Spirituality and Psychiatry

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Imagine a psychiatrist. And imagine a patient of theirs (who follows the deceased guru Sai Baba) lent that psychiatrist a book about a psychiatrist who became a devotee of Sai Baba in the 70s. What might happen?

I started reading this book (Satya Sai Baba : The Psychiatrist and the Guru I think???) and found it quite interesting. Why? Because modern psychiatry does not concern itself (much) with the spiritual dimension of humanity. Modern psychiatrists, speaking generally, follow the bio / psycho / social model of understanding mental illness. Its fairly self-explanatory. Some psychiatrists are naturally gifted psychotherapists and have the confidence to enter into the realm of the spiritual. But this is not really part of their “training”.

Anyway the book is interesting so far. The psychiatrist, who is a somewhat lost soul mired in the materialist paradigm of western science, is just starting to experience contact with the guru Sai Baba.

It must be remembered that Sai Baba is followed by millions of people in India and around the world. But this book is more intimate. If anything, it reveals a certain emptiness at the heart of modern psychiatry. Its probably the same emptiness at the heart of modern society.

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