[Advaita-l] Soma

Jaldhar H. Vyas jaldhar at braincells.com
Sat Dec 24 20:13:46 CST 2005

[was Re: [Advaita-l] Re: Advaita-l Digest, Vol 32, Issue 22]

On Sat, 24 Dec 2005, Yadu Moharir wrote:

>  1.  Soma is unmistakeably hemp and it's derivatives marijuana and
> hashish.

I doubt it.  Soma is described as a valli (creeper.)  Furthermore Soma was 
pressed to extract its juice.  The hemp plant is not pulpy.

However it is hard to say because the nature of the true Soma plant was 
lost and a substitute (pratika) is used in yajnas.  This has been the case 
for a long time.

Jaldhar H. Vyas <jaldhar at braincells.com>

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