Mary's story continued
One more thing that I would like to add to my story is this. The thing that helps me the most in understanding people's lives, especially people like my mother, is the knowledge that I have gained through Raja yoga with the Brahma Kumaris. I see my mother as a soul playing out her part in the drama of life, according to her own karma. It is her karma to have alzheimers and it is my father's karma to be with her at this time in her life. I believe that it is the taking on of sorrow which is the cause of alzheimers. I also read the other stories and this makes sense to me. God really wants us to be happy not sorrowful. Sorrow does a lot of damage to a soul and causes all kinds of illnesses, mental and physical ones. My mother is a very devout Christian, the evengelical type. I can see that the Christian religion promotes a lot of sorrow. Christians are always saying, "It's so sad." They look at all the situations in the world and always feel sorrow. My parents were missionaries for 17 years. It's really their own sorrow that they feel reflected in the world around them. For me the knowledge of the drama, that all of this is a stage, as Shakespeare said and we are all actors playing out our wonderous parts, was the greatest relief. It really is a stage and we really are playing out our parts. It's not just a figure of speech. We each create our own drama through our thoughts, words and actions.