“Acid and drugs have always lured man. It is nothing new. It is as old as man himself — in the Vedas they used to have SOMA. In India they have continued to use drugs down the centuries — charas and ganga and opium — they have tried everything. Now the madness is spreading all over the world. Now people are trying to find a shortcut — a very easy and cheap thing — that you can possess, that you can just swallow. Samadhi cannot be swallowed. And God is not a chemical phenomenon; you have to earn it, only then can you have it.
Drugs are a deception. They give you a feeling which is imaginary, hallucinatory, they give you a feeling that you are back, part of nature. People come to me; they say, “I have been on a drug trip, and it was beautiful, and so many things happened.” Nothing happened! — because after it you are again the same, even worse. It only releases dreams in you, but you become so unconscious that you take the dreams to be real. You are not aware, so you cannot see whether this is a dream or a reality.
Our meditations are nothing but drugs — perfect drugs, without any chemicals in them. A man who can meditate will not be able to enjoy the drug, any drug. Because, his meditation gives him so much peace and the drug will disturb it.”—