Swami on Antibiotics
Puttaparthi, SSSIHMS-PSN (Cardiac Conference )
New medicines are being developed. These new medicines are full of antibiotics. These antibiotics change one into another. For example tuberculosis: an antibiotic is administered for this disease. It kills the germs causing the tuberculosis disease, but it also kills other germs. It also destroys healthy cells. So the same drug has good and bad effect. Antibiotics can be compared to a mosquito in nature. At night when is bit by the one or two mosquitoes present in the mosquito net, one uses the mosquito spray to kill all the mosquitoes!! There were only one or two mosquitoes that bit but the spray kills all of them!! A similar thing happens with respect to health. One thinks of doing a good thing but ends up doing two bad things!!
Health and healthcare
Swami speaks on the greatness of our hospitals00:01:29
The glory and greatness of this hospital may not be known today but will be widespread in the coming years. People from all over the world will come here for treatment. This hospital has got such divine potentiality. There were many who ridiculed when Super speciality Hospital was built in Puttaparthy. But today there is none with a heart problem in villages surrounding Puttaparthy. Even children come happily with a smile on their faces to get operated in this hospital. Similarly this hospital in Karnataka too should be developed so that there would be no heart patients in the state of Karnataka. The villagers must be directed to this hospital to get better treatment. There is no discrimination and all have equal right for treatment in this hospital. People can thus get treated and gain health and happiness here.
Motto of Swami's hospital is to provide free healthcare to all the poor00:03:23
Embodiments of love!! Along with medicine, God’s grace and a spirit of sacrifice is also necessary. What is the use of having much? One may be comfortable with it but what about the have-nots? One must also take care of them and indulge in service activities. Therefore this hospital is not merely a beautiful building but a place where people see the ‘andamu’ beauty and get ‘aanandamu’, bliss too. One can be blissful only when one serves the poor and the needy. Poor people suffer and struggle a lot; many do not even get a square meal a day and cannot buy medicines. That is why this hospital provides free medicines to all the patients. So the doctors without entertaining any wrong notions regarding the hospital and developing a spirit of sacrifice must strive to give joy to others. Due to the delay in the day’s programme Swami has not sufficient time to explain in the detail the various aspects of the hospital. With spirituality one can have all the happiness and health. Without God’s grace even a vein or an artery cannot function. People think that the disease is cured with medicines but it is not so. If truly medicines could cure diseases then had there not been great emperors and the wealthy people who succumbed to the disease? Apart from the medicines God’s grace too is required to cure the diseases. Medicine is the negative and God’s grace is the positive and the union of both the positive and the negative cures the disease. Hence along with medicines God’s grace too is essential in curing a disease. Without God’s grace human bodies cannot grow. The human body is very unique and a wonderful creation. Who articulates the tongue to speak? Who makes the pulse beat? Who causes the blood to circulate throughout? Who causes the beating of the heart? Everything is by the grace of God. It is the divine power, which makes the human body grow. With a body grown with divine grace, man must indulge in service. It is no use just growing the body; it is put to proper use by rendering service to others especially the poor.
Giving life is the aim of our hospital00:00:37
From this day this hospital is open for people of all countries, of all cross sections of the society and will offer free treatment without any reservations. The hospital is even ready to take loans to serve the poor; this hospital is not set up for financial gains. The main aim of the hospital is to give free quality treatment and save lives.
Do not exploit poor people: Message to Hospitals00:01:13
Today because of the hospital that is built here, there are many buildings and constructions coming up around it. Hitherto the land had no value but the moment the hospital was built the land values too have gone up. People are earning a lot but what are they doing for the poor? Therefore people must sacrifice for the poor because the happiness given to one poor man gives tremendous happiness to oneself. Help ever hurt never! One must never earn money by persecuting others. Money amassed by persecuting and importuning others can only bring about grief and death to the person. One must strive to become manifestations of love and sacrifice. Sacrifice alone will bring about bliss to oneself.
Hospitals are not meant to make money; Serve the poor00:00:41
The hospitals must not be built with an aim to earn crores of money. Of what use are the crores earned when one has to return empty handed to the grave? The crores thus earned must be utilised for the benefit of the poor and the doctors must dedicate themselves to the service of the humanity. “Paropakaaraya punyaaya papaya parapeedanam” serving others is merit and harming others is sin; therefore one must indulge in service.
Medical services at Swami's hospitals is fully free00:00:58
Anybody can be afflicted by disease or ill health; there is no difference of poor or wealthy. The treatment is rendered free of cost to everybody in this hospital; not only this, the patients are also supplied with free food. It is the aim of this hospital to send home the patients healthy and safe. This organisation is a permanent one in spite of some thinking it to be an affair of few days. No! The organisations started by Sai are eternal, permanent.
The man behind Ayurveda00:01:53
In Allopathy too there are some germs that degenerate for some time and later on increase in numbers. There was a person born in Meissen, Germany, who considered Ayurveda as great. His name was Samuel Hahnemann. He was the one who propagated the principles of Ayurveda. He made the prayer/ dictum of Bharath, “Samastha loka sukhino bhavanthu” let the world be peaceful and prosperous, his loadstone and was able to achieve everything. But man today does not strive for the wellness and prosperity of the world.
Swami on Allopathy and Ayurveda00:02:12
Embodiments of Divine Atma!! In Bharath, since ancient times, noble souls and spiritual seekers have made in depth investigations in issues pertaining to health. Health is wealth in life. Many sages strived towards protecting the health and increasing happiness of the people and thereby to make the country safe, secure and peaceful. It was thought that the Allopathy, the English way of medicine, was most needed. It was also believed that along with Allopathy, Ayurvedic science was equally important. Allopathy gives only temporary cure but not a permanent cure. It was the science of Ayurveda that conferred the permanent relief and cure.
Food habits and maintenance of good health00:03:00
Discipline is needed in eating too. One must eat only to the extent required. Excessive eating would lead to indigestion. Before eating, we pray: Brahman is the offering and Brahman is also the oblation. He who offers is Brahman, And the fire that receives the offering is also Brahman. He who sees Brahman in all his actions would attain Brahman. When food is offered to God, God within responds by saying, “Functioning as Vaishwanara, I digest the food. Eat only to the extent I require.” If one overeats, Vaishwanara warns, “Don’t send me any more food!” Indifferent to the signals, the person goes on eating pudding and other tasty dishes, until he becomes exhausted and breathless. Thus, lack of discipline in eating often leads to ill health. Indiscipline is often the main cause for sickness. Carelessness in eating is responsible for many ailments. Thus, the stomach is the starting point of many a health problem. When the stomach has problems, they often get transmitted to other parts of the body. Thus while eating do not fill your stomach; instead eat less so that your stomach is at least one quarter empty. This is what regulated eating means. Discipline must be observed every single day. Whatever one does from the time one gets up to the time one goes to bed must be done in disciplined manner. All actions, be it sitting, eating, talking, walking or whatever, must be performed in a controlled and regulated manner. Only then would your life as a whole would become disciplined. Discipline is the essence of Karma Yoga.
Reasons for diseases and bad health00:02:35
The other day in a conversation there in Bangalore, he said, “I take bath in the river of life here in Bangalore” Where is this permanent river? There are no rivers in Bangalore. He said, he considered city drainage water as the true river of life. This drainage water flows incessantly. It never gets dried. So, the river there in Bangalore is the drainage water. Because of this life all around, the drainage water, we suffer so much. What is the main reason behind man’s ill- health? Polluted water, polluted food, polluted air. Not only water and food, the mind has also got polluted. Because of this restlessness in the mind, man is becoming unhealthy. We think that many of the diseases are contained in man, that is wrong. In fact, there is no disease that can affect humans. Most of these diseases are psychological and he considers them. 90 percent of the diseases are psychological. All the diseases are because of psychology. Because of too much thinking and worry and anxiety humans suffer from diseases. There was this heart specialist who would always check others heart status. He was always worried about his own heart and ultimately he died due to a heart condition.
Lessons learnt form the heart and sacrifice done by blood cells00:04:36
One needs to ponder on the teachings of one’s heart! But one is becoming tired, impatient and weak. Why is it so? One might think that since one is working continuously one gets tired. The heart teaches that continuous effort is very important in one’s life. Humans are bound by actions. The body is gifted for righteous action. Therefore man is born for activity and it is his duty. One should not imagine tiredness! It is the lesson taught by the heart. Heart beats continuously, without rest. But it too takes rest to a certain extent. It takes rest between two beats. It works continuously and due to that the blood becomes bad sometimes. The bad blood reaches heart. The cell will be at rest until it is filled completely. The moment it is full, it starts working again. Heart pumps that blood to the lungs. Lungs purify the blood and send it to other part of the heart. All this amounts to rest for the heart. The heart teaches that there is rest in work! That is what Swami tells his students. Students tell Swami, “Swami, we get up at 4 o’clock in the morning and study till 11 in the night. We have no rest.” What is meant by rest? Is lying on the bed rest? No. Swami says, “Change of work is rest”. Similarly there is change of work in the heart. The cell remains at rest till it is full, there after it starts pumping. All this happens in a subtle way. A lot of work goes on in the blood cells and even in the minute cells. None can fathom the mystery of creation!! The body is full of blood cells. Whatever is present in a single cell is also present in other cells as well. Each cell activates and beautifies the body and sacrifices for the other. Cells teach the lesson of sacrifice to humanity. Welfare lies in sacrifice. There is blood circulating in the hand. Every moment the blood leaves the hand and goes out to other parts; it’s sacrificing. If the blood does not sacrifice and flow out, it clots leading to formation of boils and disease. The welfare of the hand lies in the sacrifice of the blood, isn't it? Sacrifice is necessary if one wants to move ahead in life. Eternity is not ensured by society or by one’s effort or by one’s position or by one’s wealth; it is ensured only by the spirit of sacrifice. It takes one to immortality.
Carelessness is the reason for diseases00:00:54
It is one’s impertinence or laziness that is the root cause for all these diseases. ‘Laziness is rust and dust. Realisation is best and rest!’ One has to understand the reason behind these circumstances. Each one neglects the job thinking it as another’s responsibility. Today another is suffering tomorrow it may be oneself. One must first and foremost realise the knowledge of seeing the nature and the divine in oneself. One must share the vision to see the divine and oneself in nature. It is only in that equality that one can develop and progress.
Pesticides- Root cause for ill-health00:01:44
Further there are many things happening around. A pesticide, ‘DDT’ is sprayed on the fruit and vegetable plants. This spraying is done even to the grape vines. This DDT spray not only kills the germs harmful to the trees but also enters the fruits and vegetables. It is present in all the food that one eats. The rich and the aware would clean the fruits and vegetables thoroughly before eating them; but the street wanderers and the poor eat the DDT sprayed fruits directly, without cleaning them. It leads to many diseases. Therefore it is one’s impertinence or laziness that is the root cause for all these diseases. ‘Laziness is rust and dust. Realisation is best and rest!’ One has to understand the reason behind these circumstances. Each one neglects the job thinking it as another’s responsibility. Today another is suffering tomorrow it may be oneself.
Diseases will not come if you are equal-minded00:01:12
One is developing one’s intellect but not channelizing it properly. The intelligence will have a value only when it is put to proper use. There are many intellectuals and scientists in the world today. There is intelligence but no steady mind. One has to study for steady. When one has equanimity, one will never fall sick. Diseases will never be in the proximity. One should have proper habits in relation to food.
Role of food and water in maintaining good health00:03:32
The subtle form of water is life. The subtle form of food is mind. Thus there is a close relationship between the mind and the life. As is the food so is the head! One’s thoughts, desires and feelings depend on the food one takes; a small example to illustrate this. To know that food assumes the form of the mind, one should take into consideration the worldly experience. Here is the fire. As is the fire so is the smoke. As is the smoke so is the cloud. As is the cloud so is the rain. As is the rain so is the harvest. As is the harvest, so is the cooking and as is the cooking, so is the intellect. Therefore, the natural quality of man begins with fire. The fire manifests in man as hunger, ‘Jatharagni’ and it is always well balanced. When this fire in man is well balanced the temperature of the body stays at a perfect 98.4 degree Celsius. Any material added to this fire increases the fire leading to fever and any decrease leads to lowering of blood pressure. Thus human body is based on this balance as does the human life. When is the balance lost? One is developing one’s intellect but not channelizing it properly. The intelligence will have a value only when it is put to proper use. There are many intellectuals and scientists in the world today. There is intelligence but no steady mind. One has to study for steady. When one has equanimity, one will never fall sick. Diseases will never be in the proximity. One should have proper habits in relation to food.
What are the causes for heart diseases00:01:00
What is the reason behind the heart diseases? The outlooks, ‘pravruthi’, are responsible for the diseases. In the worldly matters man should follow the proper path. Two are very important out of the five elements. “The food is taken to preserve the body and clothes to ward away cold!!” Food is necessary to protect the body. Water is in association with the food. These two are very important.
How diseases are cured in Swami's hospital00:02:20
Every doctor now has a doubt as to how all the diseases are cured in our hospital. How is it happening? For these doubts there is a good medicine! Any task undertaken with pure feeling and pure heart is bound to be successful. Man today considers selfishness as a way of life and considers it as the world’s philosophy. But the true philosophy lies in the spirit of sacrifice and it is the world’s philosophy. When one touches a patient with the spirit of sacrifice the thoughts of the patient will become pure. There are divine vibrations all around the body. Even around the thumb there is a light, a divine vibration. None is making an effort to realise it clearly. All around the body there is a light, an aura and is natural to every human being. Peace is ensured when there is an inter relationship between the aura. ‘Yad bhavam, tad bhavathi’, ‘as is the thought so is the manifestation!’
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