miracle cure of Shiva Kumar
A remarkable case
involving the use of vibhuti at a distance concerns a fourteen year
old boy named Siva Kumar who suffered from heart trouble. In November
1964, when Siva Kumar was staying with his uncle Dr. M.D.V. Raman in
Bombay, he developed cerebro-spinal meningitis, with partial paralysis
of the left side , and loss of both sight and speech. On November 30th
he became unconscious, and at 11:45 that morning cyanosis intervened
and the boy turned blue. The doctors gave him only a few hours to
But at noon he seemed to be making signs as if he wanted something.
The people present interpreted his signs to mean that he would like a
bath and some of vibhuti which had been brought by a friend from
Puttaparti that morning. They did as he requested, bathing him and
applying the vibhuti.
Next he made signs that he wanted a photograph of Sai Baba. This was
brought, and set in front of him. Then Siva rubbed his paralysed left
leg and arm with his good right hand.
Suddenly he got off the bed and walked, albeit falteringly and with
assistance, into the family puja room. There he sat near the altar and
seemed to go into a state of meditation. This went on for about two
hours, then Siva walked from the puja room, this time unaided, looked
about, went over to a chair and sat in it.
Evidently his eyesight had returned; and then he spoke. He told those
present that Sai Baba had appeared to him in a vision, saying that his
life would be saved. Siva had begged to have his sight and speech back
too, and baba had granted the prayer, telling him just what to do.
Soon afterwards Siva was able to return to school and the studies he
loved. When these facts were reported, over a year after the miracle
cure took place, Siva was still in the best of health.