The Smokable Sacredness: A Consideration of Cigars & Nonduality

by Jerry Katz

The cigar holds an essence of nature that is released in the smoke. This essence resonates with the most essential part of what I am. That resonance is what I feel, enjoy, and contemplate as a smoke.

Nonduality means not-two and refers to non-separateness as the nature of reality.

Cigar smoking reveals there is no separation between the natural world and myself.

3 thoughts on “The Smokable Sacredness: A Consideration of Cigars & Nonduality

  1. cerosoul

    You probably know that in Cuba cigars are used in Santeria ( a shamanistic religion imported from Africa by slaves). The brujo (shaman) blows cigar smoke on the head of the seeker and pour rum on his/her head. The brujo drinks some rum and passes the bottle around. He scarifies a rooster by cutting its head with a machete and sprinkle his blood on the seeker and all around on those present. Everyone began to dance at the tune of bongos ( tall African drums) the seeker and sometimes others collapse on the floor with epileptic like convulsions and hopely receive messages from African gods such as Chango or Yemaya.

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  2. Gary Falk

    I’m OK with all that, although I’d substitute Mel Torme’ for Frank Sinatra, but of course Old Blue Eyes will always do in a pinch. As for the scarifying of roosters, I think that works mainly with regular people. For the vegans in our audience, however, I would suggest that the brujo take out his machete and lop off a big chunk of seitan or tempeh, so as not to offend their alleged higher consciousness.

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