MEDITATION OR MEDICATION: body mind in changing times


Health is a word that is often misunderstood. Just a disease free state of the body is a bit harsh defining term for health. Only when the mental, physical and emotional levels assign a balance among themselves and produces a state of harmony in every activity, health can be said to be sound.

But the reality is far away from that. Even with all the scientific equipment that we have, this homo friendly state is nowhere near. On the contrary we have further destroyed the body by building it up too much. A race that is yet to be won, has been attempted by all, and yet no one seems to be on the other side. But maybe this other side is just an illusion that we have created to keep our hopes alive. So we go on piling up skin over skin, mind over mind and repeat the same mistake time after time.

Let’s have a look at some of the statistics to get some clarity:

  • more than 80 % of the world’s adolescent population is insufficiently physically active.
  • about 36 % of American adults are obese and globally more than 1 in 10 are obese
  • 32 million Americans have food allergies
  • Around 1 in 6 persons globally have one or more mental or substance use disorders
  • Close to 800 000 people die due to suicide every year. Suicide is the second leading cause of death in 15-29-year-olds.
  • India, America, China, Russia come under the category of the most depressed nations.
  • In EU countries 27% of the adult population had experienced one of a series of mental disorder in the past.

Not including the poverty and malnutrition part, it shows the cases of mostly countries which are said to have done pretty good work. But only to end up falling in a pit again- this time a revised good looking one.

With the changing times, machines have snatched the menial roles away from men, so the extra burden of an inactive body falls upon the mind. To cope with the current state of body, mind and emotion; work is required on all these aspects. Picking one over the other won’t do the job.

And that’s where meditation comes into play. It covers all the aspects of human body, mind and emotion. Medication can only be an instant relief, but meditation could prove to be a permanent cure.

A very renowned 2oth century mystic Osho devised some of the most vibrant and scientific methods of meditation. It not only releases the repressed emotions but also improve the quality of life. His active meditations include dynamic, kundalini, nadabrahma, nataraj, gourishankar etc. Various other yoga practises can also be added. A lot of work in this field has been promoted lately, but still seems like drop in the ocean, as the ocean keeps on expanding.

It’s high time that we revise our working mechanism and organisational setup. Saving machines can cost humans. Better to set up our priorities before it’s too late. Bulking up the body by eating non veg food and looking like adults in adolescence is only going to destroy the human system.

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