Society For Spiritual Development (Facebook group)
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Health And Spirituality
The current definition of health by the World Health Organization includes physical, mental and social dimensions of health. But even a cursory look at the current state of the world reveals that social health is conspicuous by its absence. There is severe unrest in almost every country. Crime rate is increasing in most places. There is steady increase in alcohol abuse, drug abuse, human trafficking, child abuse (physical, psychological and sexual), terrorism, rampant corruption and breakdown of families. Not a day passes without reports of murder and rape. All the advances in science and technology have not helped people to enjoy peace of mind and happiness. Today’s average man is running like a headless chicken without knowing where he is going. The reason for all these problems is lack of mental health. Mental health is as important as or even more important than physical health. A mentally strong person can overcome his physical disability and achieve something which many so called normal people may not achieve. A mentally weak person may resort to begging even if he has no physical disability. A criminal is a person with a sick mind. That the mind has a strong influence on the body is well known. Diseases of the mind can affect the body resulting in psycho-somatic disorders. But the relationship between mental health and the soul is still not widely appreciated. However many leading psychiatrists are now accepting the existence of soul. Other specialists in the medical field and eminent scientists including a few Nobel Prize winners belonging to various fields have also accepted the existence of soul. Detailed description of all the evidence for the existence of soul is beyond the scope of this article. As a result of more than one hundred years of research by hundreds of researchers we have irrefutable evidence for the existence of soul. Hence the time has come to examine the link between mental health and soul. Those who are curious to know about this topic can visit the facebook group mentioned above and read all the articles dealing with this. In fact the soul is our real identity. If a person reflects on the question “Who am I” he can realize that he is not the body or the mind but the conscious entity which witnesses everything. The real nature of the soul is bliss. In spite of great advances science has several limitations and cannot take us beyond certain point. The nature of soul can only be experienced but not explained. For this we have to depend on those who have experienced their real nature. The root cause of all psychological problems is spiritual ignorance-that is identifying oneself with the non-self namely the body mind complex. When a person identifies himself with the body-mind complex and loses awareness of his real self he is not able to experience happiness. He tries to find it by running after worldly objects. He spends all his time making money and satisfying his senses. But the nature of the mind is such that when presented with the same experience for a prolonged period it gets bored and wants something different. How then can man experience lasting happiness? As the mind goes on demanding new experiences man tries to satisfy it by titillating his senses in every possible way. But the end result will only be frustration as the mind can never be satisfied. Such a person is at risk of turning to tobacco, alcohol, drug abuse and promiscuity. He will be prepared to do anything to earn money as it is essential to buy anything. Invariably this leads to mental stress due to overworking and fear of getting caught. Mental stress will sooner or later adversely affect physical health. Another fascinating fact discovered by psychiatrists while trying to deal with problems like anxiety, depression and phobias is that a person can be affected by the...