sri-aurobindo

Integral yoga & health policies

Sri Aurobindo:

  1. Disease is needlessly prolonged & ends in death oftener than is inevitable, because the mind of the patient support & dwells upon the disease of his body.
  1. Medical Science has been more a curse to mankind than a blessing. It has broken the force of epidemics and unveiled a marvelous surgery; but, also, it has weakened the natural health  of man and multiplied individual diseases; it has implanted fear and dependence in the mind and body; it has taught our health to repose not on natural soundness but a rickety & distasteful crutch compact from the mineral and vegetable kingdom.
  1. The doctor aims a drug at a disease; sometimes it hits, sometimes misses. The misses are left out of account, the hits treasured up, reckoned and systematized into a science.
  1. We laugh at the savage for his faith in the medicine man; but how are the civilized less superstitious who have faith in the doctors? The savages find that when a certain incantation is repeated, he often recovers from a certain disease; he believes. The civilized patient finds that when he doses himself according to a certain prescription, he often recovers from a certain disease; he believes. Where is the difference?
  1. The north-country Indian herdsman, attacked by fever, sits in the chill stream of a river for an hour or more & rises up free & healthy. If the educated man did the same, he would perish, not because the same remedy in its nature kills one & cures another, but because our bodies have been fatally indoctrinated by the mind into false habits.
  1. It is not the medicine that cures so much as the patient’s faith in the doctor and the medicine. Both are a clumsy substitute for the natural faith in one’s own self-power which they have themselves destroyed.
  1. The healthiest age of mankind were those in which there were the fewest remedies.
  1. The most robust and healthy race left on earth were the African savages; but how long can they so remain after their physical consciousness has been contaminated by the mental aberration of the civilized?
  1. We ought to use the divine health in us to cure and prevent diseases; but Galen and Hippocrates & their tribe have given us instead an armory of drugs and barbarous Latin hocus-pocus as our physical gospel.
  1. Medical Science is well-meaning and its practitioners often benevolent and not seldom self-sacrificing; but when did the well-meaning of the ignorant save them from harm-doing?
  1. If all remedies were really and in themselves efficacious and all medical theories sound, how would that console for our lost natural health and vitality? The upas-tree is sound in all its parts, but it is still a upas-tree.
  1. The spirit within us is the only all-efficient doctor and submission of the body to it the only true panacea.
  1. God within is infinite and self-fulfilling Will. Unappalled by the fear of death, canst thou leave to Him, not as an experiment, with a calm & entire faith thy ailments? Thou shalt find in the end that He exceeds the skill of a million doctors.
  1. Health protected by twenty thousand precautions is gospel of the doctor; but it is not God’s evangel for the body, nor Nature’s.
  1. Man was once naturally healthy and could revert to that primal condition if he were suffered; but Medical Science pursues our body with an innumerable pack of drugs and assails the imagination with ravening hordes of microbes.
  1. I would rather die and have done with it then spend life in defending myself against a phantasmal siege of microbes. If that is to be barbarous (and) unenlightened, I embrace gladly my Cimmerian darkness.
  1. Surgeons save & cure by cutting and maiming. Why not rather seek to discover Nature’s direct all-powerful remedies?
  1. It should take long for self-cure to replace medicine, because of the fear, self-distrust and unnatural physical reliance on drugs which Medical Science has taught to our minds & bodies & made our second nature. 
  1. Medicine is necessary for our bodies in disease only because our bodies have learned the art of not getting well without medicine. Even so, one sees often that the moment Nature chooses for recovery is that in which the life is abandoned as hopeless by the doctors.
  1. Distrust of the curative power within us was our physical fall from Paradise. Medical Science and a bad heredity are the two angels of God who stand at the gates to forbid our return and reentry.
  1. Medical Science to the human body is like a great Power which enfeebles a smaller State by its protection or like a benevolent robber who knocks his victim flat and riddles him with wounds in order that he may devote his life to healing & serving the shattered body.
  1. Drugs often cure the body when they do not merely trouble or poison it, but only if their physical attack on the disease is supported by the force of the spirit; if that force can be made to work freely, drugs are at once superfluous.

May we all live in peace and harmony,

Inspire and respect each other,

Find our collective ways to live as One People on One Planet.

Om Tat Sat

Mukhande, 25.05.21