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MEDICINE : AYURVEDA
No machine can give
us life, nor can mechanical tests really measure the life-force within
us which is the true measure of our health. Medical diagnoses may be
more harmful than helpful if they do not acknowledge the ability of the
life-force to overcome all diseases. The diagnosis of cancer, for example, often tends to destroy the
life will in the patient and thereby prevents any cure from taking place.
No substance we take from the outside can be anything more than a catalyst. We, each of us
individually, has to learn what are nature really is and through it how to
live in harmony with the cosmic life.No one can do this for us and
as long as we are unwilling to do so we must contract disease. For
this reason Ayurveda is a constitutional or individually oriented
medicine. It has no form of mass treatment or mass diagnosis. It is
opposed to all standardized medicine. It says that each individual
is different and even if their diseases are apparently the same we
still cannot treat them in the same way.
Those looking for mere comfort or for someone to make them healthy
without their own effort may find Ayurveda limited or unhelpful. But
it is the most honest form of medicine and the one which does not
take power over us. If we begin to apply its tools in our own lives
we will get great results but only if we do so in harmony with
Nature and through the course of time with the appropriate
adjustments to the rhythms of life.