Or The Yogi Philosophy Of Physical Well-Being
by Yogi Ramacharaka (1904)
The Work Of The Divine Architect.
The Yogi Philosophy teaches that God gives to each individual a physical
machine adapted to his needs, and also supplies him with the means of keeping
it in order, and of repairing it if his negligence allows it to become
inefficient. The Yogis recognize the human body as the handiwork of a great
Intelligence. They regard its organism as a working machine, the conception
and operation of which indicates the greatest wisdom and care. They know that
the body IS because of a great Intelligence, and they know that the same
Intelligence is still operating through the physical body, and that as the
individual falls in with the working of the Divine Law, so will he continue in
health and strength. They also know that when Man runs contrary to that law,
inharmony and disease result. They believe that it is ridiculous to suppose
that this great Intelligence caused the beautiful human body to exist, and
then ran away and left it to its fate, for they know that the Intelligence
still presides over each and every function of the body, and may be safely
trusted and not feared.
That Intelligence, the manifestation of which we call "Nature" or
"The Life Principle", and similar names, is constantly on the alert
to repair damage, heal wounds, knit together broken bones; to throw off
harmful materials which have accumulated in the system; and in thousands of
ways to keep the machine in good running order. Much that we call disease is
really a beneficent action of Nature designed to get rid of poisonous
substances which we have allowed to enter and remain in our system.
Let us see just what this body means. Let us suppose a soul seeking a tenement
in which to work out this phase of its existence. Occultists know that in
order to manifest in certain ways the soul has need of a fleshly habitation.
Let us see what the soul requires in the way of a body, and then let us see
whether Nature has given it what it needs.
In the first place, the soul needs a highly organized physical instrument of
thought, and a central station from which it may direct the workings of the
body. Nature provides that wonderful instrument, the human brain, the
possibilities of which we, at this time, but faintly recognize. The portion of
the brain which Man uses in this stage of his development is but a tiny part
of the entire brain-area. The unused portion is awaiting the evolution of the
Secondly, the soul needs organs designed to receive and record the various
forms of impressions from without. Nature steps in and provides the eye, the
ear, the nose, the organs of taste and the nerves whereby we feel. Nature is
keeping other senses in reserve, until the need of them is felt by the race.
Then, means of communication between the brain and the different parts of the
body are needed. Nature has "wired" the body with nerves in a
wonderful manner. The brain telegraphs over these wires instructions to all
parts of the body, sending its orders to cell and organ, and insisting upon
immediate obedience. The brain receives telegrams from all parts of the body,
warning it of danger; calling for help; making complaints, etc.
Then the body must have means of moving around in the world. It has outgrown
the plant-like inherited tendencies, and wants to "move on." Besides
this it wants to reach out after things and turn them to its own use. Nature
has provided limbs, and muscles, and tendons, with which to work the limbs.
Then the body needs a frame work to keep it in shape, to protect it from
shock; to give it strength and firmness; to prop it up, as it were. Nature
gives it the bony frame known as the skeleton, a marvelous piece of machinery,
which is well worthy of your study.
The soul needs a physical means of communication with other embodied souls.
Nature supplies the means of communication in the organs of speech and
The body needs a system of carrying repair materials to all of its system, to
build up; replenish; repair; and strengthen all the several parts. It also
needs a similar system whereby the waste, refuse matter may be carried to the
crematory, burned up and sent out of the system. Nature gives us the
life-carrying blood—the arteries and veins through which it flows to and fro
performing its work-the lungs to oxygenize the blood and to burn up the waste
The body needs material from the outside, with which to build up and repair
its parts. Nature provides means of eating the food; of digesting it; of
extracting the nutritious elements; of converting it into shape for absorption
by the system; of excreting the waste portions.
And, finally, the body is provided with means of reproducing its kind, and
providing other souls with fleshly tenements.
It is well worth the time of anyone to study something of the wonderful
mechanism and workings of the human body. One gets from this study a most
convincing realization of the reality of that great Intelligence in
nature—he sees the great Life Principle in operation—he sees that it is
not blind chance, or haphazard happening, but that it is the work of a mighty
Then he learns to trust that Intelligence, and to know that that which brought
him into physical being will carry him through life—that the power which
took charge of him then, has charge of him now , and will have
charge of him always .
As we open ourselves to the inflow of the great Life Principle, so will we be
benefited. If we fear it, or trust it not, we shut the door upon it and must