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Health is Wholness

September 2008
Health is Wholness

By Sadhguru

Fundamentally, the word “health” comes from the root word “whole.” What we call “feeling healthy” is a sense of wholeness within us. If we are free of diseases medically, we are not healthy in the real sense. If we feel like complete human beings in our body, mind and spirit, that is when we are really healthy. There are any number of people who are healthy medically but not in any real sense, because they do not experience a sense of wellness within themselves.

If one has to experience this sense of wholeness and oneness, it’s important that one’s body, mind and, above all, one’s energy functions in a certain level of intensity within oneself. Now, physically, in a medical sense, one may be healthy, but the energies may be lethargic. One doesn’t know why things don’t happen in life the way they should, both inside and outside; this is simply because one is not taking care of the well-being of one’s energy.

For every physical and psychological situation that can you go through in life, there is an energy basis, which in turn has a chemical basis. In a way, modern allopathic medicines have become just chemistry. For every problem that arises in your body, you just try to take in some medicine, a chemical, and restore some kind of balance. If you use one chemical to bring down one aspect, or enhance another, it causes a side effect. For this side effect, there is an antidote; there is another antidote for this antidote; it’s an endless chain.

Whatever is happening on the chemistry level in your body is only controlled by the way your energies function. Because a man has excess acids within him, you instill some alkaline medicine into him. But why does he have excess acids? It’s because of the way his mind, his body and, above all, his energy function.

So, in yoga, when we say health, we don’t look at the body; we don’t look at the mind; we only look at the way the energy is. If your energy is in proper balance and full flow, your physical body and mental body will be in perfect health. There is no question about it. Keeping the energy body in full flow is not about doing any kind of healing or things like that. This is about going to the foundations of your energy system and activating it in a proper way, building a foundational yogic practice that establishes your energy in such a way that your body and mind are naturally fine.

When it comes to health, no human being gets to live in perfect conditions. The pressures of life, the food we eat, the air we breathe, the water we drink, all these can affect us in many ways. The more activities we have in the world, the more we are exposed to many things that can throw our chemistry off balance and create health problems. But if the energy in our system is properly cultivated and kept active, these things will not have an effect. The physical body and the mental body will be in perfect health; there is no question about it.

See, life functions in many ways. Let us say you don’t know anything about electricity. Now, the hall is dark. If I tell you that the whole hall will be flooded with light when you just flip a switch, will you believe me? No. (Remember, you have not known electricity. You don’t know about its existence). Now, I just flip the switch, and light appears. You will call it a miracle, won’t you? Simply because you don’t understand how electricity works. Similarly, life happens in many ways. But you have limited yourself to just the physical, the logical — physical in experience, logical in thinking.

Right now, the medical sciences are limited to just knowing the physical body. If anything happens beyond that, you think it’s a miracle. I just call it another kind of science, that’s all. It is another kind of science. This life energy in you created your whole body — these bones, this flesh, this heart, these kidneys and everything. Do you think it cannot create health? If your energies are kept in full flow and proper balance, it is capable of much more than health.

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