Following is an excerpt from a samvaad (dialogue) session with Acharya Prashant.
Questioner: Somewhere I read in Osho’s book that if the body is sick, it will not help you to progress more in spiritual path because most of your attention will be on the body, then you will not progress like that. Is it so?
Acharya Prashant: It is true.
Q: So then, if I am sick then I cannot achieve freedom or..
AP: It is not absolutely true. There is nobody who is absolutely sick in the body and there is nobody who is absolutely physically healthy. People are healthy in degrees, similarly people are sick to various extents. Now it depends on the extent of your inner resolve, how much importance you want to give to your sickness. There might be somebody who would be perturbed by the common headache, “Oh I have a headache, I cannot live truthfully “. Why did you miss your daily reading? Because I had a headache.
And there might be someone who is very-very sick physically and yet decides to not to deviate from the path of Dharma. It depends on the depth of your love. In fact physical sickness is a good way to test your resolve.
Episodes of physical sickness are occasions, when you can truly test how much spiritual mettle you have. When all is hunky-dory then one can develop the illusions, that he is the most determined spiritual seeker. But one fractured bone and all determination vanishes.
So that is the reason why Dharmic literature is full of unbelievable stories where people have fought holy wars carrying their severed heads in their hands, somebody has fought for many days without a drop of water, somebody has stood on one leg for an entire year or many years fasting and praying. All kinds of physical austerities are mentioned and they all sound so incredible, don’t they?
So there is this fellow who is sitting still under a tree and he is so still and he sits for so long that termites grow on all his body, like termites occupy a tree.
What do such stories indicate.? They tell us the resolve of spiritual seeker to not to listen to the body. I will not listen to the body, the body is conditioned machine whose only job is to continue…