signs & miracles
Vibhuti's power to cure
"I have heard people say that the power of vibhuti lies in its placebo
effect, its effect on the mind of the patient, thus creating greater faith
and expectation. But I know of cases in which the recipient of vibhuti had
no expectation at all, no expectation of a cure, that is. My wife, Iris,
was one of these in the case just related, but the most striking in my
experience was the cure of the parachute jumper, Squadron Leader A.
Chakravarthy and his absent wife, which I describe in detail in my book
"Sai Baba, Invitation to Glory", I will repeat the main facts here.
Chakravarthy, along with two scientists with whom he had arrived at the
ashram, was called for an interview during his first evening there. Swami
manifested several things for two of his friends and then told
Chakravarthy to join his two palms together in the form of a bowl. Then
Swami waved His down-turned hand in small circles above the bowl thus
formed. Vibhuti poured from His hand until Chakravarthy's two joined palms
were full. Then He told the parachute jumper to eat the vibhuti. The
Squadron Leader, who was also head of the parachute jumping school in the
Indian Air Force, had no idea why he should eat the vibhuti but he came
from a spiritual family and had the feeling that he was in the presence of
a Godman, so he did as he was ordered. He consumed every morsel of this
double handful of vibhuti. "The flavour was quite pleasant and I thought I
was getting some spiritual benefit from it," he told me.
He had an interview on the following morning and the same thing happened.
Again the Squadron leader did as ordered and ate all the vibhuti, having
no idea what the specific benefit might be. He and his friends returned to
Bangalore after spending the one night at the ashram. He was amazed and of
course, overjoyed to discover in the next few days that he had been
completely cured of a disease that the medical doctors had told him was
incurable. He was even more astounded to find that his wife was cured of
the same incurable disease. They had both been told by several doctors
that the disease they shared was not only incurable but would prevent them
having children. Now, as if to confirm the cure, Swami told them that they
would have a son to be born on Swami's own birthday that year. This duly
took place. No placebo effect could have played any part in this
unexpected healing of two people by two double handfuls of vibhuti given
to one of them.
Several friends have told me how they have cured diseases in animals,
mainly pet dogs and cats, by the application of vibhuti and this seems to
indicate that the healing power exists in the vibhuti without any help
from mental expectation or even faith.
The quantity of vibhuti required and time taken for healing are also part
of the divine mystery. In Chakravarthy's case, two double handfuls of
vibhuti healed two people almost immediately. In the case of Mayan
Waynberg, (given in my book "Sai Baba, Invitation to Glory") another
example of vibhuti healing an incurable disease (that is, incurable by
ordinary medical means), the patient was instructed by Swami to take a
pinch of vibhuti in water daily, but it took nearly two years for the
complete cure. Different diseases, different methods and only the Divine
Healer Himself knows the reason. All we can know is that this sacred
substance that we have learned to call vibhuti is imbued with the divine
power, glory and opulence to work great miracles."
Written by N. Kasturi M.A., B.L.