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Interview with Juan Nuñez del Prado (Peru, July 2012)

Diseases and their origins

This interview with Juan Núñez del Prado, a khuraq akkuleq (“Elder”) of Inca wisdom, was written in July 2012 in Peru. It reflects the very personal opinion of this master; he does not claim to speak for all practitioners or even to act as the mouthpiece of this tradition.


Juan, have you ever asked your teachers like Don Benito or your friend Don Mariano what they think about diseases?

Juan Nuñez del Prado: In their eyes, diseases were similar to accidents or coincidences. At some point, you catch a disease somewhere; it just happens. In this case, you can use light energy (Kausay) to heal yourself and also to help others. It’s that simple. Diseases simply exist without a reason. We do not perceive the reason to be that a person has too much heavy energy. Nothing like this exists in the Andean tradition. We are humans, we are not perfect. Beings that are not perfect make mistakes. If we make a mistake, that’s an accident. That is the simple explanation for the emergence of diseases. That’s how we see it.


So let us look at diseases from our Western perspective. The people there are suffering from stress, caused, for example, by their jobs; or people, who are not centered or focused.

Juan Nuñez del Prado: Yes, that is because we do not want to take responsibility. We are stressed because we make everything else responsible and project blame onto the world. It is always the fault of the system, the parents, the teachers – and then you become a victim who suffers from all the pressure and is stressed – but this is just because you are not strong enough to take responsibility. This is the cause of stress. Look at the people who are stressed: It is those who do not take personal responsibility who suffer from stress. Or take Bill Gates as an example: He is never stressed, because he is aware of his personal power and utilizes it.


In spite of all your energy work in recent years, you have suffered from back pain. Do you have an explanation for this?

Juan Nuñez del Prado: : Yes, but did you see me at the time, shortly after the surgery, when I could hardly sit or drive a car? Today I can do anything I did before my surgery and my back problem without difficulty or pain.


But have you always taken responsibility in the past 20 years?

Juan Nuñez del Prado: : Anyone can have an accident. It is naïve to believe that you can follow this path (Note: Juan is talking about the Inka tradition and the Andean spiritual path) and nothing will happen to you. This path does not make any such promises.



If you break your hand or foot – okay, that’s an everyday injury that can happen rather quickly. But what about diseases like cancer?

Juan Nuñez del Prado: Developing cancer happens just like that too. The human immune system is not strong enough to resist the cancer and the cancer cells begin to grow. It’s the same as if you are bitten by a spider. It just happens. This is the opinion of the teachers who have taught me, and I agree with their opinion.

Take Don Mariano Apaza as an example: He was my colleague. He was a Khuraq Akulleq, which means he was at the top of the hierarchy. He had an accident and was taken to the hospital. There the medical team made a mistake and Don Mariano got an infection, as a consequence of which he died. How can you explain these events?

Back then he was the most capable and powerful Q’ero; he was the best I knew. Who can you blame? Should I condemn my friend for not making use of his skills to prevent the infection and his death? Does this make him a sinner? What a silly idea!


It is difficult to have a discussion with you if you use Don Mariano as an example, of course, because he was one of the most capable healers among the Q’eros.

Juan Nuñez del Prado:  Yes, even he died this way. Don Nasario Turpo, who was at the same level of consciousness and development as Don Mariano, was the successor of one of the great Andean leaders and was killed in a traffic accident. The two were among the best of the Indians. I am also at the top of the hierarchy and I also had an accident which nearly cost me my life.

I don’t believe that this happened to me because of a misstep, because I made a bad decision at some point. I don‘t accept these arguments, but this is my personal view. I have a lot of power and have done a lot of good in the past 18 years. What arguments could one possibly find to explain my accident? And as you know past lifes and mistakes you made there that haunt you in this life are not part of the Andean tradition so I don’t believe in this too.