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Tuesday, May 29, 2012

What is the Purpose of Illness?

From a purely biological, scientific point of view, of course illness is the response of a system to other biological systems. Our bodies and viruses and bacteria all have their own motivation to live and continue.

But as a spiritual person, I wonder if there is more to it than that.

Is there a karmic connection to being sick? Do we become sick because of some lesson to learn or some consequence that we need to experience from the past?

Is illness sometimes caused by being at odds with our environment, or by negative thoughts against other people?

I am reminded of the story of the guru who had cancer and his followers urged him to cure himself. He refused because he said that this was something he was required to suffer and if he went through it, there would be no karma left and he would leave the world completely pure. If he cured it, he would have to come back in another life and suffer it later.

Do you agree? Do you think there's a difference between minor illness and major illness?

I started to think about these things because I fell ill last week. Life is sailing along absolutely wonderfully and I feel very at peace the vast majority of the time. Out of nowhere, I came down with strep throat and mono. Still don't know where I got either one from!

Was my illness just part of being a biological being in a world with viruses? Or did it have some other purpose or meaning? What do you think?


  1. I developed Epstein Barr as a result of Mono when i was 18. My neck grew out larger than the size of a grapefruit Honestly, i had been the most healthy person in my family until that moment. So my heart is yours today...i do truly understand how ill you have been. I do think there is something to learn from illness and diversity. Even for others. My mother battled cancer for 12 years and often i think it was more our karma than hers to witness it. She just trucked along...all the while it was ripping our hearts out to watch her struggle. As one who loves several here with disabilities, seems often the lesson is not always for them but for those closest. I know i have learned a great deal from such things, i thank Beloved for the opportunity to serve such special lil Portions.

    From my heart, I wish you a speedy recovery <3

    1. Thank you for the well wishes! I'm feeling much better already.

      I like your point about it sometimes being the karma of people around us too.

      Unexpected benefit of illness, it has brought my boyfriend and I closer as he is so good at taking care of me!