Kiran Harilal and Mala Bodiwala, Surat: “Due to Swamiji’s grace he is alive today and free of cancer. All the doctors, his family Guru and even the astrologers who predicted that he will die were awestruck.”
Kiran Harilal and Mala Bodiwala, Surat
You won’t believe this, but he is alive today and free of cancer. All the doctors, his family Guru and even the astrologers who predicted that he will die were awestruck.
Many men live their lives without meeting their Guru, a Guru. Many men exist on this earth without even a sip of the efficacy of seeing the Guru. I was that person before 1992. Since I was a child of about eight years old, I was searching for a Guru; whenever I meet people kept telling me that either this person or that person is not your Guru. So I was in search of a Guru until I met Sri Ganapati Sachchidananda Swamiji and now I have found my Guru.
Before that time, I used to visit the temple of Tejanandbaba in Dindoli village near Kharvasa. Once I was coming back from that temple, a man stopped me and told me that he did not mind me going to this temple, but my real place was the Datta Temple in Surat. He requested that I should visit the Datta Temple, sing Bhajans and play a musical instrument called “Santoor’. So the next Sunday I went there and spoke with Mr. Balloo and since then I have been coming to this Datta Temple.
The next year, in 1993, I first met Swamiji when he came directly from Mysore at Magdalla Airport and He stayed here for two days. I just saw Him and did not even speak with Him. We only had some eye contacts. While giving His discourse He gave the name of an herb, turmeric, which He said was very effective for one’s health and it can even treat cancer. He spoke about the healing properties of the plant and afterwards He gave some to us as prasadam. Our minds couldn’t understand the potency of this herb so we placed it in our puja room.
Later, in 1994, my cousin was diagnosed with cancer and was admitted to Jaslok Hospital in Bombay. The doctors there told the family that this was a non-treatable type of cancer and that he may not live for long. They advised them that they should not waste money, and they should take the patient back home in Surat. With saddened hearts, they took him to the Mahavir Hospital in Surat, where another team of doctors said the same thing.
At this time, the cancer was in its last stage. I told my mother to try the herb, which Sri Swamiji had given us. I felt that there was nothing harmful in trying it since there is very little chance of his survival. I insisted that we should try the herb. My mother took that herb, mixed it in water and gave it to my cousin. You won’t believe this, but he is alive today and free of cancer. All the doctors, his family Guru and even the astrologers who predicted that he will die were awestruck. That is the miracle. After his recovery: his business prospered, his daughter got married, he became wealthy and he is living very well. He is still alive and he is one hundred percent cured.
People think that Sri Swamiji is only visiting wealthy people and is after money, but for me it is not so. He is looking for people with true feelings and honesty. At the Surat Ashrama, all the trustees are somewhat wealthy, but I am a very ordinary man. I benefited a lot in my life by the blessings of Sri Swamiji. It is not to say that I am living a very happy and comfortable life, but He has given me enough so that I can effectively and efficiently do His work.
In 1995, when Sri Swamiji was visiting Surat, we were planning to build the hall at the Ashrama. He asked me to collect donations for the construction. In 1997, when He came back to Surat, He called and asked me to attend a meeting. At that meeting I was appointed as one of the Trustees. At that time I was very ordinary man. This event uplifted my spirits. The news of my appointment gave me a big boost in our circle and I gained lot of respect in society. My business prospered, my income grew and I am now living a very comfortable life.
In 1995-1996 I was going through very rough time. When I went to Ashram in 1997, Swamiji told me that from now on your fortune will change and you will Good times. He comes in my dreams and guides me and gives me directions. He knows all my family members by name, which is very big thing for us. He has so many devotees and yet He remembers our names, which amazes me and I feel very fortunate about that close relationship.
I visited Ashram for the first time in 1999, with Mr. Niranjankaka. I talked to Sri Swamiji at that time and told Him that I started the factory eleven years ago, but there is no progress. He told me, when you return home the progress will start. My business grew and in 2000 I installed four more looms. In 2001, Sri Swamiji came to Surat. I mentioned to Him that I have an empty plot behind my current factory and I want to expand. He blessed me and told me to go ahead with the plans. I had less than two lakh rupees and contractor estimated cost at four lakh rupees, but the actual cost was eight lakh rupees. Even today I do not know, where and how the funds came for expansion. It is all because of Swamiji’s blessings. I just believed in Swamiji with all my heart. My dream was fulfilled.
In 2001 my wifer suffered from paralysis. Afterwards when I went to Mysore, Sri Swamiji told me that He was aware of my wife’s illness and that He will take care. Today no one remembers that he had paralysis; he is completely cured. In 2002, Sri Swamiji was being weighed in gold and in order to do Paduka-Pooja they were asking one lakh rupees. I had taken some gifts to offer and when I was making the offerings I wanted to touch His Holy Lotus Feet. He permitted that even though there were thousands of people around and nobody was allowed to touch Him. My wife Mala and I were fortunate enough to touch His feet. We felt very blessed.
Sri Swamiji is our guide. He is the one who shows us the road to our progress. He is with us twenty-four hours a day. Whatever we do daily, we seek His blessings. We remember Him every time we wake up, eat, drink water, go to work, come home and go to bed. We take His name every step of the way. He is with us all the time. I was not that religious before I met Swamiji. He showed us what “Dharma” is. He gave us the knowledge of true “Dharma”. It is like when your vision changes when you wear correct eyeglass. He makes us do activities for the benefit of needy people and teaches us to help the less fortunate.
We had our own social circle before we met Him, but after meeting our family and friends has become “Datta Pariwara (family)”. I came to know lots of important people locally and nationally. I now know lots of people from Surat, Bombay, Mysore, and South India who are in “Datta Pariwara (Family)”. We have become one Family. Jai Guru Datta! Sri Guru Datta!
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