Saturday, October 06, 2018

Medical profession must listen to Dr Hegde.

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"Wait and have patience. Observe. Don't intervene at the drop of a hat. Follow up. Learn. Study the latest research that your CME does not cover. Study what other modalities have to say. Listen carefully to what your patients convey to you. Respect their decisions. Console them with good bedside manners. Go beyond what you have been taught in medical colleges. Stop behaving mechanically."

I believe this is what Dr B M Hegde and other seniors are trying to convey to the medical profession. Sir William Osler, the last of giants that tried to steer the profession towards sanity, also wanted doctors to be empathetic, compassionate and study the Bible.

Why are members of the profession unable to comprehend this? The fault lies in medical education itself as Dr B M Hegde rightly points out. Education teaches doctors to believe that their method alone is right. It also teaches them to stick to what they are taught and never deviate. The sheer volume of learning that is imposed on them also makes them feel that there can be nothing beyond it. It provides them no time to pause and think. It also inculcates a deep seated hatred for other systems.

All of this leads to a situation where they are unable to accept the obvious because it entails going against ones actions and convictions in the past. It involves a loss of face and also the probability that the profession may take a hit and be forced to stop many practices that were considered sacrosanct. These actions may also cause other systems to gain the upper hand. It is a sense of insecurity that we sense in the profession today. Many of its members realize the obvious but are reluctant to open up as they fear ostracization from within. Many seniors have children or family members in the profession and they fear for their livelihoods if the system suffers in any way.

Another factor is that they believe their system is scientific and methodological. Yes, it seems so on the surface. But corporate greed that is in control has manipulated this framework adroitly to impose its diktats right from the day of inception. An engineering method has overtaken what essentially is a humanitarian and social subject. Corporate medicine seeking profits alone has a power and force of its own that makes it rigid and impervious to change. You cannot expect the huge industry to stop dead in its tracks, or even to pause momentarily and think.

All of this has led to a situation where disease and suffering has multiplied and today both physician dissatisfaction and burnout, and public anger and rejection makes this giant edifice totter on its weak foundation.

What can be the way out? I think Dr Hegde and his herd have already walked the path. We have to move towards a patient centric integrated approach. Every medical text needs revision in light of recent findings. The germ and virus theory of disease has been replaced by the microbiome and epigenetic approach and this fact has to be accepted. Focus on health and harmony is the need of the day. Common sense must replace the business mentality. The profession must become humane, beneficial to society and drop its mechanical approach. There is need for humility and acceptance. It must go against its core convictions if it wishes to stay relevant. Enough of the “saving lives” argument, the reality is vastly different and needs to be recognized. People are suffering and that suffering needs to be addressed.

The medical profession must listen to seniors like Dr Hegde. I don’t see any other way it can redeem itself.

Thursday, October 04, 2018

Vaccine Contamination is a Huge Global Problem.

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The contamination of polio vaccine with p2 virus is causing ripples in India. But is it the only cause for concern? Vaccine contamination is a huge global issue. What are the common contaminants found but never openly acknowledged and addressed? Let us find out.

What are the contaminants?

- SV40 in polio vaccines
- bacteriophage in measles and polio vaccines
- reverse transcriptase in measles and mumps vaccines
- porcine circovirus and porcine circovirus DNA sequences in rotavirus vaccines

- Mycoplasma, HIV, syphilis, hepatitis B and C, pestiviruses, mouse brain tissue, bacteriophage, reverse transcriptase, SV40 cancer causing virus, porcine circovirus, endotoxins, coliphages, pseudomonas, fungi, XMRV, foamy viruses of simian origin, nanoparticles with several metals, antifertility drug hCG, Mycobacterium tuberculosis, simian cytomegalovirus

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- Cancer causing monkey viruses
From 1955 to 1963, according to a 1976 US National Institutes of Health (NIH)-funded study, 98 million Americans alone probably were exposed to polio vaccines contaminated with SV40—a monkey virus that can cause cancers in animals. Now, a July 7 report in New Scientist has raised fears that hundreds of millions of eastern Europeans, Asians, and Africans also may have been exposed to SV40 in Soviet-made polio vaccines.

- Cancer causing chicken and pig viruses
The retrovirus avian leukosis virus was found in the measles vaccine, but at a very low level (700 nucleotides from 4 sequence reads). A virus similar to simian retrovirus was identified in Rotateq (276 nucleotides from 1 sequence read). Significant levels of porcine cirovirus 1 were found in Rotarix. The entire viral genome sequence was deduced from 6344 sequence reads, comprising over 40% of the reads done for that vaccine.

- Heavy metals mercury, aluminium, bromine, chromium, silicone, titanium, lead, stainless steel, tungsten, gold-zinc, platinum, silver, bismuth, iron, potassium etc.
Every Human Vaccine Tested Was Contaminated by Unsafe Levels of Metals and Debris Linked to Cancer and Autoimmune Disease, New Study Reports

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- Mercury
Uncovered documents show that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) knew that infant vaccines were exposing American children to mercury far in excess of all federal safety guidelines since 1999. The documents, created by a FDA consulting toxicologist, show how federal regulators concealed the dangerous impacts and lied to the public.

- Bovine viral diarrhoea viruses
- Bovine polyoma virus (polyoma viruses are strongly associated with cancer)
- Continuous immortal cell lines (cancer cells)
- Avian leukosis virus (aka avian leukemia virus or ALV)
- Bacterial-source toxins (called “endotoxins” or “exotoxins”)
- Bacterial contamination - nanobacteria
- Bacterial contamination – mycoplasmas and related forms
- Cross-contamination of cancer cell lines
- Genetic toxicity: Integration of the plasmid DNA vaccine into the genome of the vaccinated subjects

- Glyphosate

- Aborted human fetal cells.

The use of fetal tissue from elective abortions is commonplace in the pharmaceutical industry and in medical research.

The health risks of using human fetal cell lines for vaccine manufacture have been debated by scientists for over 50 years. 

In the US, autism has spiked up in 3 distinct years, called changepoints.  The first changepoint occurred in 1981, the second in 19881and the third in 1996.  These spikes coincide with the introduction of vaccines that are produced in human fetal cells.
·                     In 2007, Merck & Company, Inc. recalled 1.2 million doses of Hib vaccines due to contamination with bacteria called cereus, a potentially lethal food-poisoning bug.
·                     In 2009, more than 40,000 doses of a meningitis C vaccine for babies were withdrawn from the British market when they were found to be contaminated with blood-poisoning bacteria, Saureus.
·                     In 2010, deep sequence analysis of eight different live attenuated virus vaccines revealed unexpected viral sequences in three of them: retrovirus avian leukosis was found in a measles vaccine, a virus similar to simian retrovirus was identified in Rotateq anti-diarrhea vaccine developed by CDC consultant Paul Offit, and the entire genome sequence of porcine cirovirus1 was found in Rotarix leading the FDA to suspend the rotavirus vaccine.
·                     In 2014, The US Food and Drug Administration ordered GlaxoSmithKline to review the manufacturing operation of its flu vaccine when it found microbiological contamination of products purporting to be sterile.
·                     In 2013, Merck & Company, Inc. recalled one batch of Gardasil when glass particles were discovered in several phials.
·                     Recently it was reported that Sanofi Pasteur refused to recall its ActHIB vaccine for babies, even though it knew it was contaminated with glass shards. The FDA didn’t object.

Italian investigation finds large scale contamination and also how a vaccine does not contain the antigen the body is supposed to create antibodies against;

Tests on the vaccine Priorix Tetra, also manufactured by GSK, and used for protection against measles, mumps, rubella and varicella, showed that it contained 1.7-3.7 microgram of foreign chicken embryo DNA and human foetal DNA. This is at least 100 times more than the World Health Organization (WHO) limit of 0.01 microgram. Foreign DNA comes from cells used during production of vaccines but should not be present beyond the prescribed limits when the vaccine comes to market. Beyond the prescribed limit, foreign DNA can even cause cancer, says WHO. Foetal DNA can integrate in the host DNA of the recipient and cause mutation. 

Tests on the human papilloma virus (HPV) vaccine, Gardasil 9, manufactured by Merck and Co of the US, was found loaded with bacterial DNA. “54 per cent of the total DNA of the vaccine was bacterial. While it may come from yeast which is used as culture, it can also come from laboratory contaminants,” Bolgan says. The report also points out the presence of human and mouse DNA! While human DNA could have come from the HPV virus taken from human tissues, the mouse DNA could be a cross contamination from cells used for production of other vaccines. Tests also found aluminium, used as adjuvant to enhance the immunogenic capacity of the vaccine, in the samples. Aluminium can be neurotoxic, genotoxic and immonotoxic.

The Hexyon vaccine too, which protects against diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, hepatitis B, poliomyelitis and Influenzae B, was found contaminated with monkey DNA. Tetanus phage (a virus that can replicate with bacteria) was also found, which can cause autoimmune diseases, especially if bound to aluminium present in the vaccine. The vaccine is produced by Sanofi Pasteur of France. Emails sent by Down To Earth (DTE) to GSK and Sanofi Pasteur remain unanswered.
The tests found that Infanrix Hexa, manufactured by England-based Gla xo Smith Kline (GSK), and used for protection against diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis (whooping cough), polio, hepatitis B and Haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib) did not have antigens in the right form. “The antigens are not present as soluble proteins as they are supposed to be, but as insoluble macromolecules. Due to the insolubility, they will not be recognised by the immune system of the body. Hence the efficacy is doubtful. Also, its stay in the body can cause unknown toxicity,” says Loretta Bolgan, a consultant of the Italian parliamentary commission on army personnel and an expert on vaccination damage. She is also associated with Corvelva (see ‘The results should trigger rigorous research’ on p18) and says that the organisation is calling the episode “vaccinegate”. 

Gandhiji exposes the small pox vaccine

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(from the book, A Guide to Health by M K Gandhi)

Now we will proceed to deal with the treatment of contagious diseases. They have a common origin, but, since small-pox is by far the most important of them, we will give a separate chapter to it, dealing with the rest in another chapter. We are all terribly afraid of the small-pox, and have very crude notions about it. We in India even worship it as a deity. In fact it is caused, just like other diseases, by the blood getting impure owing to some disorder of the bowels; and the poison that accumulates in the system is expelled in the form of small-pox. If this view is correct, then there is absolutely no need to be afraid of small-pox. 

If it were really a contagious disease, everyone should catch it by merely touching the patient; but this is not always the case. Hence there is really no harm in touching the patient, provided we take some essential precautions in doing so. We cannot, of course, assert that small-pox is never transmitted by touch, for those that are physically in a condition favourable to its transmission will catch it. This is why, in a locality where small-pox has appeared, many people are found attacked by it at the same time. This has given rise to the superstition that it is a contagious disease, and hence to the attempt to mislead the people into the belief that vaccination is an effective means of preventing it. 

The process of vaccination consists in injecting into the skin the liquid that is obtained by applying the discharge from the body of a small-pox patient to the udder of a cow. The original theory was that a single vaccination would suffice to keep a man immune from this disease for life; but, when it was found that even vaccinated persons were attacked by the disease, a new theory came into being that the vaccination should be renewed after a certain period, and to-day it has become the rule for all persons—whether already vaccinated or not—to get themselves vaccinated whenever small-pox rages as an epidemic in any locality, so that it is no uncommon thing to come across people who have been vaccinated five or six times, or even more.

Vaccination is a barbarous practice, and it is one of the most fatal of all the delusions current in our time, not to be found even among the so-called savage races of the world. Its supporters are not content with its adoption by those who have no objection to it, but seek to impose it with the aid of penal laws and rigorous punishments on all people alike. 

The practice of vaccination is not very old, dating as it does only from 1798 A.D. (In India) But, during this comparatively short period that has elapsed, millions have fallen a prey to the delusion that those who get themselves vaccinated are safe from the attack of small-pox. No one can say that small-pox will necessarily attack those who have not been vaccinated; for many cases have been observed of unvaccinated people being free from its attack. From the fact that some people who are not vaccinated do get the disease, we cannot, of course, conclude that they would have been immune if only they had got themselves vaccinated.

Moreover, vaccination is a very dirty process, for the serum which is introduced into the human body includes not only that of the cow, but also of the actual small-pox patient. An average man would even vomit at the mere sight of this stuff. If the hand happens to touch it, it is always washed with soap. The mere suggestion of tasting it fills us with indignation and disgust. But how few of those who get themselves vaccinated realise that they are in effect eating this filthy stuff! 

Most people know that, in several diseases, medicines and liquid food are injected into the blood, and that they are assimilated into the system more rapidly than if they were taken through the mouth. The only difference, in fact, between injection and the ordinary process of eating through the mouth is that the assimilation in the former case is instantaneous, while that in the latter is slow. And yet we do not shrink from getting ourselves vaccinated! As has been well said, cowards die a living death, and our craze for vaccination is solely due to the fear of death or disfigurement by small-pox.

I cannot also help feeling that vaccination is a violation of the dictates of religion and morality. The drinking of the blood of even dead animals is looked upon with horror even by habitual meat-eaters. Yet, what is vaccination but the taking in of the poisoned blood of an innocent living animal? Better far were it for God-fearing men that they should a thousand times become the victims of small-pox and even die a terrible death than that they should be guilty of such an act of sacrilege.

Several of the most thoughtful men in England have laboriously investigated the manifold evils of vaccination, and an Anti-Vaccination Society has also been formed there. The members of this society have declared open war against vaccination, and many have even gone to goal for this cause. Their objections to vaccination are briefly as follows:

(1) The preparation of the vaccine from the udder of cows or calves entails untold suffering on thousands of innocent creatures, and this cannot possibly be justified by any gains resulting from vaccination.
(2) Vaccination, instead of doing good, works considerable mischief by giving rise to many new diseases. Even its advocates cannot deny that, after its introduction, many new diseases have come into being.
(3) The vaccine that is prepared from the blood of a small-pox patient is likely to contain and transmit the germs of all the several diseases that he may be suffering from.
(4) There is no guarantee that small-pox will not attack the vaccinated. Dr. Jenner, the inventor of vaccination, originally supposed that perfect immunity could be secured by a single injection on a single arm; but when it was found to fail, it was asserted that vaccination on both the arms would serve the purpose; and when even this proved ineffectual, it came to be held that both the arms should be vaccinated at more than one place, and that it should also be renewed once in seven years. Finally, the period of immunity has further been reduced to three years! All this clearly shows that doctors themselves have no definite views on the matter. The truth is, as we have already said, that there is no saying that small-pox will not attack the vaccinated, or that all cases of immunity must needs be due to vaccination.
(5) The vaccine is a filthy substance, and it is foolish to expect that one kind of filth can be removed by another.

By these and similar arguments, this society has already produced a large volume of public opinion against vaccination. In a certain town, for instance, a large proportion of the people refuse to be vaccinated, and yet statistics prove that they are singularly free from disease. The fact of the matter is that it is only the self-interest of doctors that stands in the way of the abolition of this inhuman practice, for the fear of losing the large incomes that they at present derive from this source blinds them to the countless evils which it brings. There are, however, a few doctors who recognise these evils, and who are determined opponents of vaccination.

Those who are conscientious objectors to vaccination should, of course, have the courage to face all penalties or persecutions to which they may be subjected by law, and stand alone, if need be, against the whole world, in defense of their conviction. Those who object to it merely on the grounds of health should acquire a complete mastery of the subject, and should be able to convince others of the correctness of their views, and convert them into adopting those views in practice. But those who have neither definite views on the subject nor courage enough to stand up for their convictions should no doubt obey the laws of the state, and shape their conduct in deference to the opinions and practices of the world around them.

Those who object to vaccination should observe all the more strictly the laws of health already explained; for the strict observance of these laws ensures in the system those vital forces which counteract all disease germs, and is, therefore, the best protection against small-pox as well as other diseases. If, while objecting to the introduction of the poisonous vaccine into the system, they surrendered themselves to the still more fatal poison of sensuality, they would undoubtedly forfeit their right to ask the world to accept their views on the matter.

When small-pox has actually appeared, the best treatment is the “Wet-Sheet-Pack”, which should be applied three times a day. It relieves the fever, and the sores heal rapidly. There is no need at all to apply oils or ointments on the sores. If possible, a mud-poultice should be applied in one or two places. The diet should consist of rice, and light fresh fruits, all rich fruits like date and almond being avoided. Normally the sores should begin to heal under the “Wet-Sheet-Pack” in less than a week; if they do not, it means that the poison in the system has not been completely expelled. Instead of looking upon small-pox as a terrible disease, we should regard it as one of Nature’s best expedients for getting rid of the accumulated poison in the body, and the restoration of normal health.

After an attack of small-pox, the patient remains weak for sometime, and in some cases even suffers from other ailments. But this is due not to the small-pox itself; but to the wrong remedies employed to cure it. Thus, the use of quinine in fever often results in deafness, and even leads to the extreme form of it known as “quininism”. So too, the employment of mercury in venereal diseases leads to many new forms of disease. Then again, too frequent use of purgatives in constipation brings on ailments like the piles. The only sound system of treatment is that which attempts to remove the root-causes of disease by a strict observance of the fundamental laws of health. Even the costly Bhasmas which are supposed to be unfailing remedies for such diseases are in effect highly injurious; for, although they may seem to do some good, they excite the evil passions, and ultimately ruin the health.

After the vesicles on the body have given place to scabs, olive oil should be constantly applied, and the patient bathed every day. Then the scabs rapidly fall off, and even the pocks soon disappear, the skin recovering its normal colour and freshness.

Hinduism invites you to be free.


I am a Hindu. I have the advantage of being the part of a religion that very intimately knows and recognizes the ultimate truth but does not deny the game of illusion that plays itself as the world. It has a holistic view of life and its surroundings and considers human beings to be an essential part of a living universe. It recognizes diversity as it finds both an unchanging and immortal substratum and an infinitely diverse play of forms in both visible and invisible spectrum.

Hinduism judges other religions in terms of their appreciation of the ultimate truth. If the religion points to it then it really does not matter for the Hindus about the path it takes. Religions emerge from cultures living in diverse conditions in a world varied in history and geography. A wheel has a cog and several spokes connecting to it. This enables the wheel to roll. The same is the structure of the religious kaleidoscope. The truth lies at the center and the spokes are the paths. Life is the wheel that rolls.

One must follow the religion of one’s ancestors as it has culminated out of cumulative life’s experiences and learning of that particular culture. Respect of other religions enables one to judge one’s own better. It also provides scope for learning and intensifies ones feelings by contemplating on lives of sincere seekers of various faiths. It provides a great thrill in the knowledge that though paths are different but the goal is the same.

The greatest advantage of Hinduism is that it is nature centric and is an intense study of universal laws. It finds the same reflected in each individual when it probes within. Therefore it advocates a path called Dharma in obedience to such laws and thus ensures harmony at both individual and collective levels.

It transcends that when it peeps into the invisible and provides a view into a spiritual world. Delve into the work of spiritists of the West and you find confirmation about that world. We are spirits in a physical form and work best when the body functions so well that it is not felt. This is the prime reason why the body mind complex must be kept fit and in its peak. Then we truly become the spirit we are and recognize our role in this world; a caretaker of a beautiful creation. Our ancestors were compassionate towards all living forms. Study ancient texts on agriculture and you will observe how it advocates for the needs of all; from microorganisms and ants to birds, cattle and other life forms. A perfectly functioning body and mind has very few physical needs and can also tap the air and sunlight for sustenance.

People of other faiths study Hinduism to fill in gaps of their understanding of the whole. The truth is Hinduism (a term coined by foreigners) is the living remnant of a widespread religious thought that permeated continents. It was called Sanatan Dharma. It came naturally to people who lived amidst nature and were an intrinsic part of it. It was nature communicating with us and revealing its secrets. The spirits are the communication agents. They have worlds just like ours. The physical world is an intermediary that spirits have to pass through to graduate to higher worlds.

We come repeatedly into this world of joy and suffering as humans and lower life forms before we mature for longer terms in the spirit world and then at the end of the journey we merge into and become the all knowing forever present intensely blissful substratum; an end product that is only possible while in the physical form. Hinduism teaches us about this underlying truth and balances all the worlds to make the physical journey as comfortable as possible. It also prevents slips into lower domains when we forget the goal and lose ourselves in the traps of the world.

I love Hinduism for the holistic view it provides, the path that leads from ignorance to bliss, its concern for both the phenomenal world and the reality underneath, for both the individual and the society, its ability to counter the terrors of a physical existence, and its ability to tear through the veil that provides an opportunity to instantly achieve the ultimate goal.

It provides the easiest path when it advocates the following logic;

The reality is unconcerned, the physical body is inert. Something lies in between the two that causes the phenomenal illusory world to surface. It is identified as the ego that falls a prey to the illusion through a force called Maya. The ego is also an illusion somehow gripping the reality and is a cause for misery when it suffers from lust, anger, greed, attachment, and self aggrandizement.

How do we get rid of the ego? Simply by inquiring into its nature! Imagine a marriage party. There are the guests from the bride and the groom’s side. They belong to one group and do not necessarily know members of the other. They are invited to partake in the feast. The ego is the thief who sneaks in and succeeds because both the brides and grooms side feel that he belongs to the other group. But then they become suspicious and start inquiring. Who is he and where does he come from? When the thief senses an inquiry is on he becomes uneasy and disappears!

How can that inquiry begin? Simply by repeating the mantra: Who am I? Alternately one can also repeat I AM..I AM.. Or one can contemplate and repeat any one of the four Brahma Vakyas or Mahavakyas of the Upanishads;

1. Prajnanam Brahma (प्रज्ञानम् ब्रह्म) (Everything is Brahman)
2. Aham Brahma Asmi (अहम् ब्रह्म अस्मि) (I am Brahman)
3. Tat Tvam Asi (तत् त्वम् असि) (Thou art Brahman)
4. Ayam Atma Brahma (अयम् आत्मा ब्रह्म) (This Self is Brahman)

When the ego disappears one is freed from the cycle of births and deaths and becomes the reality. Easy is it not? So what keeps us away? Once again it is our own desires as we have identified ourselves with the body mind complex thanks to the ego. We only need to drop that identification and we are free. Easy and yet so difficult! As Swami Vivekananda says; Thine are the hands that drag thee on, drop them Sannyasi bold, say Om Tat Sat Om. Contemplate on this excellent song composed by the Swami.


(Composed at the Thousand Island Park, New York, in July, 1895.)
Wake up the note! the song that had its birth
Far off, where worldly taint could never reach,
In mountain caves and glades of forest deep,
Whose calm no sigh for lust or wealth or fame
Could ever dare to break; where rolled the stream
Of knowledge, truth, and bliss that follows both.
Sing high that note, Sannyâsin bold! Say —
                                            "Om Tat Sat, Om!"
Strike off thy fetters! Bonds that bind thee down,
Of shining gold, or darker, baser ore;
Love, hate — good, bad — and all the dual throng,
Know, slave is slave, caressed or whipped, not free;
For fetters, though of gold, are not less strong to bind;
Then off with them, Sannyâsin bold! Say —
                                            "Om Tat Sat, Om!"
Let darkness go; the will-o'-the-wisp that leads
With blinking light to pile more gloom on gloom.
This thirst for life, for ever quench; it drags
From birth to death, and death to birth, the soul.
He conquers all who conquers self. Know this
And never yield, Sannyâsin bold! Say —
                                            "Om Tat Sat, Om!"
"Who sows must reap," they say, "and cause must bring
The sure effect; good, good; bad, bad; and none
Escape the law. But whoso wears a form
Must wear the chain." Too true; but far beyond
Both name and form is Âtman, ever free.
Know thou art That, Sannyâsin bold! Say —
                                             "Om Tat Sat, Om!"
They know not truth who dream such vacant dreams
As father, mother, children, wife, and friend.
The sexless Self! whose father He? whose child?
Whose friend, whose foe is He who is but One?
The Self is all in all, none else exists;
And thou art That, Sannyâsin bold! Say —
                                              "Om Tat Sat, Om!"
There is but One — The Free — The Knower — Self!
Without a name, without a form or stain.
In Him is Mâyâ dreaming all this dream.
The witness, He appears as nature, soul.
Know thou art That, Sannyâsin bold! Say —
                                             "Om Tat Sat, Om!"
Where seekest thou? That freedom, friend, this world
Nor that can give. In books and temples vain
Thy search. Thine only is the hand that holds
The rope that drags thee on. Then cease lament,
Let go thy hold, Sannyâsin bold! Say —
                                            "Om Tat Sat, Om!"
Say, "Peace to all: From me no danger be
To aught that lives. In those that dwell on high,
In those that lowly creep, I am the Self in all!
All life both here and there, do I renounce,
All heavens and earths and hells, all hopes and fears."
Thus cut thy bonds, Sannyâsin bold! Say —
                                            "Om Tat Sat, Om!"
Heed then no more how body lives or goes,
Its task is done. Let Karma float it down;
Let one put garlands on, another kick
This frame; say naught. No praise or blame can be
Where praiser praised, and blamer blamed are one.
Thus be thou calm, Sannyâsin bold! Say —
                                           "Om Tat Sat, Om!"
Truth never comes where lust and fame and greed
Of gain reside. No man who thinks of woman
As his wife can ever perfect be;
Nor he who owns the least of things, nor he
Whom anger chains, can ever pass thro' Maya's gates.
So, give these up, Sannyâsin bold! Say —
                                           "Om Tat Sat, Om!"
Have thou no home. What home can hold thee, friend?
The sky thy roof, the grass thy bed; and food
What chance may bring, well cooked or ill, judge not.
No food or drink can taint that noble Self
Which knows Itself. Like rolling river free
Thou ever be, Sannyâsin bold! Say —
                                           "Om Tat Sat, Om!"
Few only know the truth. The rest will hate
And laugh at thee, great one; but pay no heed.
Go thou, the free, from place to place, and help
Them out of darkness, Maya's veil. Without
The fear of pain or search for pleasure, go
Beyond them both, Sannyâsin bold! Say —
                                            "Om Tat Sat, Om!"
Thus, day by day, till Karma's powers spent
Release the soul for ever. No more is birth,
Nor I, nor thou, nor God, nor man. The "I"
Has All become, the All is "I" and Bliss.
Know thou art That, Sannyâsin bold! Say —
                                           "Om Tat Sat, Om!"

Wednesday, October 03, 2018

Gandhiji on Bramhacharya as integral part of health

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Many are the keys to health, and they are all quite essential; but the one thing needful, above all others, is Brahmacharya. Of course, pure air, pure water, and wholesome food do contribute to health. But how can we be healthy if we expend all the health that we acquire? How can we help being paupers if we spend all the money that we earn? There can be no doubt that men and women can never be virile or strong unless they observe true Brahmacharya.

What do we mean by Brahmacharya? We mean by it that men and women should refrain from enjoying each other. That is to say, they should not touch each other with a carnal thought, they should not think of it even in their dreams. Their mutual glances should be free from all suggestion of carnality. The hidden strength that God has given us should be conserved by rigid self-discipline, and transmitted into energy and power,—not merely of body, but also of mind and soul.

But what is the spectacle that we actually see around us? Men and women, old and young, without exception, are seen entangled in the coils of sensuality. Blinded by lust, they lose all sense of right and wrong. I have myself seen even boys and girls behaving like mad men under its fatal influence. I too have behaved likewise under similar influences, and it could not well be otherwise. For the sake of a momentary pleasure, we sacrifice in an instant all the stock of vitality that we have accumulated. The infatuation over, we find ourselves in a miserable condition. The next morning, we feel hopelessly weak and tired, and the mind refuses to do its work. Then, we try to remedy the mischief by taking all sorts of ‘nervine tonics’ and put ourselves under the doctor’s mercy for repairing the waste, and for recovering the capacity for enjoyment. So the days pass and the years, until at length old age comes upon us, and finds us utterly emasculated in body and in mind.

But the law of Nature is just the reverse of this. The older we grow, the keener should grow our intellect also; the longer we live, the greater should be our capacity to transmit the fruits of our accumulated experience to our fellowmen. And such is indeed the case with those who have been true Brahmacharies. They know no fear of death, and they do not forget good even in the hour of death; nor do they indulge in vain complaints. They die with a smile on their lips, and boldly face the day of judgment. They are the true men and women; and of them alone can it be said that they have conserved their health.

We hardly realise the fact that incontinence is the root-cause of all the vanity, anger, fear and jealousy in the world. If our mind is not under our control, if we behave once or more every day more foolishly than even little children, what sins may we not commit consciously or unconsciously? How can we pause to think of the consequences of our actions, however vile or sinful they may be?

But you may ask, “Who has ever seen a true Brahmachary in this sense? If all men should turn Brahmacharies, would not humanity be extinct, and the whole world go to rack and ruin?” We will leave aside the religious aspect of this question, and discuss it simply from the secular point of view. To my mind, these questions only bespeak our weakness and our cowardliness. We have not the strength of will to observe Brahmacharya, and, therefore, set about finding pretexts for evading our duty. The race of true Brahmacharies is by no means extinct; but, if they were to be had merely for the asking, of what value would Brahmacharya be? Thousands of hardy labourers have to go and dig deep into the bowels of the earth in search of diamonds, and at length they get perhaps merely a handful of them out of heaps and heaps of rock. How much greater, then, should be the labour involved in the discovery of the infinitely more precious diamond of a Brahmachary? If the observance of Brahmacharya should mean the ruin of the world, why should we regret it? Are we God that we should be so anxious about its future? He who created it will surely see to its preservation. It is none of our business to enquire if other people practise Brahmacharya or not. When we turn merchant or lawyer or doctor, do we ever pause to consider what the fate of the world would be if all men were to do likewise? The true Brahmachary will, in the long run, discover for himself answers to such questions.

But how can men engrossed by the cares of the material world put these ideas into practice? What shall the married people do? What shall they do who have children? And what shall be done by those people who cannot control their lust? The best solution for all such difficulties has already been given. We should keep this ideal constantly before us, and try to approximate to it more and more to the utmost of our capacity. When little children are taught to write the letters of the alphabet, we show them the perfect shapes of the letters, and they try to reproduce them as best they can. Just in the same way, if we steadily work up to the ideal of Brahmacharya, we may ultimately succeed in realising it. What if we have married already? The law of Nature is that Brahmacharya may be broken only when the husband and wife feel a strong desire for a child. Those who, remembering this law, violate Brahmacharya once in four or five years cannot be said to be slaves to lust, nor can they appreciably lose their stock of vitality. But, alas, how rare are those men and women who yield to the sexual craving merely for the sake of an offspring! The vast majority, who may be numbered in thousands, turn to sexual enjoyment merely to satisfy their carnal passion, with the result that children are born to them quite against their will. In the madness of sexual passion, we give no thought to the consequences of our acts. In this respect, men are even more to blame than women. The man is blinded so much by his lust that he never cares to remember that his wife is weak and incapable of rearing a child. In the West indeed, people have trespassed even against the claims of common decency. They indulge in sexual pleasures, and devise measures in order to evade the responsibilities of parenthood. Many books have been written on this subject, and a regular trade is being carried on in providing the means of  preventing conception. We are as yet free from this sin, but we do not shrink from imposing the heavy burden of maternity on our women, and we are not concerned even to find that our children are weak, impotent and imbecile. Every time we get children, we bless Providence, and so seek to hide from ourselves the wickedness of our acts. Should we not rather deem it a sign of God’s anger to have children who are weak, sensual, crippled and impotent? Is it a matter for joy that mere boys and girls should have children? Is it not rather a curse of God? We all know that the premature fruit of a too young plant weakens the parent, and so we try all means of delaying the appearance of fruit. But we sing hymns of praise and thanks-giving to God when a child is born of a boy-father and a girl-mother! Could anything be more dreadful? Do we think that the world is going to be saved by the countless swarms of such impotent children endlessly multiplying in India or elsewhere in the world? Verily we are, in this respect, far worse than even the lower animals; for, the bull and the cow are brought together solely with the object of having a calf. Man and woman should regard it as sacred duty to keep apart from the moment of conception up to the time when the child has ceased to suck its mother’s breast. But we go on in our merry fashion blissfully forgetful of this sacred obligation. This incurable disease enfeebles our mind and leads us to an early grave, after making us drag a miserable existence for a short while. Married people should understand the true function of marriage, and should not violate the law of Brahmacharya except with a view to having a child for the continuation of the race.
But this is so difficult under our present conditions of life. Our diet, our ways of life, our common talk, and our environments are all equally calculated to rouse and keep alive our sensual appetite; and sensuality is like a poison, eating into our vitals. Some people may doubt the possibility of our being able to free ourselves from this bondage. This book is written not for those who go about with such doubtings of heart, but only for those who are really in earnest, and who have the courage to take active steps for their improvement. Those who are quite content with their present abject condition may even be offended to read all this; but I hope this will be of some service to those who are heartily disgusted with their own miserable existence.

From all that has been said, it follows that those who are still unmarried should try to remain so; but, if they cannot help marrying, they should do so as late as possible. Young men, for instance, should take a vow to remain unmarried till the age of 25 or 30. We shall not explain here all the benefits other than physical that result from this; but those who want to enjoy them can do so for themselves.

My request to those parents who may read these pages is that they should not tie a mill-stone round the necks of their sons by marrying them in their teens. They should look also to the welfare of their sons, and not only to their own interests. They should throw aside all silly notions of caste-pride or ‘respectability’, and cease to indulge in such heartless practices. Let them, rather, if they are true well-wishers of their children, look to their physical, mental and moral improvements. What greater disservice can they do to their sons than compelling them to enter upon a married life, with all its tremendous responsibilities and cares, even while they are mere boys?

Then again, the true laws of health demand that the man that loses his wife, as well as the woman that loses her husband, should remain single ever after. There is a difference of opinion among doctors as to whether young men and women need ever let their vital fluid escape, some answering the question in the affirmative, others in the negative. But this cannot justify our taking advantage of it for sensual enjoyment. I can affirm, without the slightest hesitation, from my own experience as well as that of others, that sexual enjoyment is not only not necessary for the preservation of health, but is positively detrimental to it. All the strength of body and mind that has taken long to acquire, is lost altogether by the escape of the vital fluid, and it takes a long time to regain this lost strength, and even then there is no saying that it can be thoroughly recovered. A broken vessel may be made to do its work after mending, but it can never be anything but a broken vessel.

As has already been pointed out, the preservation of our vitality is impossible without pure air, pure water, pure and wholesome food, as well as pure thoughts. So vital indeed is the relation between our health and the life that we lead that we can never be perfectly healthy unless we lead a clean life. The earnest man who, forgetting the errors of the past, begins to live a life of purity will be able to reap the fruit of it straightway. Those who have practised true Brahmacharya even for a short period will have seen how their body and mind improve steadily in strength and power, and they will not, at any cost, be willing to part with this treasure. I have myself been guilty of lapses even after having fully understood the value of Brahmacharya, and have, of course, paid dearly for it. I am filled with shame and remorse when I think of the terrible contrast between my condition before and after these lapses. But from the errors of the past I have now learnt to preserve this treasure in tact, and I fully hope, with God’s grace, to continue to preserve it in the future; for I have in my own person, witnessed the inestimable benefits of Brahmacharya. I was married early in life, and had become the father of children as a mere youth. When, at length, I awoke to the reality of my situation, I found myself sunk in the lowest depths of degradation. I shall consider myself amply rewarded for writing these pages if at least a single reader is able to take warning from my failings and experiences, and to profit thereby. Many people have told me (and I also believe it) that I am full of energy and enthusiasm, and that my mind is by so means weak; some even accuse me of rashness. There is disease in my body as well as in my mind; nevertheless, when compared with my friends, I may call myself perfectly healthy and strong. If even after twenty years of sensual enjoyment, I have been able to reach this state, how much better should I have been if only I had kept myself pure during those twenty years as well? It is my full conviction that, if only I had lived a life of Brahmacharya all through, my energy and enthusiasm would have been a thousandfold greater and I should have been able to devote them all to the furtherance of my country’s cause as of my own. If this can be affirmed of an ordinary man like myself, how much more wonderful must be the gain in power,—physical, mental, as well as moral—that unbroken Brahmacharya can bring to us!

When so strict is the law of Brahmacharya, what shall we say of those guilty of the unpardonable sin of illegitimate sexual enjoyment? The evil that arises from adultery and prostitution is a vital question of religion and morality and cannot be fully dealt with in a treatise on health. Here we are only concerned to point out how thousands who are guilty of these sins are afflicted by syphilis and other unmentionable diseases. The inflexible decree of Providence happily condemns these wretches to a life of unmitigated suffering. Their short span of life is spent in abject bondage to quacks in a futile quest after a remedy that will rid them of their suffering. If there were no adultery at all, there would be no work for at least 50% of doctors. So inextricably indeed has venereal disease caught mankind in its clutches that even the best doctors have been forced to admit that, so long as adultery and prostitution continue, there is no hope for the human race. The medicines for these diseases are so poisonous that, although they may appear to have done some good for the time being, they give rise to other and still more terrible diseases which are handed down from generation to generation.

In concluding this chapter, we will briefly point out how married people can preserve their Brahmacharya intact. It is not enough to observe the laws of health as regards air, water and food. The man should altogether cease to sleep in privacy with his wife. Little reflection is needed to show that the only possible motive for privacy between man and wife is the desire for sexual enjoyment. They should sleep apart at night, and be incessantly engaged in good works during the day. They should read such books as fill them with noble thoughts and meditate over the lives of great men, and live in the constant realisation of the fact that sensual enjoyment is the root of all disease. Whenever they feel a prompting for enjoyment, they should bathe in cold water, so that the heat of passion may be cooled down, and be refined into the energy of virtuous activity. This is a hard thing to do, but we have been born into this world that we might wrestle with difficulties and temptations, and conquer them; and he who has not the will to do it can never enjoy the supreme blessing of true health.