If you are still asking yourself what world religions Buddhism has to do with home remedies and
natural healing, ask no more. In the practices of Buddhism are the spiritual pursuits and the
natural secrets followed by some of the healthiest, longest living
people in the world!
Throughout the history of mankind, its many
different cultures have infused practices of spirituality
health into everyday experiences and activities. It is only in the
recent history of man that we have tried in some parts of the world to
remove the element of spirituality from daily life.
As you will see in the following paragraphs, it is only when we achieve complete balance that we can have health, happiness and a sense of fulfillment.
Modern medicine has worked great wonders over the past century or
two. It has virtually eliminated such things as Polio and Small Pox.
Average life spans continue to expand in many parts of the world,
although quality of life is often questionable.
The coming century
promises many wonderful advancements in allopathic,(modern or western)
medicine. This said, modern medicine is at it`s best in a crises or
emergency situation; fighting acute infections, repairing wounds from
accidents or wars, or the replacing of a kidney or heart valve.
However, the epidemic of chronic and often debilitating illness`s
as high blood pressure, diabetes, migraines, depression, arthritis and
many others goes on with-out remedy by modern medicine.
Sure, you can often take a life-time of ever increasing dosages of medications to moderate the symptoms of many of those problems, but a cure is nowhere in site.
The Headline on the World Health
Organization charter reads:
" Health is a state of
complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the
absence of disease or infirmity".
Buddhism is one of the oldest and most followed religious faiths and remarkably has some of the healthiest and longest living people to ever grace Gods earth.
Buddhism along with other world
religions, but perhaps more so, follows similar teachings as that
stated in the motto of the World Health Organization. The world
religions of Buddhism teaches that
balanced interactions between the body, mind and spirit as well as
between life and its physical environment is paramount to good health.
It is believed that illness arises when the balance of these things becomes upset. World religions Buddhism does not reject modern medicine. On the contrary it embraces the many advancements of allopathic medicine. But Buddhism and the Blue Buddha of health practices see modern medicine as complementary and as a tool to aid real and traditional medicine which treats the whole person and not just the physical symptoms of an underlying problem.
World religions: Buddhism believes to achieve health you must
understand the inner processes of life and how life is connected to
other life, to experiences, thoughts, diet, interactions with others
and daily living.
At the center of world religions Buddhism
is a system of health and natural healing along with a strong emphasis
on spirituality and having a sense of purpose, or mission in life that
focuses on living for the sake of others.
Spiritual strength along with a strong sense of purpose that centers on the compassionate action for others makes it possible to create valuable experiences even in the face of the most terrible adversities, including illness and to use such adversity as a stepping stone, or a classroom for learning, to achieve personal growth.
Today we often hear catch phrases like, "I need to find myself",
or other such sayings that indicate somewhere in life we lost touch
with our original minds that give us a firm sense of self as well as a
connection to God, the earth and to others.
The reason we can`t find ourselves however, is because we search
through personal experiences of self satisfaction and indulgence rather
than by connecting to God, the universe and others. To seek a spiritual
mission that has us living for the sake of others seems contradictory
But a quick look at all of creation soon shows us that harmony and compassionate action for others is the truest route to finding ones self.
In nature we find that when the flower gives the bee the necessary
components to make it`s honey, the bee naturally and automatically
pollinates the flower giving it what it needs from the bee.
When the cow eats of the grass of the fields, it soon defecates,
naturally fertilizing the grass and insuring that more will grow. When
the leaves of a tree fall they decay into the earth, nourishing the
ground which in turn feeds the tree again.
Our original mind knows to live in harmony with the earth, with each other and with God, but in our current state we are so far out of balance, that we don`t know we are. Yet, we continue to have some sense that something is missing.
Many followers of Buddhism talk of the founder of the world religions Buddhism as a healer and it is thought that he was trained in the art and science of medicine of his day. The prince of a powerful ruler of a small kingdom, Siddhartha Gautama was born into privilege. In his late twenties he went outside the palace walls for the first time and saw pain and suffering. Gautama was very disturbed by the suffering he saw. He vowed to try and understand the suffering and finally while meditating he obtained enlightenment.
The founder of the world religions Buddhism strongly advises to keep proper hygiene and recognized the value of daily exercise. Some of Gautama`s key principles in world religions Buddhism are creating oneness with body, mind and spirit. Living for the sake of others known as "Bodhisattva", gaining wisdom through meditation and discipline of daily actions, and understanding the natural vital energies with-in our own bodies and with-in God`s creation.
World religions Buddhism sees health and illness as a reflection of self and seeks to cure illness through the reintroduction to ones total true self and ones original mind. Long before the words "stress and stress related illness" were coined, world religions Buddhism and its founder, Siddhartha, understood major factors in illness were related to an imbalance of the emotional, mental and spiritual aspects of ones self along with the physical aspects of diet and exercise.
The optimal level of health is only achieved when there is a balance and harmonizing of body, mind and spirit where these aspects of being act as one. This unity allows one to tap into the unlimited universal life force in all of us which is a core principle purpose of world religions Buddhism practices. World religions: Buddhism further teaches that the life force is also strengthened by qualities such as hope, selflessness, determination and a strong sense of purpose in life.
Bodhisattva is the Enlightened One that deserves nirvana
but postpones union with the Ultimate for the benefit of all
mankind. The basic belief of the world religions Buddhism is that service to others is the
most basic principle of creation. Anyone who is totally committed to
such a mission is able to create life enriching values out of any
difficulty and even look at problems as something valuable and a
pathway to personal development.
The achievement of this state of being removes the need for the total elimination of illness and adversity as it serves to strengthen ones character.
Another key belief with-in world religions Buddhism
is ,"All that we are is the result of what we have thought; what we
become is founded on our thoughts, it is made up of our thoughts.".
With-in the Zen discipline of world religions Buddhism,
Hui-Neng, the sixth Patriarch emphasized the importance of discovering
one`s own "original mind" and "true nature".
Zen also teaches to always live in the moment and to open your eyes,
mind and heart to each days experiences or even moment to moment
experiences. Attaining salvation is not simply for ones self, but for
all of creation and is an important spiritual principle with-in world
With this level of wisdom,as taught in world religions Buddhism, happiness is achieved without regard to circumstance.