Chapter 7: The Obstacles to Meditation
For Patanjali, and for many others who have searched deeply into human energy, one fact has become very certain - you must know about it - and that is, the more you are ill, the more sensual. When you are perfectly healthy you are not sensual. Ordinarily, we think just the contrary - that a healthy man has to be sensual, sexual, this and that: he has to enjoy the world and the body. It is not the case. When you are ill, then more sensuality, more sex, grips you. When you are perfectly healthy, sex and sensuality disappear.
Why does it happen so? Because when you are perfectly healthy you are so happy with yourself you don’t need the other. When you are ill, you are so unhappy with yourself you need the other. And this is the paradox: when you are ill you need the other, and the other also needs you when she or he is ill. And two ill persons meeting - the illness is not doubled, it is multiplied.
That’s what happens in a marriage: two ill persons meeting multiply illnesses and then the whole thing becomes ugly and a hell. Ill persons need others, and they are precisely the persons who will create trouble when they are related. A healthy person doesn’t need others. But if a healthy person loves, it is not a need, it is a sharing. The whole phenomenon changes. He is not in need of anybody; he has so much that he can share.
An ill person needs sex, a healthy person loves; and love is a totally different thing. And when two healthy persons meet, health is multiplied. Then they can become helpers to each other for the ultimate. They can go together for the ultimate, helping each other. But the need disappears. It is no more a need, it is no more a dependence.
Whenever you have an uncomfortable feeling with yourself, don’t try to drown it in sex and sensuality. Rather, try to become more healthy. Yogasanas will help. We will discuss them later on, when Patanjali talks about them. Right now he says, if you chant om and meditate on it, disease will disappear. And he is right! Not only the disease that is there will disappear, but the disease that was to come in the future will also disappear.
If a man can become a perfect chanting so that the chanter is completely lost - only a pure consciousness, a flame of light, and all around, chanting - the energy falls into a circle, becomes a circle, then you have one of the most euphoric moments in life. When the energy falls into a circle, becomes a harmony, there is no discord, no conflict - you have become one. But ordinarily also, disease will be a hindrance. If you are ill, you need treatment.
Patanjali’s yoga system and the Hindu system of medicine, ayurveda, developed simultaneously, together. Ayurveda is totally different to allopathy. Allopathy is suppressive of the disease. Allopathy has developed side by side with Christianity; it is a by-product, and because Christianity is suppressive, allopathy is suppressive. If you are ill, allopathy immediately suppresses the illness. Then the illness tries to come up at some other weak point. Then it explodes from somewhere else. You suppress it from there, then it explodes from somewhere else. But with allopathy you go on from one illness to another, from another to another - but it is a never ending process.