Re: [Meditation Society of America] Was Moses high on Mount Sinai?
- It's an interesting side note; but it makes no difference to me, the message is the same regardless of the medium. beside we do know that certain chemicals do produce results we also know the opposite to be true.
--- On Wed, 10/1/08, medit8ionsociety <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
> From: medit8ionsociety <email@example.com>
> Subject: [Meditation Society of America] Was Moses high on Mount Sinai?
> To: firstname.lastname@example.org
> Date: Wednesday, October 1, 2008, 3:58 PM
> Study suggests Israelites may have eaten
> hallucinogens, but scholars scoff
> MSNBC staff and news service reports
> updated 2:48 p.m. ET, Thurs., June. 12, 2008
> JERUSALEM - When Moses brought the Ten
> Commandments down from Mount Sinai, he may
> have been high on a hallucinogenic plant,
> according to a new study by an Israeli psychology
> Writing in the British philosophy journal Time
> and Mind, Benny Shanon of Jerusalem's Hebrew
> University said two plants in the Sinai desert
> contain the same psychoactive molecules as
> those found in plants from which the powerful
> Amazonian hallucinogenic brew ayahuasca is prepared.
> The thunder, lightning and blaring of a trumpet
> which the Book of Exodus says emanated from Mount
> Sinai could just have been the imaginings of a
> people in an "altered state of awareness," Shanon
> "In advanced forms of ayahuasca inebriation,
> the seeing of light is accompanied by profound
> religious and spiritual feelings," Shanon wrote.
> "On such occasions, one often feels that in seeing
> the light, one is encountering the ground of all
> Being ... many identify this power as God."
> Shanon wrote that he was very familiar with the
> affects of the ayahuasca plant, having "partaken
> of the ... brew about 160 times in various
> locales and contexts."
> He said one of the psychoactive plants, harmal,
> found in the Sinai and elsewhere in the Middle
> East, has long been regarded by Jews in the region
> as having magical and curative powers.
> Shanon acknowledged that he had "no direct proof
> of this interpretation" and said such proof cannot
> be expected.
> Biblical scholars scoffed at Shanon's suggestion.
> Orthodox rabbi Yuval Sherlow told Israel Radio:
> "The Bible is trying to convey a very profound
> event. We have to fear not for the fate of the
> biblical Moses, but for the fate of science."
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