Did you loose perception of smell because of meditation?

From more 8 years ago I became aware that I dont smell as much as before.

Be careful then. If you keep meditating the way you do, you might not see or hear as much as before too.

Statistically, this is more likely to be a symptom of Covid-19 :speak_no_evil:


The chain of causality is often hard to discern.

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There’s substantial research supporting the theory that one’s smell can have an impact on everything from emotions to sexual attraction.

That reminds me of a famous Dr. Johnson anecdote:

‘As Samuel Johnson paused to rest on a London park bench one hot summer’s day, his profusely sweating bulk caused a young woman sitting next to him to accuse him of smelling. “No, Madam,” he replied. “You smell, I stink.”’


There is decades of scientific research on senses in humans and comparative studies in different mammals and vertebrates. Sense of smell is quite low in the hierarchy for humans in terms of sensitivity or how evolved or devolved it is. Our system has preferentially adapted and enhanced visual perception at the expense of other senses. I just thought you might be interested in knowing more about this.

To your point about the effects of meditation on any of the senses, isn’t the phrase “…faculties become clear…” mentioned hundreds of times in the suttas in connection with meditation? If anything, it should be the opposite of what you are suggesting.


Yes I know that. But thats the end. What if its someone karma that it happened on the way? Well I thought its meditation because I couldnt taste. And taste and smell is connected. So maybe the taste went back to normal then it messed the nose. Like the body was shocked by sudden experience. Maybe

I’ve had a weak sense of smell my entire life.

I’ve noticed that sometimes after meditation, if I get very relaxed, I smell more things.


The U.S. is still losing hundreds of people a week due to Covid 19. 4% of the world population, but 16% of the pandemic deaths.


Bhante we are talking of something way back. Thanks.

Sanyasa Upanishad

When shall I attain similarity to a stone by (practising) distinctionless deep meditation (Nirvikalpa- Samadhi) when, while remaining dumb by the peace of partless meditation, birds of the forest will build their leafy nests on my head ?

Naadbindu Upanishad

Beyond this, is the (Asabda) soundless Para-Brahman which is Paramatman. The mind exists so long as there is sound, but with its (sound’s cessation) there is the state called Unmani of Manas (viz., the state of being above the mind).

The body in the state of Unmani is certainly like a log and does not feel heat or cold, joy or sorrow.

Prashna Upanishad

Hence this person does not then hear, does not see, does not smell, does not taste, does not touch, does not speak, does not grasp, does not enjoy, does not eject, does not move. People say, “He is sleeping.”

Yes lately I smell better. Doing many other things.

As we age sense of smell change also.

But in suttas there is what these lesser upanishads say about loosing sound. I think it was Buddha didnt hear thunder.

Most probably know of that experience of listening as a background and still your mind is like a rock while meditating. Well the deeper you go the worst it probably gets

He says “From more 8 years ago”.


Only four more senses, and you will be there!!

Loss of smell can be related to decline on cognition.

Article on sense of smell and Alzheimer’s


To be clear, I’ve never heard of loss of smell or other senses due to meditation.

I already mentioned one possible, albeit hopefully uncommon, reason. Here’s an article that lists numerous other causes for loss of smell, and how to address them. Article on causes for loss of smell

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Thanks for sharing. Something might have happened after my first meditation tryout of pali Buddha teachings. Meaning later on. But I am aware that I started to become aware of loss of smell because a yoga teacher saying the flowers smell nice. And I said I couldnt smell them. But if I right now think deeply when I did smell the same flowers or others. I think something happened only after the period I went to try meditation based on Buddha taught. Because I remember smelling flowers of a big tree when used to be living at my mother. But it could have been when I started meditating but truly based on pali scriptures also. So I can’t get timeline. For sure nothing that happened to me in past.

The thing is that I cant write freely here. But as I dont have teachers here on my island. I cant find out as said to me

Right now I can smell like certain things. Like incense which needs to be nice smell. Like lavender. So maybe im overthinking. And not everyone can smell the same. And we have periods are nose is blocked a side that doesnt let us smell good

A woman with a necklace round her neck, imagines that it has been lost and goes about searching for it, until she is reminded by a friend; she has created her own sense of loss, her own anxiety of search and then her own pleasure of recovery. Similarly, the Self is all along there, whether you search for it or not. Again just as the woman feels as if the lost necklace has been regained, so also removal of ignorance and the cessation of false identification reveal the Self which is always present- here and now. This is called Realization. It is not new. It amounts to elimination of ignorance and nothing more.

(Bhagavan in ‘Talks with Sri Ramana Maharshi’, Talk 245)

So If I have sense of smell or not. There is this body. And its suffering. :pray: