The Soma-wine is distilled and uplifts us on the stream of its immortalising ecstasy to the highest heavens.
~ Sri Aurobindo
''Soma was a Vedic ritual drink of importance among the early Indo-Iranians, and the subsequent Vedic and greater Persian cultures. It is frequently mentioned in the Rigveda, whose Soma Mandala contains 114 hymns, many praising its energizing qualities... In both Vedic and Zoroastrian tradition, the name of the drink and the plant are the same, and also personified as a divinity, the three forming a religious or mythological unity. The Rigveda calls the plant "God for Gods" seemingly giving him precedence above Indra and the other Gods
Soma derives from the Sanskrit word ''sav'' ~ meaning ''to press''''
While Soma is related to an intoxicating drink, the actual ingredients of which have been lost over time, and that drink was said to be the ambrosia of the gods, the panacea for all ailments, and the rejuvenating drink of longevity, many also claim it relates to the excretions in the brain - the Amrita, the nectar of immortality - that flows as a result of spiritual practices and devotion. Soma was seen as repository of Light, a plant that gathered light and thus bestowed luminosity when consumed, and this resulted in an inner radiant ecstasy.
''The rays seen in deep meditation according to the Upanishads are seen in the heart and are rainbow-coloured. In the soma ceremony these colours are seen in what is called the ''heart-sun''...the seat of the soul resides in the heart. These coloured rays of the heart-sun are then used as threads during the soma ceremony to weave the inner, pneumatic pillar of light, the immortal soul that extends upwards'
~ from 'Soma' by David L Spess
''Let us drink Soma and become ecstatic.''
~ Rig Veda
David Frawley, the Ayurvedic teacher, describes Soma as the ''everything'', the end point of all. He says ''Yoga or union in any form brings about a flow of happiness or delight, which is Soma...Love releases an inner flow of Soma into the body and mind...the highest Soma is the flow of divine grace within us.''
Meditation and ''cooling'' the mind allow Soma to flow ~ Soma he describes as the ''flower of space'' .
In his book, 'Soma in Yoga and Ayurveda' Frawley says that Soma is the water or moon aspect that compliments Agni, or the fire aspect. He describes these as the Immortal Nectar and the Eternal Fire.
Soma is shown symbolically as a bull or a bird, or the God of the Moon.
''As the moon, Soma became equated with the god Chandra, who originally was the moon deity. The moon was considered the cup which held the drink Soma for the gods, and one reason that the moon waxed and waned was due to this fact. When the moon waned, it was because the gods were drinking down all the Soma; as it waxed, the god was re-creating himself, only to be consumed again once the cup was again full...''
Soma is the alchemical elixir of immortality, the 'white drops' described as falling from Bindu to Lalana above the throat chakra and then on into the fire at the solar plexus (manipura) where they are normally consumed. And thus is consumed our Ojas or essential essence, and thereby do we decay. But, by various spiritual endeavours, the flow of Soma is reversed and is preserved as blissful intoxication at the throat away from the fire which consumes it. ''The moon (Bindu) ejects nectar (amrit/soma) and the Sun (Manipura) consumes it....'' http://www.yogamag.net/archives/1980/dapr80/tectran.shtml
"But whoever drinks the water I give him will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.”
~ John 4:14
Everyone is endowed with the Water of Life,
None but the destined one can drink It.
''Let us remember that whatever poison we do not react to but rather look for the nectar hidden behind it becomes neutralized. The ocean can take in even muddy waters. If we ourselves develop the Soma, the lesser minded may feel us as a poison. As we learn to discover this essence, we may find the ordinary actions to lose their attraction or we may find them to reflect a greater cosmic passion and delight of which they are but a reflection.
It is the Soma that endures. If we find and hold to our Soma, the poisons may challenge us but cannot enter into us. Shiva (Infinite Consciousness) in the heart is Soma. ''
~ David Frawley.
OM TAT SAT