Fundamentally, the word health itself comes from the root word ‘whole’. Feeling healthy is having a sense of wholeness within us. If we are free of diseases, medically, that is not health. If we feel like a complete human being in our body, mind and spirit, that is when we are really healthy. There are many people who are medically healthy, but not healthy in the real sense because they do not experience a sense of wellness within themselves.
If one has to experience this sense of wholeness and oneness, it’s important that one’s body, mind, and above all, one’s energy functions on a certain level of intensity within themselves. Now, physically, as per medical terms, one may be healthy, but energies may be lethargic. One doesn’t know why things don’t happen in life the way they should, both inside and outside; this is simply because one is not taking care of the well-being of one’s energy. For every physical or psychological situation that you go through in life, there is an energy basis, which in turn, has a chemical basis. In a way, modern allopathic medicines have become just chemistry. For every problem that arises in your body, you are just trying to take in some medicine, a chemical, and come to some kind of balance. If you use one chemical to bring down one aspect, or enhance another, there is also a side effect to this. For this side-effect, there is an antidote; for the antidote there is another antidote, it’s an endless chain. Whatever is happening on the chemistry level in your body is only controlled by the way your energies function. Because a man has got excess acids within him, you ingest some alkaline medicine into him. But why does he have excessive acids? Because of the way his mind, his body, and above all, his energy functions.
So in yoga, when we say health, we don’t look at the body; we don’t look at the mind; we only look at the energy—the way it is. If your energy body is in proper balance and full flow, your physical body and mental body will be in perfect health. There is no question about it. Keeping the energy body in full flow is not about cures. It is about going to the foundation of your energy system and activating it in a proper way—building a foundational yogic practice that establishes your energy in such a way that your body and mind are naturally fine.
When it comes to health, no human being gets to live in perfect conditions. The pressures of life, the food we eat, the air we breathe, the water we drink, all these affect us in many ways. The more our activities are in the world; the more we’re exposed to many things that can throw our chemistry off balance and create health problems. But if the energy in our system is properly cultivated and kept active, these things will not have an effect. Without a doubt, the physical body and the mental body will be in perfect health.
Life functions in many ways. Let us say you don’t know anything about electricity—you don’t even know what electricity is. This hall is dark. If I tell you that if you press a button, the whole hall will be flooded with light, will you believe me? No. Now I just do it, and light appears. You will call it a miracle, isn’t it? Simply because you don’t understand how electricity works. Similarly, right now, medical sciences are limited to knowing just the physical body. If anything happens beyond that, you think it’s a miracle. I call it another kind of science, that’s all. Life functions in so many ways. You have just limited yourself to the physical and the logical. This life energy in you created your whole body—these bones, this flesh, this heart, this kidney and everything else. Do you think it cannot create health? If your energies are kept in full flow and proper balance, it is capable of creating much more than just health.
By Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev