Having kids is one of the means to spend our Karma. We take a lot of pain in bringing up them in a good way. That pain is a way to spend our bad Karma out. Similar is, serving our parents when they are old. Serving them burns out our bad Karma and wins our parents’ and God’s blessings. While bringing up kids or taking care of our old parents, we do not take a short cut. We suffer through it and enjoy the experience. Does this rule hold good to diseases also? If we have any disease, should we suffer with it, thinking it as a result of bad Karma or should we fight it out?
Fight for survival is our real nature
It is the very nature of every living creature, plant or animal, to fight to live, to fight to restore health. When there is an infection attack on our body, white blood cells increase, to fight the micro organism down. It is in our nature to fight against attack – either a physical attack or a health attack. The body / mind does so, because survival is the most important matter for any living being. Fighting against odds (health / social or whatever), is in our nature. So, when disease hits us, naturally body is fighting for its survival. Hence, all efforts should be made to help our body and mind to fight the disease, for our survival.
Health is the most precious thing that we can ever be gifted with, by mother nature. If there is health, there is life. If there is life, then there are hopes, efforts, achievements and so on. Hence, all efforts should be made to protect our health.
Suppose you are a bus driver with migraine. The purpose of existence of a bus driver is to drive the bus carefully with utmost attention. If the bus driver thinks that suffering with migraine is his Karma and leaves it as it is without getting it treated, goes for bus driving, gets a bout of migraine while driving, feels like vomiting, gets blurred vision and causes an accident. His bad Karma will further increase, because of his inaction towards his migraine. His Karma would have got reduced, if had taken the treatment for migraine and drove the bus correctly.
Whatever disease we have, we need to fight it out to keep the body healthy and fit.
Shareeram aadyam khalu dharma saadhanam! – Vedanta and Kalidasa.
If we have strong body and strong health, then only we can follow path of righteousness (Dharma), then only we can take a good care of our kids and parents, then only we can earn to support our families, then only we can do our duties with utmost attention and sincerity and then only we can lead a spiritual life.
So, during a disease attack, all efforts should be made to get the disease treated and to lead a meaningful life.
During health, all efforts should be made to protect it.
What if the disease is incurable?
Karmanye Vaadhikaaraste Ma Phaleshu Kadaachana – Lord Sri Krishna, Srimad Bhagavad Geeta.
We have the right to put in our efforts. We do not have any rights for the fruits. Our primary goal is to do whatever we can, to fight disease. We do not have any right to claim for good health, just based on our efforts.
But then, we can do adjustments in health and life so that, we are functional and we are chasing our dreams.
while there’s life there’s hope – Prof. Stephen Hawking
What if I am poor and cannot afford costly treatment?
Up to whatever level we can fight the disease, we should fight. But we should leave no stone unturned. But before the disease, when we are healthy, we should make all efforts to follow – Dharma – path of righteousness, and earn Artha – money. We should also make all efforts to protect money for the tougher times of disease in future.
Let us hope and pray that all human beings can have good money to protect their health and to fight their diseases.
This body is abode of God!
When someone dies, in Hindu custom, we bow down (do Pranam) to that dead body, thinking that God had lived inside that body. So long as life is there, the God lives within us, pumping the heart, functioning the livers, digesting the food, excreting the waste, pushing in and out the air, healing the wounds. So, this body needs utmost attention to maintain best possible health.
Again there is a question that, some people, how hard they may try, they do not earn good money. For that, the answer is, whether to earn money or to fight the disease, we have to do our best and leave the rest to the Mother Nature. So, it all boils down to the will of Mother Nature, whom, the Hindus call in different names as Durga, Kali, Devi, Bhairavi, Lalita, Gayatri, Sharada, Shive, Ambe, Maata, Lakshmi, Saraswati etc.
Wish you Happy Navaratri and Dasara. – Dr Janardhana V Hebbar, 2/10/2014.
(Hindu festival spanning 10 days, where we worship different forms of Mother Goddess).
Additional comments by Dr M Narayana Bhat.
Scriptures & puraanaas support your
views. anushaasana parva of epic
mahabhaarata deals with the subject
so also ‘karma vipaaka’ texts.
As you have rightly pointed out, medical
treatment should be supported by other
measures as indicated here below. if the
evil done is so grave, even medication
may not come to our rescue.
thanks once again
janmAntara kRtaM pApaM vyAdhirUpeNa bAdhate
tacchAnti auSadaiH dAnaiH japa homa surArcanaiH
yathA zAstrantu nirNato yathA vyAdhi cikitsakaH
na zamaM zAnti yo vyAdhiH saMjJeyaH karmajo budhaH