Health, human family and
human values by Swami
Health is the foundation on which human life
rests. There is no greater wealth than health. What is the origin
of this word 'Health'? It is derived from the Anglo-Saxon word 'Heilig
', meaning that which is sacred and pure. The body is a
combination of different limbs. So, only when all limbs are
utilized for sacred purposes can one have good health and
happiness. For a healthy mind, one should have a healthy body. The
Spirit (Atma) sustains human life basing on the health of the body
and the mind. Health is the primary requisite for the realization
of the four objectives of human life - Dharma (righteousness),
Artha (wealth), Kaama (desire) and Moksha (liberation).
is ensured by the proper utilization of head and heart. There are
many unseen qualities in man. But man values only that, which he
sees, listens and experiences. But, no importance is given to that
which is unseen. That which is unseen is actually responsible for
experiencing the fruits of one's action. All human qualities
spring from the heart only, they cannot be obtained from teachers
The main cause for illness is
psychological disturbances. These are nothing but illusions and
dilusions. In olden days diseases were few in number. But today
they are rampant. What is the reason for this? The fear that one
may be a victim of the prevalent disease. '80% of the diseases are
psychological. If you check your pulse rate under anxiety, you
will find it abnormal. Do not bestow undue attention on your
health; discharge your duties peacefully, then everything will be
Just as each limb
is as important as any other in the body, so also is each
individual in the society. All limbs have to work in unison for
the effective functioning of the body. Unity is most essential for
man. Unity leads to purity, which in turn leads to divinity.
Cultivate the feeling of brotherhood of man and fatherhood of God.
People may come from varied cultures, languages and countries, but
all are the children of God. Since you make distinctions based on
country, culture and language, you are unable to comprehend
divinity. Everyone is a member of the universal family.
God's creation follows certain rules and regulations. Even the
sunrise and sunset are regulated by the Divine command. But, man
today is not following the dictates of God, though he is endowed
with supreme intelligence. Today man is acquiring knowledge, which
is information-oriented, not transformation-oriented. This
information-oriented knowledge makes man a machine, a computer;
whereas, transformation-oriented knowledge makes man a composer.
The transformation-oriented knowledge confers human values.
Compilation from: Sathya Sai Baba,
Divine Discourse "Unity is Divinity" 20 Nov 1998, Prasanthi