On the one hand, we need to explore the boundaries of Nature, of our latent capacities. On the other, we must find the key to open the doors of what is beyond Nature, beyond our constitution and personality. As a third step, we have to unite these two.
The highest levels of the spiritual are the source of all things, most all-knowing and powerful. The material levels are most bound and resistant to change. Man can bring into his body, mind and life the influx of a higher spiritual consciousness, and change things even physically, including the genetic imprints if necessary.
It is often much easier and faster to act upon the illness from outside than from within. While doing so may be ‘natural’ for us, we should not be led to believe that it is the only or the complete way. What most of ‘treatment’ in modern medicine does very often is to put a check upon the symptoms.
To trust the inner Divine and leave oneself in His hands is the road to freedom from the entire chain of cause and effect.
Like all great transitions, it is a period of great upheaval, confusion and apparent disorder. The struggle of forces is becoming more and more acute. This brings to the surface deeply hidden resistances, new and old diseases, social and psychological pathologies, but also new forms of creativity and ways of life, new possibilities.
The law of karma is not a law of retribution but evolution through a kind of subtle learning process, that the soul in us undertakes, and it need not accept an ‘adverse destiny’. And yes, we should pray to be cured so that the physical instrument is worthy of the divine dweller.
Mental power and spiritual power are two different things. Hypnosis works through ‘thoughts, suggestions and mental will’. There are several ways of working with mental power. The principle of hypnosis is essentially the principle of selective concentration.
The force that heals or performs the miracle has to reckon with the nature of the instrument, the human being who, by virtue of having a personal will and a great inner complexity, is not like inanimate object. It is not enough to ask for a miracle, it is also necessary to be ready and prepared for one, for a miracle is neither a magical illusion nor an arbitrary working of a power.
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.