There is a Knowledge

"I was involved in a drug program called Operation Midway, and that's what it was – midway. The staff knew the answer to my problem would not be found in a prison term. They kept taking me back. They understood that I was looking for something more, and they felt that, yes, there was something more…but none of them could show me the answer."

Nobody wants to be strung out. It just happens. Living in Chicago, you're lucky if you get one good look at sky your whole life. It's like being buried alive in a tunnel. If somebody offers you an escape hatch, you grab it. You'd be damn foolish not to.

For millions, the escape hatch is drugs. They've left the tunnel. And why not? They found a kind of peace with drugs. If an addict thinks that most drug rehabilitation programs aren't going to do any more than get him out of that "peace" and back into the tunnel, he's right.

Up until now, if an addict decided that he was getting more hell than peace he had three alternatives. He could stop, and risk killing himself; he could take a more gentle way out, called methadone maintenance; or he could commit himself to a therapeutic community for addicts. The problem is that none of them really work.

Methadone is supposed to help an addict withdraw from drugs. The director of the New York City methadone program, Robert Newman, states, "If you say that success is having people abusing no drugs at all, then methadone probably has a two percent success rate."

The purpose of a therapeutic community is to help an addict get to the root of his problem. Group confrontation breaks through his wall of defenses leaving the person exposed to his own mind. But knowing why you hurt doesn't stop the pain.

The most successful therapeutic communities, such as Synanon in California, get only 30% of their addicts off drug - and nearly all the addicts they cure backslide the day they leave the community. The Ford Foundation's study, Dealing With Drug Abuse, reported, "…it would be surprising if careful evaluation showed more than five percent of those who came in contact with (therapeutic communities), are enabled to lead a reasonable, drug-free, socially productive life."

Paul E. Williams of Washington, D.C. – who has been in two methadone maintenance programs (and left) and in two therapeutic communities (and left) put it this way: "You know, when a junkie is nodding, he has no conscious remembrance of where his mind has been, but he loves to nod. So what is it that is bringing this person to a continual encounter with death for this experience? I can tell you that he's feeling a peace that cannot be described. Drug programs have no alternative for that. They tell you not to use it and why it is not needed, but they don't give you peace."

"Man takes L.S.D. While he is under its effect, he's o.k. But the L.S.D. finishes, he's not o.k. He is not happy. What that man is actually doing is flying over rough, rough weather. He goes up, he comes down. He goes up, he comes down. It's not going to help him.

"What I have got is a constant L.S.D. It's built into you. It was provided to you as standard, not optional. As necessary. I can show you that, so leave these things and come to me. I've got a much, much better thing. Discover it."
- Guru Maharaj Ji

An addict needs a constant alternative state of being high in order to withdraw once and for all. He can't take a therapeutic community with him wherever he goes; and methadone only reinforces the idea that peace comes from a drug. If an addict knows that his happiness can be taken away by cops, lack of money or bad times, he knows he's not safe. What he needs is unconditional peace – and that comes from inside.

Shri Hans Humanitarian Services is staffed by doctors who practice meditation as revealed to them by Guru Maharaj Ji. It currently operates a free health clinic in New York City, and has recently submitted a novel drug abuse treatment plan to the National Institute of Mental Health. This plan suggests that comprehensive drug treatment should include the therapeutic benefits of meditation along with intensive physical, psychological and social rehabilitation,

Upon reviewing the Humanitarian Services proposal, Mary Terry, director of the Manhattan Central Referral Unit of the New York Addiction Service Agency, stated that:

"Their unique approach is to treat the 'whole person,' body, mind and soul. The idea of using meditation as a form of rehabilitation is innovative and constructive."

In the report, the effect which the Knowledge has on drug use was demonstrated beyond doubt. Eight hundred and seventy-five persons were questioned. None had been meditating more than two years.

Fifty-four percent of those interviewed reported total stoppage of the use of marijuana after receiving Knowledge. The using of hallucinogens more than once a month dropped from 62% to 10%. Before receiving Knowledge, 43% said they used barbituates or tranquilizers at least once a month; after Knowledge only 6% did so.

Stimulants such as amphetamines and cocaine were used at least once a month by 50% of the people before Knowledge and by 7% after Knowledge. Fourteen people reported using opiates more than twenty times per month before Knowledge and only two did so after Knowledge. People using alcohol fell from 81.5% to, 46%.

The reason the meditation revealed by Guru Maharaj Ji works where prisons, rehabilitation programs, work projects and education have failed, is because it gets to the root of the problem: it makes people happy. It also makes them strong. Through true meditation, a person comes into harmony with his own life energy. He can use that inner contact to maintain a constant level of personal happiness and peace as well as to direct the energy into creating a worthwhile life.

If you can't bring light into the tunnel, you can't stop somebody from wanting drugs. When you take an addict back to day to day existence, you've put him in hell. He knows that. That's why he dropped pills in the first place.

"The light I saw inside of me was the only real hope I had. I practiced Knowledge because it kept me alive. The night that I received Knowledge I went to sleep without any drugs or alcohol. Within a few weeks I was eating well, sleeping, and functioning completely drug-free and alcohol-free for the first time in thirteen years."

Anybody who's taken drugs knows that there's a better place to be than down in that tunnel. The problem with drugs is that just when you think you've escaped, you wake up in solitary confinement. Guru Maharaj Ji is offering an inner escape hatch, the perfect alternative without pills, needles or prisons.


The Young Guru in India