Diseases - Curse or boon?
(This is based on posting of my face book friend Bhanu Ravi. Thanks to her )
Diseases are a curse to those who love their body,
For it makes them controltheir toungues as well as desires,
But to those who love only god , it seems to be a boon,
For it makes them pray and beg God to get cured.
Narayana Bhattathiri wrote Narayaneeyam,
To get get cured of his rheumatism and became great,
Narayana THeertha wrote Krishna Leela THaringini ,
To get cured of the great stomach pain he had.
Vasudeva Gosh was able to see Krishna Chaithanya ,
AS he was praying to get cured of his leprosy,
SAnathana Goswami was able to get complete love,
O f Chaithanya Maha Prabhu due to the rashes in his body.
All of us got the great Vishnu SAhasra Nama ,
From Bhishma due to his lying on bed of arrows,
WE also got Bhagwatha from sage Shuka ,
Because Parakshith happened to die by a snake.
WE are able to chant the great stotra of Mruthyunjaya,
Because the sage Markandeya hugged the god to get rid of death,
WE all got the great epic of Ramayana from Valmiki,
Because he was unable to see , the sufferings of Sita.
Just because diseases induced these great ones ,
Leave behind them the religious gems , we need not invite disease,
But You should never become a sorrowing weak one before it,
For diseases affect your body but not your soul which is always pure.
Never allow diseases of body to rule over you ,
Because what determines your mental health is devotion,
Try to prevent occurrence of diseases by leading disciplined life,
And if they come , turn your mind towards Gods and saints.
Never get dejected because of sickness,
Do not hate life because of sickness,
Call God for help and learn to live with sickness,
For He would bless you to lead a healthy life.