Answer: A person who has leprosy will never reach the level of the priest himself. He is so deeply immersed in his ego, cooking in it, that the awakening to this is cut off in him. He becomes food for his own ego, thus consuming the skin of his body.
Question: I have heard that people with leprosy do not feel that they are sick; they are even proud of it.
Answer: All the contagious human infections make people feel proud in some way since the ego wants to compensate for itself. A person wants to show that he is special in some way on every level. This type of compensation stems from internal defeatism.
It is revealed so strongly in a person that it turns a deficiency into valor. People hold pride parades and other activities thus validating it in their own eyes.
A normal person who is more or less balanced internally doesn’t need to prove anything to himself. Wisdom dwells quietly in a person who is focused on spiritual attainment and has no need for any commotion or mess.
From KabTV’s “Secrets of the Eternal Book” 2/12/14