Do you have a medicine cabinet? A First-Aid Kit perhaps? A drawer or a basket set aside to hold all the medicines that you may or may not need – pain killers, paracetamol, band aids, bandages, Vitamins etc., if you are not ailing from any particular disease….I have a basket like that and my husband has a bedside drawer for his medicines, a few more he needs to keep him going.
Science has advanced very far and we have lots of medications available for all sorts of ailments from allergies to angina, coughs to cancers, diarrhea to diabetes. You name it. There are medications available for physical pain to mental illness and they all work undoubtedly.
Did you ever question if there are any medicines for Spiritual diseases? Did you even know that there are Spiritual diseases?
Spiritual diseases are the ones that erode our spirit gradually and make us feel helpless, circumstance driven, choice-less, fearful, hard, unsympathetic individuals desperately searching for Love and meaning in life.
Spiritual Diseases make our hearts look like Swiss cheese – full of holes, at least 6 in number. They are the holes created by Lust, Anger, Greed, Attachment, Pride and Envy.
These 6 are the driving forces of 21st century spiritual illnesses that manifest physically. The Rapes, Domestic Violence, Wars, Global Financial Crisis, right through to Global Warming and Climate Change related issues are all the direct results of spiritual illness and disease sprouting and taking root from this 6 holes.
Greed caused Global Financial Crisis
Lust & Anger causes violence of all kinds
Pride, Attachment & Envy are the reasons for breakouts – personal to global, resulting in wars of all sorts – micro and macro.
The underlying reason behind all the 6 forces is our quest to find love and meaning. We flutter helpless desperately trying to hold onto the Source of our creation. Not having an adequate support structure for that Source to sustain and nourish us, we fall like an autumn leaf that gave in to the gush of the wind.
We all know and understand the importance of diet and exercise to maintain good health and generally we strive to maintain a regime of diet and exercise – some more than the others.
What Spiritual diet and exercise are we undertaking to cure the 6 diseases progressing and invading us? I will not ask what we are doing to prevent the 6 diseases from attacking us because we all, the entire humanity, is already infected by these diseases to various stages like cancer growth. We have to look at what medicines are needed to keep them from completely invading us to the point of destruction. No matter what stage these diseases are at, there are medicines available to begin the cure.
What are these medicines?
Sai Baba gave the prescription – He says:
“In the garden of heart, plant and foster the Rose of Divinity, the Jasmine of Humility and the Champak (Frangipan) of Generosity.
Also keep a medicine chest – tablets of Discrimination, drops of Self-Control and three powders – Faith, Devotion and Patience.”
Yes we all have to have these medicines in our cabinets or baskets of our heart and minds and take them like we would take multi vitamins or exercise – daily.
Discrimination here is not as popularly portrayed and used in the framework of anti racism etc., Discrimination here is employing our highest faculty which is called “Buddhi” in Sanskrit, translated as Wisdom, discrimination of right to wrong, truth to untruth and justice to injustice. Even the slight seeds of discrimination sowed will give rise to Self-Control.
When that tender sapling is watered with Faith and Patience, Devotion (Love) blooms in our hearts. Faith and Devotion here do not necessarily represent a religious adherence or practice. Faith that my discriminatory capacity is the truth and Devotion here is the Love that would ignite as a result of undertaking right action.
Tablets of Discrimination can be in the form of meditation, journaling or mindfulness and taking at least one of these tablets daily will strengthen our spiritual immunity. Think of these medicines as preventive like daily vitamins and/or exercise for a healthy physical body. These spiritual medicines are a must in order to create not just a healthy, thriving individual, but a flourishing family, community, society and the world.
We cannot rely on cures only anymore, we need to get preventative and we owe that to ourselves.
What do you think? What Spiritual Medicines do you take?
Love to hear your comments and views.
Until Next Time
With Love and Respect