A Thought for the Day
To fall ill should be a matter of shame for anyone. Illness implies some error or other. He whose body and mind are perfectly sound, should never suffer from illness.
An evil thought is also an indication of illness. Therefore, we should guard ourselves against evil thoughts.
An infallible remedy for evil thoughts is Ramanama. The name should proceed not merely from the lips, but from the heart.
Diseases are numerous, so also are the physicians and their treatments. If we regard all diseases as one and consider Rama as one and only physician, we are freed from most of our troubles.
How strange that We should be running after vaidyas and doctors who themselves die, but quietly forget Rama who is eternal and is an unfailing vaidya!
But more strange than this is the fact that though we know that we too have to die one day, and that as a result of doctor's treatment we can at best prolong our existence by a few days more, we put ourselves to no end of trouble.
The young and the old, the rich and the poor—all die before our very eyes. Still we will not sit at rest but do all that we can, except relying on Rama, just to live a few days longer.
What a fine thing it would be if we understood this and placing our reliance on Rama patiently put up with whatever ailment came our way and lived in real peace!
If a man regarded as religious is suffering from illness, it means that something or other is lacking in him.
The more I think the more I realize that Ramanama recited from the heart and with knowledge is a cure-all for every kind of disease.
The fear of illness accounts for more deaths than the illness itself.
Nature Cure treatment brings us nearer to God. I will have no objection whatever if we could do even without it. But why be afraid of fast or avoid pure air? The meaning of Nature Cure is to go nearer Nature —God.
From a letter written by Gandhiji, Sevagram, 9-1-'45