In the Tip of the Writing Brush (Ofudesaki) is the verse.
The world is saying that it is cholera,
but it is God informing you of his regret. 14-23
Can God be warning us about our wrong use of our mind? Can illness and disorders of our bodies be the result of God’s guidance and love for his children? It is said that God sees the dangerous paths of suffering if we continue to harbor greed, arrogance and self-love in our minds. These dangerous paths of today may result in suffering in the future. This is the concept of causality, where good thoughts and behavior result in joy, and evil thoughts and behavior result in suffering in the future. If one believes in reincarnation, the suffering or joy appears in the next lives. God by working to give us guidance (illness) today is giving us an opportunity to have joy in our next lives.
There are many people that would say that God punishes us by placing illness and disorders upon our bodies. Many of us would also want the evil to suffer God’s wrath today. But as we know, evil people many times do not suffer from disease or disorders. Could it be that disease or disorders are placed on good people to help them purify their minds of evil? In the Heaven’s Truth Church (Tenrikyo), we believe that with our special prayer, God enter into people, and distinguishes their minds; and places illness on their bodies dependent on how they are using their minds. When these people ponder on their illness, and remove greed and arrogance from their minds, the illness is removed. In the long term, by removing evil today, one opens a path of joy in the next life.
Today, we see an outbreak of Ebola, and other viral diseases that appear to jeopardize our health. Some would say that they are God’s punishment for our sins. Others would say that God is absent; but could they be like the cholera epidemics in the past that is mentioned in the sacred book? Could they be God’s guidance in purifying our minds? Ponder over your illness and reflect how you have been using your mind!