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This is part two of an eleven part series on the Baha’i Perspective on Disease.   In Part 1,  we looked at how I got interested in this topic and looked at some quotes on prevention of disease.

No one is exempt from disease – even the messengers of God:

It is mentioned in the Book and attributed to the tongue of the unbelievers thus – “And they say what kind of a Messenger is this? he eateth food and walketh in the streets (as we do) . . . As those Temples of Holiness were subject to outward indigence and adversity and also to natural and bodily necessities, such as hunger, diseases and incidental happenings, the people would become bewildered in saharas of doubt and suspicion and in deserts of imagination and perplexity, (wondering) how could one come from God, claim predominance over all in the earth . . . and yet be afflicted by such trifling matters.   (Compilations, Baha’i Scriptures, p. 24)

Even the Beloved ones, the Prophets of God, have never been exempt from the ills that are to be found in our world; poverty, disease, bereavement  (Shoghi Effendi, Lights of Guidance, p. 603)

God wants us to be healthy:

Is it possible for one member or part to be in distress and the other members to be at ease? It is impossible! Hence God has desired that in the body politic of humanity each one shall enjoy perfect welfare and comfort.  (Abdu’l-Baha, Foundations of World Unity, p. 38)

Our health is in the hands of God:

All is in the hands of God, and without Him there can be no health in us!  (Abdu’l-Baha, Paris Talks, p. 19)

Diseases can be either physical or spiritual:

For the provoking cause of disease — that is to say, the cause of the entrance of disease into the human body — is either a physical one or is the effect of excitement of the nerves.  (Abdu’l-Baha, Some Answered Questions, p. 256)

Disease is of two kinds: material and spiritual.  Take for instance, a cut hand; if you pray for the cut to be healed and do not stop its bleeding, you will not do much good; a material remedy is needed.  (Abdu’l-Baha, Abdu’l-Baha in London, p. 65)

For more in this series:

Part 1: Intro to Disease

Part 2:  Reasons for Disease

Part 3:  Physical Causes of Disease

Part 4:  Spiritual Causes of Disease

Part 5:  Effects of Disease

Part 6:  Attitudes towards Disease

Part 7:  Spiritual Treatment for Disease

Part 8:  Physical Treatment for Disease

Part 9:  Why People Aren’t Getting Better

Part 10:  Advice to Doctors

Part 11:  Prayers for Health