According to the ancient Vedic chronological system of Samvatsara सांवत्सर the current year 2020 is the year 2077 of the Age of Vikrama विक्रम. It has the special name – Pramatha प्रमाथ. In Sanskrit this word means torment, pain, suffering, destruction, damage and so on. In addition it also means evil ghosts, spirits, mystical beings and other invisible enemies of a man…

Many times in my lectures I mentioned that there is no, there wasn’t and there will not be stability in our life. Because that the very nature of life is instability. That, what is going on in the world as the result of the pandemic, when the usual life of hundreds of millions of people radically changed and their plans, hopes and dreams collapsed at one moment. It is a clear illustration of this instability.

There is one very interesting point in this ancient Tantric science of signs and omens. When some significant natural anomalies happen, for example: snow falls in summer or there is no snow in winter, as it was this winter, this means that there will be some disasters and epidemics that will impact large masses of people. In our case, this is the unprecedented outbreak of the global coronavirus pandemic.
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There is an easy way to improve your Karma. After a meal, thank Mother Nature for the food she provided. The positive energy generated at this moment will help you, all people and nature itself.

True self-love.

You only eat organic.
Talk good about yourself.
Using high-quality makeup.
Go to SPA.
Buying gifts.

Isn’t that the true self-love?

Most important in life.

Love for yourself is the cornerstone of existence. Bible tells us to love your neighbor as you love yourself. Meaning that if you do not love yourself, if you haven’t experienced such love, then you cannot love anyone else. How can you tell another person what an orange tastes like if you have never tried the fruit?

The absence of self-love is a principal cause of all relationships.
People believe that it is that ‘other half’ who brings love through the relationship. However, relationships are merely a channel through which loves flows back and forth. It is an exchange.

When you don’t have love in your system for your self, there is nothing you can give to another person. Moreover, if your partner is empty, then you have two people who met seeking something neither of them has. All you see in each other is the means of satisfaction of your own needs.

With that, mutual disappointment begins. Disappointment in relationships commonly brings diseases. People line up at gynecologist’s or urology professional’s office doors.

The biggest fear.

It is more than typical for a person to be afraid to be alone with himself/herself. Why? Because we are so scared of ourselves.

Inability to enjoy being in your own company is one of the biggest nowadays tragedies. The moment we face ourselves, the moment we see the full reflection most of us realize we cannot deal with ourselves. We seek refuge in social media, TV, music, going out, friends, drugs, alcohol. Anything and everything but spending time with the most important person in our lives – ourselves. Reaching out vs. reaching in.

You know, for the most people to be alone would be the worst possible punishment.
We keep our minds busy, diverting our attention to whatever that will keep it occupied and filled the void. This isn’t a healthy relationship with yourself when you are never with yourself consciously and purposefully. Have you noticed how everywhere you go there will be music? While there isn’t anything wrong with music per se, we use it as an anesthetic to avoid spending time inside and to be in silence.

Simple proof.

Have you noticed how much love and care pets get? Best possible food, doctors, healthy routines. Many of us spend more time researching and are buying higher quality foods for them than for themselves.

What do you do when you are eating out, and you are full, but there is food left? Most of us will eat it because there’s too much left. Let me stress that point: we would eat not because we are hungry, we would eat so that the food we paid for wouldn’t end up in the garbage can. ‘I cannot throw it in a garbage can, let me use myself for that instead.’

How a person who doesn’t love himself or herself is expected to treat another person? It’s pretty obvious, isn’t it? At some point, his or her partner will be that garbage bin for all negative emotions and problems.

The importance of self-love.

Self-love gives us access to vital energy – PRANA -which under the influence of self-love begins circulating the body. The PRANA shines like sunshine and attracts others on the subconscious level. The above is not to be confused with a futile pretense. If you don’t feel it, if it isn’t in you, it won’t hold up for long. Everyone holds the source of it inside themselves. The source of it is God. God is not some random prehistoric Bible figure; it is a state of human consciousness full of love and energy.
Faith is a changing subject. Today one person may believe in God, tomorrow no. You have to know like you know that one plus one equals two. If I gave you twenty dollars, you wouldn’t have to believe it is twenty dollars. You’d use them. I don’t believe in God, I know Him.

If the person doesn’t love himself/herself, he or she wouldn’t accept themselves ‘as is,’ and will be unhappy with life. Begin complaining that nothing is coming together as it should. Who is he complaining about? Himself. Why keep spitting in the mirror. Our life is a reflection of our consciousness. You can change a lot of things if you know how to change what’s in your consciousness. If you aren’t accepting your life, you aren’t accepting God who is inside of you. You are rejecting God.

In turn, this means that by rejecting God, he rejects the Universe and its laws. The person begins to spin against the grind of the Universe, and at some point, he will get crushed by the universal laws. You lived, you died, and the memory of you disappeared. Christianity, for example, states despair and depression as a sin because one who knows God, has Him in his consciousness is never depressed.
Let’s make it a little more precise. God is in every human’s consciousness, but we just don’t know how to get there. God is love. Self-love is where it all begins. No fitness, travels, medicine or partner will ever fix your life or replace the need for self-love.

When you finally learn how to love yourself.

You will open a source of prana in yourself, a source of vital energy. People will begin following you. People feel it; it can’t be faked. You can be beautiful, but no one would ever notice. Prana’s flow is always noticeable; it acts on subconscious levels. Whenever there is prana, you can dedicate it to your work, projects, business, children, healing and so much more. Moreover, with Prana in you, you will be happy in a sustainable manner, since the source of it is inside of you. It is yours. Your happiness will be generated in your consciousness. It will be your Prana, i.e., self-love.

Mistakes we make when we are trying to love ourselves

1. we adhere to our monetarily wishes and seek pleasures.
Feeling sad – ice-cream and chocolate. Want some fun or feel like you’ve been through an adventure – go to the movies. Feeling down – a glass of wine. Not enough sex – swipe right or call your ex. Things aren’t going as well as you hoped – let me praise myself and think positively following the cheerful advice in that book.
Sounds familiar? The above is what most of our lives are busy with. Seeking pleasure.
Nothing is wrong with it per se. As long as you don’t overdose and remember that those are similar to desserts – good in moderation and not as a main course. Overindulgence never ends well. You either get fed up, or you form an addiction. When nothing dulls the mind, the life becomes unbearable, especially whenever you are alone with yourself. Comedies get old; friends become boring, clothes don’t fit, can’t sleep without Xanax.

2. When we fail to love ourselves, we begin looking for someone to do it for us.
You find a partner, and you get married. You live in a belief that common home, kids, sex, shared bank account will serve as a source of happiness.
Problem is if you don’t love yourself, even if your partner loves you and himself, you will still be unhappy. That unhappiness will manifest itself sooner or later because you will keep on forcing your partner to prove his love. This is a road to disaster, and the partner is likely to leave. You will, however, keep on making others love you, and you will never be satisfied. You are however expected to earn an ‘egoist’ title for it.

3. We attempt to think of ourselves and accept (or NOT!) ourselves based on what the others think of us.
The result is, we don’t get to find out who we are and we keep on acting. We play different roles for different people, and never get to live as who we are.
In reality, we need to accept ourselves and think of ourselves based on accurate information. Such precise information is available through meditation. Appropriate self-analysis is another way.

How to love yourself

Realize that loving yourself is a beautiful thing.
Most of us were told growing up that being an egoist is a terrible, even evil thing. Mom and dad would demand that you share your toys, terrified that you’d become an egoist. Some of us grew up thinking that egoists only love themselves, but we must love someone else or something else.
In reality, an egoist is merely a person, who has a consciousness (ego – latin). Every single person in the world has one thus saying you are an egoist would be equal to blaming someone for having two hands or two legs. The real egoist doesn’t love himself, so he makes others do it for him instead.

Accept yourself for who you are (and aren’t).
Skinny or fat, strong or weak. Whatever you are. When you accept yourself, you accept Karma. You accept God.

Develop your consciousness.
Today it is trendy to talk about Big Egos and how they are the cause of all our issues. It isn’t indeed so. In fact ego, which is an integral part of our human consciousness, is usually weak and in floats an embryo stage for the most of our lives unless we do something about it. When an Ego is healthy, the person never tries to prove anything to anyone. Such a person won’t engage in conflicts; he is vigorous and genuinely kind. A strong person doesn’t need to prove his strength. Only a weak one will look for the fight to prove it.

Caring for your consciousness includes meditation. You could start with twenty minutes twice a day. Even once a day will do for a beginner. Beautiful sattvic music helps as long as you stay tuned in and don’t let obsessive thoughts about business or vacation to distract you. Let yourself surrender into the world as you walk on the beach. Read a spiritual book. Stop wasting time gossiping, recycling news and rumors.

Forgive yourself.
Let’s talk true authentic forgiveness.
Others shouldn’t be seeking your forgiveness, and you need not seek forgiveness of others. Yes, it is a prevalent notion that you have to ask for forgiveness. You are a soul who ‘hired’ an actor, yourself, to play out your Karma following its laws. Same goes for everyone else in your life. You aren’t in a position to judge them. God gave them their lives. Forgiving yourself is a manifestation of self-love. Without forgiveness, there will be no future for you.

Get rid of people who weigh you down
Associating yourself with people whose company you do not enjoy is a bad idea. It will exhaust you. That’s a sure road to self-destruction. No one will appreciate it in the long run. You will never receive an award for it. Walk away sooner rather than later, because issues are inevitable. Many of you have ‘poor relatives’ who use you as donors one or another way. If you cannot walk away entirely, it is time to draw a line in the sand and set boundaries. Look around and ask yourself do the people you invest in are helping your growth.

Do what you love doing.
The above is the simplest and the most efficient way to love yourself. When you are doing what you really love, you are fulfilling your Dharma. Your purpose. You connect with the divine within yourself.

Only let in what’s good for you
Eat mindfully. Pick whats right for you. The one who loves himself/herself doesn’t compromise his food. Even if there is no one to cook for besides yourself, do it. A woman develops her feminine qualities when she is cooking. Don’t look for an escape in ready-made solutions. They will be missing the main ingredient of every meal – love. A house where a woman cooks always attracts guests who don’t want to leave because it feels warm and cozy. At some point, you will see why animal products. They are unfit to be a part of human diet. You cannot cook and serve a dead body with love. Don’t try to replace lack of positivity with food. Monitor and be aware of the real reasons that are driving your appetite. Don’t replace your spiritual needs with food. We tend to overeat whenever something is missing; when we crave positive emotions or new experiences. Open the door for them instead. You don’t need all that candy and chocolate. Sweets help your cravings for love. It is better to realize that than to use food to satisfy it. Coffee is not necessary either – better do some Yoga. Alcohol and drugs sedate you, make you numb, help you forget about your issues. I encourage you to face them and begin solving them instead.

ॐ नमः शिवाय
Controlling our breath is a way of controlling our consciousness and, as a result, a way of controlling events and their outcome in life.
Shiva Vakya Siddha Baba

First of all, what is a dis­ease? In Ay­urveda, a dis­ease is called “Pra­jaa Aparaadha” which comes from Sanskrit terms “Pra­jaa”, mean­ing man­kind, birth and life, and “Aparaadha”, mean­ing com­mit­ting sin, of­fence, in­fringe­ment, crime and fault. There­fore, hav­ing a dis­ease means in­fringing the ba­sic prin­ciples of life. What a use­ful thing it is to know Sanskrit, by the way!

Ac­cord­ing to Ay­urveda, a sick per­son is an of­fender with two­fold blame – first, for be­ing sick him­self, as his dis­ease is an of­fence of the laws of nature and, second, for bur­den­ing the sur­round­ing people and so­ci­ety by caus­ing them to give him time, at­ten­tion and re­sources. A strange thing hap­pens – a per­son gets sick, so he starts get­ting at­ten­tion and care, he is freed from work and re­ceives a sick-list. In other words, the of­fender re­ceives ma­ter­ial stim­u­lus. Hence, be­ing sick is hon­or­able. Healthy people are due to none of the above. Things are up­side-down, as is of­ten the case.

In San­atana Dharma or the Vedic tra­di­tion, the most grue­some sin is Avidya. Avidya is ig­nor­ance or the in­cap­ab­il­ity of dis­tin­guish­ing between cause and ef­fect. This is a global prob­lem that af­fects all as­pects of hu­man life. I shall provide a simple ex­ample from medi­cine. Let us ima­gine that a per­son gets the flu. This per­son’s tem­per­at­ure has risen which means that the “Jatara Agni” or the di­gest­ive fire has star­ted work­ing. This fire has two ba­sic func­tions in our body: di­gest­ing the food and burn­ing everything that is of danger to our or­gan­ism, thus, se­cur­ing our im­munity. Fur­ther­more, it can­not per­form both of these func­tions at once, there­fore, when a per­son be­comes ill, his ap­pet­ite is lost which means that the “Jatara Agni” has switched to “burn­ing” the in­fec­tion. What solu­tions does medi­cine of­fer in this case? It of­fers us­ing an­ti­pyr­et­ics or, in other words, killing the “Jatara Agni” with a fire ex­tin­guisher. How does this af­fect the ill­ness? It starts go­ing deeper into the or­gan­ism and tak­ing longer to cure. Some­times, the ill­ness be­comes chronic. The tem­per­at­ure is not a cause. It is an ef­fect and a sign of the body fight­ing the in­fec­tion. Re­du­cing the tem­per­at­ure means ham­per­ing the body’s fight against the dis­ease.

Ay­urveda says that all the ex­ist­ing dis­eases have only two causes: un­di­ges­ted food or “amma” and un­di­ges­ted emo­tions. When these two are joined, people start hav­ing dis­eases that they are in­clined to have ac­cord­ing to their Karma. The Karma is re­flec­ted in their “janma kundali” (their horo­scope). For these reas­ons, an­cient Vaidyas or Vedic heal­ers whore, first of all, as­tro­lo­gers, as the horo­scope is a great dia­gnostic tool. This is writ­ten in an­cient treat­ises and is also con­firmed by my al­most 35 years long prac­tice. A per­son’s horo­scope provides a look at the fu­ture dis­eases long be­fore they ap­pear.

What is un­di­ges­ted food? First of all, it is food that a per­son can­not di­gest on prin­ciple, such as corpses of an­im­als or highly tech­no­lo­gic­ally mod­i­fied food, such as mar­gar­ine that is only one mo­lecule away from be­ing plastic, as well as other chem­ical products, medi­cine and vit­am­ins. Secondly, it is food that does not match the per­son’s “prakrti” or Ayr­uvedic con­sti­tu­tion de­pend­ing on the dom­in­ant “dosha” – “vatta”, “pitta” or “kapha”.

What about un­di­ges­ted emo­tions? We have more than enough of those. There­fore, there are all the pre­con­di­tions ne­ces­sary for get­ting sick and the ap­pear­ance of dis­eases is only a mat­ter of time, de­term­ined by Karma and re­flec­ted in the per­son’s “janma kundali”. I can tell any­one who is in­ter­ested about what dis­eases they can have and when. This has been veri­fied on tens of thou­sands of people in my prac­tice.

You could ob­ject – “we didn’t know what “amma” or “Prakrti” is”. My re­sponse is that ig­nor­ance of the law does not ex­empt from li­ab­il­ity. This is what I just men­tioned when writ­ing about ig­nor­ance. Just like there are phys­ical, chem­ical and other laws of nature, there are laws of Karma that guide the lives of people and the of­fence of which cre­ates prob­lems and dis­eases.

Karma Yoga teaches that our life is a re­flec­tion of our con­scious­ness or, to be more pre­cise, of that part of the con­scious­ness that is struc­tured by “sans­karas” or writ­ten in the con­scious­ness by Karma. This is very im­port­ant – not by thoughts, hopes and dreams of a per­son, but by “sans­karas”, real con­sequences of his ac­tions. Every­one wants to be healthy and young (show me someone who does not want that), yet, some­how not even close to every­one achieves it. Karma stands in the way.

This means that dis­eases are the con­sequences of people’s ab­use of them­selves and the laws of nature, and they are also the con­sequences of the im­proper life­style led by these people. A sick per­son goes to a doc­tor and asks for pills for his dis­ease so he can con­tinue the life­style that made him sick. The doc­tor gives him the pills. What hap­pens next? The sick per­son gets back to the usual life­style, the pills do not work, and moreover, they cre­ate new ail­ments res­ult­ing from the neg­at­ive side ef­fects. After some time, the per­son will be offered to re­move the sick part of the body. It is re­moved. And everything con­tin­ues the same old way un­til death. There is an old joke about this:

A per­son comes to a doc­tor and com­plains: “Doc­tor, I con­stantly have red eyes and ringing in my ears.”

“It’s the spleen”, says the doc­tor. “We have to re­move it.”

The spleen is re­moved. After some time, the same per­son comes again and says: “Doc­tor, I have red eyes and ringing in my ears, just like be­fore.”

“It’s ap­pen­di­citis. We have to take it out”, the doc­tor replies.

It is taken out. After a while, the sick per­son comes back again. “Doc­tor, I still have red eyes and ringing in my ears.”

“My dear, un­for­tu­nately, you have last-stage can­cer and you only have a month to live.”

The per­son comes back home and de­cides “I’m dy­ing any­way, so I’ll at least have a good time dur­ing this last month. From now on I’ll go to res­taur­ants, have drinks, party around, have fun and do everything I want. ” But first, he de­cides to make him­self an ex­pens­ive suit and goes to see a tailor. He comes to the tailor and says: “I want to or­der a size 50 suit and a size 40 shirt.”

After tak­ing a look and mak­ing meas­ure­ments, the tailor says: “Your size is 42.”

“That can’t be right. I’ve al­ways worn size 40 shirts.”

“Sir,” says the tailor, “I’m an old man and I’ve been mak­ing suits and shirts for dif­fer­ent people for fifty years. I can tell my cli­ent’s size.”

“But I’m used to wear­ing size 40 shirts and I don’t want to change any­thing at the end of my life.”

“Fine then, let it be your way. But I’m warn­ing you – you will have red eyes and ringing in your ears.”

When a sick per­son goes to a doc­tor and asks the doc­tor for a pill, he ac­tu­ally as­sumes that the pill can change his Karma and free him from the dis­ease that pun­ishes him for break­ing the laws of nature and life. This is na­iv­ete to its fullest ex­tent. This is how ig­nor­ance works. A pill can­not change a per­son’s Karma. Moreover, the pill cre­ates side-ef­fects and makes the con­di­tion worse, thus, adding to Karma and to the pun­ish­ment. If that was not true, there would no longer be any sick people. Just think about the fol­low­ing for a second. In the world, tens of kilos of drugs are man­u­fac­tured per per­son, tril­lions of dol­lars are spent on health care, an army of doc­tors is trained, thou­sands and thou­sands of hos­pit­als and san­at­ori­ums are open. What is the res­ult? Here it is. In the year 1900, 1% of the pop­u­la­tion of the Earth could get can­cer, car­di­ovas­cu­lar dis­eases and other ter­minal ill­nesses. In the year 2000, this in­dic­ator was 60%. In 1900, one per­son out of 8000 was at the risk of get­ting can­cer, whereas, in 2000, it was 4000 people out of 8000 – in one hun­dred years, the num­ber has in­creased 4000 times!

It is just like the Bible says – “the road to hell is paved with good in­ten­tions”. Us­ing a mod­ern ex­pres­sion, “we tried our best – you know the rest”.

Ac­cord­ing to Yoga, a dis­ease is a be­ne­fit. First of all, it shows a per­son that the old ways of liv­ing are no longer suit­able and they have to be changed. It is a hint. Secondly, a dis­ease is a way of cleans­ing and sur­vival for the body. There­fore, dis­eases are our friends and teach­ers. Al­though, only for those who are will­ing to learn. For ex­ample, did you know that 90% of all can­cer­ous dis­eases ap­pear and dis­ap­pear on their own? 40 times more can­cer is found after autop­sies than in liv­ing people. By the way, the flu and other ill­nesses caus­ing the rising of body tem­per­at­ure are a nat­ural way for the or­gan­ism to get rid of can­cer, as can­cer cells die when the body tem­per­at­ure rises. This does not mean that one should ne­ces­sar­ily get ill, not at all. If you are free of “amma” you will neither get can­cer, nor the flu. Simply put, our or­gan­ism is our friend, and it is al­ways on our side, but dis­eases are a way for it to sur­vive. We need not fight the dis­ease, as do­ing so would mean fight­ing the body – we need to help the or­gan­ism get rid of the reas­ons caus­ing the dis­ease.

We must al­ways keep in mind that hu­mans are cre­ated by God and that our or­gan­ism has mil­lions of years of ex­per­i­ence in sur­viv­ing. The body is an ab­so­lute, self-reg­u­lat­ing, per­fect sys­tem. And the best thing to do is not poke our noses into it, yet again search­ing for spare parts, and to leave it to its own devices. It will do the rest on its own. Also, we must al­ways listen to it – it will give us all the hints by it­self.

Medi­cine can save a life in ex­treme situ­ations, in cases of trau­mas etc. It can­not cure a dis­ease, but it can save a life. How come? It is simple – be­cause health and lifespan are com­pletely dif­fer­ent and un­re­lated as­pects. A per­son can be sick all life long and live to be very old, whereas he can also be healthy and die in a car ac­ci­dent at the age of 20. The fact of the mat­ter is that the lifespan de­pends on the Karma of a per­son, not the per­son’s health. In par­tic­u­lar, the lifespan de­pends on what the per­son has left to do in this in­carn­a­tion. The Karma of a per­son can make medi­cine save his life. There­fore, ex­treme med­ical help is ne­ces­sary for sav­ing lives, but it is help­less in cur­ing dis­eases.

Yoga does not cure dis­eases. Yoga elim­in­ates the causes of dis­eases. This is pos­sible only when a per­son changes his con­scious­ness, since our lives are a re­flec­tion of it.

Dis­eases are caused by the same old eternal reason – in­cap­ab­il­ity of telling apart causes and ef­fects. The dis­ease is an ef­fect, whereas the cause is the way of think­ing and the res­ult­ing way of life. As long as this cause is not altered, get­ting rid of the dis­ease is im­possible.

San­atana Dharma is a sci­ence of life and a sci­ence of chan­ging life, in­clud­ing elim­in­at­ing dis­ease from our lives.

Shiva Vakya Siddha Baba

More about cause of illness you can learn from Shiva’s lectures about science of Karma:

Vedic understanding of Karma

What is Karma. Human consciousness and life. How events in life unfold

Refund Reason