A Mirage Will Never Quench Your Thirst
Softcover, 141 pages
In A Mirage Will Never Quench Your Thirst, Laurent Weichberger has pulled together all of Meher Baba's quotes on the spiritual implications of using drugs of any kind including the full collection of quotes by Baba from the original God in A Pill. With several first person accounts by former users as well as sources of additional information, this new booklet will be an invaluable source of inspiration for those who need help in understanding the spiritual truth about the effects of using drugs.
Spirituality & Psychotropics
Ayahuasca This Way Comes
In 2003 I wrote my first book for Baba, A Mirage Will Never Quench Your Thirst: A Source of Wisdom about Drugs (Sheriar
Foundation, 2003). My goal with that book was to share what Meher Baba had to say about using drugs for any sort of spiritual growth. He was naturally vehemently against that strategy and He was crystal clear about why it is a dead end, and that you could go mad or die trying to find God through such a medium.
Then in 2007 I made an on-line acquaintance with a woman who was the leader of a specific spiritual social networking site. As we got to know each other a little on-line, sharing about Meher Baba, as well as her spiritual path and practice, I began to see that she self identified as a "shaman." By December 2007 she had sent me an email invite to a private weekend retreat in Sedona (where she lived at that time) and where she would lead a group (along with her "ascended masters") in a sort of vision quest to gain enlightenment. Her medium for this journey was a substance known as Ayahuasca, which I had never heard about.
First we met here in Flagstaff, and discussed her qualifications, and then I did some research. While she called it a "spirit plant medicine" and declared that it is not a drug, DMT, the active ingredient in the tea made from this Amazonian vine, is classified as illegal by the Drug Enforcement Agency. Clearly this was not for me. Once thing led to another, and before I knew it Ayahuasca was being mentioned every where I turned. Then I met a young graduate student at a party here in Flagstaff, and she had written her Master's thesis on Ayahuasca and it's healing properties. I asked her lots of questions at the party, and then was introduced to ever more people who sincerely believed that this substance is the key to enlightenment and deep healing.
It all became so intense that I decided I had to write an article on this subject and tic it back in to what Meher Baba has shared with us about why this is a misguided way to approach the Divine. As Meher Baba said, "One who knows the way, who is the way, cannot approve of the continued pursuance of a method that not only must prove fruitless, but leads away from the path that leads to reality. No drug, whatever its great promise, can help one to attain the spiritual goal. There is no short-cut to the goal except through the grace of the Perfect Master, and drugs, LSD more than others, give only a semblance of 'spiritual experience,' a glimpse of a false reality." " . .. The experiences which drugs induce are as far removed from Reality as is a mirage from water. No matter how much you pursue the mirage you will never quench your thirst, and the search for Truth through drugs must end in disillusionment."'