There is a deep conversation between a devotee and guru discussing about the simple, best and spiritual way to live a healthy life.
DEVOTEE: You once mentioned that a large population in the world is not healthy which they could be simply because we have not understood some simple things and these simple things can be very easily taught and disseminated in the world and shared with the rest of the people. Can you throw some more light on what these simple things are which can make us healthier?
GURU: Healthy? Oh… There was a young physician once. He went to his senior colleague and said – he had some problem with a certain diagnosis of a patient. Then the senior colleague said, ‘Oh nerves and vomiting, is it? Hmm?’ ‘Yes but I don’t find any medical reason for him to be having nerves and vomiting.’ So, the senior colleague suggested, ‘You ask him if he is playing golf ? If he is playing, you tell him to stop. if he says I am not playing, ask him to play. He’ll become okay.’ Health is like that, (Laughs) really ! Some people are over worked and they have ill-health. Most people are under worked and they have ill-health today.
If you lived here on this planet two hundred years ago, physically, you would be doing at least twenty times more activity than what you are doing right now; physically. Definitely, isn’t it? You would have walked to this place, you would’ve done everything with your hands, you would be doing minimum twenty times more activity,I think I am wrong, hundred times probably. Some of you two-hundred-and-fifty- times (Laughter). So, if you were doing that much activity then I would have told you, ‘take a break; take some rest.’ Now, the body has not been used.
Only by using this body, you can keep it well. When you say health you are talking about physical health. You must use this body. The more you use it, the better it gets. One of the simplest things about health is just to use the body. If you sufficiently use the body, body has everything to create health for itself. Does it mean to say, ‘That’s the only thing,nothing else will happen to me, I’ll be perfect?’ I would say, if we physically used our body as much as we should, I would say eighty percent of the ailments on this planet would just disappear; eighty percent. The remaining twenty percent, in that another ten percent is because the type of foods that people are eating. They change the food habit- another ten percent would disappear. That means only ten percent ailment would remain.
That has happened because of variety of reasons. One is karmic, another could be atmospheric and there are other aspects that could have happened in the system, which can be looked at. Out of all the sick people, if ninety percent of them become healthy just by using the body and eating the right food, ten percent could be easily handled. But now, the volume of ailment is so big because we don’t eat properly or we eat very properly and we don’t use the body properly (Laughs). So, apart from this, there are other aspects to life. To put it very simply – as you exercise your body, if you just do this (Opens and closes the palms rapidly) a thousand times a day,just do like this thousand times a day and after one month just see how well your hand will work, nothing else.
Just sit here and just do this thousand times a day; after thirty days, you’ll find your hand works wonderfully well. If you do that with your brains (Gestures)– (Laughter) it will work wonderfully well in a month’s time. If you do this with your heart, it will work wonderfully well. If you do that with your life energies, it will work wonderfully well. When all these things work well, that’s health. Health is not something that you invent. Health is not your idea. Health is life happening well. The life process is happening well, that’s health. It’s not your idea or my idea. We are acting as if health is our idea as if we created health. We didn’t create health, if at all if we have created health… if at all we have created anything; we have created ill-health. We have not created health. Health is life’s way. If you allow life to function fully, it is healthy. So, you just have to use your body, use your head and use your energies. If these three things are well exercised and balanced, you will be healthy. So, because right now, we are enjoying the gadgets. But if you build activity into your life,physical, mental and energy – all these things if you build in, health will come. Your body is working well, your mind is working well and your energy is supporting the two making sure nothing goes wrong. That’s health.
Life is happening in full flow, that’s health. Health is not an idea; it is not a medical idea. The medical fraternity and the medical knowledge has become more and more essential because we have built in very unhealthy lifestyles. Never before in the world, medicine had the kind of importance as it is having today, simply because we are becoming more and more sedentary, so we are becoming more and more unhealthy. We are living longer maybe; that’s because of excessive attention and, you know, you can live on tubes for twenty years. Otherwise nature has its own way of, you know,natural selection (Laughs). You know what that means? Yes, those… the life that is fit which will be selected to live – that it is not fit which goes on. But today we’ve made life in a different way,not that we can go back to those old ways any more. We cannot.
But that doesn’t mean we have to become sixty when we are twenty. Lot of twenty years old today cannot perform as much activity as sixty year old used to do hundred years ago. It’s a fact. Isn’t it so? Hundred years ago, what a sixty-year-old person was doing physical activity, that much activity a twenty-year-old cannot do it today. That means, we are just weakening humanity. A degenerate humanity, we will become over a period of time. So, you must use it (Laughs).
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