Lesson 24 | Topic 1 | Health

 

There is the Moon and the Sun And between them is the Seed. This last is that being Whose nature is Joy Supreme.

Hevajra Tantra

 

Topic 1

Health

The most basic and important thing in life is good health. Without abundant health, it is impossible to aspire towards anything. Illness dulls the whole mind and body. Perceptions, enthusiasm, positivity and so forth are all diminished. It is only with loss of health that a person understands the incapacitating effect of bad health, and profoundly appreciates the meaning of good health. Health only becomes a problem when one does not have it. So if you are ill, then your first concern should be to attain perfect health. If you already have good health, then take care to maintain this exalted state of being, which all the wealth in the world cannot buy. To meet the challenges of your life good health is essential.

Health survey

In a very revealing article entitled: ‘International Comparison of Medical Care’ in the Scientific American Vol. 233, No. 2, dated August 1975, written by Professor Kerr L. White, there are details of a health survey carried out in the U.S.A., Canada, U.K., Switzerland, Yugoslavia, Finland, Poland and Argentina. Approximately 48,000 people were questioned, representing a cross-section of 15.000.000 people in specific areas of the named countries.

For the purposes of the survey, signs of bad health were as follows:

  • Inability to fully carry out one’s social duties.
  • Detectable known illness.
  • Physiological symptoms of illness such as phlegm, cough, chest pain, shortness of breath, stiffness, anxiety and swelling of joints.
  • Dental morbidity.
  • Perceptible visual morbidity.

 

A healthy person was defined as one who did not show any of these signs. A functionally healthy person was defined as a person who, though able to work and not confined to bed, reported some slight chronic but not disabling ailment, and who manifested one or more of the above signs to a slight degree.

In the survey, people were questioned about their state of health. Those questioned did not include people in hospitals or any form of health institution.

A summary of some of the results is as follows:

  • Healthy – 14.3% (average)
  • Functionally healthy – 24.4% (average)
  • Unhealthy – 61.3% (our figure)

It was also found that between 7.7% and 30.4% of people were chronically disabled (physically impaired, handicapped, or with long-standing bad health resulting in some disability).

We have summarized only a small part of the article. If you want to see more relevant statistics, then we suggest that you read the report for yourself.

This survey is very revealing. It shows that the standard of health of people in the countries involved is generally not very good. In the areas surveyed, a mere 14.3% are healthy, while 7.7 to 30.4% (an enormous figure!) are permanently disabled to a greater or lesser extent. Note these figures. Among those people regarded as disabled are those injured in the last war. This makes the figure rather high; but at the same time there are many people included in this figure (7.730.4%) who could attain better health if the correct steps were taken.

Similar figures would probably be obtained in surveys in other parts of the world. The health of the average person is not as it should be. We suggest that if you are one of the 85.7% who are unhealthy or functionally healthy, you should take immediate and sensible steps to become one of the 14.3% who boast of good health. Don’t be satisfied until you feel energy and vitality pulsating throughout the entire body and mind. Use all means that are readily available and which are suitable for your specific ailment. The natural state of your body and mind is vibrant good health; bad health is unnatural. You should utilize any healing system that will bring about positive results, namely good health.

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