For a lot of reasons, I identify with the Hindu faith. First of all, the religion does not define one interpretation and accepts others who have completely different thoughts on god, gods or reality. Nobody is wrong. So, basically, we all practice Hinduism, even an atheist. Everybody’s beliefs are welcome in the faith.
So when Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced his formation of a Religious Rights Task Force (video here) within the Justice Department it may just make things better for those involving marijuana.
‘You’re under arrest!’ … I’m Hindu
The Atharva Veda is estimated to have been written between 2,000 and 1,4000 BCE. It lists cannabis as one of the “five sacred plants.” Some tales say that cannabis was created by Shiva from his own body to cleanse the waters of the ocean to create the elixir of life, resulting in the epithet angaja or “body-born.” The word ganja most likely originated from this term. Others say that when the elixir spilled onto the earth, cannabis sprung up from where the drops fell.
There are three types of cannabis used in India and Nepal. Bhang is a milky, spicy drink made from the leaves and buds, Ganja is the smoked buds, and charas or hashish is the resinous glands of the plant removed and smoked by themselves.
During the festivals of Holi (the Festival of Colors) and Maha Shivaratri (The Great Night of Shiva), bhang is consumed to purify the body and soul, cleansing one of sin. While drinking of bhang with religious intent is considered a holy act, foolish drinking of it without rites is considered a sin. It is because of cannabis that Shiva is often referred to as the “Lord of the Bhang”.