News Story: Moses high on Mt Sinai: Israeli study
A professor of The Hebrew University in Jerusalem has come to a conclusion that Moses was under the influence of psychedelic substances at the time of receiving the Ten Commandments on Mount Sinai. “’Such mind-altering substances formed an integral part of the religious rites of Israelites in biblical times,’ Benny Shanon, a professor of cognitive psychology at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem wrote in the Time and Mind journal of philosophy.
‘As far as Moses on Mount Sinai is concerned, it was either a supernatural cosmic event, which I don’t believe, or a legend, which I don’t believe either, or finally, and this is very probable, an event that joined Moses and the people of Israel under the effect of narcotics,’ Dr. Shanon told Israeli public radio.
Dr. Shanon, who says he himself has dabbled with such substances, says Moses was probably also on drugs when he saw the ‘burning bush.’
‘The Bible says people see sounds, and that is a classic phenomenon,’ he said, citing the example of religious ceremonies in the Amazon in which drugs are used that induce people to ‘see music.’
He mentioned his own experience when he used ayahuasca, a powerful psychotropic plant, during a religious ceremony in Brazil’s Amazon forest in 1991.
‘I experienced visions that had spiritual-religious connotations,’ he said.
He said the psychedelic effects of ayahuasca were comparable to those produced by concoctions based on bark of the acacia tree, that is frequently mentioned in the Bible.”
My Response: I do not find this assumption unreasonable at all! The professor’s point of view is quite modern. He is trying to scientifically explain a supernatural phenomenon that others simply take on faith or keep quiet about, which is not scientific at all! He is trying to “fit” the phenomenon into reality, into nature’s laws, while others remain with their superstitions. From the point of view of common sense, his assumption is scientific. It’s no worse than perceptions of God that prevail among humanity, such as God’s presence among people, his miracles, or life after death. Everyone is enslaved to ignorant perceptions. But the power lies in the hands of an ignorant, arrogant society, which fired the professor for making such statements.
A person’s most important objective is to reveal the Creator! The science of Kabbalah presents us with an opportunity to finally understand the reason for our existence, our historical development and our final destination. Only the study of Kabbalah will open our eyes – and then the professor’s opinions will change, together with the opinions of his condemners.
My Current Mood: amused