Though normally and unfortunately the faith is perceived to be limited to a religious belief, in reality, it extends to everyone. Even the atheist has faith in his atheism and in his reason!
At the end, what truly works is faith. It is the single common denominator in all therapies—physical, psychological, spiritual—and indeed an element acknowledged by each system. We can truly say that, “Finally, it is faith that cures.”
Our prayers, hopes, expectations, visits to doctors, medicines, lifestyle changes and everything else may make the winds of life blow more favourably but cannot decide their course. One should do what is possible, and the rest has to be left to the Grace to work out the way it wills.
Everything has its place: if one has an integral faith and integral opening and receptivity to the Grace, then everything is possible. Sometimes however, the very pressure of Grace may bring out hidden resistances with a resultant worsening. But if one persists with faith, then everything is resolved in due course of time.
The real cause of disease is the imperfection of embodied life, which is unable to keep pace with the evolutionary pressure. Therefore the true remedy, the surest and most radical way to get rid of all diseases is to open our body and mind with an increasing receptivity and plasticity to the Divine Consciousness and the divine forces of a higher order.
The soul is a miniature seed of the Divine Consciousness. It is the individual divinity in us and if developed and brought to the forefront of human evolution, it can unlock the mystery of this universal play. It is also the master key to open the doors of the Divine in us and beyond this universe thereby calling down an intervention from Above.
The proof of a higher consciousness comes from living experience of countless mystics, saints and seers. But the higher consciousness has not yet stabilized and generalised itself in humanity. Though individuals have time and again experienced these dimensions, for the vast majority it is still in the realm of possibility.
The human type is fixed by the mind which dwells in the consciousness of division and ignorance. Yet, unlike the animal, it is capable of opening to its own heights of knowledge, even transcending them and thereby actually transcending the human formula.
Our contribution to illness is only one factor out of many. Illnesses do not arise only through internal causes. There are outer causes too—causes that are not only physical and psychological, but also subtle and occult.
Perhaps the best advice is to eat in moderation, without greed, at regular times, a tastefully balanced diet with all the essential nutrients prepared hygienically and above all, to offer it to God and receive it as prasada. This would be the best diet.
In any case, whether we live or die, it is pitiable to be all the time worried about the body, to live in a constant state of fear and anxiety. Even if one were to live a little longer one wonders what would be the quality and utility of such a life. It is best to keep an inner quietude, call peace into the system and to take it as an opportunity to work inwardly i.e. within oneself.
It is not easy to achieve this, especially when we are prone to negativity, anxiety and depression even in our ‘normal’ state. It is only if we cultivate a habitually positive attitude in life that we can then extend it to our moments of crisis, such as illness.
There is increasing evidence that we have a great role to play in the healing process, in both minor and major disorders.
Most illnesses (nearly 90%) are self-healing by nature and the system of therapy used really does not matter. Still others can be corrected by lifestyle adjustments, such as diabetes. Out of the other 10%, about 8-9 out of 10 again, are largely contained rather than cured. It is only the 1% where the choice of system makes a sizeable difference.