Sunday, April 15, 2007

#16, A HUNDRED YEARS IS NOTHING TO HIM

Swamiji wrote in his book Raja Yoga, Chapter II, First Steps:

"...The result of this branch of Yoga is to make men live long; health is the chief idea, the one goal of the Hatha-Yogi. He is determined not to fall sick, and he never does. He lives long; a hundred years is nothing to him..."


BLOGGER'S VIEW
Swamiji visited US the second time in 1899 to receive medical treatment for a number of diseases such as diabetes, heart problem, dyspepsia, neuresthenia, red spots on chest etc.

Swamiji wrote to Mr. E.T. Sturdy on Sept. 14, 1899:

"...Mrs. Johnson is of opinion that no spiritual person ought to be ill..."


BLOGGER'S VIEW
Mrs. Johnson seems to have blindly believed what Swamiji wrote in his book 'Raja Yoga'.

LIST OF DISEASES SUFFERED BY VIVEKANANDA BETWEEN 1890 AND DEATH (1902):

High fever, Vomiting, purging as in Cholera from Baranagore to his Guru's birth place. -- 22nd Feb. 1889, as per letter written to Shri Pramadadas Mishra.
Very ill, fever now and then, no disorder in spleen or other organs, at Bagh Bazar, Calcutta. Received homoeopathic treatment. -- 21st March 1889, as per letter written to Shri PramadaDas Mishra.

Acute diarrhoea, at Baidyanath. -- 4th July 1889, as per letter written to "Dear Sir", presumably to Shri Pramadadas Mishra. Stayed at the Bungalow of his relative.

Indigestion, at Baidyanath. -- 25th Dec. 1889, as per letter written to Shri Balaram Bose, from Baidyanath.

Fever day and night at Varanasi. Varanasi is Malarious. - As per letter dt. 30th Jan. 1890 addressed to Shri Balaram Bose from Ghazipur.

Back ache, at Ghazipur --Started at Allahabad itself. As per letter dt. 11th Feb. 1890 written to Shri Balaram Bose.

Pain in loins, at Ghazipur --As per letter dt. 13th Feb. 1890 written to Dear Sir.

Fever, at Baranagore -- As per letter dt. 10th May 1890 addressed to "Dear Sir" from Baranagore.

Fever, cough, cold at Darjeeling -- 23rd April 1898, as per letter addressed to Brahmananda.

Several attacks of fever, last being influenza -- 29th April 1898, as per letter addressed to Josephine Macleod, from Darjeeling.

Dyspepsia, insomnia at Almora -- 20th May 1898, as per letter addressed to Swami Brahmananda.

Suffered much in Kashmir, this year. -- 16th October 1898, as per letter addressed to the Maharaja of Khetri.

Heart has become very weak. -- 7th November 1898 from Belur, addressed to the Maharaja of Khetri.

Bad assimilation of food and nervous exhaustion. -- 10th May 1899 from Belur, addressed to Sister Christina.

Flatulence, at London -- As per letter dt. 10th August 1899 to Rakhal (Brahmananda) from London.

So bad in health in India. Heart went wrong; Asthma -- as per letter dt. 14th July 1899 to Christina from Suez.

Red patches on chest, at New York. ... 17th March 1900, as per letter written to Mrs. Ole Bull.

Sudden indisposition and fever. ... 30th April 1900, as per letter to Miss Mary Hale, from Los Angeles.

Down with nerves and fever after six months hard work. ... 2nd May 1900, as per letter to Mrs. Blodgett of Los Angeles (Aunt Roxy).

"... By the by, my right eye is failing me badly. ..." : as per letter dated 25th November 1901 addressed to Christine from Belur.

Catarrah and asthma: as per letter dated 27th Nov. 1901 addressed to Christine from Belur.

Albuminuria: as per letter dated 12th Dec. 1901 addressed to Christine from Belur.

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