"Gandhiji had very early in life lost faith in modern
medicine. He was convinced that for good health all that was necessary was to
live according to the laws of Nature in regard to diet, fresh air, exercise,
clean surroundings and a pure heart.
Instead of this, man was tempted by modern medical knowledge
to indulge himself to his heart's content, break every law of health and
morality and then seek a cure through commercialized drugs. In revolt from this
Gandhiji sought to discover for himself a sane way of overcoming disease
without the use of medicines.
Besides, medicine tends to treat disease as
merely a matter concerning the body. But Gandhiji viewing man as a whole finds
that disease of the body is chiefly due to mental or spiritual causes and can
be permanently cured only when man's entire attitude to life is changed.
The cure of bodily disease must therefore, according to him,
be sought primarily in the realm of the spirit, in self-discipline and
self-mastery through brahmacharya, in
a thoughtful observance of the laws of Nature in regard to health, and in
bringing about a physical and social environment conducive to the development
of a sound body and a sound mind.
Gandhiji's conception of Nature Cure is therefore much wider
than what is generally understood by that term. It is not merely a cure of
disease after it has occurred but an attempt to prevent disease altogether by
living according to the laws of Nature which, according to him, are the same as
the laws of God.
Accordingly it involves not only the use of earth, water,
air, sunlight, fasts and such like to cure disease, but even more a
transformation of one's entire life —physical, mental, moral and social —
through Ramanama or faith in God, alias His
Rama-nama is not, therefore, for him mere magic which when
uttered through the lips will work wonders of itself. It signifies, as already
said, a complete change in the heart and mode of life of the individual,
whereby the individual comes to be in tune with the infinite and so obtains
never-failing disease- conquering life and strength from the Source of all
[Editor B. Kumarappa's note on Mahatma Gandhi's book "Nature Cure"]
Mahatma Gandhi writes in the Introduction to A GUIDE TO HEALTH : "For more than twenty
years past I have been paying special attention to the question of Health. I have arrived at certain definite conclusions
from that experience, and I now set them down for the benefit of my readers. As the familiar saying goes, ‘Prevention is better than cure.’It is far easier and safer to prevent illness by
the observance of the laws of health than to set about curing the illness which
has been brought on by our own ignorance and indulgence.
Hence it is the duty of all thoughtful men to
understand aright the laws of health, and the object of the following pages is
to give an account of these laws. We shall also consider the best methods of
cure for some of the most common diseases.
Illness is the result not only of our actions but also of our
thoughts. As has been said by a
famous doctor, more people die for fear of diseases like small-pox, cholera and
plague than out of those diseases themselves.
Our ignorance of the most elementary laws of health leads us to
adopt wrong remedies or drives us into the hands of quacks. There is nothing so
closely connected with us as our body, but there is also nothing perhaps of
which our ignorance is so profound, or our indifference so complete.
At present, we know not how to deal with the most ordinary scalds and
wounds; we are helpless if a thorn runs into our foot; we are beside ourselves
with fright and dismay if we are bitten by an ordinary snake! The following pages are intended for such as are willing to
We have got into the habit of calling in a doctor for the most
trivial diseases. Where there is no regular doctor available, we take the
advice of mere quacks. We labour under the fatal delusion
that no disease can be cured without medicine. This has been responsible for
more mischief to mankind than any other evil.
Illness or disease is only Nature’s warning that filth has
accumulated in some portion or other of the body. It would be wise to allow Nature to remove the filth, instead of covering it up
by the help of medicines. Those who take medicines are really rendering
the task of Nature doubly difficult.
It is quite easy for us to help Nature in her
task by remembering certain elementary principles,—by fasting so
that the filth may not accumulate all the more, and by vigorous exercise in the
open air, so that some of the filth may escape in the form of perspiration. And
it is necessary is to keep our minds under
We find from experience that, when once a bottle of medicine gets
itself introduced into a home, it never thinks of going out, but only goes on
drawing other bottles in its train. We come across numberless human beings who
are afflicted by some disease or other all through their lives in spite of
their pathetic devotion to medicines.
They are to-day under the treatment of this doctor, to-morrow of
that. They spend all their life in a futile search after a doctor who will cure
them for good. As Justice Stephen said, it is really astonishing that drugs of which so little is known should be
applied by doctors to bodies of which they know still less!
Some of the greatest doctors of the West themselves have now come
to hold this view. Sir Astley Cooper, for instance, admits that the ‘science’
of medicine is mostly mere guess-work; Dr. Baker and Dr. Frank hold that more
people die of medicines than of diseases; and Dr. Masongood even goes to the
extent of saying that more men have fallen victims to medicine than to war,
famine and pestilence combined!" Mahatma Gandhi concludes by saying that perfect health can be attained only by living in obedience to the laws of God, and defying the power of Satan. Truth is the source and foundation of all things that are good and great. Hence, a fearless and unflinching pursuit of the ideal of Truth and Righteousness is the key-note of true health as of all else.
Dale Carnegie was born in 1888, Maryville, Missouri, USA and was educated at Warrensburg State Teachers College. As a salesman and aspiring actor, he traveled to New York and began taking 'public-speaking' classes for adults at the YMCA.
In 1912, the world famous Carnegie Course in Effective Speaking and Human Relations was born. He authored several bestsellers, including, “How to Win Friends and Influence People”, and “How to Stop Worrying and Start Living.” Over 50 million copies of Mr. Carnegie's books have been printed and published in scores of languages.
Dale Carnegie was born in
1888, Maryville, Missouri, USA and was educated at Warrensburg State Teachers College. As a
salesman and aspiring actor, he traveled to New York and began taking 'public-speaking' classes for adults at the YMCA.
In 1912, the world famous Carnegie
Course in Effective Speaking and Human Relations was born. He authored several bestsellers, including, “How to Win Friends and Influence People”, and “How to Stop Worrying and Start Living.”
Over 50 million copies of Mr. Carnegie's books have been printed and published
in scores of languages.
Published in 1936,How to Win Friends and Influence Peopleis still a popular book in business
Dale Carnegie's four part book contains advice on how to create success in
business and personal lives.How
to Win Friends and Influence Peopleis
a tool used in Dale Carnegie Training and includes the following parts:
Part 1: Fundamental Techniques in Handling People
Part 2: Six Ways to Make People Like You
Part 3: How to Win People to Your Way of Thinking
Part 4: Be a Leader – How to Change People without Arousing Resentment. Dale Carnegie's Summary of "How to Wind Friends and Influence People":
criticize, condemn or complain. 02Give honest and sincere
appreciation. 03Arouse in the other person
an eager want.
Part 2 Six ways to make people like you 04 Become genuinely interested in other people. 05
06 Address a person by his personal name. 07 Be a good listener.
08 Talk in terms of the other person's interests. 09 Make the other person feel important,
Part 3 Win people to your way of thinking 10 Avoid arguments. 11
Show respect for the other person's opinions. Never
say, "You're wrong."
12 If you are wrong, admit it quickly and emphatically.
13 Begin in a friendly way.
14 Get the other person saying "yes, yes" immediately.
15 Let the other person do a great deal of the talking.
16 Let the other person feel that the idea is his.
17 Try honestly to see things from the other person's point of view.
18 Be sympathetic with the other person's ideas and desires.
19 Appeal to the nobler motives.
20 Dramatize your ideas.
21 Throw down a challenge.
4 Be a Leader: How
to Change People Without Arousing Resentment
22 Begin with praise and honest appreciation.
23 Call attention to people's mistakes indirectly. 24 Talk about your own mistakes before criticizing the other
person. 25 Ask questions instead of giving direct orders. 26 Let the other person save face. 27 Be
"hearty in your approbation and lavish in your praise."
28 Give the other person a fine reputation to live up to. 29 Use encouragement. Make the fault seem easy to
correct. 30 Make the other person happy about doing
the thing you suggest.
The above 30 principles have some overlaps as they are given under four headings. Among these, 10 principles of my choice are shown in red.
Thom knew at
an early age that painting was his true calling. He dedicated his life to
creating art that emphasized simple pleasures and inspirational messages.Hewas
inspired not by fame and fortune, but by the simple act of painting straight
from the heart, putting on canvas the natural wonders and images that moved him
"The Bridge in Hometown Memories collection fondly revisits my idyllic childhood and I have often found that the heart and emotions of the boy seem to blend with the mind and sensitivities of the adult artist. As a maturing artist, I recognize deeper meaning within bridges, those ravine spanning passages we make in life; first love, birth of a child." - Thomas Kinkade
“I think that in my Hometown Memories
collection, I have established – at least to my own satisfaction – that you can
go home again. Perhaps not with a boy’s innocence and enthusiasm, but certainly
with an adult’s fond memories and deep appreciation for the gifts of community,
of belonging, of shared values and dreams that are the essence of the hometown
experience. Hometown Morning is the sixth and final look at the hometown of my
boyhood – and, I hope, at some of the things you remember most warmly about you
hometown as well.” – Thomas Kinkade
"In my painting,
Savannah Romance, I've included an abundance of color - dogwood and mimosa
trees vie for attention with resplendent southern magnolias and lush azaleas.
Reigning over it all is the majestic Forsyth Fountain, bubbling forth with
blessings anew. It is my hope that your imagination will take you on a
stroll down this shaded pathway to discover your own fountain of many
blessings." - Thomas Kinkade
Pathway to Paradise
"When humankind was young, we lived in
a garden paradise…I believe that to be literally true. When we were children, we lived
in a protected sanctuary, under the loving care of our parents.
The world was
new to our experience, and filled with wonder and mystery. The light had a
special radiance…the flowers were treasures of color and scent ... butterfly was a
small miracle.Then they grew up." - Thomas Kinkade
this dedication and singular-minded focus on the ultimate goal of Sharing the
Light that made Thomas Kinkade, a simple boy with a brush from the small
country town of Placerville, California the most-collected living artist of his
Throughout his life Thomas Kinkade shared his joy and used
his paints in support of hospitals, schools, and humanitarian relief. Though
the recipient of countless awards and honors, it was Thom’s profound sense of
purpose that his art was not just an accessory, but also a ministry, that
continues on as his legacy. From custom images that were sold for The Salvation
Army, Hurricane Katrina relief, Rotary International, to donations that now
grace the halls of St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, the White House,
The Vatican, and Britain’s Tate Museum, Thom raised hundreds of thousands of
dollars over his lifetime for charity.