Hospitals may provide the facilities
for treating a patient but in the ultimate analysis,
it is God who really cures. There are innumerable
instances of how Swami intervenes, when the doctor
feels that the situation is hopeless. Here is
just one example, an episode narrated by Ravi
Mariwala, which proves the point. Ravi Mariwala
is one of Swami's students; a graduate of the
Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Learning. He
holds a Master's degree in Business Administration.
The Super Speciality Hospital in Puttaparthi came
into existence just at the time he was graduating.
Many boys, especially with MBA degrees, volunteered
to serve in the hospital, and Ravi was one of
them. Ravi Mariwala operates the Heart-Lung machine,
the vital instrument in cardiac surgery. This
is what he had to say:
"A patient being operated
for a congenital defect was unable to recover
heart function sufficiently, to come off the heart-lung
machine and generate adequate systemic pressure.
We tried everything but nothing seemed to work.
Everyone was beginning to despair. We discussed
the matter, rested the heart again, and added
some more drugs. We only failed once more. We
were absolutely helpless. It occurred to me that
we had tried everything but prayer.
Prayer for a person not known to me? Would it
work? I think that is why it did.
As I had been in the theatre for five hours already,
I was briefly relieved by a colleague. I came
into the corridor outside the theatre and stood
silently for a minute, trying to recollect Sai's
face in my mind's eye. I said a silent prayer
for the patient's recovery.
Immediately thereafter, I returned to the theatre.
The situation had changed completely. The blood
pressure had improved, and the heart had recovered!
Strangely, no one knew how or why; I did not say
anything to anyone.
incident passed. The patient's recovery was smooth.
On the Sunday that followed, Swami came to me,
created vibhuti, put it into my hands and lovingly
said, "This is for the prayer that you said
for that patient." He then proceeded to describe
the incident to others. Here was Swami rewarding
me for the miracle cure that He in His Mercy had