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Capital Sin: Taking Medicines
| (Translator's note by Harold Kulungian: This brief but
powerful essay first appeared in Ohsawa's Parisian REVUE YIN/YANG, March 1965,
the year before his death by a heart attack on April 26, 1966. Entitled in
French, "Un peche capital, prendre des medicaments," it is pregnant with
insightful implications about the widespread belief today that we cannot live a
healthy life without being dependent upon taking drugs. For example, what is
behind the senior citizens' clamoring for "the drug benefit"? Were they all
born ignorant "berabo", fatally condemned to be exploited by the doctors and
the pharmaceutucal industry?)
After having taught Macrobiotic
medicine during my brief stay in Europe to nearly a thousand sick people
condemned as "incurable" by Western medicine, I am totally convinced that all
the sick people who have suffered for many years, sometimes for twenty, thirty
years, often spending millions of francs in a ten-month period, have violated
and continue to violate the great law of nature.
Their suffering is
nothing but the punishment given in order to correct the faults they have
committed (whether they know it or not). You are wretched and sick people who
suffer and search for the black magic called "miracle healing", "group
healing", "the help of guardian angels," or "supernarural medicine."
the diseases that I have seen in the Occident are "iatrogenic" (diseases
created by symptomatic medicine). All sick people who are not cured in two or
three months at the maximum by Macrobiotic and dietetic medicine, which goes
back ten thousand years, are victims of the medicine which goes back scarcely
two centuries, or of the vegetarian or naturopathic approach which goes back
only half a century.
Why have they fallen ill? And why are they victims
of palliative and symptomatic medicine? Because their supreme judging ability
has been destroyed. Why do so many sick people lose their vitality, resistance,
and fortune, in spite of the most modern treatment by doctors? Because the
doctors practice the medicine taught in the universities.
Why does the
medicine taught in the universities deceive well-intentioned doctors and so
many ignorant sick people? Because the medicine protected by the power called
Law has degenerated with the times.
Everything that is protected becomes
corrupted. Everything that is exposed to all difficulties develops itself.
[Consider Anne Frank, hiding for her life from the Nazis, and developing
herself astonishingly through writing a Diary under such difficult
In Japanese there are two very popular and vulgar
words which are not found in ordinary dictionaries: "dorobo" (thief or
bandit) and "berabo" (victim or ignorant person). If dorobo is Yang,
berabo is Yin. Yin is centrifugal force, and Yang is constrictive centripality.
Yang enriches itself; Yin impoverishes itself.
Those who concentrate
their energy and acquire a fortune are all considered dorobo, according to
Buddhism. All those who are berabo lose all they have, and this is very natural
since they are centrifugal, dispersing their energy.
All those who gain
wealth accumulate ills in the same proportion, and in the end are attracted by
Yin, which is centifugal force, dissipating their fortune.
have the tragic end of all wealthy people except those who know how to
distribute without cease. The Unique Principle, Yin/Yang, is the only salvation
of these two one-sided antagonists.
REVUE YIN/YANG, March 1965.