Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Hindus discovered medicinal values of Marijuana (Bhang) - Why does Lord Shiva drink bhang?

Some people have asked me why Lord Shiva drinks Bhang or smokes Ganja? Why do all the shaiv sadhus smoke Ganja all the time? Isn't it a drug? Do our Hindu religious leaders take drugs? Or worse, does one of our Trinity, Lord Shiva Himself, promote drugs? In this article, I'll answer these questions.

Bhang or Ganja are extracts of a plant called Cannabis Sativa, also known as Marijuana or Cannabis or Weed or Pot in the western world. In their ignorance, Americans put it into the category of illegal substances or illegal drugs and subsequently, it has been made illegal in India as well and therefore many Hindus themselves have started thinking that it is bad for us. I've seen even some fake ayurvedic doctors (and websites) following western doctors and claiming that bhang is a harmful drug.

BUT now western scientists are discovering that Bhang is one of the most effective natural medicines available to man - This is something that Hindus scientists had already discovered at least 3000 years back!

Since western doctors are realizing the truth, today they use Bhang/Ganja/Cannabis/Marijuana for treating ancer, Aids/HIV, Multiple Sclerosis (MS), chronic pains and depression patients and they're discovering its new applications every day! But our own Ayurveda mentioned the medicinal properties of Bhang/Ganja so long ago! In fact, Marijuana is mentioned in Rig Veda, Atharva Veda, Ayurveda and many other ancient Hindu texts! Some of the uses of Bhang that ancient Hindu scientists discovered thousands of years ago are - Dyspepsia, Nervous disorders, Severe pain, Insomania, Dysentery, Gonorrhoea, Loss of appetite because of illness and even poisoning. It's AMAZING that our ancient Hindu doctors were able to learn so much that western scientists are still catching up!

Before closing, I'd like to mention one more thing - Alcohol has already been considered bad in Hindu society but Bhang isn't (at least not until Indian government started following western governments). Both Bhang and Alcohol cause euphoria, pleasant feelings and more, so their effects seem very similar. BUT ancient Hindu scientists knew that alcohol is bad for human body but Bhang is a medicine. And now science has shown that Alcohol actually is bad for human body. Any type of alcohol causes hypertension, cancer and more. Bhang on the other hand cures all of these problems! There was no way for ancient Hindus to know all this but still somehow they knew! I'm always amazed at how our ancestors learned all that they did and I wish that we start paying more attention to our own Ayurveda and even guide western scientists with what our ancestors, the great Hindu scientists & doctors already taught us!

60 comments:

  1. Nice read..

    here is what I found about it
    http://chaosinmybrain.blogspot.com/2010/07/cambrian-legacy.html

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    1. santulit matra mein bhang ka sevan shiv ke pass le jata hai aap kuch aur ho jayenge.

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  2. i dont know how different is alcohol from marijuana, but i found that intoxicating drinks are prohibited in hinduism, christianity and islam, from this blog. http://comparative-religion-points.blogspot.com

    (1) Prohibition of Alcohol:- Manu Smriti: 9:235, 11:55; Rig Veda: 8:2:12, 8:21:14; //BIBLE: Proverbs: 20:1, 23:31; Ephesians: 5:18; //QURAN: 2:219, 5:93.

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    1. CZ that's not whisky alcohol that wine alcohol. Which is good for us...

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  3. What a useless blog and what a useless article. This is exactly what i call a gossiper's religion. 3,000 years ago, there was no Hindusim. Quote me the passage from Rig Veda where Marijuana has been mentioned.
    This article is totally rubbish and written by a charlatan...btw...do you have poppy plantations??

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    1. Vedic times there was no religion...

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    2. As per your printed points, 3,000 years ago, there is no Hinduism. First of all I would like to inform you that Hindu is not Sanskrit word, It is evolved form Pharsi word "Sihandu".Usually today's hindu known as "Sanatani" or "Aaryan". Refere NCERT 11th Books for more Info. Mouryan Empire history which is 2400 years age, is enough to explain.
      How can we say rubbish which is not favor of us. Truth may be not favoring is all time, some fact have to accepted. Every instance is created by mighty power(GOD), SO how can we says Useless to such thing.If GOD creates all things in this world then no any useless thing is on earth. Every appeared things have it paradigm at behind. If we interested to know then we have to free up from vision of comparability.

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    3. I agree even snak poison can be made into a medicine. You can choose to close it out or accept the fact that yes smokeing it is not exactly the best method but its saved lives by cureing outright almost all illness.. look up run from the cure its a documentarie on lives that have been saved and changed. Sc labs also has scientic proof that it has medicinal value that surpasses all other medicin without harful side effects... BAMM!

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    4. I agree even snak poison can be made into a medicine. You can choose to close it out or accept the fact that yes smokeing it is not exactly the best method but its saved lives by cureing outright almost all illness.. look up run from the cure its a documentarie on lives that have been saved and changed. Sc labs also has scientic proof that it has medicinal value that surpasses all other medicin without harful side effects... BAMM!

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  4. I'm glad that you raised this point as it also demonstrates one very common confusion that so many people try to understand Hinduism - "Is Hinduism just limited to Rigveda?". The answer is - No, it's much more.

    The cause of this misunderstanding is that people sometimes think in terms of other religions - Islam is all about Quran, Christianity is limited to Bible etc. But unlike these religions, Hinduism is not limited to some text, it's not a set of To-Do lists or rules written in Rigveda, Hinduism is a way of life!

    So, there are practices that might not be in Vedas, but are part of our lives regardless. The hundreds of thousands of Shaiv Yogis, Sadhus and other religious men & women using Marijuana or Bhang to enhance their consciousness and meditation/sadhana are living examples of this! You shouldn't be surprised by these facts. Again, Hinduism is not about blindly following any book, it goes far beyond than that! I hope I clarified your doubt.

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    1. Well bro...manoj bhai...you quite good about some points of yours....but you still can't control your nosy can you? ;)

      Now why I said that? hain?

      You right about Hinduism that it is a way of life ...maybe u got this from our trimurti fertilizer company (BJP three top brasses) :)

      But still if taken in essence the words are true...but you forget to visualize that so it is true with other ppls...no matter what religion or even not...right? Ppls are ppls...their can't be two types...no matter what is written in other book or what they say about it illusively....if we can coin it like that for a moment....jus for this stupid discussion here...ppls everywhere are different from just story or books...So the symptoms you try pinpoints of others ...you got the same out of correct focus problem here bro! no? :)

      You really didn't objectively understanding what you saying here or its jus you trying to be another smartass we find so common here on this earth LOL

      have fun discussing bro...just was passing by so thought to write some cya! sot sop!

      And stop arguing nonsense but try understand or make others understand the real nonsense about their senseless talks or arguments...and that's what anybody way of life could be ...no matter what you try to make it like foolishly or even being a smartass here...in end nobody can escape that simple truth I suppose but maybe I am the only fool here...Am I? ;)

      bye bro!

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    2. Wassey bhi hum toh yeh pata karne aaye the ki ganjey aur bhaang ki pehchaan kya hai?...differentiation I mean ;)

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  5. yes i no this to e true however, when it comes to alcoholl the bible never says the actual substanve is bad, but overindulging/ abuse is like anything else,marijuana is a good natural medicine most natural things are but it is the way we chose to use it

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  6. screw all the people who says ganja is bad...
    it is the most wonderful plant or itself a god in nature!

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    1. I agree, but as with everything in this world, there is use, and then there is abuse.

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    2. Yeah!! Screw al ma'fckers who says cannabis is bad... Its more dan good fellas.. IT IS DIVINE!

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  7. The article is completely true. Naysayers are seriously blind, retarded or know all too well and have another agenda. Read up on the war on marijuana that has been going on since WW2. It's history and use in the West, medical reports and results from research. India is full of big mouthed wannabes. Disinformation is the order of the day. You act like recently freed slaves. India culture and history and thinking eclipses the entire culmination of modern scientific, literature and philosophy to date. In your quest to become white you are heading into a world of hurt. Back into a service third world state you are going. Economic slaves to your white masters. Questioning that which lays in your backyards, just like the profiteers want. Pathetic.

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  8. @Anonymous: I must compliment you for successfully and utterly failing at your attempt to troll! This article was not written to prove Marijuana's significant medicinal values, we all already know that. Rather, the objective here is to point out that ancient Hindu scientists & doctors discovered these secrets thousands of years ago and the western world is just beginning to understand them now! Marijuana's medical usage is just one of the thousands of now forgotten discoveries/inventions from ancient India.

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  9. What a shameful ..involving hindu gods in the sinful act of drinking Cannibals...lol
    i real hindu religion is growth of the Individuals and in real No hindu relegion is there....Are you going to say american from America,japenese from Japan a religion...NOWAY..
    same way HIND was a country long time before and peoples living in that country used to workship idols...SO the peoples living in HIND used to known as Hindus
    And coming to Hindu doctors...Nature had created lots of medicines not for a specific ppls & not for specific background ...their is Homopathy,Unani these ppls also use Hebs and Naturepathy for curing...Even unani is much older than ayurveda....See records in Irans unani medicines used for last 7000 year ago..

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  10. Hindus discovered medicinal values of marijuana. in India from acient time, people had a large base of knoledge and techniques, they could develop the world like now. but they had a vision far ahead then people from now. in VEDAs, i come to know that, there are more than hundred names for fire, and more than that is given for water and even so many amezing facts about ancient times of India. the western people have tried to show Indian culture, civilization, people, knowledge, way of thinking, way of worship and way of life undeveloped and unprogressed. they need to think and search again.

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  11. It was good read but in my opinon I found it silightly blaised. Or perhaps that is the wrong word. I agree that it is amazing that thousands of years ago we knew that certain drugs were healthy, yet there are side effects, which can be avoided but there isn't a need to rub it in. Please I am just surfing the web looking for a good read I found it.

    The arctical is fact and I say agian a good read.

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  12. Awesome!! i knew it :D

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  13. I don't know it is true but i really want to know that bhang is good or bad for us

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  14. bhang or gaanja is parshad from god Shiva...i love them so muchh...

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  15. can any one give me the link where it is written bhang or gaanja is parshad from god Shiva.

    any link of vad or puran

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    1. You will have that feeling - when you have it..! :)

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  16. the culture of ganja was/is followed, not written, by The Yogis.

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  17. #1 Cannabis/mushroom were responsible for the discovery of the Hindu deities by the yogis in the Vedic age.

    #2 what is parshad?

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  18. as a doctor i accept this article ..but there are some neurological defects using .ganga !!

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    1. Oh and mr. Doctor thc cbd and cbg are main chemicals and precursors to the chemicals that are most abundant in cannabis and sc labs proves them to be nural protective. Just saying

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  19. Well this article is true, but it forgot to mention not to take this article the other way- excuse to smoke pot. Cannabis has lots of medicinal values and as a recreation drug it does less harm than tobacco or alcohol. Too much of everything is harmful, so readers please be aware of this fact and have limited quantity of cannabis in order to benefit from it.

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    1. anonymous@ teri maa ki chut it means ill fuck your mother the penus of whole world is in a house and that house is in your mothers vagina.....

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  20. Nice post. As a kid I remember saying 'Sex is bad' until i learnt how babies are born & how i was born. The same applies to kids here who comment against bhang in hinduism without knowing the facts.

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  21. DOES BANG HAVE SOMETHING TO DO WITH SEX ??
    ACTUALLY I HAVE HEARD THAT IT IS BAD FOR SEX LIFE THATS WHY ONE SHOULD NOT SONSUME BHANG ...PLEASE REPLY

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  22. This is a good post.
    And what I believe its all true. It all depends on peoples mindset to believe what is right or wrong. Anyway abuse of any thing is harmful.
    Weed is at its best if taken in forms of food, like drinking bhang or weed cookies/cakes etc. Although it gives a hit afters some time when it gets digested in the body.
    But smoking is harmful since the Tar n all effects lungs and generally smokers have "smokers cough" and congestion.
    Due to some corrupt people who are managing big western firms in the fields of pharma, textile and food related products cannabis got banned almost everywhere. Although neglecting the fact that this plant alone can provide 3 basic needs of humans that are Food, cloth and shelter.
    Also the fact is known that abuse of cannabis is less harmful compared to abuse of alcohol.
    Hope something happens soon and cannabis gets legalized.

    @Anonymous: Technically bhang does not have any effect on sex life. Although if you are high when your partner needs sex then you could end up in trouble and a bad sex life.

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  23. I find this article to be totally apologetic and based on rumours. Just like a few Europeans believed in flat earth in the past and then generalising that to the whole world and demeaning the Indian science which clearly tells about the revolution of earth around sun and sun around the galaxy also called as Vishnu Nabhi, distance between earth and moon, earth and sun and roundedness of the planets; this article is also just generalising on the rumours.

    Please show me even one purana where Shiva is said to be having bhaang. Also, please produce the original sanskrit of it as well. You guys have just reduced Vishnu, Shiva to some beings with a form leading a life like that of humans, whatever happened to the metaphors, personifications and symbology that the shrutis and smritis and famous for!

    If you need to know what Soma is, then do a little reading from "Secret of Vedas by Aurobindo" and levels of consciousness. I feel sad that my Indian brothers and such sites are still conditioned into believing that devis and devtas were some beings with politics, daily drama and adventures in their lives.

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  24. i am take bhang from 12 month my weight is high of bms level there are some side effect like my memory get low and i am addicted so tell me what i do??

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  25. Yoga. Lord Shiva is a staunch Yogi with complete control over his kundalini and chakras. If you try to emulate His aspects, then you must try Yoga and try to learn to control your chakras as well. Any and every medicine will become poison if you do not use it properly. By doing Yoga you will improve your health, and by controlling your chakras and pranayama you'll develop the discipline to control your mind.

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  26. Question is about the knowledge of our ancient sadhus or vaids who had discovered and proved the medicinal value of each plant. But we fools are pondering around westren culture and believing the modern science which they say have invented and developed it. But till today they are analysing the facts regarding the medicinal values of different herbs mentioned in our ancient ayurvedic literature and after researching in modern ways for decades they are coming to a conclusion that our ancient rushis have proved some centuries ago when there are no such advanced scientific equipment and labs. Regarding including of gods....its a pity some body indulged lord shiva in taking bhang or some ganja. Lord shiva is himself a best ayurvedic researcher who discovered lots of goods and bads in lots of herbs. So it shown in some places that shiva is also making some medicines in a stone vessel. Degrading our divinism of our gods is totally unexcusable.

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  27. who said hindu doctors banned alcohol. Somarasa, the drink consumed by hindu Gods is the same old alcohol thing. Never write anything without having complete knowledge, mind it...

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  28. Actually on what base u think that this powerful empire of money/materialism is built upon. All the fake money made in thin air out of nothing being dropped in between the mindless monkeys. Some big brothers out there playing the game of wars. Bombs and machineguns. Me myself as a medical doctor, was doing nothing but 2 make those giant pharmas grow more stronger. Text books, news, media nowhere will they allow these discoveries and real truth 2 be published. Its a time for awakening. Eerything u need to know is there just infront of u, on your laptop screen. Please noone will now feed on readymade knowledge. Now we'll start dig a little deeper. And we all shall be one very soon. OM SHANTI!! Love and peace all.

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    1. yes why not i am a psyco man

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    2. Have you ever seen your Grandfather or your great grandfather (except in a photo)??? Will Shiva appear before you with marijuana in his hand, IF He visits you??? Ganja is best suitable only for hard-core people on the spiritual frontier, like sadhus (obviously, few don't need/use it)...it is related to concentration. It is required for them! Its not to be taken and then dream of sex all thru the day!!! Marijuana is NOT for family/working guys. Try to think logically what's said.

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  30. This article is filled with half truths and is mostly BS. Westerners did not make marijuana illegal. Westerners accepted it. Marijuana was put on the list of internationally prohibited drugs in 1924 at the 2nd International Conference of Shanghai in Geneva. At that time, Egypt lobbied to have it included on the list of internationally prohibited drugs. Dr. El Guindy from Egypt gave a passionate speech about how marijuana destroyed national productivity and made an official motion to have it internationally prohibited. The international conference voted it in. It later evolved into the Single Convention on Prohibited Drugs in the United Nations. 193 countries have agreed to have marijuana illegal because of Egypt. Egypt was the first country in the ENTIRE WORLD to make marijuana illegal. Emir Sudan Shakoun (sp?) outlawed marijuana in the 1400's in Egypt. He said it made the men of the country lazy and unproductive and ordered that any person in possession of marijuana should have all of there teeth extracted. Additionally, Western Doctors used tinctures of Cannabis all the time in the 1700's and 1800's. Then they decided opium from SE ASIA was better at blocking pain. They got opium from SE ASIA because opium doesn't grow in the Western world. Opium has been a huge blight and curse on the world. Westerners should have listened to their own ancestors and stuck with aspirin from Willow Bark in their own backyard, which has been shown to relieve pain, reduce heart disease, kill cancer, blah blah blah blah.

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  31. Idiots reading pak studies and dawah books do not realize that unan was in europe.....persiabs borrowed a lot of medicinal knowledge from unan.....and persia has nothing to do with arbi primates....

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  32. Do also read more on the topic at http://nainitalgoddess.blogspot.com explaining association of Bhang and Shiva. Please copy and paste the link since I do not know how to make it active in comment

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  33. Bhang Canabis is a plant created by GOD. Any creation of God on earth has its importance for being created. We should respect all the creations of God and be always positive. While drowning even a piece of wood which has useless become useful to save life. So why canabis can't be useful as medicine. It has been already documented ancient text and already been confirmed by modern science that it has no side effect , dependence, adverse reaction and toxicity as compared.to simple medicine like for.example paracetamol which is a.small dose of pioson. Canabis is a devine plant with a perfect symetry of leaves. Every branches of it consist of five leaves, seven leaves or nine leaves only, and thes numbers represent five elements/senses, seven chakras and nine goddess or orifices. And it is the solution of any clinical disease believe it or not. It has been blacklisted by ministers, doctors and mediciment industries because milliards.of money they would lose.
    Pravin Hurnaum Mauritius.

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  34. Jai Hanuman. Hi Friends,
    I think "HANUMAN JI" is most powerful god in universe.
    I pray to "HANUMAN JI" for long and happy life of every good person in world.
    Reading hanuman chalisa will give you Success.

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  35. Jai Sree Ram.It is believed that reciting hanuman chalisa is very powerful as it helps reduce the effects of Sade Sati, and also bring good health and prosperity.

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