Protect Your Health

Jun 2 2013

Bangalore, India

(H. H. Sri Sri Ravi Shankar inaugurated the Cancer awareness drive which marked 'World No Tobacco' Day at the Art of Living International Center. The awareness drive, jointly organized by The Art of Living and BGS Global Hospitals included an exhibition on the harmful effects of tobacco consumption. Shri Somashekhar, MLA from Uttarahalli constituency; and Dr. K. Ravindranath, Chairman and Managing Director, Global Hospitals Group; and Dr Vishal Rao, Head and Neck Onco Surgeon, BGS Global Hospitals were present at the occasion. Below is a transcript of What Sri Sri Ravi Shankar said:)

It is said, ‘Aushadhi Jahnavi Toyam Vaidyo Narayano Harihi’.

This means that when we take a medicine, we should consider it sacred, like the water from the river Ganga.
When you drink water from the river Ganga (Ganga jal), how do you feel? You drink it with a feeling of purity, and with faith. That is the difference between regular water and Ganga jal. When you drink with faith, then the water becomes teerth (sacred water). A medicine should be taken with this same feeling, then it will work effectively. It is not just popping a pill into your mouth and drinking water.

‘Vaidyo Narayano Harihi’, means that a doctor should be seen as a form of Lord Narayana.
There are two meanings for this verse. One is that the true doctor (healer) is Lord Narayana and the true medicine is the water from the river Ganga.
The other is that a medicine should be considered as sacred as the water from the river Ganga, and a doctor should be seen as a form of Lord Narayana.

For protecting your health, good habits are needed. The mind also plays a very big role here. If we want to be free from bad habits, our mind should be pleasant and we should have faith.

Our ancestors have said that for a disease to be healed, three things are needed: Good habits, good thoughts and medicine. In addition to taking the medicines, the mind should be kept pleasant and peaceful and we should have faith.

Ayurveda originated on the banks of the river Ganga. If you go to Rishikesh and Haridwar, you will find many Ayurvedic shops there. It has now spread all over India. Get your health checked at regular intervals.
We keep on eating and spoil our health. Many people do not exercise either. Earlier, people were very hard working.

To eat a piece of sugarcane which is around 6 inches, we need to put so much effort. And when you eat sugarcane with a lot of effort, it also gets digested easily. Now just imagine if someone told you to eat a ten-foot long sugarcane. You will get so tired that you will not be able to eat anything after that.
Do you know, one spoon of sugar contains the juice from a ten-foot long sugarcane? And we eat so many spoons of sugar in day. Now if we eat so much sugar with no exercise, how can the body bear it?
People over the age of forty are getting Osteoporosis, they have joint pains and loss of calcium in bones. All this is due to white sugar. The British removed jaggery and gave us white sugar. And since then we have been eating white sugar and spoiling our health.

If you eat sugar, you need to exercise accordingly. Diseases like diabetes come because we haven’t paid attention to food. You must take care of your food habits. When you do this, you will see a big difference in your life.
Stop using white sugar and use jaggery instead. Jaggery has Zinc, Magnesium, Potassium and other minerals, which help in strengthening the body, generate blood and promotes hair growth. White sugar contains Sulphur which drains the Calcium in the body, which is why people get diseases like Osteoporosis.

So stop eating sweets that contain white sugar, and eat sweets that are made of jaggery. Then you will see that your health will be good.

Read earlier posts

  • From Darkness To Light

    January 14, 2015
    • 4 Pillar of Democracy
    • Spirituality Uplifts Society
    • Turning Questions to Wonder
    • Benefits of Regular Chanting
    • Lets Gift a Better World to the Future

    WE CHANT for Global Peace

    January 13, 2015
    • Video: The Impact of Sound on Water
    • The Butterfly Effect
    • Definition of Thought
    • How Thoughts Arise
    • Chanting Impacts the World Consciousness
  • You Can Move Time

    January 8, 2015
    • The Influences of Time
    • The Power of the Soul
    • There is a Purpose in all Events
    • Are You Learning Your Lessons?
    • How Pleasure Leads to Pain

    Why Good People Suffer

    January 7, 2015
    • As You Sow So Shall You Reap
    • Reduce Suffering Through Sadhana
    • Ways To Make Life More Meaningful
    • Why Preserved Food is not Good For You
  • Your Happiness Is Your Responsibility

    January 6, 2015
    • Solar Plexux: Central Point
    • Symbolism of the Birth of Brahma
    • Dealing with Emotional Abuse
    • The Law of Karma
    • 2 Kinds of Karma

    To Err Is Human

    January 2, 2015
    • The Rule of Morality
    • Don't Misuse Knowledge
    • Forgive Other & Yourself
    • Think Big & Have Dreams
    • The Significance of Worship
  • New Year Message

    December 31, 2014
    • A Time to Reflect
    • Life is Like a Dream
    • The Development of Past Year
    • Be Untouched by Events
    • Lets Move Towards a Better World

    The Key To Clear Action

    December 30, 2014
    • Be Established in Yoga
    • A Tip to Calm Your Mind
    • Don't Over-Analyze Life
    • Don't Try To Change People
  • Satisfying Your Spiritual Hunger

    December 30, 2014
    • Organic Farming in India
    • Youth Should Involve in Agriculture
    • Meditation Satisfies Spiritual Hunger
    • The Effect of Yoga on the Body

    A Sign Of Evolution

    December 29, 2014
    • What Makes One a Yogi
    • Everybody is Connected
    • Life & Karma
    • Attachment Toward the Satguru
    • Love & Longing Go Hand in Hand
  • Sri Sri's Message On Christmas

    December 24, 2014
    • The Eternal Message
    • An Inner Phenomenon
    • Stillness Brings Love
    • Real Meaning of Heaven

    The Answer Is: LOVE

    December 23, 2014
    • Expand Your Understanding
    • Put Yourself In Another's Shoes
    • Every Situation Can Be Won Through Love
    • Symbolism of Pashupati Naath