Réponse à une question à propos de “Sri Aurobindo sur la Santé…”

Dans un Commentaire à mon récent article “Sri Aurobindo sur Santé, Peur et Maladie” (https://labofevolution.wordpress.com/2020/08/05/sri-aurobindo-on-health-fear-and-disease/?fbclid=IwAR3D8EM_1LnJxFGajZA1dSAizOrpDTD9VZHJDPpdv_5R10kp8JbeGriA fjM) mes amis Aurobindoniens d’Amerique, Don Salmon and Jan Maslow, m’ont posé une question dont je pense que j’y répondrai mieux par un nouvel article spécialement pour cela.

Donc, après ma brève réponse immédiate directement dans la section “Commentaires”, je copie ici même leur commentaire avec sa question, comme début du plus long texte qui sera ma réponse non seulement pour eux, mais peut-être aussi pour d’autres qui ont pu se poser une question similaire:

“Comme c’est merveilleux que tu sois de retour ici, Bhaga.

Bon, j’ai une question pour toi. Après tous les Aphorismes de Sri Aurobindo tu dis que nous devons faire toutes les choses extérieures dont Sri Aurobindo dit  que’elles ne seraient pas nécessaires si nous avions suffisamment de foi.

En fait, Jan et moi faisons toutes ces choses. Mais nous avons récemment rencontré quelqu’un que nous croyons véritablement éveillé à des niveaux très-très hauts, voyant le Divin en tout, complètement soumis à la  Volonté Divine.

Cette personne ne prend aucune de ces précautions et nous met au défi d’avoir assez confiance en le Divin pour faire de même.

Serions intéressés à entendre ton point de vue là-dessus!

À nouveau, c’est si merveilleux que tu sois de retour.”

“C’est vrai, chers amis, à la fin  de cet article j’ai dit en effet de “faire toutes ces choses”, voulant dire non pas vraiment comme des “précautions” à vos propres yeux… mais simplement, pour obéir à quoi que ce soit que les autorités dans votre coin du monde veulent que vous fassiez comme mesures sociales  nécessaires, à leurs yeux, pour restreindre le phénomène social, collectif qu’est une épidémie, et plus encore une pandémie.

Dans mon cas personnel le fait est, je dois l’admettre, que comme votre ami moi non plus je ne fais réellement aucune de ces choses. Mais si vous avez lu aussi l’article de moi qui suivait immédiatement celui des citations de Sri Aurobindo, vous avez certainemnt une bonne idée des conditions dans lesquelles j’ai vécu cette pandémie, au moins jusqu’à présent: bien en sécurité chez moi!…

Et cela peut faire une grande différence, pour commencer, comparé aux conditions dont vous avez l’expérience là où vous vivez. Et sont-elles les mêmes que celles de votre ami?…

Nous à Auroville, de manière générale nous ne sommes pas du genre très   discipliné, loin de là, mais parce que nos propres autorités internes nous rappellent gentiment mais constamment que nous devons respecter les lois et règlements de l’Inde dans cette situation comme dans les autres, oui, nous avons fait de gros efforts, et cela, plus probablement une généreuse dose de Grâce Divine, nous a jusqu’ici protégés de toute réelle explosion de la maladie dans Auroville même.

Quant à la recluse presque totale que j’ai été pendant tous ces mois, tout ce terrible drame que les journaux m’envoyaient à la figure chaque fois que j’y jetais un coup d’oeil n’était pas présent du tout dans ma propre réalité, si bien que la peur de ce drame ne me touchait pas non plus. Je n’ai presque jamais eu moi-même à porter le masque requis, ni à me désinfecter les mains – chaque fois qu’il se trouvait que je sortais, c’était d’abord pour moi une surprise, et seulement après je me rappelais “Ah oui, c’est vrai, il y a ce stupide virus…”, si bien que j’ai presque totalement échappé à l’impact psychologique massif que toutes ces mesures ont probablement eu sur au moins quelques Auroviliens et bien plus d’autres personnes dans les autres parties de l’Inde et du monde qui ont souffert bien plus et ont eu à faire face de très près à la réalité du virus plus ou moins tout le temps.

Et pourtant, même dans cette atmosphere si protégée tout autour de moi, je me rappelle encore l’unique fois, il y a environ deux mois, quand après plusieurs mois d’apparente absolue Protection, la nouvelle vint bel et bien d’un premier cas à Auroville. Un choc aigu au coeur a percé d’un coup un peu la totale confiance qu’avait eu mon être jusqu’alors. Pour quelques secondes ma foi a été ébranlée par le soudain coup de cette nouvelle et de ce qu’elle signifiait: ‘Ça’ peut entrer aussi ici!…

Il m’a fallu un moment pour me rétablir de ce choc et retrouver mon équilibre intérieur et mon sens de sécurité.

Quelle leçon pour moi… Quelle révélatrice mesure de ma foi réelle!

Mais même après quelques quarantaines discrètes ici et là, aucune mort n’est jamais survenue à Auroville même à cause du virus.

Avec des cas commençant dans les villages autour d’Auroville, là d’où certains  de nos employés journaliers venaient, à nouveau la menace est devenue plus réelle, car elle se rapprochait.

Entre-temps mon être s’était fait à l’idée que peut-être la maladie allait entrer dans nos vies à nous aussi. Et la réponse alors était venue droit des cellules:

“Eh bien, même si ça arrive à entrer dans ce corps, on arrivera à en guérir!!!’

Pour moi, c’est cela l’essentiel: la réponse des cellules elles-mêmes.

Fait on ne peut plus intéressant, toute la première partie de ce “confinement” avait été à mes yeux béni, je le sentais, par le fait qu’une autre Française, une visiteuse annuelle, depuis lontemps mon élève et devenue mon amie, ne pouvait pas encore rentrer en France, et était confinée à Pondy tout comme je l’étais à Auroville.

Comme nous étions toutes les deux très désireuses de lire (dans la traduction française récemment publiée) les quatre volumes du “Journal du Yoga” de Sri Aurobindo, mais que nous ne pouvions pas nouis rencontrer l’une chez l’autre pour le faire, elle a eu une merveilleuse idée: nous allions d’abord lire séparément pendant quelque temps, et puis nous aurions une longue conversation téléphonique pour partager nos compréhensions et sentiments à propos de tout ce que nous avions pu lire jusque-là.  Et encore, et encore, pendant deux mois,  nous l’avons fait!…

Sri Aurobindo - On Himself

Quel plaisir intérieur partagé! Comme un Séminaire Privé pour nous deux, directement avec Sri Aurobindo!… Ma relative familiarité avec l’original en anglais lu de nmbreuses années avant me permettait de le relire maintenant en français bien plus vite qu’elle, s’y prenant pour la première fois, ne pouvait le faire, si bien que j’ai eu tout le temps de lire et assimiler tout en profondeur dans les quatre volumes et de recommencer, pendant qu’elle atteignait (avec une très belle et fructueuse compréhension) la fin du second volume avant de partir.

Plus important encore, la pleine familiarité que j’avais aussi acquise, dans les années qui avaient suivi, avec “Savitri” d’un côté, et “L’Agenda de Mère” de l’autre, me rendit capable de percevoir (en tant que l’avide chercheur que je suis en plus de la mystique!) une incroyable perspective nouvelle sur l’attitude de Sri Aurobindo et de Mère specialement envers le corps et sa transformation, depuis cette toute première période avant et autour de leur première rencontre en 1914, au cours des années après le retour de Mère pour de bon en 1920, jusqu’à 1927 et un complet changementde la part de la guidance intérieure et des instructions reçues, au sujet specifiquement du corps: ô immense et profonde Joie de voir alors une totale confirmation de tout ce que j’avais fait moi-même spontanément au début (quand mon corps a commencé à s’éveiller), puis compris au fil des années, et plus tard enseigné aux autres personnes intéressées, sur comment le corps devait être traité!…

Tout cela, découvert à travers la lecture approfondie de cet extraordinaire ‘Record of Yoga’, avec l’intensité si contagieuse des pratiques “à tout casser” de Sri Aurobindo lui-même, pour une intégrale transformation de son être… et à la fin, concernant cet humble corps de Matière, comment les réels changements seraient obtenus aussi, oui, mais sur une approche de plus long-terme,  prenant en considération la conscience propre au corps, avec son lourd fardeau de croyances et d’habitudes subconscientes.

Et nous voilà revenus au point de départ, en ces jours et mois de “pandémie”, et à votre question sur comment vous comporter dans cette situation:

Ce que Sri Aurobindo a déclaré au temps de ces “Pensées et Aphorismes” était la Fondation, la Base de Vérité vers laquelle nous avons à retourner à chaque niveau et dans chaque partie de notre être, en l’occurrence notre corps.

Comment appliquer ces Vérités Fondamentales aux situations concrètes, et par chacun pour son propre corps? Dans quelle mesure, comme Sri Aurobindo et Mère le faisaient avant, appliquer encore la Force Supérieure depuis une autre partie de l’être pour protéger le corps, ainsi que votre ami semble le faire et vouloir que les autres le fassent aussi? Dans quelle mesure permettre plutôt à la conscience du corps lui-même de trouver ses propres façons et moyens pour répondre à la menace à travers sa propre relation ou/et identification grandissantes avec le Divin, comme je tends à le faire? Dans quelle mesure prendre encore aussi des “précautions”, sous n’importe quelles formes extérieures qui semblent ou sont ressenties comme nécessaire ou utiles, moment après moment, pour le corps?

A vrai dire,je ne pense pas qu’il y ait une réponse unique valable pour tous les cas, comme les vêtements “taille unique”!

Juste comme pour n’importe quel autre aspect de la sadhana pour ce Yoga Intégral de Transformation, Sri Aurobindo lui-même, quand on lui posait des questions, très souvent répondait “Tout dépend…”

Tout dépend de si nombreux facteurs dont chacun de nous est le seul, avec son Guide Intérieur, à avoir connaissance et à pouvoir prendre en considération à chaque moment de sa vie, de façon à prendre la décision intérieure correcte…

Alors, chers amis, et les autres qui peut-être liront ceci, ma réponse sera très simple: c’est à vous de voir, avec votre corps! Ne vous préoccupez pas de ce que les autres font ou ne font pas, suivez simplement chaque fois votre propre sens intérieur de ce qu’il faut faire…  et de toutes façons, n’oubliez pas de toujours appeler l’Aide et la Protection Divines, cela sera ma joyeuse recommendation, car tant qu’on n’est pas pleinement supramentalisé, personne ne sait quand ses propres forces intérieures peuvent soudain lui faire défaut!…

Où que vous soyez intérieurement et extérieurement, je vous souhaite à tous  et à toutes une Joyeuse Continuation, à votre manière unique, de votre Intégrale Transformation – si c’est cela votre But, comme c’est celui de mon corps et le mien…

A Question to me about my recent post “Sri Aurobindo on Health…”

In a comment to my recent article (https://labofevolution.wordpress.com/2020/08/05/sri-aurobindo-on-health-fear-and-disease/?fbclid=IwAR3D8EM_1LnJxFGajZA1dSAizOrpDTD9VZHJDPpdv_5R10kp8JbeGriA fjM) my Aurobindonian friends from America, Don  Salmon and Jan Maslow, have asked me a question that I feel will be best answered by a full new article of its own.

So, after my immediate brief reply directly in the comments section, I am now posting that comment with its question right here, to begin this longer piece of writing which will be my real answer to them – and possibly also to a number of other readers who may have had a similar question:

‘How wonderful to see you back here, Bhaga.

Now, I have a question for you. After all of Sri Aurobindo’s comments you say we must do all the outward things Sri Aurobindo says would not be necessary if we had sufficient faith.

In fact, Jan and I are doing all those things. But we have recently met someone we believe genuine awake at very very high levels, seeing the Divine in all, completely surrendered to the Divine Will.

This person is not taking any of these precautions and challenging us to have sufficient trust in the Divine to do the same.

Would be interested in hearing your take on this!

Again, so wonderful you are back.’

Well, dear friends, at the end of that post I did say to ‘do all these things ‘, not meaning really as ‘precautions’ in your own eyes… but simply to comply with whatever the authorities in your area of the world expect you to do as social measures needed, in their eyes, for containing the social, collective phenomenon that an epidemic is, and a pandemic all the more so.

In my own personal case, as a matter of fact I must say that I too, like your friend, do not really do any of these things. But if you have read also the article of mine that immediately followed the one of quotes from Sri Aurobindo, you certainly have a good idea of the conditions in which I have lived this pandemic, at least until now: quite securely at home!…

And that may make quite a difference, to start with, compared to the conditions you are experiencing where you are located. And are they the same as your friend’s?…

We in Auroville are not, generally speaking, a very disciplined lot, far from it, but because of our own internal authorities kindly but constantly reminding us that we must observe the Indian laws and regulations in this situation like in others, we did make big efforts; and this, plus probably a generous amount of Divine Grace, has so far protected us from any real outbreak of the disease within Auroville itself.

As the almost total recluse that I have been all these months, this whole terrible drama that the newspapers would blow into my face any time I had a look wasn’t present at all in my own reality, so the fear of it didn’t really touch me either. I almost never had myself to wear the required mask and sanitize my hands – every time I would happen to go out I would actually be surprised at first, and then only remember ‘Oh yes, there is that stupid virus…’, so I have escaped almost totally the sheer psychological impact that all those measures have probably had on at least some other Aurovilians and many more people in other parts of India and of the world which have suffered much more and had to face very closely the reality of this disease more or less all the time.

And yet, even in that so protected atmosphere all around me, I still remember the one time, about two months back by now, when after several months of seemingly absolute Protection, the news did come of one first case in Auroville. A sharp shock in the heart pierced at once a little the total confidence my being had had until that moment. For a few seconds my faith was shaken by the sudden blow of those news and what they meant: ‘it’ could enter also here!…

It took me a moment to recover from that shock and find again my inner balance and sense of security.

What a lesson this gave me… What a humbling measure of my actual faith!

But even after a few quiet quarantines here or there, no death ever happened in Auroville itself from the virus.

With cases starting in villages around Auroville, from where some of our daily employees are coming, again the threat became more real as it came closer.

By that time my being had come to terms with the possibility of the disease entering our very lives. And the answer then was straight from the cells:

‘Well, even if it manages to enter this body, we can always recover!!!’

For me, this is the crux of the matter: the response from the cells themselves.

Interestingly enough, the whole first part of this ‘confinement’ period has been particularly blessed, I felt, by the fact that another French lady, a yearly visiting long-time student and by now friend of mine, couldn’t leave yet back to France, and was confined in Pondy just as I was in Auroville.

As we were both very eager to read (in the recently published French translation) the four volumes of Sri Aurobindo’s ‘Record of Yoga’, but couldn’t meet in each other’s homes to do it, she had a great idea: we would first read separately for a while, and then have a full conversation over the phone to share our understandings and feelings about whatever we had read by that time.  And again, and again, for two months, we did it!…

Sri Aurobindo - On Himself

What a shared inner treat!… Like a private Seminar for us two, directly with Sri Aurobindo!… My relative familiarity with the English original read many years before allowed me to re-read it now in French much faster than she, new to it all, ever could, so I had all the time needed to read and  assimilate everything in depth in all the four volumes and back again, while she reached the end of the second volume before leaving.

Most importantly, the full familiarity I have also acquired in the intervening years, of ‘Savitri’ on the one hand, and of ‘Mother’s Agenda’ on the other hand, enabled me to get (as the avid Researcher I am as well as primarily a mystic!…) an astonishing whole new perspective on Sri Aurobindo and Mother’s attitude specifically towards the body and its transformation, from this very early time before and around their first meeting in 1914, through the years after Mother’s return for good in 1920, till 1927 and a complete change of inner guidance and instructions received, regarding specifically the body: ô immense and deep Joy of seeing then a total confirmation of all I have done myself spontaneously at first (when it started happening in me), then understood over the years, and later taught to other interested people as well, about how the body should be treated!…

All this, found out through this extraordinary ‘Record of Yoga’, with the so contagious intensity of Sri Aurobindo’s own ‘full blast’ practices for an integral transformation of his being… and in the end, concerning this humble body of Matter, how the real changes would be obtained too, but with a longer-term approach taking into account its own consciousness with its heavy load of subconscious beliefs and habits…

And here we are, back in our present days and months of so-called ‘pandemic’, and your question about how to deal with it:

What Sri Aurobindo stated in the time of those ‘Thoughts and Aphorisms’ was the Foundation, the Basis of Truth towards which we had to return at each level and in each part of our being, in that case our body.

How to apply those Fundamental Truths in actual situations and each with our own unique body? To which extent, as Sri Aurobindo and the Mother were doing before, to still apply the Higher Force from another part of the being to protect the body, as your friend seems to be doing and wanting others to do too? To which extent to rather allow the body’s consciousness itself to find its own ways and means to respond to the threat through its own growing relationship or/and identification with the Divine, as I tend to do? To which extent to still take also ‘precautions’, in whatever outer forms may seem or feel necessary or helpful  from moment to moment for the body?

Well, I don’t think there is one answer that is the ‘one size fits all’.

Just as for any other aspect of the sadhana for this Integral Yoga, Sri Aurobindo himself, when questioned, would very often answer ‘It all depends’…

It all depends on so many factors each one of us is the only one, together with their Inner Guidance, to know about and be able to take into account at every moment of their life, in order to make the right inner decision…

So, dear friends, and others who may read this, my answer will be very simple: it’s up to you and your body! Don’t worry about what others may be doing or not doing, just follow your own inner sense of what to do…  and anyway, don’t forget to call for the Divine’s Help and Protection always, that would be my cheerful recommendation, for until we are fully supramentalized, no one knows when our own inner strength may suddenly fail us!…

Wherever you are inwardly and outwardly, I wish you all a Happy Continuation, in your own unique way, of your Integral Transformation – if that is your Aim, as my body’s and mine…

 

 

 

 

Sri Aurobindo sur Santé, Peur et Maladie

Traduction de l’article récent (https://labofevolution.wordpress.com/2020/08/05/sri-aurobindo-on-health-fear-and-disease/?fbclid=IwAR3D8EM_1LnJxFGajZA1dSAizOrpDTD9VZHJDPpdv_5R10kp8JbeGriA fjM), avec en plus ici les commentaires que la Mère a faits à leur propos.

Extraits tirés de “Pensées et Aphorismes” de Sri Aurobindo, commentés par la Mère (en italiques), p.376  et suivantes, dans la partie “Karma”:

12 mars 1970

386 —Les maladies se prolongent inutilement et se terminent par la mort plus souvent qu’il n’est inévitable, parce que le mental du malade soutient la maladie de son corps et s’y appesantit.

C’est d’une vérité absolue!

387 —La science médicale a été une malédiction plus qu’une bénédiction pour l’humanité. Certes, elle a brisé la violence des épidémies et découvert une chirurgie merveilleuse, mais elle a aussi affaibli la santé naturelle de l’homme et multiplié les maladies individuelles; elle a implanté dans le mental et dans le corps la peur et la dépendance; elle a appris à notre santé à ne pas s’appuyer sur la solidité naturelle mais sur la béquille branlante et répugnante des comprimés du règne minéral et végétal.

388 —Le médecin décoche une drogue sur la maladie : parfois il frappe juste, parfois il manque le but. Les coups manqués sont laissés hors de compte; les coups au but sont précieusement thésaurisés, comptés, mis en système et font une science.

C’est admirable !

389 —Nous rions du sauvage parce qu’il a foi en le sorcier-guérisseur, mais l’homme civilisé est-il moins superstitieux avec sa foi en les docteurs? Le sauvage constate qu’en répétant une certaine incantation, souvent il guérit d’une certaine maladie : il a confiance. Le malade civilisé constate qu’en s’administrant certains remèdes selon certaine ordonnance, souvent il guérit d’une certaine maladie : il a confiance. Où est la différence?

On pourrait dire, pour conclure, que c’est la foi du malade qui donne aux remèdes le pouvoir de guérir. Peut-être que si les hommes avaient une foi absolue en la puissance curative de la Grâce, ils éviteraient bien des maladies.

13 mars 1970

390 —Le berger de l’Inde septentrionale, attaqué par la fièvre, s’assoit dans le fleuve pendant une heure, ou plus, et se relève sain et sauf. Si l’homme instruit en faisait autant, il périrait, non pas parce qu’un remède de même nature tue l’un et guérit l’autre, mais parce que nos corps ont été irrémédiablement endoctrinés par le mental et ont pris de fausses habitudes.

391 —Ce ne sont pas tant les remèdes qui guérissent que la foi du malade en le médecin et en les médicaments. L’un et l’autre sont de maladroits succédanés de la foi naturelle en notre propre pouvoir spontané, que ceux-ci ont détruit.

392 —Les époques les plus saines de l’humanité furent celles où il y avait le moins de remèdes matériels.

393 —La race la plus robuste et la plus saine existant encore sur la terre était celle des sauvages d’Afrique; mais combien de temps pourront-ils rester sains et robustes une fois que leur conscience physique aura été contaminée par les aberrations mentales des races civilisées?

Comme toujours les paroles de Sri Aurobindo sont prophétiques. Car c’est lorsque l’humanité sera guérie de ses aberrations mentales qu’elle pourra manifester la conscience supramentale et retrouver la santé naturelle que le mental lui a fait perdre.

14 mars 1970

394 —Nous devrions nous servir de la santé divine qui est en nous pour guérir et empêcher les maladies; mais Galien, Hippocrate et toute la sainte tribu nous ont fourni à la place un arsenal de drogues et des tours de passe-passe barbares en latin pour évangile physique.

395 —La science médicale est bien intentionnée et ceux qui la pratiquent sont souvent bienfaisants et assez fréquemment pleins d’abnégation; mais la bonne intention de l’ignorant a-t-elle jamais empêché de faire du mal?

396 —Si réellement tous les remèdes étaient efficaces en soi et toutes les théories médicales solides, en quoi cela nous consolerait-il d’avoir perdu notre santé et notre vitalité naturelles? L’arbre “upas” est sain en toutes ses parties, mais c’est tout de même un arbre upas .* (* Arbre originaire d’Indonésie, dont la sève servait à faire des flèches empoisonnées.)

397 —L’esprit en nous est le seul médecin totalement efficace, et la soumission du corps à l’esprit, la seule panacée véritable.

398 —Dieu en nous est Volonté infinie qui s’accomplit spontanément. Insensible à la peur de la mort, ne peux-tu point Lui laisser le soin de tes maux, non pas à titre d’essai mais avec une foi calme et entière? Tu t’apercevras finalement qu’Il surpasse l’habileté d’un million de docteurs.

399 —La santé protégée par vingt mille précautions, tel est l’évangile du médecin; mais ce n’est pas l’évangile de Dieu pour le corps, ni celui de la Nature.

La souveraineté du mental a rendu l’humanité esclave des docteurs et de leurs remèdes. Et le résultat est que les maladies augmentent en nombre et en gravité. Le seul vrai salut pour les hommes est d’échapper à la domination mentale en s’ouvrant à l’Influence Divine qu’ils obtiendront par une soumission totale.

15 mars 1970

400 —Il fut un temps où l’homme était naturellement en bonne santé, et il pourrait revenir à cette condition première si on le lui permettait; mais la science médicale poursuit notre corps avec une innombrable troupe de drogues et assaille notre imagination par des hordes de microbes voraces.

401 —Je préférerais mourir et en avoir fini plutôt que de passer ma vie à me défendre contre le siège de microbes fantômes. Si c’est là être barbare et inéclairé, j’embrasse joyeusement mes ténèbres cimmériennes.

402 —Les chirurgiens sauvent et guérissent en tranchant et en mutilant. Pourquoi ne pas plutôt chercher à découvrir les remèdes directs et tout-puissants de la Nature?

403 —Il faudra longtemps avant que l’auto-guérison remplace la médecine en raison de la peur, du manque de confiance en soi et de notre croyance physique dénaturée en les médicaments, que la science médicale a enseignés à notre mental et à notre corps et dont elle a fait notre seconde nature.

Ce n’est par aucune mesure extérieure que nous pouvons réagir contre le mal fait par la foi mentale en la nécessité des drogues. C’est seulement en sortant de la prison mentale et en surgissant consciemment dans la lumière de l’esprit que nous pourrions, par une union consciente avec le Divin, Lui permettre de nous redonner l’équilibre et la santé que nous avons perdus. La transformation supramentale est le seul remède véritable.

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404 —La médecine n’est nécessaire à nos corps malades que parce que nos corps ont appris l’art de ne pas se rétablir sans médecines. Même ainsi, on constate souvent que le moment choisi par la Nature pour guérir est celui-là même où les docteurs avaient perdu tout espoir de conserver la vie.

405 —La perte de confiance en la puissance curative qui est en nous fut notre chute physique du paradis. La science médicale et une mauvaise hérédité sont les deux anges de Dieu qui se tiennent à la porte pour nous interdire d’y rentrer.

406 —La science médicale vis-à-vis du corps humain est telle une grande puissance qui, par sa protection, affaiblit un État plus petit, ou tel un voleur bienfaisant qui jette par terre sa victime et la crible de blessures afin qu’il puisse consacrer sa vie à guérir et à soigner son corps délabré.

407 —Les médicaments guérissent le corps —à moins qu’ils ne le détraquent tout simplement ou l’empoisonnent —seulement si leur attaque physique contre la maladie est soutenue par la force de l’esprit; si l’on peut faire agir cette force librement, les médicaments deviennent aussitôt superflus.

Sri Aurobindo nous fait une description saisissante du cauchemar dans lequel nous vivons, afin d’éveiller en nous l’aspiration inlassable vers le salut de la conscience véri-table et de la foi exclusive en la toute-puissance Divine.

Why From January 10th, I Couldn’t Blog

The last email I have been able to send from this cherished Golden MacBook has been on January 10th this year… nearly six months ago.

That last email was a SOS to all my neighbours at Luminosity, here in Auroville: my laptop’s battery, for a yet unknown reason, wasn’t charging anymore; it would be fully down soon, and my laptop would stop. Did anyone have by any chance the same kind of charger, that I could borrow briefly, just to check if it was the charger that was the problem?

No appropriate charger could be found among us for checking.

A few days later, after further investigation by our main Aurovilian specialist in that field, it turned out that

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the battery itself was the problem.

It was a plain and straightforward need of a new battery, he said, and ordered at once the specific one needed: it would only take about fifteen days to come, he assured me, with the blase air of one who had already ordered and received batteries of all kinds from that well-known company in China.

Yes, from China. Business as usual, or so it seemed then.

Several weeks later, not only nothing had come yet, but it was becoming quite clear that the battery wouldn’t come anytime soon: the whole world was slowly awakening to the fact that a new, unknown virus was invading it rapidly and dangerously… spreading out precisely from China.

The whole business world had started to collapse like a castle of cards depending on each other to stand: company after company had to stop working for the simple reason that they were missing the supplies normally received from the other companies that themselves had already had to close down because of not enough manpower, a situation due in turn to that huge problem: what had come to be called a ‘pandemic’, meaning a worldwide epidemic.

The whole of Auroville, of course, just as all the other places in India too, has had to go into the ‘confinement’/’lock down’ process that was getting generalized to one extent or the other in almost every country.

It wouldn’t have changed much actually to my own life, which is anyway not very social the way the lives of most other ‘normal’ people tend to be. My daily life, the way I prefer to live it, could be already considered pretty much of a ‘confinement’ by many of those other people, even in Auroville itself!…

Well, even if a kind of self-confinement was anyway my way of life, I wasn’t going to get away with this additional one so easily, though :

It so happened that in my own individual case this general confinement situation became aggravated, and not just by the absence of this indispensable laptop, as I explained above, for lack of the new battery it needed. On top of that there has been also the absence of my scooter…. for exactly the same reason!!!

Yes, as unbelievable as it may seem, my scooter’s battery too had needed to be changed just around the same time as the laptop’s, and so I had given it out to the mechanical workshop, also for supposedly a short time…. which then became forever, as in this case too, the battery required couldn’t anymore be obtained from anywhere!!!

So I found myself suddenly ‘super-confined’, so to say… but much to my delight, I must admit, because at the same time the Divine Grace has been somehow, through various friends with normal mobility, kindly providing me with all the necessary help concerning the basic needs of my life, without my having to go anywhere myself. For the first few days I bravely started walking to the Solar Kitchen nearby (where I usually take my lunches), queuing up for groceries, and then coming back, all by foot… On my way back one day, one of my toes got hurt, which, once I had managed to slowly and painfully reach home again, forced me to just stay there, so as not to get the wound infected.

This is when I realized I was truly meant to just stop my outer activities – and so I did.

Or almost: I did learn at last, with some kind help again, how to use my cellphone for receiving and getting email, so at least basic communication remained possible with the rest of the world, close family first of all – but operating the cellphone for such complicated things as writing, posting and sharing new articles on this Research Blog was much more than what I could manage to do on my own, or dare ask any other person to teach me how to do on that cellphone.

This is why this Blog has fallen silent for the longest period of time it ever did since its 2011 beginnings : nearly six months!…

At least nobody would die from that, I was quite sure (!…), so I didn’t worry much about that sudden silence due to my no-blogging situation, however frustrating it was at times for me during these six months. At the same time those months felt a bit like a parenthesis out of time, and a rather pleasant one at that, as far as I was concerned: I actually enjoyed this long period of almost total silence that has been for some reason imposed on me in that way by the Divine Wisdom…

And what did I do with my time for all this time?

Well, I mostly went within myself. Just dived in. Which I do also in ordinary times, of course, but oh my, was it wonderful to suddenly have the time to do it for the biggest part of the day, any day!… It had been decades since I had had so much freedom with my time and had felt free to go into my Inner Being for such wonderful stretches of Blissful No-Time, filling not only my Inner Being but the outer parts as well, including my dear population of body-cells, who badly miss that actual, concrete Bliss when my days are too full with ‘things to be done’ – although I really try always not to burden them too much, and to give them enough respite in between for them to rest sufficiently…

At last the needed battery, ô Joy, could be found in India itself, and my dear laptop was able to revive and be operational again.

But for a few weeks the present article, which I immediately and eagerly started to compose right then, still had to wait unfinished, for I had suddenly more urgent matters to deal with, not personally this time, but in the context of Auroville at large.

Finally today is the Day when a first new article did get posted again on this Blog of mine: quite unexpectedly it hasn’t been this waiting one, though, but the one just previous to this one, for its very topic made it obviously the first priority for the sake of all of you, my visitors: it was on the supremely important advice given by Sri Aurobindo himself on Health, Fear and Disease… (the link to it is at the bottom of this one, left side)

Now that also this present one is completed at last and about to be posted, I venture to say that I hope to be able to write more often again, and in more depth, as I usually do.

As far as I can see right now, my next new articles here will be mostly about what happened for me during these very special last six months: the most significant experiences and progresses in my being, as they settle slowly, and in hindsight their importance begins to emerge in my overall awareness and understanding not only of my personal life, but of this immense, infinite context that the Integral Yoga of Transformation gifted to us all by Sri Aurobindo and the Mother enables us to access, now in a more and more intense and frequent way, in these more and more obviously crucial times for the Evolution of Humanity as a whole on Planet Earth…

 

 

 

 

 

Sri Aurobindo on Health, Fear and Disease

Down below you will find some powerful ‘Thoughts and Aphorisms’ by Sri Aurobindo, written already around 1910-1914, that from the start of my stay in Auroville, from 1972 on, have helped me constantly to keep my body in good health most of the time, simply because my mind, thanks to Sri Aurobindo, had seen the deep roots of Disease, right in the mind itself:
‘Disease is needlessly prolonged and ends in death oftener than is inevitable, because the mind of the patient supports and dwells upon the disease of his body.
Medical Science has been more a curse to mankind than a blessing. It has broken the force of epidemics and unveiled a marvellous surgery, but, also, it has weakened the natural health of man and multiplied individual diseases; it has implanted fear and dependence in the mind and body; it has taught our health to repose not on natural soundness but a rickety and distasteful crutch compact from the mineral and vegetable kingdoms.
The doctor aims a drug at a disease; sometimes it hits, sometimes misses. The misses are left out of account, the hits treasured up, reckoned and systematised into a science.
We laugh at the savage for his faith in the medicine-man; but how are the civilised less superstitious who have faith in the doctors? The savage finds that when a certain incantation is repeated, he often recovers from a certain disease; he believes. The civilised patient finds that when he doses himself according to a certain prescription, he often recovers from a certain disease; he believes. Where is the difference?
The north-country Indian herdsman, attacked by fever, sits in the chill stream of a river for an hour or more and rises up free and healthy. If the educated man did the same, he would perish, not because the same remedy in its nature kills one and cures another, but because our bodies have been fatally indoctrinated by the mind into false habits.
It is not the medicine that cures so much as the patient’s faith in the doctor and the medicine. Both are a clumsy substitute for the natural faith in one’s own self-power which they have themselves destroyed.
The healthiest ages of mankind were those in which there were the fewest material remedies.
The most robust and healthy race left on earth were the African savages; but how long can they so remain after their physical consciousness has been contaminated by the mental aberrations of the civilised?
We ought to use the divine health in us to cure and prevent diseases; but Galen and Hippocrates and their tribe have given us instead an armoury of drugs and a barbarous Latin hocuspocus as our physical gospel.
Medical Science is well-meaning and its practitioners often benevolent and not seldom self-sacrificing; but when did the well- meaning of the ignorant save them from harm-doing?
If all remedies were really and in themselves efficacious and all medical theories sound, how would that console us for our lost natural health and vitality? The upas-tree is sound in all its parts, but it is still an upas-tree.
The spirit within us is the only all-efficient doctor and submission of the body to it the one true panacea.
God within is infinite and self-fulfilling Will. Unaffected by the fear of death canst thou leave to Him, not as an experiment, but with a calm and entire faith thy ailments? Thou shalt find that in the end He exceeds the skill of a million doctors.
Health protected by twenty-thousand precautions is the gospel of the doctor; but it is not God’s evangel for the body, nor Nature’s.
Man was once naturally healthy and could revert to that primal condition if he were suffered; but Medical Science pursues our body with an innumerable pack of drugs and assails the imagination with ravening hordes of microbes.
 
I would rather die and have done with it than spend life in defending myself against a phantasmal siege of microbes. If that is to be barbarous, unenlightened, I embrace gladly my Cimmerian darkness.
Surgeons save and cure by cutting and maiming. Why not rather seek to discover Nature’s direct all-powerful remedies?
It should take long for self-cure to replace medicine, because of the fear, self-distrust and unnatural physical reliance on drugs which Medical Science has taught to our minds and bodies and made our second nature.
Medicine is necessary for our bodies in disease only because our bodies have learned the art of not getting well without medicines. Even so, one sees often that the moment Nature chooses for recovery is that in which the life is abandoned as hopeless by the doctors.
Distrust of the curative power within us was our physical fall from Paradise. Medical Science and a bad heredity are the two angels of God who stand at the gates to forbid our return and re-entry.
Medical Science to the human body is like a great Power which enfeebles a smaller State by its protection or like a benevolent robber who knocks his victim flat and riddles him with wounds in order that he may devote his life to healing and serving the shattered body.
Drugs cure the body when they do not merely trouble or poison it, but only if their physical attack on the disease is supported by the force of the spirit; if that force can be made to work freely, drugs are superfluous.’
(Sri Aurobindo, ‘Thoughts and Aphorisms’, in vol. ‘Essays Divine And Human’, pp. 474-77)

 

This doesn’t mean of course that in the present circumstances we shouldn’t wear a mask and use sanitizers as required by our respective governments’ rules. Of course we should. But within, there shouldn’t be fear…

All my thanks go to ‘Muriel d’Auroville’ who on her Facebook Timeline has copied all these texts. I had tried to do it myself before, but hadn’t managed to do it well enough technically, so I was overjoyed yesterday to discover her recent post, and to be able to copy it, first on my own Timeline, and, for better visibility, here on my Research Blog as well now…

For more deep insights about Health, see the full Category (in the right margin ‘Health & Healing’… and also ‘The Way of Fun’.

To your Health!…

Men In Uniform

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Security personnels around the globe are believe to have enormous power due to them being law enforcement officers a power given to them by the state.

Law enforcement officers are meant to serve, protect and preserve the lives and properties of people but not to be oppressors of the the people.

Men in uniform have been criticized all over the globe of the nature of their behavior in dealing with people like using excessive force on protesters or heavy handling of suspects resulting to loss of lives and serious health complications for survivors.

Is time for leaders or society in general to act in balancing the power of Men in Uniform by putting pressure on where they get their power from to come up with legislations that limits what they can and can’t do in dealing with people.

As lord Action said “Power tends to corrupt and absolute power corrupts…

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Smile……!!!!

The Golden Moon's Poetry

One smile
One acceptance
Changes the whole situation….!!!!!
©Dr. Sakshi Pal

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New Year 2020: the Message Card

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Posted here with my thanks also to Kanayalal Bakraniya who relayed it all on his Facebook Timeline.

Merry Christmas..

(I’m reblogging here today’s post by Sohair under this title, from her own blog)

Try to get it!

To all Christians all over the planet..I say Merry Christmas…I want to wish you a happy holiday and a happy time..I am a moslem..but I visit the church and share the ceremonies with Christians in my country..my Christian neighbours love me and I love them..It’s all about humanity…religion is such a message of love and an invitation to love each other..I want to send a message to Jesus..I am sure you hear me now..peace be upon you when you were born and when you will die and when you come alive again..you are the messanger of Allah..you are the soul of Allah ..I love you and I love all messengers of Allah..Peace ..light and love for all humanity..Note(1):I love wordpress..she’s my daughter that grows up in front of my eyes day after day..that’s why I cut off my vacation and came back to her…Allah says

يَـٰٓأَيُّهَا ٱلَّذِينَ ءَامَنُواْ كُونُوٓاْ أَنصَارَ…

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The December issue of “The BeZine” will publish later today …

Jamie Dedes' THE POET BY DAY Webzine

“The BeZine” will be published today as scheduled, but probably rather late in the day. We’ve been running a bit behind, but what a delight in a world gone mad to encounter all the wisdom and compassion in the hearts of our contributors. I get to spend the day with these beautiful souls.

“There is a LIGHT in this world. A healing spirit more powerful than any darkness we may encounter. We sometime lose sight of this force when there is suffering, and too much pain. Then suddenly, the spirit will emerge through the lives of ordinary people who hear a call and answer in extraordinary ways.” Richard Attenborough

Jamie Dedes
The BeZine
Managing and Founding Editor

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