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I was born and brought up in a traditional Hindu family...
I was born and brought up in a traditional Hindu family; reliance on medicine was very strong. After graduating with a science degree from Punjab University, I took a job at Delhi University. However, I used to suffer frequently from dysentery and stomach trouble. I was very afraid of eating certain types of food and of eating outdoors. In 1954 I got a scholarship and went to Harvard University in the United States for higher studies. There also I had recurring stomach trouble and was examined by doctors frequently. One said that the source of my stomach difficulties was emotional disturbance.
I thought if I could gain peace of mind, I would be all right. Once I read an advertisement in The Christian Science Monitor on how one could gain peace of mind by reading Science and Health by Mrs. Eddy. In a Christian Science Reading Room I met an elderly woman who told me that she had lived without medicines all her life. I was amazed to hear this. She invited me to attend services in a nearby Church of Christ, Scientist.
I started reading Science and Health. When I read the first chapter, entitled "Prayer," I was struck by this question: "Are we really grateful for the good already received?" I felt I was not. Instead of giving thanks to God for countless blessings, I was complaining about my stomach all the time. I realised that the stomach had no intelligence to complain; I was complaining on behalf of the stomach.
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Finding our true value
Why not turn to God?
Elaine R. Follis
"Back From Oblivion, a Tribe Forges a Future" by Timothy Egan
Your life is worth living
Written for the Sentinel
"My identity is not the product of how other people see me"
with contributions from Amy Dresser
"Who am I?"
Richard C. Bergenheim
Our Christian calling
William E. Moody
Japhet David Martin
Over a period of several years, I gained a considerable...
I don't know why I stepped on the bee, or why I didn't see...
Kirk Wills with contributions from Sue Blanford Wills