Chapter 21: Medicine Heals the Body, Meditation Heals the Soul
Swami Videha, RIZA magazine, Italy
The magazine is a medical psychosomatic magazine, so we are speaking to professionals: doctors, physicians, and people dealing with medicine who like to know about the science of meditation. Can you introduce this to these people?
The first thing - perhaps they may not be aware of it - is that the words “medicine” and “meditation” come from the same root. Their meaning is the same: to heal.
Medicine heals the body, meditation heals the soul. Medicine is outwardly, meditation is inwardly. And man is whole only when medicine and meditation are together in deep harmony.
It is unfortunate that the day has not yet arrived when they are in harmony. The people who belong to the world of medicine think meditation is something crazy. And the people who belong to the world of meditation think medicine is just part of materialism which has to be renounced to attain to spiritual heights. Both are wrong. Neither meditation is crazy nor is medicine something worthless.
A deep synthesis is needed. A real man who is authentically a healer will always think of an organic unity between the body and the soul, between matter and spirit, between the visible and the invisible.
Medicine will remain incomplete without meditation. And it is very apparent that it is incomplete.
You can give medicine to a person, but if the person has lost the will to live your medicine is not going to help. Medicine does not cure, it can only help. If the person deep down wants to live, then medicine can be of immense help; on its own it is impotent.
Meditation releases not only your will to live, it releases your experience of eternal life; it makes death nonexistent.
If medicine is also supported by meditation, if each hospital, clinic - psychiatric, psychoanalytic - takes the help of meditation, then so many things which you go round and round and are never able to accomplish, can be very easily accomplished.
But strange to know that even the greatest founders of psychoanalysis, Sigmund Freud; of analytical psychology, Carl Gustav Jung; of another school of psychoanalysis, Adler and even also the man who should be expected to understand more than Freud, Jung and Adler - Assagioli, the founder of psychosynthesis - are not aware of meditation.
They are all going in circles within the mind; but the real healing force is beyond the mind. The real life source is not in the mind. Mind, in fact, is the cause of all sickness.