Spiritually Caused Diseases: (2) Tuberculosis and Spirit Possession
“Creation of Civilization” written by Mokichi Okada in 1952
Tuberculosis is very often caused by spirit possession. It often happens that someone suffers from tuberculosis and dies soon after their spouse died from it. It also happens that siblings suffer from tuberculosis one after another when one of them died from it. Their symptoms are almost identical to the dead brother’s. In the worst case, five or six siblings die one after another. Concerning those cases, people cannot but think tuberculosis is infectious. Therefore, it is inevitable that medical science regards it as an infectious disease.
In some cases, tuberculosis is infected with the disease virus but it is rare. It is not too much to say that most of tuberculosis is caused by spirit possession. Now I explain those cases in detail. When people die, they go to the spiritual world and start to live there. In the case of death from disease, people continue to suffer from it even in the spiritual world. Their symptoms are the same as before. Besides, they should enter the world of hell when they die from the disease. They also have to experience agonies of hell. However, they have no company to talk with. They just endure their illness alone and feel very lonely. They long for company and try to draw one of the siblings towards their side. They know that spiritual possession makes their sibling die from tuberculosis like them. Therefore, they do so. What a terrifying thing it is! I explain the other case. When a person is not properly worshipped or wants something after death, they possess a suitable person to ask for their favour. The possessed person becomes as if they suffer from tuberculosis. When looking at them, people naturally think they suffer from tuberculosis as they don’t know the true cause of it. Neither do doctors. Consequently, they are given quite a lot of medical treatment and finally die. I will tell you the story as one of the good examples.
More than twenty years ago, when I was still a trainee. My wife caught a cold and then had a terrible cough and frequent phlegm, which is sometimes mixed with blood. She seemed to suffer from tuberculosis but it cannot occur so suddenly. I thought there must have a meaning and made a spiritual examination. I will explain what a spiritual examination is in detail later. In any case, I found the spirit of a young man possessing my wife by this examination. It was about one year ago when I treated a young man in his early twenties. He suffered from the third stage of tuberculosis. His symptom was so severe that he finally died in a few weeks. It was he who possessed my wife. I asked him what he wants. He replied that he had a father who looked after him during his lifetime. His father is poor and cannot afford to hold memorial services properly even after he died. Therefore, he has no place to go without lodging that is very harsh. He begged me to worship for him. I willingly accepted his request and told him, “I will worship for you tomorrow evening since it is getting late tonight. Now I serve prayers for you. Leave away from my wife soon after that. Otherwise, she feels pain.” He agreed and got away from her soon after the prayers finished. Then my wife returned to her normal condition as if nothing had happened to her. That was a very obvious example. Even I was surprised.
Translated by N.H.
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