Curing incurable diseases and mental defects

Curing incurable diseases and mental defects


How can people suffering from incurable diseases
or mental defects be cured? February 17, 2019
Shri Anil asked: How can I console a cancer-patient, who is known to me? Also, when mentally retarded people are unable
to even pray to God, how can they be cured? Swami replied: O Learned and Devoted Servants
of God! Any illness can be cured by the omnipotent
God. But God is also omniscient. The sin is excused only if there is a real
reformation in the soul. Real reformation is practically proved through
the non-repetition of the sin. The omniscient God must be thoroughly convinced
that the soul is truly reformed. You can deceive a human being by acting as
if you have reformed by weeping, crying, singing devotional songs and so on. But all these pretenses (actings) are useless
before God. He can never be convinced by such false actions
and false words of repentance. If there is a real reformation in the soul,
all these dramatic actions are not necessary for God. The real reformation of the soul is immediately
recognized by God and the sins are excused by Him because there is no need for further
punishment once real reformation has been achieved. If God is convinced in the case of a particular
soul, it means that the soul must have truly reformed. Such a soul alone will not repeat the sins
in the future. A mentally retarded patient is a condemned
soul in the view of God. It means that God does not have the slightest
hope that the soul will get reformed. Such a soul undergoes punishment throughout
his or her life. Such long and endless suffering is intended
to reform the soul unconsciously. Reformation is possible in such a soul in
the form of an aversion developed to the punishment. This strongly-impressed aversion to the suffering
may prevent the soul from committing sins in the next birth when the soul is given a
normal life. So, in view of the prevention of sinful behavior
in the future birth, the soul’s continuous suffering in this birth is helpful. Also, sometimes, the kith and kin of such
a soul might sincerely pray to God. As a result, the soul might attain a healthier
state in which the soul can get reformed. The omniscient God knows very well which souls
have some possibility of getting reformed and which souls do not. Souls with absolutely no hope of reformation
will be born as a mentally retarded animal, like a mad dog. All these are ‘administrative details’
regarding how the various cases of souls are handled. Each soul has performed different types of
good and bad deeds. Knowing exactly how each case is handled is
unnecessary for us. All we need to understand is that God is the
best judge and the best administrator. He always helps each and every soul in the
best-possible way. Only when the administrator is a human being,
is there a need for analyzing the person’s way of administration. The person might err in his or her way of
administration, in which case, we could suggest a better way. That is why even a country’s constitution,
which is framed by human beings, often gets amended. Through such amendments, errors get rectified. But there is not the slightest possibility
of even a trace of error in the divine constitution. So, there is no point in breaking our heads
on these issues, which are being administered in the most meritorious way. God is not only omnipotent and omniscient,
but He is also an infinite ocean of kindness. He is the divine Father of all souls. He must have chosen the kindest-possible way
to save any soul. All of us are mere brothers or sisters to
our neighboring souls but God is the Father of all souls (Ahaṁ bījapradaḥ pitā—Gita). A father is always far kinder to his child
than the brothers and sisters of the child. From all these angles, it is far far better
to leave the administration and reformation of other souls to God. Instead, we need to concentrate on our own
reformation. This is an extremely important point which
every soul in this world should understand. Our focus should be on recognizing our own
defects and reforming ourselves. This is the best and wisest path. The Divine Father is taking the best care
of each soul. Even the punishments given by God here on
earth and hereafter in hell, only indicate His anxiety to reform the sinful soul, which
is His child. Hell is the reflection of God’s highest
kindness, which helps in reforming souls. Hell is not the reflection of His anger or
desire for revenge. If we understand this very subtle point, we
will be very peaceful about things taking place in this world. There is no error taking place in the divine
administration. Everything taking place in this world is the
result of the most perfect working of God’s wonderful administration. No soul can even dream of running the world
in a better way than the way it is being run. It is our utter ignorance that causes us to
misunderstand God and stray (stay) away from the path of self-purification. We are ignorant of the deeds of other souls. We are ignorant of the most wonderful divine
administration working in the background. We are ignorant of God’s supreme talents
and capabilities in administering and reforming souls. Above all, we are ignorant of the supreme
kindness of God towards all souls. We are worried about things, about which we
need not be worried at all! People were worried about Jesus when He was
carrying the cross. He told them not to worry about Him. He was under the direct supervision of the
kindest Lord. Instead, He told them to worry about themselves
and their children. He might have suffered for a few hours, but
He was going to sit forever on the right lap of the Divine Father! These people, who were worried about Him,
might be living happily on earth for a little while, but they were going to be thrown into
the liquid fire forever along with their future generations! So, who should be worried? The spectators or Jesus? A person may finish off the punishment of
his or her sin by suffering for it here. The person may then get a wonderful new divine
birth in the immediate future. Another person, who is wasting his time in
sympathizing with this suffering person, instead of focusing on his own reformation, may finally
get thrown into the liquid fire forever! Hence, it is always advisable to focus on
self-rectification than unnecessarily wasting time in investigating and judging God’s
administration of this world.

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