Our traditional medicines treat a person not as a body, but a trinity of body, mind and soul. Though the medicine is same, it does not produce same result to all patients - among the reasons are the differences in physiology as well as psychology and spiritual quotient of people.
Peace is the best pill. It is experienced by people in many ways - by way of helping others in a selfless way, by discharging one's duty without thinking about results, and devotion. However, for those who are intellectuals, meditation holds greater appeal.
At Aravindh Health Centre, we are organizing 10-day Vipassana meditation camps, as taught By S N Goenka, in the tradition of Sayagyi U Ba Khin, at Rajapalayam. Though Vipassana is not positioned as a therapeutic programme, there are no dearth of studies to show the relevance of peace of mind and health of the body. Almost 80% of all lifestyle, modern day diseases are directly or indirectly linked to emotional, psychological and mental health.
Vipassana, which means to see things as they really are, is one of India's most ancient techniques of meditation. It was rediscovered by Gotama Buddha more than 2500 years ago and was taught by him as a universal remedy for universal ills. Vipassana aims for the total eradication of mental impurities and the resultant highest happiness of full liberation. Healing, not merely the curing of diseases, but the essential healing of human suffering, is its purpose.
The recent Vipassana camp, which was held in October, 2013, attracted over 50 participants from across the State. The Vipassana camps for 2014 are scheduled to take place during February 26-09 March, 2014, and October 1-12, 2014. There are no charges for food, accommodation and the meditation programme. You may find more details about what Vipassana is and how the programme is conducted at http://www.dhamma.org/