que en otros. Probable que uno de los órganos de mayor concentración sea la glándula pineal, que suele asociarse al bindu blanco, el plexo lunar (soma=luna), sede del ámrita, la ambrosía que nutre de energía interna nuestro organismo.
(Este artículo finalizará con la tercera parte,.la próxima semana)
Joaquín García Weil He graduated in philosophy, yoga teacher and Yoga room Málaga director. Practice Yoga for 20 years and teaches it since makes eleven. He is a student of Swami Rudradev (leading disciple of Iyengar), with whom he has learned in Yoga Study Center, Rishikesh, India. He has also studied with Dr. Vagish Sastri de Benarés, among other masters. More information: http://yogasala.blogspot.com https://www.facebook.com/yogasala.malaga