LUST IS THE GREATEST OBSTACLE
Wine is good for both health and the spiritual life. It is an
intoxicant and tonic for both. If after drinking wine, thoughts are
diverted to spiritual advancement, it is a a great push toward the
Goal; otherwise, it can lead to hell. Wine is such that either it
raises you to the highest pinnacle or makes you fall into the deepest
The main object of intoxicants in the ancient past was spiritual.
Seekers then used not only wine but also hemp, heroin, hashish and
opium; so much so that even Qutubs would indulge in them. You have
heard stories that Sai Baba used to smoke a chilum pipe and Upasni
Maharaj smoked bidis. But eventually during those times, ordinary
people indulged in these intoxicants for the wrong reasons. They
could not understand their proper use and the effects of the
intoxication diverted their thoughts to carnal desires — worst of
all to lust, the greatest obstacle in the Way.
In the spiritual path, lust is the greatest obstacle. Even the
thought of fornication should not enter the mind. That is why I tell
you, “Keep your langoti tight,” which means to have no lustful
thoughts, do no lustful actions, and do not touch or even look at a
woman. Lust is so forceful that even looking at a woman can start a
man thinking about sex; and thinking leads to action.
Compare the love between a child and his mother; the child plays
in her arms and touches her without creating the least thought of
lust. But the slightest touch between the father and mother may
arouse lustful thoughts in them.
LORD MEHER, Vol. IV, Bhau Kalchuri, p. 1227
Copyright 1989 Avatar Meher Baba Perpetual Public Charitable Trust
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