What Is True Health?
Health does not mean mere existence. Keeping out of the hospital is not health. To be able to resist disease, to bear strain, to stimulate mental vitality, and to feel the body as a luxury—as a bird feels when shooting through the air, and as a child does always—is health.
How to Acquire Physical, Mental, and Spiritual Perfection
Eating spiritual, magnetism-producing foods and absorbing vitality-producing sunshine daily, you will physically reflect God’s everlasting youth.
Eliminating all mental poisons and partaking of the divine nourishment of determination, courage, and continuous mental effort and concentration, you will learn to overcome the most difficult problems with ease.
Eliminating ignorance by constant meditation on God, you will attain perfect spiritual health.
Once you learn to eat right foods, think right thoughts, and be filled with spiritual wisdom and joy, your body and mind will be spiritualized and experienced as dynamos of magnetic energy.
Your body and mind, purified by this energy, will take on the beauty of the Spirit, and be a spiritual magnet, beautiful, charged with the life of God, blessing all those it touches.
How to Remain Youthful
The carefl man who follows health laws suffers rarely compared with the careless man who does not discriminate about his diet. Walk daily. Bathe your body in the bacteria-killing sunshine every day.
When winter and its healthful outdoor sports are here, take time to go skating, skiing, and walking. Breathe the fresh, crisp, invigorating air of winter.
By these means, disease will be dispelled.
You must take care of your body machine. As the years roll along, do not give up—as so many people do. Always be interested in life. Keep the mind busy creating new things. The infinite powers are at your command.
The ocean can help any wave to retain its form if it keeps pushing it from within its bosom. So man can retain youth by asking the everlasting ocean of Immortal Power behind the wave of the body to continue manifesting itself as that youthful, vital form.
Excerpted from How to Achieve Glowing Health and Vitality by Paramhansa Yogananda.
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