Holy India: A Land of Double Standards

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When the makers of our constitution wrote about
rights and equality among all the citizens of this holy land, 
little did they know that the future generations of political leaders
would break the fundamentals of our constitution
and absolutely no one would try
to question the injustice for many decades henceforth.

Such is the case of adding a holy plant like Bhaang (Gaanja) into the book of Narcotics in 1985 and thereby
prohibiting it for the entire nation
from growing, trading or consuming it.


But how does this Prohibition break the constitutional rights?

  • Right to Life
    • Cannabis / Bhaang / Gaanja is a medicinal plant.
    • It has the ability to cure hundreds of diseases, which the western medicines have no answers to.
    • It has the power to keep the user in a form of super healthy state of mind and body. This helps prevent diseases.
      • Prohibition of a medicinal plant, is a destruction to our
        RIGHT TO LIFE.

         
  • Right to Religion
    • Cannabis is at the core of Hinduism, which is the most followed faith in India. Our vedas wrote that cannabis is one among the 5 most sacred plants to live on this land. 
    • The use of Cannabis / Bhaang / Gaanja is a sacred practice that has been a part of human culture for the whole of history and in all parts of the world.
    • There are plenty of religions and cults that considers cannabis to be a integral part of their practice to be able to connect with the higher self. 
      • HINDUISM
      • SIKKHISM
      • BUDDHISM
      • CHRISTIANITY
      • ISLAM
      • JUDAISM
      • RASTAFARI
      • BENE RIAMBA
      • WU
      • TAOISM
      • NORSE
      • ETHIOPIAN ZION COPTIC CHURCH
      • SANTO DAIME
      • CANTHEISM
      • WAY OF INFINITE HARMONY
      • CANNABIS ASSEMBLY
      • CHURCH OF COGNITIVE THERAPY
      • TEMPLE 420
      • GREEN FAITH MINISTRIES
      • CHURCH OF COGNIZANCE
      • CHURCH OF THE UNIVERSE
      • THE FREE MARIJUANA CHURCH OF HONOLULU
      • THE FREE LIFE MINISTRY OF CANTHE
      • THE CHURCH OF HIGHER CONSCIOUSNESS
      • THE TEMPLE OF TRUE INNER LIGHT
        &
      • THE FIRST CHURCH OF CANNABIS
        are just a few notable religions which considers the medicinal and spiritual use of cannabis as a holy sacrament.
        • Prohibition of a world renowned multi-relegious practice is unconstitutional. 
           
  • Right to Freedom
    • does it make sense when one gets abused, threatened and arrested for using a plant which is holy and safe, and most importantly which is given to us by nature? 
      • This prohibition is against our freedom to use something which is safe, for ourselves, without harming nobody.
         
  • Right against Exploitation
    • When a person is forced to work, its exploitation.
    • When a person is arrested for not committing any crime and locked up in a jail for many years for growing, consuming or trading a plant;
      • isn't this an exploitation by the government itself?
         
  • Right to Culture
    • Cannabis is one of the oldest cultures known to man. 
    • Just like how it has been used in spiritual practice and medicines for thousands of years, India had a great unspoken culture of the use of BHAANG during the national festivals like Holi, Shivraatri, Raam Navami, Dussehra, Ganesh Chaturthi etc.
      • Prohibiting the Cannabis plant is unconstitutional because of its ability to break the cultural and traditional practices of this nation. 
         
  • Right to Education
    • Spirituality is also a subject.
      • It is a study which is as much as an experience as it is to learn.
      • It is a study of the consciousness and tools to access lies within oneself and also some of the divine plants.
        • Prohibition of Cannabis, is against the Right to Education.

How does this Prohibition make india
a land of double standards?

India is known to be the land of sages and saints
who most often use cannabis or as they fondly call it as 'Gaanja'.
In many National Festivals, Religions and Spiritual Sects,
gaanja is considered to be a Prasadam (God's food).

There are undying cults within Hinduism like
yogi, aghori, sadhu, sanyaasi & siddha.

Among the many saints and spiritual leaders of India,
one such famous sage in the pre-independence era was
Shri Gajanan Maharaj
who was considered to be a reincarnation of God Ganesh.

 No one knows where Shri Gajanan Maharaj came from,
but he was in his 20s when he entered Shegaon,
a small place in Maharashtra, India.

He was at this very place from 1870s to 1910, 
the year he took 'samadhi' and left the earthly body.

He is just one of the many sages and saints
who smoked this holy plant.

But, Gajanan Maharaj possessed Super Conscious States of Mind and
people worshipped him and respected
for his wisdom and views on life.
He is known to his followers for his use of bhaang
and guiding the people through their tough times.

During his period of time he performed many miracles like
filling dried well with water,
lighting his chillums without fire,
drawing sugar cane juice by twisting canes with his hands,
curing leprosy of a man,
curing himself of the many bites of honey bees, etc.

He is one known sage who's paintings or idols till today
are often portrayed with him smoking a chillum.

Just a small historic example of our forgotten culture lies in our
Indian Independence Movement.

One day, Tilak ji invited Shri Gajanan Maharaj for a public meeting
on the occasion of Shivaji Jayanti .

When Lokamanya Tilak delivered a charismatic speech,
Maharaj predicted that Tilak ji
would get a very harsh sentence by the British
and his words came true.

G.S Khaparde (left), Bala Gangadhar Tilak (middle), the great revolutionaries had a respect towards the bhaang culture.

Shri Bala Gangadhar Tilak, who was an outspoken political reformer and one of the most important figures in
Indian Independence Movement,
was a follower of two of the greatest spiritual leaders
who used bhaang regularly in their lives.
Shree Gajanan Maharaj and also Shirdi Shree Sai Baba.
This is an unspoken connection between the
Indian Independence Movement and the spiritual gurus whom our reformers or leaders worshipped,  who were the users of cannabis.

The same practice which is
condemned and outlawed
in the society that we currently live in. 

Chillums used by Shirdi Sai Baba.

Just like Gajanan Maharaj or Shirdi Sai Baba,
there are currently over 4 to 5 MILLION sadhus
in the country who often use this herb for
spiritual, mental or physical well being.

So according to the current law, 
these 5 million sadhus in India
who are much respected and often considered holy, 
becomes criminals?

If not, then why are we denying the citizens of the country
to utilise this holy plant?

Police tolerates the use of Cannabis while a sadhu smokes in front of them, during Kumbh Mela.

Cannabis / Bhaang / Gaanja is mentioned in
Ayurveda and Vedas.

 Preparation of Bhaang Medicine for treatment in Ayurveda

Preparation of Bhaang Medicine for treatment in Ayurveda

It is used in both Hinduism and Sikhism.
The two indegenous religions of Hindusthan

 Nihang Singh's making Shaheedi, a Bhaang recipe.

Nihang Singh's making Shaheedi, a Bhaang recipe.

It is used by millions of
Sadhus and worshipers of Shiva. 

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It is openly sold in hundreds of
Government approved Bhaang Shops.

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It is tolerated among the national festivals like
holi, diwali, shivraatri, raam navami etc.

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And yet, to this day, a corrupted law
still holds strong in this country where
people get jailed (non-bailable) 
maybe upto 10 years, for
growing or consuming this HOLY PLANT? 

This prohibition is unjust. 

The prohibition is unconstitutional. 

The prohibition destroys the fundamentals of this nation.

This prohibition is destroying the lives of many suffering souls who are waiting for a cure for their diseases.

Let's hope that this prohibition ends soon. 

Gaanja / Bhaang was a holy plant in our society
 which was looked up at.
Gaanja / Bhaang users were considered Holy Men
and was worshipped across this country.

Just what has India come down to? 

Destruction to aboriginal traditions and cultures,
denying a spiritual experience to many people,
& arresting the citizens for using the plant,
while tolerating its same use among
few sects of the society
makes this
a land of Double Standards


In 2017, let's start to make an attempt
to connect to our original culture.
If not for the religion and spirituality,
how about the scientific proof of its ability
to cure hundreds of diseases and
 billions of patients around the world
who needs this medicine immediately?

Is anybody out there?