On this No Smoking Day, 2020, Yoga Netri looks at how there is a psychological and physiological basis to smoking and addiction, and how we can deal with both these aspects.
Question: I smoke a lot. How do I deal with that?
Answer: Today, there is sufficient awareness about the impact of any kind of intoxicants or stimulants. Earlier, they were printing in small print on the packets: “Cigarette smoking is injurious to health.” Today, it is printed as a big image: “Smoking kills” or “Smoking causes cancer”.
No Smoking Day is observed every year on the second Wednesday of March, to encourage people over the world to quit smoking. No Smoking Day, 2019 is being celebrated on March 11, 2020 but you can quit smoking on any day of the year. The main purpose of this day is to spread awareness about the harmful health effects of tobacco consumption through cigarette and other modes.
It is not a crime to have cancer. If you enjoy it, have it! Do whatever you want in your life, but you need to understand, every action that you perform has a consequence. When the consequence comes, whatever the consequence, if you can walk through it joyfully, do whatever you please. But when the consequence comes, if you are going to cry, then be conscious about your action. Life is as simple as that. This is not about morality. A fool who acts without knowing the consequence will suffer.
The Eco-friendly Machine
It’s just quite stupid to be smoking because the human system is an eco-friendly machine! It wasn’t built to smoke. Right now there is an enormous amount of research into fuels and engines to make our cars smoke less! If you want to make a non-smoking machine into a smoking machine, is it not stupid? If you see that, it will slowly drop off.
If we create a bigger experience for you than smoking, drinking, sexuality, drugs or whatever you have known, do we have to tell you, “Give this up”? It will just fall apart by itself.
We don’t believe in telling anyone, “Give this up or give that up.” You would just keep the cigarette down for two minutes and again you would go poof, poof, poof, because this is the biggest experience you have. For you, it is the most wonderful experience. But if we create a bigger experience for you than smoking, drinking, sexuality, drugs or whatever you have known, do we have to tell you, “Give this up”? It will just fall apart by itself. If you knew how to become absolutely ecstatic just by your own chemistry, you wouldn’t smoke or take a drink in your life. With certain yogic practices, the first day you sit and do it, you will just burst into ecstatic states. After that we don’t have to tell you to give anything up. Suddenly your life is on line.
Source: Isha website