© Antonov V.V., 2008
Medicine, Health, and Destiny
Two diametrically opposite approaches in regard to medicine can be observed sometimes.
Some people rely completely on medicine. They “live on pills”, call for a doctor and try to get on a sick leave every time they feel indisposition. They do not want to make any effort to keep a healthy life or to heal themselves. But most diseases are easily cured just by changing the nutritional habits, quitting smoking and drinking hard, and starting to regulate the emotional sphere.
Another extreme typical of neophytes is the attempts to renounce completely all medical services and rely on various “panaceas”, like fasting, walking barefooted, or keeping to some type of a mono-diet. These “novations” are not bad for a start, although they are not sufficient for attaining spiritual results.
But some “neophyte” passions can turn out to have disastrous consequences. For example, drinking large amounts of urine causes intoxication of the brain, mental degradation, and various psychic disorders .
Having enema every day used to be quite popular some time ago. This disturbs the proper trophism of the organism: since the large intestine is the place where many vitamins and other useful elements of food get absorbed.
Declaring first salt, then sugar, bread or even oxygen “main enemies of man” relates to the same kind of mistakes…
… Diseases can be classified into three groups.
To the first group belong those which occur naturally due to the physical wearing out of the body (for example, teeth decay as one grows old) or as a result of the natural lack of experience when we are learning something new, or due to an overstrain, etc.
The diseases of the second group develop as a result of our indulging in various vicious habits, for example, an addiction to toxic substances (alcohol, tobacco, etc.), gluttonous habit of eating “killed” food or living in angry states: condemnation, irritation, and hatred — instead of states of love and peace.
The diseases of the third group are caused by ignorance in hygienic or religious issues. It may be, for example, a wrong direction of religious aspiration, when the attention of “believers” gets focused not on God but on demons, black magicians, and “vampires”. By thinking about them people attract them and attune to them instead of attuning to God. And this provokes mass schizophrenia among the members of such sects.
God uses the diseases of the second and third groups to show us that we are wrong, to prompt us to seek correct decisions.
Forgetting about the inevitable death of the physical body may become one of our tragic mistakes. But death can come very soon, nobody knows for sure — when exactly. And it puts an end to all our dreams that sometime in the future, when we retire…
But after the death of the body, one will no longer be able to achieve any fundamental change of oneself and of one’s status in multidimensional space. One will have to wait the next incarnation, which is going to happen in the conditions according to one’s destiny. To people like this — who must make spiritual efforts but do not make them — God sends, for example, cancer, which makes the inevitability of death more apparent to them.
The material mechanisms of diseases vary. It may be genetic factors, fetus injuries, traumas, poisoning, eating “killed” food, unbalanced nutrition, impact of microbes, viruses or parasitic fungi, information overload, excessive tiredness, wrong life purposes, energy contamination of the chakras and meridians, as well as entering of spirits of different levels of development into one’s body (spirits of either vicious people, animals, or even plants). All this causes a wide range of various diseases: mental, oncological, and so on, including common inflammations and “aches” of unknown origin.
All these diseases occur in our bodies and souls as a result of combination of two types of will: the person’s own will and the Will of God. All of them are realization of our destinies.
The destiny of every one of us is composed of two interlacing destiny lines — the “inborn” and the one acquired in this life.
For example, if children are born with some kind of bodily defect or acquire it at a very young age — this is their “inborn” destiny, or complication of their life as a result of their making gross mistakes in the previous incarnation.
As children grow up, they acquire the ability to make ethically important decisions. As a result of these decisions, the destiny line in the current incarnation forms. It gradually starts to prevail and then even to dominate over the “inborn” one.
Thus, an unfavorable destiny can be completely changed if we develop ourselves in the right direction.
And vice versa, a good destiny can be degraded by our own ethical mistakes in the current incarnation.
Destiny is not some sort of a mechanical law defined by “stars” or “planets”, as astrologers claim. Destiny is the direct guidance that we receive from God — the Supreme Consciousness, Who possesses Omnipresence, Omniscience, absolute Love, Wisdom, and Power. He leads every one of us to Himself, into Himself. If we move the right way — then He encourages us by giving us a feeling of bliss, but if we turn away from the Straight Path to Him — He points out to this by causing us some kind of pain. Everything is that simple.
And there is no point in complaining about “bad living conditions”, because the Path to Him is not at all something like walking or riding public transportation. It consists in transforming oneself as a consciousness, as a soul. This implies the inner work on self-improvement.
God outlined the Path towards Him through the Avatar Babaji in the following formula: Truth — Simplicity — Love — Karma Yoga — Abandonment of the lower “I” (lower self) for the sake of merging with the Higher “I” (Higher Self). This is the entire Teachings of God, in short. All other knowledge and instructions are simply explanations of this formula.
One of the things God wants us to possess is Wisdom: without Wisdom, walking this Path is difficult. One of the lessons regarding health is getting to know the structure and functioning of one’s own body and taking care of it. Upon learning this, we will be able to take care of other people and to enrich them with our experience
… I heard an opinion that syphilis, for example, should be treated with a specific set of Hatha Yoga asanas or that prayer is the only medicine that should be used for the treatment of any disease, or even that no treatment at all is needed — that any disease will go away by itself, that one should just let the organism strengthen its resistance, while all medications can only do harm.
But syphilis does not go away as a result of doing asanas; it goes to the next stage of its development while the diseased person is performing asanas. And to no reasonable person will it occur to extract a splinter with a prayer: it should be taken out using the nails, a needle, or tweezers. Life in the body was granted to us not that we squander it in suffering from diseases, wasting energy and precious time for this. Life in the body is granted to us so that we actively develop the Divine qualities — Love, Wisdom, and Power.
My approach consists in curing any disease promptly without letting it develop and using all available means.
Even if I get a splinter in my finger, it will be appropriate to think about the causes: have I been doing the right thing or did I lose a state of love and peace? But it does not make any sense to think about it for too long with a splinter still in my finger. The splinter must be extracted promptly and iodine probably should be applied to the wounded area.
The same applies to flu, tonsillitis, and even the common cold. They can be indications of our mistakes, our loosing peace, for example, or our associating with wrong people. But after drawing the right conclusions from the analysis of the causes, it would be wise to start taking appropriate measures: applying anti-virus ointment or calendula tincture on the mucous membrane, having quartz lamp radiation session, drinking brews of hip, nettle or fir needles, etc. Cleansing of the corresponding chakras and meridians and the cocoon can also help.
The same algorithm should be followed in cases of more serious diseases that require intervention of medical specialists. Even in case of cancer, it does not make sense to decline a surgery if a physician suggests it. But finding out the karmic causes of cancer and the correction of one’s mistakes must undoubtedly be the main direction of one’s efforts.
By the way, contemporary Divine Messiah Sathya Sai Baba, Who possesses unlimited ability of working miracles and Who personally healed a great number of people — including those at a distance, using the most unbelievable means from materialists’ standpoint — nevertheless takes care of building conventional hospitals, some of them are even on the territory of His ashram.
After all, both doctors and patients have to develop themselves, to perfect themselves on the Path to God — through interacting with one another. As for miraculous healing, we have to deserve it by our own efforts; otherwise, it will not do us any good.
… Every good householder should have — not only for the family members, but also for guests — a set of the most elementary medications: bondage, cotton wool, iodine, calendula, phthalazolum (Phthalylsulfathiazole), analgin (Metamizole sodium), oxoline ointment, menovasin, indovasin (Indometacin), sage, etc.
Some of it should be taken along when going outdoors for a hike, especially in a group.
For example, phthalazolum (phthalylsulfathiazole) is good for intestinal inflammations, sage — for gastritis or esophagus. Menovasin can be used not only for rubbing in muscles but also (if diluted 1 to 50) as eye drops in case of conjunctivitis or as nose drops in case of a cold. If diluted 1 to 10 menovasin can be used for throat rinsing in case of sore throat. Applying indovasin (Indometacin) to and tight bondage of swollen feet joints will let one continue walking if the joints have been injured or rubbed sore. Propolis possesses remarkable healing properties.
Everyone will benefit from becoming a specialist in this “household” medicine: this not only will make one’s life easier, but also will make one able to help others in trouble. These are also lessons of Wisdom.
… It has been confirmed by statistic research that eating “killed” food, as well as smoking and drinking alcohol, dramatically increases the risk of cancer. People who adhere to the killing-free diet do not have cancer.
Moreover, usually just giving up eating “killed” food is enough to achieve a dramatic improvement of the health: gastrointestinal diseases, high blood pressure, various types of gout and other kinds of health disorders disappear.
In Russia, until 1917 a successful experience of using the killing-free diet for treating various diseases and freeing people from addiction to tobacco and alcohol was accumulated. There was also an ethical movement in Russian society that advocated moral nutrition [5,21,24,30,34,39,44,61]. One of the initiators of this movement was the Russian writer Leo N. Tolstoy, cursed by the Orthodox Church for “free-thinking”.
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People who started walking the true religious Path get healed of many diseases, even of cancer, in a very short time. Yes, over the years of teaching, I had dozens of people with cancer in my groups. Several of them had it in the inoperable stage and official medicine gave up on them having classified them as hopeless. All of them recovered after they accepted the correct spiritual orientation and started to make real efforts (each one — according to his or her own abilities) on self-development.
I need to mention that not any kind of religiosity is a salvation from diseases. This can be illustrated by the fact that the percentage of sick people among the members of modern mass sects is not lower than that among atheists.
Moreover, those sects, where mystical fear is cultivated instead of love, become hotbeds of mental disorders.
There are also sects in which people massively take psychedelics or alcohol, which are incompatible with the spiritual Path, let alone with health.
Another popular occupation of modern sectarians is drinking urine — in large amounts and for long periods of time — which results in the intoxication of the brain and… in further decline of intellectual faculties of those who practice this.
We need to realize fully that all our diseases are consequences of either our ethical mistakes or of our ignorance. Behind all our pain we need to try to see the guiding Hand of God, Who wants — by means of this pain — to point out something that we need to change in ourselves.
Diseases can result, for example, from smoking, alcoholism, or eating dead animals’ bodies. But did not God warn us about this? And if the leaders of your sects bless such things — is it not the time to turn our back on them and seek guidance from God?
Some diseases are a result of human laziness: for example, when a person lies or sits most of the time. Some originate from ignoring the necessity to temper the body. Or some of them occur because we forget that every day brings us nearer to the death of the body and that we have to make spiritual efforts — in order to have time to advance as much as possible. Cancer is the example that we have already discussed above. One gets it as a reminder that death is inevitable. It is something that helps us feel that death is approaching, something that makes it more evident for us. And if a person gets this hint and wakes up, cancer goes away.
Some healers can develop diseases that they “take up” from their patients: if they try to heal the body of the patient instead of focusing on healing the soul first — by eliminating ethical causes that brought about the disease. All such causes can be classified into three groups: a) lack of aspiration for God (or aspiration in a wrong direction); b) lack of love, and c) ignorance.
I will give only one of many examples of this kind. Once I was sitting in the kitchen with two ladies — a mother and her grown-up daughter — who invited me to their place. We were drinking tea. Next to us on a stove there was an animal’s dead body boiling in a saucepan. They were telling me about their ailments for a long time… I asked them about love — love for animals, in particular. Both of them started to “coo” about how much they loved them… I lifted the saucepan lid and asked: “Do you love them — as a soup? Or roasted, too?…”
Chronic anger as the cause of a disease is especially terrible — including the emotion of condemnation, as well as dislike, hatred, or jealousy. All this not only pushes one into hell but also is very detrimental for one’s health. Through these diseases God warns us so that we can come to our senses before it is too late. Various medications cannot save us from hell: God wants us to make ethical decisions and to perform real self-transformation!
By giving us some types of diseases God suggests that we start studying the basics of anatomy and physiology and learning to identify the causes of common ailments.
For example, a combination of large amounts of protein or fat food with sweets causes flatulence.
Another example: heating or frying food using liquid vegetable oils, as opposed to butter, is a harmful practice and may result in the liver disorder. This is because unsaturated fat acids, which make up liquid oils, get easily oxidized forming harmful substances, when heated in the presence of oxygen.
One should avoid wearing clothes made of synthetic fabric, which have a direct contact with the skin — even if they look good and “everybody wears them”, because this upsets energy processes in the body tissues.
One should not only brush the teeth but also floss them in order to get rid of small bits of food that get stuck in between the teeth; either a dental floss or a thin metal plate can be used for that purpose. Also, it is beneficial to massage the gums, at least occasionally or systematically if needed, by pressing lightly all intervals between the roots of the teeth: from the jaw to the chewing part of the tooth. If food gets there during chewing — then periodontitis may develop, which we may not notice for a long time: until we feel pain or someone points out at an unpleasant odor from the mouth. But any nidus of infection in the body poisons the whole body through the blood stream. And gingivitis can become the cause of diseases in other parts of the body (for example, sinusitis, tonsillitis, conjunctivitis, etc.).
Let me stress out that caries and inflammations of the gums (periodontitis) quite often cause conjunctivitis. Conjunctivitis which is not caused by dust or sand contaminating the eye may be a sign that one needs to visit a dentist.
There are a great number of silly and harmful opinions in regard to health.
For example, if a “fever blister” swells up on the lip — people say that this is just a “cold” and there is “nothing to worry about”. But in reality, this can be either a highly contagious herpes virus or sometimes a lesion of lips caused by trichomonad. In both cases one should not kiss anyone but should seek medical treatment.
Or when a woman feels pain in the ovary region, they say that she has been simply overexposed to cold and needs to warm this area. Then they recommend that she use a hot water bottle or get wrapped in a shawl. But this can be either harmless ovulatory pain due to a regular follicle rupture — in this case it is all right and no heat therapy is needed. Or this can be an inflammation, caused by microbes’ activity — in this case it must be treated seriously with antibiotics (namely, modern cephalosporins).
Among causes of chronic adnexal inflammations there can also be bioenergetic lesions from sexual contacts with energetically coarse partners, as well as from wearing synthetic lingerie.
Hemorrhoids sometimes is attributed to a low-mobility lifestyle, whereas the cause of it is that small bits of feces, which stay in the rectum, rub the rectum walls; thus an inflammation of the mucous membrane results, which spreads to the vein walls. As a preventive measure, it is recommended to keep the lower section of the intestines absolutely clean and with first signs of inflammation apply a bactericidal ointment over it.
Some say that it is impossible to get pregnant at all days except the few in the middle of the ovulatory cycle. In reality, the probability of getting pregnant during the rest of the cycle does get reduced but not to zero.
Some people claim that male potency can be improved by drinking more coffee and eating more meat. In reality, both should be avoided in such cases. What can really help is the correction of the emotional state and cultivating deep inner peace. This comes as one advances along the spiritual Path.
Or there is a neophyte slogan: “I will not take any medications!” This is not wisdom but something contrary. We do not have time for illnesses! It also does not make sense to yield the body “at the mercy” of microbes, because the body suffers from this incomparably more than from the adequate usage of medications.
Once I was astonished by a statement of a woman, about 30 years old — she was a senior coach and a graduate of a University of Physical Culture — who said that the best means of contraception which “was always effective for her” is… to urinate after sexual intercourse…
She did not know the difference between her womb and urinary bladder!
I could not even object, just said nothing to her. How could one discuss this “difficult” matter with such a person…?!
Years later, when I told this story to a female physician, an acquaintance of mine, she did not laugh and was not surprised. “Many women in our country think that; I can hear this opinion quite often!” she said…
By the way, why did not this woman, who loved new sexual adventures, get pregnant? Most likely the reason was a chronic inflammatory of the uterine appendages affected with a venereal disease.
… God wants us to be wise. One of the ways to acquire wisdom is through accumulating knowledge about everything, including the anatomical structure of the human body, possible threats to it and ways to prevent them, as well as methods of treatment of diseases.
I recommend that everyone get a Handbook of a Practical Physician and read it through, at least once. This, of course, will not make one a specialist in medicine. This also is no substitute for getting a qualified medical help. But after reading a book like this one will get an idea of the variety of possible diseases: from sexually transmitted ones and fungal skin infection — to mental disorders. It will also make it easier for one to avoid dangers to health.
For example, several times I had guests who had fungal infection of the feet — and they put on my slippers without ceremony and feeling conscience-smitten…
Or when some neophytes get venereal diseases they usually do not worry: only “those” — “non-spiritual” people — can have such diseases, they think, but not them. They think that it is “okay” and “will soon disappear”…
You may also accept this advice if you want: it is best to stay healthy, but if you do happen to get sick — it is better to start complex treatment using all available means: analysis of the cause, repentance, meditative and bioenergetic methods, non-specific means that increase the resistance of the organism (vitamins, hot baths, ultra-violet radiation by quartz lamp, winter swimming, etc.) plus specific medications and other therapeutic procedures recommended by a physician.
Incidentally, one of the methods of preventing many diseases and ensuring one feels well is to wash the body with soap every day. For successful spiritual work this is absolutely essential.
Let us remember: one can gain good health by advancing along the spiritual Path! And it is better to be healthy while walking this Path!