When a medicine is first discovered there is great euphoria in the scientific circles: “Now we have found something for the disease!” But they don’t think that this medicine may have its own effects, short-term, long-term – and that’s what is going on. Medicines go on becoming more, and nobody connects…because the result may come after twenty years. You may have taken the medicine twenty years before, and after twenty years you will find a new disease happening to you because the medicine was not natural, it was not in harmony with the cosmos. It was just invented by man for a certain disease without taking account of the whole life of man, and without thinking what the after-effects, by-products of this medicine can be.
The medical profession has to be more responsible. It is not just a profession; it has to be more compassionate. And before they experiment with human beings, they have to work with their medicines and have to be perfectly satisfied that these medicines are not going to create bad effects, ever.
But society is strange; it lives on traditions and orthodoxies. For example, alcohol is legal, although it certainly has bad effects on the liver, on the brain; and it is addictive; the person starts falling apart. But because Christianity looks for every guidance towards Jesus, and he was drinking wine, naturally it is something spiritual. It has not to be made illegal – to make wine illegal means Jesus was doing criminal acts – but marijuana, which has no bad effects as far as is known to the scientists, is made illegal.
But scientists seem to be very cowardly people. They should say clearly to the world that marijuana has no bad effects; that it can even be helpful, that it can give people relaxation, good sleep – and there is no hangover the next day. We have to get rid of rotten traditions. And if marijuana has any bad effects, those effects can be removed from it; something synthetic like LSD can be made, perfected.
If people are living in misery and are not able to find a way of meditation to go beyond misery, I don’t think they should not be allowed something that relieves them for the moment of their misery, something that makes them happy for the moment. It is momentary – but who knows, the momentary experience may give them the idea of making it permanent.
The only way to make it permanent is meditation. Meditation is the ultimate non-medicinal drug, with no bad effects. Of course, it is not something that you have to take into your body and your body system; it is something that you have to become inside yourself.
Diseases go on increasing because the scientists are not courageous enough to bring the society up to date. Society is lingering far behind. And the scientists are not sensitive enough to see what a drug or a certain medicine can do to people: it may remove a certain sickness, it may create many more. Science has to be more alert, more compassionate, more courageous. Only then is it possible to prevent sicknesses from increasing.
Sicknesses like AIDS, which are nothing but death delayed…scientists are of the opinion that there is almost no way to cure it. It is not a disease; something inside the man has died.
My own explanation is that two men making love means that the two similar energies mixing with each other have no tension. A certain tension is needed for life. Slowly, slowly they lose all the tension needed for life, and death becomes absolutely necessary. That is what AIDS is.