Zamolxis, …says further, « that as you ought not to attempt to cure the eyes without the head, or the head without the body, so neither ought you to attempt to cure the body without the soul; and this, », he said, « is the reason why the cure of many diseases is unknown to the physicians of Hellas, because they are ignorant of the whole, which ought to be studied also; for the part can never be well unless the whole is well. » For all good and evil, whether in the body or in human nature, originates, as he declared, in the soul, and overflows from thence, as if from the head into the eyes. And therefore if the head and body are to be well, you must begin by curing the soul; that is the first thing. « Let no one », he said, « persuade you to cure the head, until he has first given you his soul to be cured…»

Platon - Charmide

« Every human being is the author of his own health or disease. »


by Narada Maha Thera, published by Singapore Buddhist Meditation Centre, reprinted by The Corporate Body of the Buddha Educational Foundation. “In this year [his 80th] he had to suffer from a severe sickness, and “sharp pains came upon him even unto death.” With his iron will, mindful and reflective, the Buddha bore them without any complaint. The Buddha was now conscious that he would soon pass away. But he thought that it would not be proper to pass away without addressing his attendant disciples and giving instructions to the order. So he decided to subdue his sickness by his will and live by constantly experiencing the bliss of Arahatship.”

The Buddha and His Teachings