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The True SOMA

May 23, 1998 11:51 AM
by Daniel H Caldwell

W. Dallas TenBroeck wrote:

> There is however report of a "fake" soma which is made available
> by some equally "fake gurus"  (and it called an astringent juice)
> made from an herb grown in the Western Ghats of India.  The
> effects of this are not accurately described, but they induce a
> kind of temporary trance, and have nothing to do with the
> permanent spirit-soul-opening power of the true SOMA as reported
> in HPB's writings.  In one way it is quite apparent that it is
> entirely non-physical, but psycho-spiritual.

Rig Veda, 10.85.3 reads:

"One thinks he has drunk Soma when they press
the plant.  But the Soma that the Brahmins know
---no one ever eats that."

Another translation:

"Soma is thought to have been drunk when
they press the plant.  But the soma whom
the Brahmanas know, no one tastes."

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