Meher Baba on prohibition, April, 1933
Baba said, i recommend education, not coercion, to reforms. Changes affecting the will for the people can never be brought about by legislation alone. The consciousness of people must be transformed. They must be made to want something better than what they have. No one has yet, however, gone to the root of the prohibition question. The problem is not whether prohibition should be maintained or modified or discontinued. People will continue to drink under any of those circumstances. The real problem is why they drink and what would satisfy them instead of liquor.
There is no question that those who drink habitually do in order to experience release. They want something that will leave them out of their crystallisation of thought and action, and free them, if only for the moment, for the original expression. The fact that this method of obtaining release may not concern them. If they could be made realise that liberation that they seek could be more easily and more completely attained by the control of thought and desire that control instead of drinking. I will teach many how to free themselves from drink (Glow International- page 7-august 2004)