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.
Different systems do not necessarily speak of different causes but they do speak from different levels, or may use different language. What we need to understand is that each system probes and understands man and his maladies at different levels of existence. They do not contradict but often complement each other.
Man is a transitional being, and illness is, paradoxically, one of the means, disastrous means no doubt, that Nature has chosen. Not caring for establishing a harmony, or even perhaps the survival of the race, Nature seems to be pressing relentlessly towards creating this new type.
The safe rule for the patient is not to discuss the illness with too many persons who will add nothing but misery, even when they sympathise. Only they must know about it who are directly involved with the care.
More often than not, the patient is made to feel as if he is some kind of a helpless victim tied to the stake of life as a sacrificial object. Medical science comes to give him relief but cannot free him from the knots and bonds of fear and anxiety that often tie him in a way worse than the illness.
Any energy let forth into this world is a karma. These energies, once released, go out into the world towards their goals, yet, in the end, they have the tendency to return towards their parent source. We are thus like dynamos all the time receiving and transmitting, attracting and repelling by a law of affinity.
“the simple answer is that go to a physician in whom you can place your trust and take the medicine in which you have faith. In any case, no system is perfect and there is no panacea for human maladies. So ultimately, the highest wisdom is to do what you can and leave the rest in the hands of a greater Power.”