A Sound Body


Mens sana in corpore sano. ( A sound mind in a sound body.)

—Juvenal (Satires, X. 356)

The first qualification expected in a chela is "perfect physical health." Why should this be so? What has health of the body to do with the internal governance of the person, his devotion and his line of life's meditations? This much is certain that he who becomes reckless of his health cannot aspire to chelaship. The rule is like other rules, binding upon the aspirant in all normal cases.

Medical men attribute ill-health to a germ, a virus infection, a malfunctioning of the organs, etc., and each decade adds to the long list of health-destroying bodies. Ill-health signifies that one set of lives in the body wages war, hinders work, obstructs channels of communication or consumes a larger amount of energy than its usual quota. This necessarily sets up an imbalance, and t