Surgery with a smile…

Bhagawan is often hailed as the Doctor of all doctors. Many are His tales of medical miracles, curing many a deserved ones. While these miracles remain as unsolved puzzles for humanity to comprehend, Bhagawan is constantly drawing His devotees unto Him through such little miracles.  It is rightly said by Bhagawan, Miracles Are My Visiting Card…writes Sri V Krishnan for Sanathana Sarathi.

My son Vijay had been complaining of severe headaches intermittently right from the beginning of the year 1997. The intensity and frequency increased during the months of July and August ‘97. Once or twice these headaches were accompanied by vomiting as well. Most of the times these occurred during late nights. Under doctors’ advice Dispirin or other painkillers were given to the patient.

On August 16, an eye specialist at the Mohinder Hospital was consulted and he suspected something wrong in the brain and advised an immediate C.T. Scan of the brain. The hospital which carried out the C.T. Scan advised further MRI Scanning as they suspected a tumour in the brain according to the C.T. Scan. An MRI was done at the Sehgal’s Nursing Home and the MRI report confirmed a tumour in the brain. Dr. Ravi Bhatia, Neurosurgeon at Apollo Hospital was consulted then and he confirmed the tumour and that an operation was to be performed on the patient at the earliest for the removal of the tumour in the brain.

Vijay was admitted in Apollo Hospital on Aug 21 and the operation was scheduled on the 23rd. Nearly 40 years ago, my mother’s younger sister was operated upon for brain tumour, but she was not cured and died within three years. This thought was uppermost in my mind and I was not at all happy about the operation. Yet there was no other go as all the leading Neurologists had advised an early operation.

On Aug 23, 1997 the moment Vijay was taken into the O.T. at 7:30 a.m., I got into the prayer hall in Apollo Hospital along with a portrait of Sathya Sai Baba and started praying intensely, taking rests in between. Strangely, I was repeatedly praying to Baba that the operation should go on well, but there should not be any tumour.

The team of doctors came out at around 1:30 p.m. The Chief Neurosurgeon was sweating and looking perplexed. He said the operation was successful and he was surprised to see no tumour where there ought to be one and instead there was a lesion. He said he had scrapped some pieces out of it and sent them for biopsy. I was the only believer of Sathya Sai Baba in the midst of all my relatives. My wife believed in Shirdi Sai Baba only. And I know for sure, Baba had answered my prayers. It must be He Who must have removed the tumour, the presence of which had been confirmed by all scan reports and doctors! Later on August 27, the biopsy report was released and it said that the specimen given was not sufficient and the doctor advised further investigation. In the meanwhile, Vijay again started getting headache and he started pestering me to take him to Baba at Puttaparthi and I decided that I must take him to Baba. Well, who was I to decide? It was Baba’s decision because everything started working for me. My cousin Sri K.V. Krishnamurthy at Bangalore, an ardent devotee of Baba and also a Sevadal had fixed an appointment with Dr. Verma, formerly head of NIMHANS at Bangalore on 20th September ‘97.

On the evening of 16 September ’97 I took Vijay by air to Bangalore. On the night (early morning of September 17 at about 2:00 a.m.) my cousin Sri K. V. Krishnamurthy and family took us in their car to Puttaparthi. Strange are the ways of Baba and as many devotees have experienced and confirmed. My cousin had gone to Puttaparthi on many occasions in his car, but still on the early morning they missed out the route to Puttaparthi and detoured via another village. In between, the car headlight also did not function. So by the time we reached Puttaparthi, completely exhausted, Baba’s early morning Darshan was already over. So, we all thought we should have Darshan only in the evening at around 4.00. However, a Sevadal known to my cousin, suggested that I stand along with my son Vijay (who was at that time suffering from headache) at the exit point through which Baba might come out for going to cricket ground, which was under preparation during that time. Within about ten minutes, Baba came out in His new BMW, and as He came near to the place where we were standing, He looked up with His hand in a blessing posture and particularly smiled at my son Vijay. I could feel the enormity and intensity of the love in His face and that very instant my child Vijay shouted in joy, saying, “Papa, my headache is gone”. There was no physical touching for my son. His direct eye to eye contact was all that happened and the miracle indeed worked. Of course, the miracle had already happened at Apollo Hospital, New Delhi. This was only a subsequent confirmation of that.

In the evening when we went for Darshan, my son had a letter for Baba in which he had requested to cure him of his headache. After collecting a few letters from some of the women devotees, He came straight to where we were seated as if He knew we were there and collected my son’s letter through me. My cousins were immensely delighted, because my visit to Puttaparthi proved fruitful. We returned the same day to Bangalore. After two days, we took Vijay to Dr. Verma as per appointment. He heard the entire case and we also told everything about our visit to Baba. He examined the boy thoroughly and came out with his advice. These were his exact words: “Baba is the Greatest of all Surgeons. He is the Surgeon of Surgeons. He has cured this young child. The child will not have any problem any more. Even if headache does come sometimes, ignore it as a common headache.”

My son Vijay at that time was only 13. He never spoke of Sathya Sai Baba before. Yet now he does not leave for school without lighting up an agarbatti before Baba’s portrait. Even though he had missed three months of school, he has caught up with his studies and whenever he smiles, I can see Baba’s smile through him.

What other proof is needed to show that Baba loves and cares even when we do not think of Him but do our duties with utmost devotion?

II Samastha Lokah Sukhino Bhavantu II