(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 18 May 2012, Melbourne, Australia, Lecture)
I used to live in Vrindavan a long time ago. In the rural areas, the medical facilities were sometimes worse than the disease. I was in hospital at one time and the doctors were fighting over me. One said it was malaria and the other said it was typhoid!
So fine, I thought it was malaria. I had to buy my own medicine so I was sent someone to buy me some malaria medicine and the typhoid doctor said to me, ‘You will die!’
Somehow, I survived it and I got out of that hospital. We used to have a book in our temple which was called Where there is no doctor. It was a very good book and very popular and everyone was reading it, me too. When I was reading it, I thought, ‘Yes, I have that. Yes, I have typhoid. Yes, I have malaria as well, and I have the whooping cough also!’
Every page you read, and then you would think, ‘Yes I have that. I have these symptoms too!’
That was a super interesting book and you can find it on the Internet but it does not really replace the doctor, I can tell you that. Better go to a good specialist and let him figure it out and in the same way, if you want to understand Bhagavad-gita then you have to get it from a realized soul! Therefore, next to the Gita there must also be a guru or guru parampara – gurus from different levels as teachers. There must be teachers. Doctoring alone, then good luck, since you may cut-off your leg and think it is a good idea!