Does The Mind Have The Power To Cure? – Sadhguru


Your mind is your employee. Yes or no? Why have you made him your enemy? resentment, anger, hatred, these are all poisons
you drink and you expect someone else to die; Life doesn’t work like that. Do something about this one! (Referring to oneself) Fix this one before you enter the world.
(Referring to oneself) Question Slide: Can I cause sickness to myself by the way I think? And can I cure myself with my thoughts? Sadhguru: Once… Shankaran Pillai had… (Few laughs) Why, you’re laughing at somebody’s ailment,
this is not good. (Laughter) Shankaran Pillai had chronic tuberculosis, so he went to the doctor. Been festering for a long time but it
became too much of a problem so he went. The doctor took an X-ray and looked –
big holes in the lungs. He said, “You need to get admitted into the hospital right away and it takes a minor surgery and you have to stay in the hospital
minimum six months and it’ll cost you $50,000.” Shankaran Pillai said, “ No, no way!”
(Laughter) “$50,000 for sure I don’t have. Six months, no way. I can give you $100, what can you do, now?” The doctor looked at him, looked at the X-ray,
looked at him, looked at the X-ray, he said, “Well, for $100 I could touch up the X-ray for you.” (Laughter/Applause) It is possible that you could have caused
physical damage to your system, an ailment because of your patterns of thinking,
very much possible because you’re a psycho soma – whatever happens in the mind,
invariably happens in the body. But once the damage is
manifested in the body physically, trying to think it away could be just wishful thinking. I’m not saying it’s not at all possible but after all,
you have only one life, you don’t take such a risk. Yes, you would like to assist it with your thought process also, but, “No, I will just sit down and think it away” – you may think yourself away, you know.
(Laughs/Few Laughs) So, don’t try such things. Disease or no disease, ailment or no ailment,
you have no business to make a mess out of your mind, you have no business to torture this being. Whether you get ailment or
you don’t get an ailment is the next thing but you have simply no business to torture this being,
because this is, in a way, it’s a helpless being. See, if I run after you with a hot iron right now,
you will try to escape, you’ll call for help. You can do all those things but suppose you take a hot iron and start
putting into this one, where will this one run? Even a 5, 6-year-old kid has some defense, isn’t it? But this one, no defense. Whatever nonsense you do to this one
it has to just go through it, no escape. So, this is like torturing a fetus trapped inside,
now you start poking it – this is just like that, yes? The cruelest form of torture, the cruelest that you can do
is self torture because a totally helpless being… Everybody else, however helpless they are
they have some defense, isn’t it? Yes? The weakest person can stab you
when you’re fast asleep. Yes or no? It’s happened, isn’t it? Somebody is weak, you went on poking them,
one day when you’re sleeping they came and poked you. They can do something. Even a very weak person, even a child can
do something to you, but this one, totally helpless. So, you have no business to torture this one, whether you have got an ailment or you haven’t got an ailment. If you have gotten an ailment already, if you’ve already taken it that far, that you cause damage to the system, it is better that it is assisted in all ways possible – yes,
definitely you must stop your nonsense. But if the system needs medicine, surgery, this one,
that one, whatever is needed it has to be done. Trying to just think it away… because you
brought it through your mind, do not think that you can
take it away through your mind. Possible, I’m not saying no at all, I cannot say it’s 100% no, it is possible, but you don’t try
such things because you may think yourself away. Once it crosses a certain point,
then nobody can help you, isn’t it? Yes? Even your doctors give up at some point or no? The only people who don’t give up on you
is the Insurance. Everybody else gives up on you at some point, the only people who don’t want to give up
on you is Insurance, because… you know. (Laughs) So, keeping your mind life-friendly
is definitely your business. Your mind should be friendly to this life,
isn’t it so? Should work for this life. After all, your mind is your employee. Yes or no? Why have you made him your enemy? If you do not know how to handle the people
who work for you, they will turn into your enemies, don’t have any misunderstanding about this,
don’t have any doubt about this, it happens, isn’t it so? Hmm? If you don’t handle your own children properly,
they will turn into your enemies. No? You have any doubt? “No, not my son, he won’t do that” –
don’t have any doubt, he’ll do that. If you don’t handle him right,
he will turn into your enemy. Yes or no? Yes or no? That’s the way life is. Now, why is it your mind, such a powerful,
beautiful, miraculous thing has turned into your enemy? This is something we have to look at, whether
you have an ailment or you’re on the way. Whichever way, it’s time you look at it. Isn’t it so? Hmm? You shouldn’t let any time pass, because
thinking diseases in and thinking diseases out is not fun, it’ll cost life. Once you have an ailment it becomes a fulltime
engagement, you won’t have any other luxury of sitting and listening to spiritual discourse
like this, it’ll take away everything, you’ll be sitting in a hospital queue. Yes or no? It’s not fun. Yes? It’s not fun. Till you get there, you don’t realize how bad it is. Everybody, however healthy you are, once a month take a tour of a major hospital in your town, you must, really. You must go and see, not for some perverse pleasure
but you must see what can happen to human beings, just small things wrong, that’s all. They didn’t commit any great crime, they were
just everyday creating little acid in their stomach, see where it’s gotten them. If you handle everything right, you still, you know, the damn tick may get into you
and cause problems, who knows? Yes? You handled everything right, doesn’t matter, you got into an airplane, you’re thinking
they’re all people, but the swine flu got into you. Somebody is a swine there, you don’t know. If you do everything right, still there are
million problems. Isn’t it so? Yes? The nature of life is such, even if you drink milk you could get poisoned, but if you’re talking about drinking poison and living well,
all the best, that’s all I can say. Isn’t it so? If you eat good food it can turn into poison
in your stomach, it’s possible. If you eat the best things it can turn into poison. You want to eat poison and live well, I can only wish you luck because
there’s no other way for such a person, isn’t it? You’re churning up poison and hoping to live well
– oh, you need lot of luck. We have to arrange the whole tapestry of stars
into a straight line for you – all the stars in line for you,
otherwise life will not work for you, it’ll get you. So, please keep your mind in line, it should work for you,
it should do beautiful things for you, not ugly things. Why is your mind doing ugly things? So now, “I can’t stand her, I can’t stand her” – if I develop resentment – resentment, anger, hatred, these are all poisons you drink and you expect
someone else to die; life doesn’t work like that. If you drink the poison only you die, not somebody else. “I hate her, I want her dead, I want her dead” –
only you die, not her, isn’t it? You drink poison and you expect somebody else to die –
it doesn’t work like that, So, you need to get this straightened out. If your mind is working against you, first
and foremost thing that you do is take a break from every damn thing that you’re doing,
it doesn’t matter what you’re doing. You understand? Your work, your family, your nonsense, take a break
from everything, go to an appropriate place. If you want you can come here or go to India
or go somewhere else, wherever it works for you. Do something about this one! Fix this one before you enter the world, isn’t it? So, sit down in one place, see what you can
do about this one, because once you live in this world, either you must do something good to yourself, or
you must do something good to ten people around you. Either you must be keeping yourself truly joyful
and living, you don’t care about anybody, it doesn’t matter, at least you’re happy, we’re okay. Or, you’re doing something nice for
somebody around you, you’re okay. Anybody who is not doing any good to himself or to anybody around him, has really
no right to call himself human, isn’t it? That much intelligence and awareness
nature has put into you. Isn’t it so? Yes? Maybe you can’t do some great act in the world,
it doesn’t matter. At least walk gently upon this planet,
that much you can do, right? Yes? Maybe you can’t go out and serve the whole world,
it doesn’t matter, at least walk joyfully. If you walk joyfully on this planet, suddenly
you see the whole world looks beautiful. Once the whole world looks beautiful, naturally
you will shed a glance, a loving glance upon everything, this is natural process. Is it so? If you walk through this very joyfully, whatever
you look at, looks beautiful. Once everything looks beautiful to you, you
naturally shed a very loving glance upon everything that you see – you’re a blessed being; that’s
all it takes. And if you’re not so, isn’t it time that you
take some time off and work upon yourself “No, no, I’m doing something important”
– you’re not doing anything important; because, in everything that you do, who you are will
find expression, isn’t it? Hmm? Not your stupid good intentions which will
find expression. Who you are will find expression in everything
that you do. If you have poison in your head, with good
intentions you’ll inject poison into the world, that’s what is happening in the world. More damage is happening to this world with
good intentions than with bad intentions. Isn’t it so? In 1934, Adolf Hitler gave a speech in Hamburg
and he said, “I’m doing the duty of my forefathers,” when people asked him why he’s rounding up
people and sending them to the gas. And I want you to understand, I believe that
he was not lying, he believes… that’s the most dangerous thing. He’s not a liar, he believes what he’s doing,
that’s what empowers the man. Within a short span of time, the way he organized
the whole nation and made everybody believe whatever he believes in, is not simple organization. Phenomenal organization, isn’t it? Because the man believes 100% and he believes
that he is doing the best thing that can be done to the world. So, your good intentions are not going to
save the world – how you are. And how you are will change only if you can
breathe, walk, lie down, sit down joyfully. If you cannot do this one thing, everything
else will be just poison, whatever you do. Only when you’re pleasant within yourself,
you feel pleasant about everything around you. Only when you feel pleasant about everything
around you, you move around with a certain sense and value to life around you, otherwise
it doesn’t matter how much morality you carry in you, how many scriptures you remember,
you will find ways to do the cruelest possible things. So, the first and foremost business, the first
and basic responsibility for a human being is, how he sits here. “Are you sitting here joyfully, are you
sitting here with some misery being manufactured in your head” – this is the foremost thing
that you have to attend to, only after that everything else; because otherwise nothing
else really works, please see. Whenever you feel very miserable, always the
thought comes you want to end your life. You don’t take action on that but thought
comes, isn’t it? Yes or no? You try this, 24 hours you remain in misery. You always entertain yourself with a television
or a book or a friend or something – don’t do that; 24 hours just remain in misery. Within 24 hours you will get serious thoughts
that you want to end your life, for sure, because nobody can bear misery more than for
a few minutes. More than a few minutes you need a diversion,
otherwise you’ll go crazy, isn’t it? To understand misery does not work, that’s
not the way to conduct life, whatever may be your life situation, whatever I’m saying… Whatever may be happening with your life,
maybe when you came to the satsang you packed everything in your car and come and you have
no house to go back to, maybe, if you’ve come from Michigan. Not you, okay, not you. Maybe something else, there may be many things
in life. Whatever it may be, you are better off than
when you were born, isn’t it? You came with nothing, at least you got something
now – you’re on the profit side. Look at the beauty of life – you came with
utterly nothing, whatever may be happening you’re still in profit, not in loss, so you
cannot complain. Hmm? Isn’t it so? So, don’t try to think your disease away,
think your misery away. Hmm? If you think your misery away, ailment or
no ailment, we’ll see.