To develop awareness among the masses of the importance of maintaining a healthy life-style.
To reintroduce the ancient concept of holistic health care into the practice of modern medicine and affirm the role of meditation in developing a healthy world.
To encourage a high standard of ethics and exemplary conduct among medical and health professionals.
To provide an environment in which distinguished medical scientists and specialists can dialogue and exchange experiences.
To conduct and publish research into the psycho-physiology of Raja Yoga Meditation and its application in the prevention of sickness and promotion of health.
To encourage public and professional responsibility in meeting the World Health Organisation's objectives.
Views and Perspectives: [ Top ]
There is no denying that the medical advances of the last decades of the 20th century are nothing short of miraculous. Wonders, such as major organ transplants, heart bypasses, hip replacements, laser surgeries and sophisticated diagnostic techniques, relieve the suffering and extend the life span of countless individuals who would otherwise be doomed to an untimely and painful end.
There is also widespread recognition of the interrelationship between mind and body. Holistic medicine and health practices are steadily gaining popularity. Diet, stress in the workplace and environmental factors-both physical and psychological- are being measured as to their impact on well-being and provisions are now made in the health care policies of major companies for alternative therapies such as acupuncture and homoeopathy.
Yet while the mental, emotional and social aspects of a patient's well-being are beginning to be addressed, there is still little understanding as to how a person's thoughts, attitudes, and beliefs contribute to his or her well-being.
Dis-ease begins first at the level of spirit. A human being, who has a sense of true self-love and self-respect as well as a clear understanding of the value of his or her life, is resistant to diseases of all types. However, when these are diminished or damaged through loss or trauma, the spirit becomes susceptible to negative and waste thoughts and vibrations. The will towards love and life is weakened and the physical system reflects this by being accident-prone, vulnerable to disease-producing elements such as germs and viruses and with reduced psychological immunity to social pressures, interpersonal tensions and other forms of stress. Various forms of sensual indulgence and addictive behaviour result from the soul's attempt to compensate or escape the inner impoverishment and discomfort.
Spiritually empowered medicine prescribes meditation and spiritual practices which enhance an individual's resistance to the negative influences that drain spiritual energy. At the same time it promotes self-respect, purposefulness and other values which empower the will and strengthen the character. Spiritual empowerment demonstrates the truth that 'sound character contributes to a sound mind and body'. Best of all, meditation is a medication that has no adverse side effects.
Nurses, doctors and other medical personnel can also benefit from spiritual empowerment. Often they are victims of the same addictive habits (smoking and drinking alcohol) as their patients. Hospitals, medical schools and out-patient clinics are often stressful environments. The Global Hospital & Research Centre (see p. 75) is an example of a spiritually empowered medical environment where all staff regularly practise meditation. Many patients describe its calm and comforting ambiance-a marked contrast to many medical establishments of the same size and scope- as having played a significant role in their recovery.