Why for cancer have we not yet been able to find a drug? Maybe cancer is an expression of all the repressed diseases of man. We know how to repress single diseases up to now; now this is not a single disease, this is a very collective attack. It is a total attack – all the diseases have gone together, joined hands together. They have made an army…and they attack you. That’s why drugs are failing; there seems to be no possibility right now that any drug will be found.
Cancer is a new disease. It does not exist in primitive societies. Why? – it has to be asked why it does not exist in primitive societies. Because the primitive man does not repress, there is no need. It is a rebellion of your very system. If you don’t repress, there is no need for any rebellion. Small things happen and go.
The religious attitude is to look, not for the symptom but for the source. That’s what I call “The Psychology of the Buddhas.” If you have a headache, that is not your illness, that is not your disease. In fact, that is a signal from your body that something is going wrong in the source – run to the source! Find out what is going wrong. The head is simply giving you a signal, a danger signal, an alarm that “Listen to the body. Something is going wrong. You are doing something which is not right, which is destroying the harmony of the body. Don’t do it any more! otherwise the headache will go on reminding you.”
The headache is not the disease, and the headache is not your enemy – it is your friend. It is in your service. It is very, very essential for your existence that the body should make you alert when something goes wrong. Rather than changing that wrong, you simply put the alarm off – you take an aspro. This is absurd. And this is what is happening in medicine and this is what is happening in psychotherapies – symptomatic treatment.
That’s why the essential is missing. The essential is: look into the source. Next time you have a headache try a small meditative technique, just experimentally, then you can go on to bigger diseases and bigger symptoms.
When you have a headache just try a small experiment. Sit silently and watch it, look into it – not as if you are looking at an enemy, no. If you are looking at it as your enemy, you will not be able to look rightly. You will avoid – nobody looks at the enemy directly; one avoids, one tends to avoid. Look at it as your friend. It is your friend; it is in your service. It is saying, “Something is wrong – look into it.” Just sit silently and look into the headache with no idea of stopping it, with no desire that it should disappear, no conflict, no fight, no antagonism. Just look into it, into what it is.