Monday, August 29, 2016



     Let us examine a few common situations and aspects of our behaviour:

     This body of ours has not been made according to a plan made by an integrated committee consisting of professors of anatomy, physiology, biochemistry, biophysics, toxicology and so on. It developed out of a single cell, containing within itself a whole intelligence and material that runs the universe.

     Out of the millions of factors, and the billions of combinations thereof, the professors periodically have a glimpse into some of them; and then they say that this and that happens when you move a toe or take a gulp or take a breath. You read a book of physiology and get to know all this; that, literally every time you step out of the house a billion processes are going on and without the necessity to carry a compendium of assorted medical professors in your pocket to tell the body what steps to take. Yet when a man has a headache, he must rush to the doctor, on the conviction that the intelligence which made the body is unable to make some provision for its dysfunction. Anyway, that is how we behave.

    Look at an infant or a baby. He looks at a coloured toy or something. Instantly a whole complex of processes set in and the baby is being drawn towards the toy.

     You want to meet a person who is at some distance. You will do so. It is raining and it is important to meet the person, you might take a taxi and go. It is raining and you have fever, you may like to lie down in bed, but your living depends on seeing the person, you will somehow do it.

     You are in a room. You have to pick up a paper from the floor. You bend down and pick it up with your right hand.  If your right hand is in plaster, you will pick it up with your left hand. You are a prisoner and both your hands are tied, you will pick it up with your feet. If they are also tied and the paper is of utmost importance, you will roll and pick it up with your mouth.

     Thus, it can be seen that the whole complicated physiology of the body is placed at the disposal of the aim; that there are numerous movements and combinations thereof that can serve the aim; that the body can extend its repertoire of possibilities to the extent demanded by the intensity of the aim.

     It is a pity that the teachers of health pay so little attention to this most important element in physiology - the fact that aim is the driver of the complicated vehicle called the human body, both in health and illness. 

     The aim to take advantage of being ill is one of the most potent factors in maintaining an illness; and the aim to fit into the scientific prognostications of the modern witch-doctor, thus paving the way for a scientific death, is the basis of medical textbooks which are often an account of all the helpless victims who have agreed to play the roles assigned to them. Today you have common cold. If you neglect that, you will get pneumonia day after tomorrow; if you neglect that, it will become bronchial carcinoma and so on. There is no difference between modern or ancient doctors or witch-doctors on this score - all of them set a pattern for the victims of fear and fashion to faithfully follow.

     Your body faithfully expresses your aim, your true aim; and it must be assumed to be equipped for this.

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