Your Body is Only a Temple

health sadhana
July 24, 2019

Shambhavi riffs on health and care of our bodies in the Kali Yuga. How can we relate to all of the new assaults on our health and their impacts on our spiritual life? She finishes with some practical advice about embodying devotion. A podcast from Satsang with Shambhavi

Podcast First Words

There’s a famous Baba from North India. He always shows up at the melas. People I know have met him, but I’ve never met him. His name is Pilot Baba. He used to fly planes before he became a spiritual personage. I read a little book of his sayings from the 1970s. One saying that stuck in my mind was, “Your body is only a temple.”

In terms of our health, Anandamayi Ma gave really good advice. Get the best doctors you can. Do the best you can. And if you’re still sick, shrug. Because we aren’t in control of everything. Sometimes our fate is just to be sick, and sometimes it’s not. Sometimes we get better, and sometimes we don’t. Sometimes we have to manage chronic things, and sometimes they go away miraculously.

All we can do is get the best care available, and then really the rest is up to God. That means that we have to stop relating to our illness in a titan way. Being ill is not a personal failure. It’s not shameful. If you don’t get better, that doesn’t mean you didn’t do it right.


Satsang with Shambhavi is a weekly podcast about spirituality, love, death, devotion and waking up while living in a messy world.