Sadhguru looks at how smoking is neither good nor bad, it's just stupid because we are turning an efficient, non-smoking machine (the human body), into an inefficient one. He explains that if we see this, the habit will slowly drop off, and that the chemical factor induced by smoking can be taken care of by the Shambhavi Mahamudra Kriya.
Sadhguru: I didn’t say it’s a bad thing. (All Laugh) I don’t think it’s good or bad. It is just quite stupid to be smoking. It’s not good or bad, it’s just stupid because this machine (referring to human body) was not made to smoke. This is an eco-friendly machine. (All Laugh) But now you are making it into a smoking machine, that means it’s stupid, isn't it? A well, very efficient machine you make it an inefficient machine, is it not stupid? Is it good or bad? There is no such thing.
Questioner: Yeah, we know it’s bad but…
Sadhguru: See, that’s the whole thing. The moment you call it bad you can't leave it.
Sadhguru: (Laughs) See Vel knows what’s bad. (All Laugh) Why are you giving it titles that it is not? It’s just stupid, that’s all. If you see something as stupid you can't be doing it everyday. Somewhere (gestures proudly smoking) you feel smarter than other people. Yes?
Questioner: No, because the taste…
Sadhguru: See now slowly in the world people have gotten against you. Just 10 years ago (gestures smoking) if you blow it into somebody’s face you felt great, they felt stupid. Now, the equation has reversed in last 10 years time, isn't it? Isn't it so? So, somewhere you thought it’s a smart thing to do. When you were just 10-year-old kid you wanted to (do) suck in and blow it out into somebody’s face, it felt like a smart thing to do. You tell me, smoking a machine that doesn't smoke, to make it smoke… Right now we are working so hard to make our cars smoke less, isn't it? Enormous amount of research into fuels and engines and everything is going on to make our car smoke less, isn't it? A non-smoking machine, if you make it smoke is it stupid or intelligent?
Sadhguru: Say it loudly.
Questioner: Stupid. (All Laugh)
Sadhguru: That’s all. If you see that, slowly it’ll drop off. Now, there is a certain chemical factor to this. Your chemistry has become dependent on nicotine or caffeine or whatever. That we will change. You just see you do Shambhavi Maha Mudra, suddenly your whole system is so fired up the need to smoke, the need to drink coffee, tea, everything just evaporates. Now, if you do it, it’s only for the pleasure of it. One day you feel like drinking coffee you drink it. One day you feel like smoking you smoke. That’s up to you, but the compulsion will be taken away. The physiological dependence will be taken away. We will do that with the practice. But first you see that it’s stupid to do it. (All Laugh)