“The times when you have seen only one set of footprints, is when I carried you!”
Swami has often stressed that India is a land of tremendous power and potential where good thoughts and noble intentions will always be protected by the grace and blessings of the Lord. A series of events that happened this year around the Indian festival of Raksha Bandhan to Mrs Mamoni Bera prove this beyond any doubt.
The child of Mrs Bera, a native of Hooghly district in West Bengal, was born with severe Pulmonary Stenosis in a Nursing home in Howrah, West Bengal. Post the birth of the child, it was evident that there was little or no hope of survival since the treatment was expensive and would require immediate surgery. The child’s family, who could not afford expensive treatment, had almost given up when a few good Samaritans employed with the South Western Railways decided to bear the expenditure of bringing the child to Kolkata and consulting a doctor in the city for a second opinion.
Dr Purban, to whom the child was brought to in Kolkata, happened to be a devotee of Sathya Sai Baba. Swami had already started working His magic much before this encounter, but it became evident when Dr Purban happened to mention the condition of this child to his friend, Sri Subhajit. Sri Subhajit, an active Sai volunteer quickly got in touch with his friends who were working in the Sri Sathya Sai Sanjeevani Hospital in Raipur. The child was brought to Raipur where, after a preliminary check up at the Sri Sathya Sai Sanjeevani Hospital, it was decided that the surgery needed to be performed at the Narayana Hrudayalaya hospital in the same city. The hospital graciously agreed to perform the surgery without any deposit and also reduced the operation cost to a small fraction of the actual sum. Almost all the expense related to consultation fees, surgery, post-operative care as well as travel of the child and his family were being borne by complete strangers whose only common motive was to ensure that the child would be healthy. The child reached Raipur on his ninth day and returned home on his 16th day after having successfully undergone a cardiac surgery including a few days of phototherapy due to Neonatal Jaundice.
The entire episode is an eye opener to the power of one noble thought. The railway employees who were keen to help the child were not Sai devotees. They had not even heard of the hospital in Raipur. But Swami had heard their earnest prayer and had decided to respond. The festival of Raksha Bandhan took on a whole new meaning this year with absolute strangers playing the roles of brothers and sisters in order to protect a small child and bring a smile on his mother’s face.