Mahavira's Scripture Of Health: [11.09] Prekshadhyana And Health - Body Cures and Disease

Published: 23.07.2007
Updated: 06.08.2008

An enlightened person said, "We take the medicine and the disease is controlled, but it is not cured." I said, "How would the disease be cured after all? It is the body that cures the disease. This is the basic principle of Nature Cure. It is also the view of the medical science that it is the function only of the body to make up for its deficiencies and make it healthy. The mechanism of the body is such that when one eye sees, the other eye fully cooperates with it. If one kidney functions less than it should, the other kidney takes upon itself its full function and carries it out throughout life. If any of the organs functions effectively, other organs give their full cooperation. It is also the natural arrangement in our body that when one organ suffers from any defect other organs become very cooperative. It is for society to learn from the way other organs become helpful when one particular organ becomes defective. Social beings probably do not act that way. It is a lesson to be learnt that one person cannot remain healthy without the cooperation of others. If her organs do not cooperate even the body cannot remain healthy. If one cell of the brain functions less, the other cells become active. If there are two servants employed in a house one of them goes on leave, the other servant books after the work of both the servants by himself. But this probably does not happen in society. If one person is weak others do not undertake the responsibility of doing his work. But in our body, that process goes on.

In fact, who cures the illness? It is the body that does it. The very chemicals produced in our body make the body healthy. All that needs to be done for it is that we should learn 'seeing'. It can bring considerable change if we become proficient in the art of 'seeing'. Mahavira's method of meditation does not involve any recitation. It is possible that recitation helps. It is not the way of meditation nor of any other similar practice. It is only the method of 'seeing' up and down and in the middle. The body was divided into three parts for the purpose of 'seeing' the upper portion, the middle portion and the lower portion. All the powers are vested within the body. The body has to be perceived. It can be 'seen' much better by restraining the use of the eyes than by keeping the eyes open.
Sources
  • Mahavira's Scripture Of Health by © Acharya Mahaprajna
  • Edited by Muni Dulheraj & Muni Dhananjay Kumar
  • Translated by Sarla Jag Mohan
  • Published by Adarsh Sahitya Sangh, New Dehli, India, 2000

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