"Deussen - a disciple of Schopenhauer, who loved Buddhism so much - tells how in India he met a blind beggar and became friends with him. The beggar told him: 'If I have been born blind, it is because of the sins committed in my previous life; it is just if I am blind.' The people accept suffering. Gandhi opposed the building of hospitals. He said that hospitals and charitable works simply delay the paying of a debt. One being cannot help another: if the others suffer, then they must suffer, to pay for a sin. If I help them, then I am putting off their payment of this debt."
--Jorge Luis Borges, in his essay "Buddhism," in Seven Nights.
When I read this I was reminded of recent public controversy regarding the impending canonization of Mother Teresa. In this Penn and Teller video, she is roundly criticized for her "cruelty," as she is in this Christopher Hitchens presentation. Wikipedia devotes a page to these controversies. The countervailing opinion is that criticism to Mother Teresa comes from opposition to her views opposing abortion, rather than to her insistence that the sick accept suffering.
So it's interesting to me to see Borges express a similar viewpoint re Mahatma Gandhi's approach to sickness and suffering.