Edited by Marco Ferrini
From the Book: Freedom from Loneliness and Suffering
The topic that we will discuss today has a great anthropological value: it is the concept of complete health, called holistic health. In spite of the general economic well being in the industrialized world and the growing technological development of modern society, the individuals still suffer from a kind of bewilderment creating deep discomfort, fear, loneliness and suffering.
The most recent statistics of the Health Department in Italy show that in our country ten million people, including the children, are suffering from personality disturbances and mental diseases. In other words, one on five persons has this kind of problems. These are very high figures, presenting a worrisome scenario. We should say that the number of people suffering from the consequences of such pathologies is even higher, because those who have a disturbed mind or personality also create difficulties to their family members and to all those who are in contact with them. Furthermore, people ask for the intervention of a psychologist or psychiatrist only when the situation becomes intolerable, but generally the doctor merely prescribes medication which can simply alleviate the manifestation of the problem without eliminating it.
I would like to draw your attention on this problem because, before being able to treat a patient we need to adequately understand the phenomenon, to consider the precise measure of the discomfort, in order to act in an effective and hopefully decisive way. If we want to face the issues of loneliness, fear, suffering in a positive way with the determination to solve them, first of all we need to understand “who is suffering”.
The West has made great progress in the field of technology, investigating matter and delving into the atomic and subatomic science, but it has neglected a field of knowledge that is much more important: the person in his most intimate essence, the subject, the self who is expressed through consciousness. Today we have a good knowledge of the body of a person, his respiratory system, his immune system, endocrinal and blood circulation, but too little is known about the mind. And if the mind is still largely unknown, even more neglected is the knowledge of the self, that can be known only through the purification of one’s consciousness. The self, the subject, the real person who experiences and acts in life, is situated beyond the mind and the body.
The ancient Indian sages from Vedic civilization expressed a vision of the living entity so interesting and rich that still today it can integrate Western knowledge, contributing a patrimony of intuitions and discoveries that has always constituted a treasure for wise and enlightened persons, an invaluable asset for its completeness and practical applications. Each resource is a universal asset, a wealth that everybody should be able to access and utilize, so real knowledge cannot be limited within a particular people or a geographical area, but it belongs to the entire mankind.
The knowledge of the living entity, developed in the course of millennia by the ancient and modern sages of India, is an asset of absolute importance because it can heal the problems of modern society involving all of us.