Yesterday, I posed this question in a Vedanta study group: What happens to an enlightened being who contracts serious Alzheimers disease? Is it even possible for this to happen to a realized master? The consensus of the group was that it could not happen since the nature of realization is to transend the mind. Therefore, any disease of the mind cannot affect an elightened being because they are beyond the mind. However, since the mind is necessary to reflect upon the Self, pure awareness, a jiva who contracts this disease prior to enlightenment cannot gain realization in this particular lifetime.

As we know, the prarabdha karma still must be experienced even after realization. Many realized masters have contracted various forms of cancer and the like. So, what about Alzheimers and its effects?

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