Shri Mataji stressed alcohol as being the major hurdle in people getting Self Realization and staying in Sahaja Yoga. It is more dangerous than cigarettes, Shri Mataji explained, further adding that where cigarettes destroyed the physical body, alcohol took its toll on one's awareness and thus diminishing the possibility to evolve.
When people come to the first meetings, they should be told from start to stop drinking. Sahaja Yoga is not accessible to those who drink, and those who still prefer to continue with alcohol should be asked to not attend and to leave the meditation room. To continue with Sahaja Yoga one should be determined to stop drinking so as to follow on their spiritual path.
A Sahaja Yogini analyses the Italian use of alcohol