Earth’s history bears testimony to the presence of spiritually advanced beings endowed with magnetic energy and enriched auras. They could magnetise the negative energies manifesting in another and were advanced spiritual healers. Jesus, Shirdi Sai, Guru Nanak can be counted in this list of a few. Gurudev was among the most remarkable healers that ever walked this planet.

MAGNETISING NEGATIVE ENERGY

Mostly, negativity manifests due to the following reasons:

  • The negative samskars factored in your life by destiny
  • Physical and mental ailments resulting from specific planetary influences
  • Hither and thither due to ageing body parts
  • Black magic performed on you by another entity
  • Possession by spirits resulting in bodily damage can be complicated for the victims to identify and deal with
  • Curses of ancestors (pitra peeda) or other powerful entities can ground your good luck.
  • Sometimes you may unknowingly crossover diseases removed from others and left at pavements, road crossings and other hubs with large footfalls

Therefore, sometimes you may be born with negativity, sometimes it can be thrown at you, and sometimes you may pick it up. Whatever the form of negativity, the mahaguru endeavoured to offset it. Spiritual healing was a significant part of his seva. And he did it without accepting a dime in return.

I have been subject to black magic initiated by a relative. It triggered acute arthritis and I suffered it for ten years until the mahaguru cured me in under a minute! Besides arthritis, the mahaguru could partly or wholly cure other orthopaedic problems, pains in various parts of the body, abdominal and digestive tract issues, diabetes, jaundice, kidney and gall bladder stones, cancer, venereal diseases, burns and infections, multiple sclerosis, multiple personality disorders, and various mental maladies like depression, neurosis, psychosis, etc. While there are not many known cases of regaining lost eyesight, Bittu ji is living proof of how Gurudev restored his vision despite the damage caused to both his eyes by the third-degree burns sustained in a house fire.

Negativity became the excuse for many of the mahaguru’s disciples to meet him. Giri ji was suffering from an incurable disease, and it was only when the doctors gave up all hope that he joined a group of friends keen to meet the mahaguru. Santosh ji was led by kidney stones to seek the mahaguru’s help in Kathog but ended up healing people instead. Dr Shankar Narayan worked in the same office as the great guru and sought help to cure his daughter of fits. Virender ji sought help for his wife, while Surender ji sought it for his sister, and Harish ji appealed for his alcoholic brother-in-law. The mahaguru not only helped us but also inducted us into his tribe and passed on many of his healing powers to us.

APPROACH TO HEALING

As a guru, he never used his healing powers on his kith and kin, refusing to treat them. It was medicine and not spiritual intervention that came to their rescue during ill-health. He tended to his ailing younger brother only as a devoted elder (not guru) and did not budge an inch to heal his mother, despite holding her in very high regard. Whenever his kids complained of aches and pains, he would tell them that they should learn to heal themselves. However, on some occasions his family became an extension in his acts of seva. There is a recorded incident of how he transferred a young girl’s typhoid to his daughter so that the girl would be rid of the disease.

Despite being advanced healers, Santosh ji is still troubled by his kidney stone, Ravi ji by his skin allergy, and Puran ji by his orthopaedic issues. Nonetheless, they continue to bear it gracefully, hardly ever complaining about it. Ravi ji recalls his guru’s words when he discussed his (now chronic) skin allergy with him for the first time, “You take away the pain of so many people. Sometimes a fraction of that pain has to be borne by you too”. Being a healer comes with its own set of responsibilities.

Several years ago, at the departure lounge of London’s Heathrow airport, Rajpal ji asked Gurudev whether the great guru’s ability to erase, change, and rewrite peoples’ destinies upset Bhagwan? The mahaguru explained to his disciple that Bhagwan was pleased with him for curing his fever and removing his illness. Seeing the perplexed look on Rajpal ji’s face, he added, “Bhagwan is within each being. It is Bhagwan who has given me the stature of a guru along with the authority to go with it. I exercise this authority so that the sick can be healed.”

Gurudev would say the most unconventional things about healing. He once said, “I don’t cure anyone who comes for help. They cure themselves. I am not the doer”. The mahaguru recommended and practised the philosophy of non-doership, implying that only those who were meant to get cured were sent to him. He could not take any credit for their recovery since he was merely the facilitator. Be that as it may, hardly a rare few have achieved such feats in history.

A senior disciple shared another compelling piece of information, “Whatever be the illness or disease, when Gurudev placed his hand on a sick person, the pain would reduce and eventually disappear. Most seekers would find relief. When I asked him why he did not cure everyone, he told me that some come to him only to gauge his powers and test him. He added that if ever those people came to him in genuine need of help, he would help them too.”

While faith does appear to be a common denominator in the lives of the spiritually healed, the mahaguru did not believe in binding people to faith. The sthan was obligated to serve those who came for help and healing. It was perfectly acceptable if people stopped coming after their needs were met. (Logistically speaking, if all those healed would attend Bada Guruvar regularly, then the bada day would become a bada week!). However, those who stayed the course and became regulars at the sthans also became his long-term responsibility, and he took on the mantle of their wellbeing and spiritual development.

RELIEF FROM SUFFERING

Often people possessed by spirits would seek the mahaguru’s help. The victims were troubled either by their ancestors’ spirits or unknown spirits cast into them by black magic. At other times, their weakened auras made them vulnerable to possession by spirits.

Gurudev treated all life forms as extensions of himself. While he did not approve of spirits possessing other bodies and making their victims suffer, he did not want the spirits to suffer either. He would tell us that spirits and humans are similar except for their composition and capability. And since spirits are also a part of the shiv-parivaar, it was our job to serve them too. While most practitioners capable of relieving spirits usually attack, torture, or overpower them, the mahaguru would offer the spirits a reward for freeing their victims. The spirits usually wanted him to grant them birth in human form or help them crossover to higher dimensions since the lack of adequate energy kept them stuck in the lower realms and on earth, either in their homes or empty buildings or as captives of djinns and black magicians.

I have seen my guru handle possessed cases with the utmost ease. I still remember his dealings with a person possessed by seventeen spirits. This person had enormous physical strength on account of the collective forces controlling him. He was chained when first brought to Gurudev by a brigade of men. Over time, once the great guru had relieved him of the possessing spirits, he deputed me to take this man out shopping for T-shirts and trousers, adding the ‘cool’ ingredient to this village lad!

Spirits know that spiritual transformation is faster in the human form than as a spirit. Therefore, the opportunity of taking birth as a human is the biggest reward for most of them. Gurudev also allowed certain animal spirits to be born as humans. Just as he had the power to will birth for the spirits, he could extend human life by subtracting a few years from that person’s future lifetime and adding it to his present. He could gift years in multiples of two or five. His son, Parvesh ji, spoke about his friend’s cancer-stricken mother, who had been gifted twenty years by the mahaguru and lived to tell the tale.

Victimisation by black magic or negative spirits is a typical misadventure in India and other parts of the world. Guddan ji’s health was deteriorating when, as a young girl, she requested her brother to take her to Gurgaon. She could hardly stand or walk and barely ate. As Gurudev treated her, she vomited a square piece of barfi (sweetmeat) and soon recovered from a long-lasting ailment. Often, under the mahaguru’s treatment, people would vomit out the carriers of dark energy in their bodies. The incident I most vividly remember is of Kamlesh throwing up colourful glass bangles. When she came to the sthan seeking help, Gurudev deputed Mohan Chira ji to pick out pieces of glass from her vomit and put them together to form a rounded bangle. He said when she had vomited out all the material that could form nine bangles, she would be free of the negativity. The grand finale was when she vomited a taweez (talisman) after being tapped on her back by Gurudev!

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Kamlesh throws up a taweez after being tapped on the back by Gurudev.

While back magic is triggered by envy, curses are triggered by anger. Pitra peeda is a short word for the long-suffering that ensues due to ancestral curses. Such curses on a family line or kula are not targeted towards any specific individual. However, the brunt of that curse is undoubtedly borne by some individuals in the kula. Many cases of Pitra peeda would come to Gurudev. I was one on this list. He made me farm for several years and donate the proceeds to philanthropic causes. Vishwamitra ji, from the sthan in Mukerian, shared the story of a couple who would lose their newborns to blood cancer. After four deliveries and four corresponding deaths, they approached Gurudev for help. However, their fifth child also died of blood cancer. It was then the mahaguru told them that their next child would be cancer-free. And so, it came to pass as decreed by him. The mahaguru could also dilute the curses of mighty saints and temples.

Besides all else, he could also heal energy blocks in a person, ‘Laxmi bandh’ being the most common among them. It meant overriding the lack of barkat in those whom destiny had gifted tight-fisted living. This would ensure that a poor man’s buck would fetch him more value for the same amount spent than a rich man.

MODES OF HEALING

While his ability to heal extended beyond the physical, it was also not confined to physical interaction with a ‘patient’ but extended remotely to people miles away. Effectively, the mahaguru could heal a person telephonically or mentally from afar. He could also heal someone he had never met or spoken to.

Usually, he used specific spices as carriers of healing energy. Cloves, cardamoms, peppercorns, yellow mustard, and water, energised by mantras, were given to people in different measures depending on the issues from which they sought relief. Gurudev had, over time, put together about 100 natural prescriptions that worked for most ailments.

As a healer, he was unfathomable. Sometimes he would heal by shocking the person to do precisely the opposite of what any logical mind would think must be done. For example, when a lady suffering from chronic sore throat approached him for help, he asked her to snack on spicy gol-gappas. While she did so hesitatingly, the sheer act of following his advice restored her voice to original decibels and made her a staunch believer. Awe was a sentiment he inspired in millions.

The mahaguru gave anything he felt like to cure another. To teach Rajpal ji a lesson for showing off his singing skills, Gurudev made his voice so hoarse that he could hardly utter an understandable word. A few months later, when he again sought forgiveness from his guru, Gurudev asked him to eat a ball of snow to reclaim his vocals. Rajpal picked up some snow from the ground he was standing on and ate it. The cure was almost instantaneous. When Giri ji’s sister’s hands were covered with a fungal infection, Gurudev asked her to apply ghee on the rotis made at the sthan for eleven days. By the twelfth day, the fungal infection had vanished, leaving no trace of its smelly pus.

Once on a Thursday seva, I gave a hernia patient the treatment for piles because I forgot there was a difference between the two treatments. However, later that night, I realised my mistake. On Thursday of the following week, I met the patient again. I was expecting aggravated symptoms, but instead, he said he was much better than earlier. I realised that healing was not backed by the science we were conditioned to and wasn’t only about the cardamoms or cloves or Jal or any of what we were taught. It was more the magic of intention than the process of the cure. As proof of this point, I remember the great guru’s words, “Even mud from the sthan would work as effectively as any other spiritual treatment.”

He deployed unique ways to heal people. Often, dreams and visions became mediums for his healing rays, not only while he was alive but more so thereafter. When a house fire severely burned Bittu ji, the mahaguru appeared in his dream, spoke to him, and gave him his sipped water to drink. Overnight his burnt skin flaked off, and within a week, he was able to walk around. The numbers of those being helped by the mahaguru’s astral avatar are rising.

During the time Charan Singh ji was heading the Radha Soami Satsang Beas, his daughter contracted cancer. He asked his wife and daughter to meet Gurudev, telling them, “He is Shiv. I treat him like a brother”. When the mahaguru met with Charan Singh ji’s daughter, he asked her to drink his sipped water and vehemently disagreed that she had cancer. He asked her to undergo a medical re-examination to be doubly sure. The results indicated the tumour had subsided.

Be it water sipped by the guru or energised with mantras, the jal retains its freshness and does not smell for years on end. It is truly an elixir of life.

Healing wasn’t the mahaguru’s end game though it occupied most of his daily time. He was purposefully driven towards increasing the market share of spiritual existence versus a time-wasting social one. To those he empowered with healing abilities, his legacy is three-pronged. First, to spiritually transform themselves through the medium of seva. Second, to grant relief to others. Third, to inspire others to walk in their shoes!