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Full text of "Sri Sai Baba`S:Charters And Sayings"

VII

January 26, 1915.

You will remember that we left off at this passage
on the thirteenth page, in which it speaks of the body
as the animal, the horse on which we ride. You will
remember that I mentioned to you then, that with
that, as with so many other things, it is always wiser
and best to take the middle path. On the one hand
to let the animal do exactly what it wishes, is to
make it absolutely useless to us, and to help neither
its evolution nor our own ; while, on the other hand,
to overwork it, to overstrain it, not to attend to it
properly, is the opposite extreme, which is equally
bad, which is indeed very often worse, for you may
very easily overstrain this complex mechanism which
we call our body. You may thus, before you realise
it, do harm which can never be undone. I know
that men constantly say in business : ct Well, I must
do a little bit more." Very often that means just
the overstraining of the mechanism, and that which
is overstrained does not come back to its normal
condition. It is very easy to strain the thing because it
is not like any other very delicate piece of machinery.
It is living machinery, it is wonderfully recuperative,