Renewed Physical and Spiritual Healing, Understanding The Nature of Disease:
A doctor's perspective

By Parvaneh Farid-Monfared

Presented at the Irfan Colloquia Session #138
Centre for Baha'i Studies: Acuto, Italy
July 5–8, 2016
(see list of papers from #138)

    This paper is an attempt to explore both physical and spiritual healing based on `Abdu'l-Bahá`s writing. "The cause of entrance of disease into human body" `Abdu`l-Bahá explains is either physical one or is the effect of the excitement of the nerves." This statement basically changes the whole etiology sections in medical books. Medical science has been looking for merely physical reason and therefore looking for physical healing. `Abdu´l-Bahá explains four types of healing in which one of them is relying on the power of Divine assistance and the rest are matters to be explored. In this regard the attitude of a doctor has a crucial role in the health of individuals, whether health oriented or disease oriented, whether he/she "imparts gladness to the patient", "brings him to ecstasy and exultation" as mentioned in the writings.

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