Mother on Sri Aurobindo's Thoughts and Aphorisms
Disease and Medical Science
Disease is needlessly prolonged and ends in death oftener than
is inevitable, because the mind of the patient supports and
dwells upon the disease of his body.
Medical Science has been more a curse to mankind than
a blessing. It has broken the force of epidemics and unveiled
a marvellous surgery; but, also, it has weakened the natural
health of man and multiplied individual diseases; it has implanted
fear and dependence in the mind and body; it has taught our
health to repose not on natural soundness but a rickety and
distasteful crutch compact from the mineral and vegetable kingdoms.
The doctor aims a drug at a disease; sometimes it hits,
sometimes misses. The misses are left out of account, the hits
treasured up, reckoned and systematised into a science.
We laugh at the savage for his faith in the medicine man;
but how are the civilised less superstitious who have faith
in the doctors? The savage finds that when a certain incantation
is repeated, he often recovers from a certain disease; he believes.
The civilised patient finds that when he doses himself according
to a certain prescription, he often recovers from a certain
disease; he believes. Where is the difference?
could say in conclusion that it is the faith of the patient which
gives the remedy its power to heal.
If men had an absolute faith in the healing power of Grace, they
would perhaps avoid many illnesses.
- The Mother
The north-country Indian herdsman, attacked by fever,
sits in the chill stream of a river for an hour or more and
rises up free and healthy. If the educated man did the same,
he would perish, not because the same remedy in its nature kills
one and cures another, but because our bodies have been fatally
indoctrinated by the mind into false habits.
It is not the medicine that cures so much as the patient's
faith in the doctor and the medicine. Both are a clumsy substitute
for the natural faith in one's own self-power which they have
healthiest ages of mankind were those in which there were the
fewest material remedies.
The most robust and healthy race left on earth were the
African savages; but how long can they so remain after their
physical consciousness has been contaminated by the mental aberrations
of the civilised?
always Sri Aurobindo's words are prophetic. For only when humanity
is cured of its mental aberrations will it be able to manifest
the supramental consciousness and recover the natural health which
the mind has lost for it.
- The Mother
We ought to use the divine health in us to cure and prevent
diseases; but Galen and Hippocrates and their tribe have given
us instead an armoury of drugs and a barbarous Latin hocus-pocus
as our physical gospel.
Medical Science is well-meaning and its practitioners
often benevolent and not seldom self-sacrificing; but when did
the well-meaning of the ignorant save them from harm-doing?
If all remedies were really and in themselves efficacious
and all medical theories sound, how would that console us for
our lost natural health and vitality? The upas-tree is sound
in all its parts, but it is still an upas-tree.
The spirit within us is the only all-efficient doctor
and submission of the body to it the one true panacea.
God within is infinite and self-fulfilling Will. Unappalled
by the fear of death canst thou leave to Him, not as an experiment,
with a calm and entire faith thy ailments? Thou shalt find that
in the end He exceeds the skill of a million doctors.
Health protected by twenty thousand precautions is the
gospel of the doctor; but it is not God's evangel for the body,
sovereignty of mind has made humanity the slave of doctors and
their remedies. And the result is that illnesses are increasing
in number and seriousness.
only true salvation for men is to escape from mental domination
by opening to the Divine Influence which they will obtain through
a total surrender.
- The Mother
Man was once naturally healthy and could revert to that
primal condition if he were suffered; but Medical Science pursues
our body with an innumerable pack of drugs and assails the imagination
with ravening hordes of microbes.
I would rather die and have done with it than spend life
in defending myself against a phantasmal siege of microbes.
If that is to be barbarous, unenlightened, I embrace gladly
my Cimmerian darkness.
Surgeons save and cure by cutting and maiming. Why not
rather seek to discover Nature's direct all-powerful remedies?
It should take long for self-cure to replace medicine,
because of the fear, self-distrust and unnatural physical reliance
on drugs which Medical Science has taught to our minds and bodies
and made our second nature.
cannot counteract the harm done by mental faith in the need for
drugs by any external measures. Only by escaping from the mental
prison and emerging consciously into the light of the spirit,
by a conscious union with the Divine, can we enable Him to give
back to us the balance and health we have lost.
supramental transformation is the only true remedy.
- The Mother
Medicine is necessary for our bodies in disease only because
our bodies have learned the art of not getting well without
medicines. Even so, one sees often that the moment Nature chooses
for recovery is that in which the life is abandoned as hopeless
by the doctors.
Distrust of the curative power within us was our physical
fall from Paradise. Medical Science and a bad heredity are the
two angels of God who stand at the gates to forbid our return
Medical Science to the human body is like a great Power
which enfeebles a smaller State by its protection or like a
benevolent robber who knocks his victim flat and riddles him
with wounds in order that he may devote his life to healing
and serving the shattered body.
TDrugs often cure the body when they do not merely trouble
or poison it, but only if their physical attack on the disease
is supported by the force of the spirit; if that force can be
made to work freely, drugs are superfluous.
Aurobindo gives us a striking description of the nightmare in
which we live, in order to awaken within us an unwearying aspiration
towards the salvation that comes from the true consciousness and
an exclusive faith in the Divine's omnipotence.
- The Mother