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What’s in a Name – Part 1:

This must be a great time financially to be a doctor. Young people, if you have not considered a career path, may I recommend something related to non-communicable diseases. Even though people are living longer than projected in 1990 – on average, 10.7 more years for men and 12.6 for women (take off 7 and 5 years respectively for African Americans) due to medical advances – be not be deterred in your pursuit by taking this to mean that people are getting healthier. Press on toward your M.D. knowing that there will be plenty of work for you down the road. Don’t let the fact that deaths from heart disease is down 70% keep you from seizing your dream because the number of people diagnosed with it is skyrocketing!(1)

Pausing for a moment though, one can’t help but wonder as to why we are developing patterns of living that are the equivalent of killing ourselves slowly everyday. What must be humanity’s inner condition in light of these current trends? What must we regard as being the purpose of physical existence if we carelessly barter it away everyday in this way? Furthermore, where are the much needed “physicians” to address what is obviously the much deeper ailment plaguing our world and bringing on this ‘slow-motion disaster?’

‘Abdu’l-Bahá writes,

There are two ways of healing sickness, material means and spiritual means. The first is by the use of remedies, of medicines; the second consists in praying to God and in turning to Him. Both means should be used and practiced.

Illness caused by physical accident should be treated with medical remedies; those which are due to spiritual causes disappear through spiritual means. Thus an illness caused by affliction, fear, nervous impressions, will be healed by spiritual rather than by physical treatment. Hence, both kinds of remedies should be considered.(2)

We’ve figured out how to keep a sick body alive. When we will start to put the same effort into healing afflictions of the heart and soul? What are the means that we have at our disposal to accomplish this – especially when we know that the world of existence is an outward expression of our inner condition?

Stay tuned for Part 2 later this week.

1. Global Report: Obesity Bigger Health Crisis Than Hunger, Danielle Dellorto, CNN, http://www.cnn.com/2012/12/13/health/global-burden-report

2. `Abdu’l-Baha: Bahá’i World Faith

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Food for the Soul: 19 Days of Music and Devotion is a series of devotional songs from Badasht vol. I & II coupled with inspiring images and quotations from sacred Writings, initially to accompany the Bahá’í Fast from March 2-20. Please use them in your own way, and share with your friends & family.

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