"Inter alia you have said the following:Thus writes a teacher of youth. Ramanama has the flavour of faith-healing and Christian Science;1 yet, it is quite distinct from them. Recitation of Ramanama is a mere symbol of the reality for which it stands. If one is knowingly filled with the presence of God within, one is that moment free from all ailment—physical, mental or moral. That we do not see the type in life is not to disprove the truth of the statement. My argument is admittedly useless for those who have no faith in God.
" 'No matter what the ailment from which a man may be suffering, recitation of Ramanama from the heart is the sure cure.' (Harijan, 3- 3-1946)
" 'Man should seek out and be content to confine the means of cure to the five elements of which the body is composed, i.e.. earth, water, akash. sun and air.' (Harijan, 3-3-1946)
" 'And my claim is that the recitation of Ramanama is a sovereign remedy for our physical ailments also.' (Harijan, 7-4-1946)
"At first, when you introduced this new note in the system of nature cure, I thought you were merely putting in other words a kind of psycho-therapy, or 'Christian Science' based on faith. These have their place in every system of medicine. I interpreted my first quotation above in that light. The second sentence quoted above is difficult to grasp. After all, it is physically impossible for medicines to be composed of anything but the five elements to which you refer, and which you say must be the sole means of cure.
"If faith is what you insist on, I have no quarrel; it is necessary for the patient to co-operate in getting well also by faith. But it is, difficult to accept that faith alone would cure our physical ailments also. Two years ago, my little daughter was struck by infantile paralysis: it was the most modern treatment that saved the child from becoming a cripple for life. You would agree that it would not avail to ask a two and a half year old child to recite Ramanama to be rid of infantile paralysis: and I would like to see you persuade any mother to do the recitation (and recitation alone) on her child's behalf.
"The authority from Charaka that you have quoted in the issue of March 24th. leaves me cold; you have taught me not to accept anything, however ancient and however authoritative it may be, if it does not appeal to my heart."
Christian Scientists, faith-healers and psychotherapists may, if they will, bear witness somewhat to the truth underlying Ramanama. I cannot take the reader a long way with me through reason. How is one to prove to a person who has never tasted sugar, that sugar is sweet, except by asking him to taste it?
I must not reiterate here the conditions attendant upon the heart recitation of the sacred syllable.
The authority of Charaka is good for those who have some belief in Ramanama. Others may dismiss the authority from their consideration.
Children are irresponsible. Ramanama is undoubtedly not for them. They are helpless beings at the mercy of their parents. They show what tremendous responsibility parents bear to them and society. I have known parents who have trifled with their children's diseases even to the extent of trusting them to their (the parents') recitation of Ramanama.
Lastly, the argument about everything, even medicines, being from pancha mahabhutas betrays a hasty confusion of thought. I have only to point it out to remove it.