I would like to talk about illness as God’s guidance. Some people believe that God punishes people when he or she goes against him. Information about God’s punishment is rampant in the Judeo-Christian holy books. From a human perspective, punishment is justifiable when someone takes part in an unlawful act. But for those who love the perpetrator, punishment may not suit the crime. I believe it is also so with God; God does not punish the evil acts of mankind. God loves everyone. In the Book of Prophecy (Ofudesaki), God tells us that he will distinguish between the good and the evil mind. Most people would think that God separates the evil to punish them, but ironically it is the good people that God distinguishes and guides. How does God guide them?
Sometimes pain or suffering is good. Many of you may not agree with the previous statement. But what would happen if you loss the sensation to feel pain? What would happen if you could not feel the heat of the fire? One’s physical body will be in jeopardy. Illness is a warning that something is wrong in our minds. In the Book of Prophecy, God tells us that he uses pain and illness to guide us. God tells us whenever we have illness, to calm our minds and ponder. What does God want us to understand with his guidance? He wants us to remove evil from our minds. God tells us to remove greed, arrogance, and self love from our minds. When we are able to purify our minds, the future will only bring upon joy. We bring upon our own joy or sufferings.
Some may wonder why God does not guide the people with evil minds (kara). When one is imbued with the dusts of greed, arrogance, and self love, one’s understanding is limited. It is like a distorted mirror, where we do not get the true reflection. These people will not be able to understand God’s guidance (illness) when they appear on their bodies. They are not yet able to calm their minds due to the extent of evil in their minds, and will not be able to purify their minds. God does not guide them; it is said that God will deal with these people at a later date, when they are able to understand.