both smoking and drinking have been termed as Tamo Guna (Tamsik
pravatti)... falling under lowest category of livelihood! Hinduism
abhors both smoking and drinking. But people in the West both drink
and smoke. Do they fall under Tamo Guna... following Tamsik pravatti...
no, they do not! Why?
In the West...
both drinking and smoking are necessitated by cold weather. It has
practically become a necessity of life. People drink and smoke...
yet, they are not drunk as in India. In India... drinking is related
to getting drunk! In India... drinking is habit forming... one drinks
until one collapses!
and drinking do not relate to any religion. They are personal habits...
personal traits of character! To follow or not to follow is the
prerogative of every individual human being. In Hinduism most kings
of the yester era drank and also smoked. It was customary!
If a commoner,
who cannot afford yet, drinks and smokes... it is just not permitted!
Taking care of family is foremost of all tasks for every human being.
For travelers of the spiritual path... both drinking and smoking
as per Hinduism are totally prohibited.
absolute purity of thoughts... for gaining control over senses and
the mind... abstinence from drinking and smoking must be strictly
observed. No sage or saint in India ever drinks or smokes. Those
indulging in religious rituals sometimes get intoxicated!
Kumar "Atma Jnani"
Kumar... The Man who Realized God in 1993 on Tamo Guna. For more
details on Tamsik pravatti, drink and smoke visit - tamo
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