Emotion, Truth, Disease.
(Excerpts from book “Cure Yourself”, author Swami Vijnananand, S.V.)
All unequal members of the human race share equal knowledge of Truth. Allotment of Truth is selfsame. For this purpose truth known to every member of society is replete. A cup of water to the brim need not envy an overflowing tank. Since, even if what is offered to the cup has no room where it can accommodate it.
Why is untruth voted for? A liar necessarily clings to his version for a lap of luxury, for pleasing some emotion or the other.
Try to place this in terms of logic and mathematics:
In truth there is no emotional outburst.
Untruths cause emotions.
Emotions cause disease (unease).
Therefore, Untruths cause un-ease (disease).
Therefore, Truth causes ease.
Plenty of instances already furnished, establish relation between emotion and disease.
One more quote is added only for ready reference. "The effect of emotions on the adrenals is to produce higher blood pressure which favors the development of arteriosclerosis and other diseases of circulatory system. The thyroid is so much affected by mental depression that this emotion is mentioned by scientists as one of the causes of myxoedema. The pituitary body is also affected by emotions. Prof. Pel and others have noted cases of acromegaly after violent emotion. Dr. Sajous has often pointed out this gland as the central organ upon which all strong emotions react. The liver and kidneys are much affected by emotions. Jaundice indicates the disturbance of the former whereas, according to Clifford Albutt, many cases of interstitial nephritis can be traced to mental emotions."
"An objective truth as subjectively known" as probable cause of cure, ranks high and assumes top eminence in the eyes of respectable scientists.
1. Lister declares, "Next to the promulgation of Truth, the best thing I can conceive that a man can do is the public recantation of an error."
2. While replying a question reproduced in Part 14 of "Outline of Modern Belief" Sir James Jeans says, "I think it possible that the existence of suffering can be accounted for along the usual ethical lines."
3. Alexis Carrel, the Nobel-prize winner asserts, "No one can learn to distinguish right from wrong, and beauty from vulgarity by taking a course of lectures. Morality, art, and religion are not taught like grammar, mathematics, and history. To feel and to know are two profoundly different mental states."
Earlier, accentuating the correlation between emotion and ailment, he viewed, "Thus envy, hate, fear, when these sentiments are habitual, are capable of starting organic changes and genuine diseases. Moral suffering profoundly disturbs health. Businessmen who do not know how to fight worry die young. The old clinicians thought that protracted sorrows and constant anxiety prepare the way for the development of cancer. Emotions induce, in especially sensitive individuals, striking modifications of the tissues and humours.
The French expression 'se faire du mauvais sang' is literally true. Thought can generate organic lesions. The instability of modern life, the ceaseless agitation, and the lack of security create states of consciousness which bring about nervous and organic disorders of the stomach and of the intestines, defective nutrition and passage of intestinal microbes into the circulatory apparatus. Colitis and the accompanying infections of the kidneys and of the bladder are the remote results of mental and moral unbalance. Such diseases are almost unknown in social groups where life is simpler and not so agitated, where anxiety is less constant. In a like manner, those who keep the peace of their inner self in the midst of the tumult of the modern city are immune from nervous and organic disorders."
The depressing anxiety of the man is: if he leaves untruth, nothing in life survives. This bewildering anxiety reflects paradox of life, when openly we all talk of sanctity. The celebrated scientist Sir Arthur Eddington apologizes, "One begins to fear that after all our faults have been detected and removed there will not be any of us left." This notion prevails in spite of the fact that, without exception, all principal schools of philosophy and religion preach truth as ne plus ultra value of life, existence of purified soul after death and so on.
If my mind is non-matter, and if nothing can be destroyed from this universe according to the law of conservation of energy, "I" cannot die. Purification of my mind during the life-span with the help of truth enhances my chances of perpetually living in disease-free state.
Disease can touch only the impure mind. The more unsullied it becomes, the more disease-free state do I reach by the pure laws of science, mathematics and logic. There should be no apprehension of the demon of death.
(To be continued)
Vijay R. Joshi,