Question: They say that Yogis in India eat soma and get some insight.Sri Chinmoy: The soma the Yogis use is the juice of the soma plant. Only the Vedic Seers knew how to use this herb. Here in the West people are experimenting with plants, but these have nothing to do with the soma plants which the ancient Seers used. Also, they do not know how the Seers used them. The process the Westerners are using now is absolutely wrong. The experiences they are having are totally counterfeit. They are ruining some of their subtle nerves. I have students who once upon a time were victims of these drugs. Now that they are living the spiritual life most sincerely, they can easily distinguish between real spiritual experiences and what they were having before.
Sri Chinmoy, The body, humanity’s fortress, Agni Press, 1974