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Order — disorder

Dr. Y. V. Chawla

When we are attacked by disease, our normal treatment pattern is towards adjustment of diet, medical or surgical intervention, depending upon the diagnosis through various tests.

It seems we have overemphasized this pattern.

As far as simple diseases due to seasonal changes or eating habits are concerned, minor medication or adjustment of diet can help, but with chronic or acute diseases, one can feel that one’s connection to the ‘whole’, to the ‘divine’, has changed. Some error creeps in which arrives to remind one of the weak connection.

This connection becomes weak when one overemphasizes one or some aspects of life. It invites the wrath of the ‘whole’. To stress anything in particular in life is to invite stress. So a holistic approach to disease should mean a holistic approach to life. It may not be easy to pinpoint what has gone wrong where, except when the healer, him or herself, is connected to the ‘whole’, or at least understands it.

Let us consider this:
If we are living, say on an island, where there is only one item to eat, we depend only on that item of food. We do not have a choice. Food ceases to be an issue to us. Survival is. And not only do we survive but thrive. So when we have so many choices, not being capricious about food helps to prevent overemphasis on desires.

Food is an issue to us because we make it a primary factor for becoming healthy, disease-free, beautiful and so on.

Then shouldn’t we try to be healthy, disease-free, beautiful etc.?

Of course we should. But by being non-capricious, we ensure all this. If we stress the aspect of being healthy etc., it only drags on our mind.

But isn’t being non-capricious subjective?

Everybody may have his own idea. Why do we want to teach others? Any decision unless subjective only confuses the person.

What about objective factors?

We can’t ignore objective factors. These objective factors (knowledge about food, its availability, different medical systems etc.) do not hinder our regaining wholeness.

Why should we not take objective decisions totally based on objective factors?

Objectivity is never final. If the individual bases his decision on objective factors, he will only feel confused. This is so because he is trying to be satisfied with objective factors ignoring his own self, his joy. He is only psychologically satisfied by objective factors. This satisfaction, being his mental construction, is sure to be broken.

Without ignoring or being obsessed with objective factors, one can invite wholeness into one’s life. One acts on facts available at the moment. One feels complete in decisions. In fact, objective factors cease to be an issue.

When we take decisions not overemphasizing objective factors, these objective factors fall into line. Objective factors can become a source of joy and not something to be feared.

Then will not our growth of knowledge of objective factors cease?

When you are connected to the ‘whole’, you are in joy, it does not matter whether your knowledge increases or remains static.

The outward indications of disease are pain, discomfort and uneasiness. The body sends signals of pain to say something is wrong, so that corrective action can be taken. But the mind immediately converts this pain to psychological uneasiness such as:

● fear
● how has the disease come to me?
● how can I get out of it?
● blame of oneself, circumstances or somebody for the occurrence of the disease.
● seeking satisfaction from the treatment, that is, feeling gratified that the treatment will get me out of this uneasiness.

Can one observe that these psychological overtones are not part of the physical expressions of the disease?

These psychological overtones are the ‘psychological you’. A division has taken place in the ‘psychological you’, which has labelled the disease as unsatisfactory and now desires to be out of it, to feel satisfied.

Dissatisfaction → satisfaction → dissatisfaction

This sequence is continuously revolving in the human mind. You feel gratified in certain situations, relationships or possessions. This satisfaction is continuously being broken by the realisation that it is not the ‘Truth’. All negative situations (disease, accident, losses), challenge your ideas and so break the illusion of satisfaction.

When you become aware that seeking this satisfaction is creating a psychological division within you, you become one with yourself, you are connected to the ‘whole’. There is then the release of tremendous energy, which shows the way to tackle the physical problem. In fact, this unification bathes your body and mind with an energy, which defies description.

How can this division be corrected?

You have to understand, watch and observe this division, without any motive of satisfaction. No technique, no effort, can be of any help, as the technique or effort itself becomes a satisfaction. This motiveless watching of inner reactions, short-circuits the automatic nervous reactions of dissatisfaction → satisfaction → dissatisfaction.

How will it help the physical treatment of the disease?

When you are one with yourself, you do not seek satisfaction through treatment, whatever treatment is available becomes appropriate.

But that may not be the best treatment?

When you are connected to the ‘whole’, it is up to ‘Life’ to offer the treatment before you. This is not an issue, there is no question of ‘best’ treatment. You can see the harmony of the whole scheme.

But still one has fears!

The Universe does not exist to punish you. Disease is not a punishment. It is not punishment for your lack of knowledge or incapacity. It is simply a weak connection to the ‘whole’ that expresses itself as disease, so that you may become aware of the wholeness of life.

But what about science?

Science itself is only the product of order, a good example of order. It cannot disagree that the whole scheme of the universe is order.

We must not discard knowledge. Whatever knowledge we have does not prohibit complete action. If we discard or disregard knowledge, it would also mean disorder.

Then of what value is knowledge or capacity?

All our knowledge is within the limit of the senses (with all their instruments). Whether we express it or not, all our seeking through innovations is to get into touch with the ‘unlimited’, the ‘whole’. We want to get a touch of ‘That’ by being free of the limits of ‘me’. Instead of understanding what our stimuli to action want to convey, we seek satisfaction in the materiality of the item. Knowledge is only for our day-to-day use, play, fun, so that life may go on.

Is it faith in some higher power?

Having faith or belief in some higher power can also become a division in your consciousness. It is not faith but actual understanding. Watching the inner movements of dissatisfaction → satisfaction → dissatisfaction is the clue that takes one beyond this sequence. One becomes one with oneself.

Simply having faith can load your mind; you become satisfied in your faith. You are in the same game. Watching what is happening inside you, of course in relation to the outside world, can show you the working of your programmed mind, ‘live’. You have to watch without any motive of satisfaction. This is the only jump which one has to take, devoid of any thought, to abandon hope, struggle, effort in watching this game. Then what transpires is exclusive to you. You take your own journey.

Then you understand that the whole scheme is not your idea, you are part of the whole scheme, the universal order. Order rules. If the virus in the human mind, the virus of seeking satisfaction in anything, can be detected (by the individual himself), he becomes aware of the order.

What is the expression of this order?

Love and joy.

Dr. Y.V. Chawla is a practicing Siddha doctor in Chandigarh.

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