Although the coffee houses in Amsterdam all sell good coffee drinks, it is common knowledge that they also provide cannabis products, and a place to smoke. With just a few exceptions, no alcohol is sold or allowed in the coffee shops, and tobacco use is always prohibited. It makes for a relaxed social environment, a good medium for conversation, with none of the potential drawbacks associated with alcohol use.
Alcohol is the intoxicant of Kali Yuga, the receding age of ignorance, whereas cannabis products are well suited for the Dwapara, Treta, and Sat Yugas. The Indica strain comes from India. This is a good example of the difference between Cosmic life and human life. Human law often leads with judgment, whereas Cosmic law is always balanced and practical. Though I have my preferences, I am not making any value judgments here – to each their own.
As a physiological aside, the body changes considerably living Brahman – It becomes less exclusively physical. With Totality, akasha is enlivened in the body and becomes conscious, allowing Cosmic life. This means that many of the limitations of human life are minimized. Similar to running through a rainstorm, and remaining dry – Cosmic efficiency.
Amsterdam is truly the crossroads of the world, having met people here from Croatia, Austria, Australia, The Netherlands, England, Scotland, Dubai, Switzerland, Italy, Ireland, Russia, Brazil, Canada, and the US, so far. Though it has been cold and a bit rainy, Amsterdam this time of year is free of the overwhelming crush of visitors that occurs with warmer weather.
Here are select summaries of my conversations from the coffee houses. I have used just first initials of those I met:
N., 18, from Brazil: We discussed economic inequality, and the improving political situation in Brazil. After years of military rule, followed by ungrounded liberal policies, a more stable center is forming – democracy is taking hold and gradually moderating the polarities. N. is interested in behavioral economics, the reality that many goods and services today have an equal cost, but are priced differently to ‘milk’ the relative wealth of different markets. Also how this tendency can be countered by serving peoples’ actual needs instead of always maximizing for profit. A very insightful young man.
Met Y, a Dutch Filipino, 21, and V, Surinamese, 18. Like many contradictions and coincidences found here, I had been to Surinam (in the late 1970’s…), and he had not. We talked about Paramaribo, the capital, and he even knew a brand of beer there that I drank fifty years ago – Parbo Bams. There was an open air cafe on the second floor of a building downtown called the Hong Kong Cafe, where I would drink beer with my brother during the strongest heat of the day. Being nearly on the equator and in the Amazon delta, the town would shut down for nap time, and come alive again in the cooler evening.
Y., though born in the Philippines, hadn’t been back for a long time. I was able to fill in some of the changes due to recent visits. He had a very positive view of the changing world and growing fusion everywhere. Amsterdam reflects the future.
Z., 32, from Croatia, had recently emigrated to The Netherlands to work as a chef. His prior work was as a video editor. He shared his journey of self-discovery with me. When he was 22, he decided to find himself by growing his own psilocybin mushrooms, dosing fairly heavily, and dealing with it. Six years later he decided he was done. We agreed a strong awareness was necessary for such an endeavor. <fist bump>.
His was not a desire simply to become intoxicated, and we spoke about the journey through ourselves, and the worlds encountered. I mentioned the similarities of living Brahman, Totality in the three worlds; Heaven, Earth and Hell.
During his time of self-discovery, he also came to appreciate his lifelong love of cooking and confidently transitioned to this career, now working at a well known restaurant.
A. and N. were from Glasgow, Scotland, both in their 40’s. A. works with addicts as a social worker, and N. is a stay at home mom. Spoke about social justice with them, and how the mixing and openness of ideas and information in today’s age, though surfacing areas that need a lot of work, is a very good thing and leading to a better world.
This continues to be a remarkable time in The Netherlands, and such a welcome change from the polarities so prevalent in media. Heaven on Earth is peeking through, especially evident with this coming generation.
~ Jai Guru Dev ~