The Master Said to Narendra:
"Have you become an experienced physician?"
Quoting a Sanscrit verse he said, "He who has killed only
a hundred patients is a novice in medicine;
but he becomes an expert after killing a thousand."
"It is God Himself who has become the physicians.
Therefore one must believe all of them.
But one cannot have faith in them
if one thinks of them as mere men."
"Prayer and the company of holy men is the way.
You cannot get rid of an ailment without the help of a physician.
But it is not enough to be in the company of religious people
only for a day. You should constantly seek it,
for the disease has become chronic."
"God laughs on two occasions. He laughs when the physician says
to the patient's mother, 'Don't be afraid, mother;
I shall certainly cure your boy.' God laughs to Himself,
'I am going to take his life, and this man says he will save it !'
The physician thinks he is the master, forgetting that God
is the Master. God laughs again when two brothers divide
their land with a string, saying to each other, '
This side is mine and that side is yours.'
He laughs and says to Himself, 'The whole universe belongs to Me,
but they say they own this portion or that portion."
"Why doesn't God free us from the world?
Ah, He will free us when the disease is cured.
He will liberate us from the world when we are
through with the enjoyment of 'woman and gold'.
Once a man registers his name in the hospital,
he cannot run away. The doctor will not let him go
away unless his illness is cured."
"But you must remember that nothing can be achieved except
in its proper time. Some persons must pass through many
experiences and perform many worldly duties before they can
turn their attention to God: so they have to wait a long time.
If an abscess is lanced before it is soft, the result is not good;
the surgeon makes the opening when it is soft and has come to a head."
THE THREE CLASSES OF PHYSICIANS
Wednesday, June 25th,
1884. Bengal, India
The Master said: "There are
three classes of physicians. The physicians of one
class feel the patients pulse and go away, merely
prescribing medicine. As they leave the room they
simply ask the patient to take the medicine. They
are the poorest class of physicians.
are teachers who give only instruction, but do not
stop to see whether their teachings have produced a
good or bad effect. They do not think at all about
"There are physicians of another
class, who prescribe medicine and ask the patient
to take it. If the patient is unwilling to follow
their directions, they reason with him. They are the
mediocre physicians. Likewise, there are mediocre
teachers. They give instruction to the student and,
further, try to persuade him in various ways to
follow the instruction.
are physicians of the highest class. If the patient
does not respond to their gentle persuasion, they
exert force upon him. If necessary, they press
their knees on the patient's chest and force the
medicine down his throat.
Likewise, there are
teachers of the highest class, who even exert
force to direct the mind of the pupil toward God."
Here is a 60 second WAV
file recording of a sloka from Soundarya Lahari a prelude to the Telegu song
Vinayakuniwhich implores in all humility "Mother, like the moonshine that falls
both on the deserving palatial terraces and the undeserving shrubs of the forest,
let Your grace pour on me too, however undeserving I am"
Sloka by Shrimati M. S. Subbulakshmi____