The very reason people are using marijuana or other psychedelic drugs and other things,
is because they want their life experience to be a little more than what it is right now.
All drugs are fundamentally experience hunting. Marijuana is a milder form of it.
But definitely, gradually, over a period of time, it will make you more and more incapable of
handling life situations. It will dull the system. It will just give you a buzz where you
think you are meditative, but you would not be meditative. The chemicals in marijuana work to
create a certain amount of distance between you and your body, which is close to meditation
in terms of experience. It fools you into a feeling like that, but that is not meditation.
What meditation can do in terms of benefits on your mind, body and entire system, marijuana doesn't do. Above all, meditation will enable you in a huge way, while marijuana slowly makes you incapable of handling things. Initially it looks like people who are on marijuana are very peaceful and nice people. But when it goes on for a certain period of time, you will see they are the same people who can get agitated and irritated with every little thing. Because it takes away mental capabilities, they can’t figure out one thing from the other.
And when you are not able to handle anything properly, this incapability could make you irritated and agitated. So if you are an exclusive group by yourself, where you don’t value doing anything properly, you don’t mind somehow living and it looks like it is all fine. But when life demands something out of you, you will see you will be totally incapable. Because marijuana creates this mental incapability. If somebody is not smoking it too often, it may not have that much impact on the system. But if they are smoking regularly, it definitely makes you mentally incapable over a period of time, which is not necessary. We have enough incapabilities, isn't it?
Somewhere, because probably in these societies, there is so much conservative rigidity, maybe the pot smoking people feel that it is a rebellion against the conservative attitude of the society. But anything that you do as a reaction to one type of injustice or one type of senselessness that is there, will only get you into another kind of injustice and another kind of senselessness. You must act consciously. Right now, let's say the society in which you are living is very conservative. They are just stuck on certain things and trying to impose certain things on people. By reacting to it, you will do something else which will not be better than that, or something which could be worse than that.
So if there is something that you see which is not okay in your life or the life around you, you have to act consciously and see how to handle that situation; what would be the true solution for this. Right now, only you are smoking, it is fine. Suppose the whole world starts smoking? I know the dream of the pot-smoking people is that if everybody was smoking, there would be no violence in the world and everybody would be peaceful and loving. It is not true. If pot-smoking people manufactured your car, you couldn't rely on it, isn’t it? Suppose everybody started smoking, just imagine what will be the condition.
It is not something that works, it is just that maybe you enjoy the little feeling of it. You are smoking sometimes, it is up to you, but it is not necessary. I am telling you, I can get you into a buzz.
You just do the kriyas* properly for a certain period of time, they can get you high in a healthier way. If you want, we will give you one more push; you come to Bhava Spandana** and we will push you in a different way. You can be always drunk and fine. I am always intoxicated, hugely intoxicated. Anytime I want, I can go absolutely crazy. But am I balanced enough? I am balanced enough to conduct any activity in the world, isn't it? But internally, I am absolutely drunk.
Now this would be useful, isn't it? You are drunk in your inner experience, yet at the level of your mind, you are fully alert. This would be fine. If even your mind gets intoxicated, then all your capabilities are gone. If you don't value capability, it is simply because you are living in a kind of imaginary paradise, because if everybody around you becomes incapable, then you will know what's the trouble of living in that place. Everybody is doing whatever they have to do properly, so you enjoy kicking things around a little bit. But if everybody starts kicking things around, then you will say, “Oh, something must be done.”
So what you enjoy is not marijuana. What you enjoy is a little bit of recklessness in you, a little bit of intoxication in you. We can give that to you, and it doesn't cost anything. Just getting drunk on life in such a way that you are in deep intoxication all the time. Instead of wine, we shift to divine, okay? It works better.