Serious question - Siddharta Gautama and marijuana
The 5th precept as we all know has been commonly associated with abstaining from taking intoxicants...Precepts, we must remember are closer to guidelines not strict rules
The 5th precept..though has been difficult to be directly translated ...it is somewhat blurry in its meaning from its Sanksrit form
Liberal translations taken of the 5th precept say that one should not become intoxicated from taking these drugs...
Anyway, This post is not coming from a marijuana user.... I am just commenting in an all seriousness... about the kinda urban myth that Siddharta Gautama lived primarily on marijuana seeds and lived through the early years before his enlightenment. Where did this originate from and how plausible is this? Everywhere i searched this it has always been from some skewed marijuana smoking site advocating marijuana use, cant seem to find any real basis for this theory.
Marijuana has in ancient times have commonly been associated with mystical practises, from Hindu worship, use of meditation. Same with Sufism and that
It seems to me that marijuana use has spirtually been not some form of dependency or kind of attachment, or even a direct act of unison with god or the divine formless (awakening), but more of a ritual form, that is not meant to lead to any attachments.
Anyway feel free to leave comments and hopefully clear things up a bit from different perspectives. I guess noone knows for sure... just like what Buddhism is to different people.. because noone was there at the time !