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Curing the Material DiseaseA.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami
Truthout - June 22, 2007 - SARI GELZER "SiCKO": The Profits of Life and Death
Healthcare is a life and death issue, says Moore, and it should not be based on profit.
"SiCKO" focuses on the more than 250 million people who have insurance, but highlights those who are betrayed by it in their time of need. Moore's film shows the American healthcare system's dangerous focus on profits, exemplified in the stories of average Americans such as Donna, 52, and Larry Smith, 62, who were forced to file bankruptcy as a result of her cancer and his heart problems. They had health insurance, but it hardly paid for everything.
Moore shows the American healthcare system thru the lens of insurance company whistleblower Dr. Linda Peeno, who testified before Congress that she "denied a man a necessary operation and thus caused his death." She went on to say that her actions were rewarded: "This secured my reputation and it ensured my continued advancement in the healthcare field."
And, finally, Moore puts the American healthcare system into perspective by traveling to hospitals in Canada, Britain, Cuba and France - countries which have government-run programs. Scenes showed the expressions of doctors and patients who laughed or looked quizzical when Moore asked about the cost of visits to the doctor. go to story
What is service to mankind?
excerpt from lecture on Srimad-Bhagavatam 6.1.56-62, Surat, January 3, 1971
Service to mankind is service to God. Remember.
Basic principle is sense gratification
excerpt from conversation during morning walk, Los Angeles, December 17, 1973
In every respect, these materialists, they want to use God for their
sense gratification. That is the prime fact. Our philosophy is that
"God is not agent for your sense gratification, but you are agent for
God's satisfaction." That is our philosophy, just the opposite. Even
so-called religionists, they also take God as the agent of their sense
gratification. They go to church to order God, "Supply our bread."
Actually, He is doing. God is supplying bread. But they go for
ordering, that "Give us our..." The rascal does not know, God is
already supplying. Why should we go to church for ordering Him to
supply bread? He is already supplying, even to the cats and dogs. They
do not now what is the purpose of going to the church. That is going
on. That is the disease, material disease. "I want to satisfy my
senses, and anyone who will help me in my sense gratification, I shall
worship him. If he does not, then I shall not." Everywhere. This Nixon
became president because he promised that "I shall satisfy your
senses." Now he is not doing so, so "Get out." This is the whole
formula, material world." You satisfy my senses, you are my friend. And
as soon as stop, then you are not my friend." That's it.
The primary disease is spiritual
purport, Chaitanya-charitamrita Adi-lila 10.51
Murari Gupta could treat both bodily and spiritual disease because he was a physician by profession and a great devotee of the Lord in terms of spiritual advancement. This is an example of service to humanity. Everyone should know that there are two kinds of diseases in human society. One disease, which is called adhyatmika, or material disease, pertains to the body, but the main disease is spiritual. The living entity is eternal, but somehow or other, when in contact with the material energy, he is subjected to the repetition of birth, death, old age and disease. The physicians of the modern day should learn from Murari Gupta. Although modern philanthropic physicians open gigantic hospitals, there are no hospitals to cure the material disease of the spirit soul. The Krishna consciousness movement has taken up the mission of curing this disease, but people are not very appreciative because they do not know what this disease is. A diseased person needs both proper medicine and a proper diet, and therefore the Krishna consciousness movement supplies materially stricken people with the medicine of the chanting of the holy name, or the Hare Krishna maha-mantra, and the diet of prasadam. There are many hospitals and medical clinics to cure bodily diseases, but there are no such hospitals to cure the material disease of the spirit soul. The centers of the Krishna consciousness movement are the only established hospitals that can cure man of birth, death, old age and disease.
Sri Guru and Gauranga
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Doctors' Intervention Third Leading Cause of Death
Discrimination Against the Poor
Disappointed He Didn't Die On Time
When Insurance Fails
Birth Control and Vitamins
The Direction of Care
Family, Friends, Nation
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