Do we “trip” naturally?  Have we the chemicals in our
brains already necessary for a psychedelic/spiritual
experience?  A yogi meditates and learns how to control the
workings of his inner body so that he can understand and/or
control the outside world.  A hippie takes acid and suddenly
understands the outside world, and on occasion experiences
the siddhi powers yogis strive so hard for.  Are these
experiences intrinsically the same, simply triggered by a
different catalyst?  “A psychedelic experience is a journey
to new realms of consciousness,”1 as explained by Tim Leary.
“And universal consciousness, luminous and omnipresent,
radiates in his heart: in this way he attains brahman,”2 as
explained by the Upanishads.  Doesn’t sound too different,
does it?


Baba Ram Dass Be Here Now The Crown Publishing Group, New York

Strassman, Rick J., “Dharma and DMT Research” Tricycle New Jersey; The Buddhist Ray Inc, Fall 1996

DeGracia, Donald J., Ph.D. Psychedelic Drugs and the Awakening of Kundalini at 12-10-97

Smith, Michael. Amanita Muscaria as the God/Plant Soma of the Rigveda at 12-10-97

Jesse, Robert “Entheogens: A Brief History of Their Spiritual Use” Tricycle New Jersey; The Buddhist Ray Inc, Fall 1996

Varenne, Jean Yoga And the Hindu Tradition The University of Chicago Press, Chicago and London

Leary, Tim, Ph.D., Ralph Metzner, Ph.D., and Richard Alpert, Ph.D. The Psychedelic Experience: A Manual Based on the Tibetan Book of The Dead University Books, New York, 1964

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