It was late one night in April, 1966. I returned home after a fairly uneventful evening and opened my mail. A few moments later, I first became aware of Beloved Meher Baba's desire that the essence of His Messages on drugs be transmitted to the widest possible population. The way was pointed out — speeches, formal and informal, articles in newspapers and magazines. Implied was the utilization of the electronic media — radio and television.
Realization of the scope and immensity of the task sent my intellective faculties into a bit of a spin. To be honest, I spent a number of minutes in a hesitant incredulousness. After all, we were a very few individuals, with little public standing, restricted funds and not much free time. A disinterested observer, commenting on our "project," might have chortled: “You Baba-lovers are going to tell drug users and prospective users to stop taking drugs? You're going to try to convince a large segment of the USA to stop using LSD because the Christ of this Age says psychedelics are harmful? You must be mad!"
But, of course, Baba knows exactly what He is doing. Ten months have passed, and each time I look back upon the unfoldment of the LSD campaign, I am awed and amazed. But before I comment on the outcome and share examples of the process, it might be useful to review the core of Baba's statements on LSD and the other psychedelic drugs. The excerpts below are taken from the booklet, "GOD IN A PILL," copy-righted by Sufism Reoriented and approved by Meher Baba.
"If God can be found through the medium of any drug, God is not worthy of being God." — Meher Baba
Through an unusual series of events, Meher Baba has captured the devotion and imagination of a number of young thinkers and experimentalists who have been in the early forefront of the psychedelic movement. Recognizing the authority of his statements concerning internal realization (inner experience of Truth), they have received oral and written descriptions from Meher Baba comparing the effects of psychedelics with the enduring states* of consciousness generated through inner development.
It has seemed desirable to collect these statements by Meher Baba for their obvious value to all those intrigued by the effects of psychedelics, particularly those who read into their experiences an interpretation of spiritual significance. We quote now from Meher Baba:
* described in "God Speaks" and "The Wayfarers"