Five years ago, Ian Kirby, 20, in the south of England, went blind with a rare disease of the eyes. Doctors told him that he would never see again.
Then, just before Christmas 1984, he went into hospital to have two wisdom teeth removed. He awoke from the operation and astonished doctors by saying that he could see. Lights were appearing through bandages around his head. The London Daily Mail reported Kirby’s excitement in the following words: “As he regained consciousness Kirby shouted excitedly to nurses that he could see for the first time in five years.” (The Muslim, Islamabad, January 5, 1985). Doctors said that it was probably the effects of the anesthetic that had restored his sight.
Ian Kirby went blind in the physical sense. The eyes of his body lost their vision. But everyone in this world goes blind in another more important way. They lose their spiritual vision. The eyes on their soul which provide a clear picture of reality cease to function correctly, and the picture becomes blurred, or obscured absolutely.
Likewise, if we all are to regain our spiritual vision in this world, we have to go through painful operations: we have to cut love of the world off our hearts; we have to resign ourselves to forgoing relationships and attachments that we hold dearest.