1. Calcutta, India — Bauls smoking marijuana.  The Bauls follow a mystic path.  They believe that ultimate reality is not found in books and is not accessible to human reason.  Transcendent knowledge can only be gained through direct mystical experience — not known but felt and experienced.  Thus the Bauls sometimes seek to loosen the bonds that root a person in the world of ordinary phenomena.  Music and intoxicants — mostly marijuana — are, among other things, vessels that transport a Baul into a spiritual world. 

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    God has signaled
    A new path.
    Collect the holy books
    And put them away.

    —Podo

     
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