Prof Kasturi and
his story of Gowri a bright student
Amazing cure (An article shared by Ram Chugani)
Prof Kasturi describes this letter: A shrill note piercing through
the bathroom shattered the absolute calm.
Vasantha her mother was terrified, and ran from the living room. She
knocked loudly the closed door of the bathroom. Gowri had bolted the
door from inside and she screamed from a sever back pain which had
Slowly she managed to open the bolt. Vedanta rushed in and helped
her move to the bedroom. Gowrie was in agony. She lay in bed. The
family physician was called. He came and after examining her
pronounced it to be a muscular seizure.
Injections and medicines were given. Gowrie went off to a drowsy
sleep, not aware of her pain. "That is what doctor do, so also God's
grace, making you not aware of pain.
Swami says, you have to suffer Karmic pain because you have asked
for it, but God's grace makes you not aware of it. That is blessings
Swami may grant.
"This was on 21st December 1982. From her childhood Gowrie was an
active girl. Apart from being a bright student, she participated in
various cultural activities. She was an enthusiastic member of the
debating society, the drama association, the dance troupe and
She had enrolled as a student of bharatanatyam, a south Indian style
of dance under a well-known guru of Tanjore tradition, at young age
of seven years. For ten long years she practiced bharatanatyam and
she was qualified for the first stage Performa dance before the
public in 1979.Later she danced in prestigious halls like
As well as many famous Halls in Bombay. She was a member of a group
of Bharatnatyam dancers who gave performance in ASAID auditorium.
She was a celebrated dancer.
She was practicing hard to perform a dance ballad scheduled for 23rd
December 1982 when the tragedy struck her. Leading physicians,
surgeons and experts examined her. Close X-rays and repeated medical
tests showed no clinical evidence of any injury or illness. By mid
January 1983she suffered severe cramps at the lower back which left
her in agony and exhaustion.
A leading orthopedist examined her and suspected a serious problem
in her nervous system and started treatment It gave Gauri some
relief, but she continued to suffer from pain in the lower back. She
was absolutely unable to sit. She had a stoop and could not
straighten herself. She had to be helped to lie on bed. She
Months passed in agony for gowri and all of us. As astrologers and
tantrics were consulted. Some of them said, she might have become a
victim of evil eye! Poojas were performed. The orthopedist continued
his treatment. By May 1983 Gowrie improved. She could sit for a
while and stand up promptly. She maintained steady progress after
October 1983. But progress seemed to be elusive.
She started suffering bouts of several times a day, and late
evenings were spent in restlessness. By November her conditions
deteriorated. She complained of sever pain in her neck and shoulder.
Days and weeks were spent in sheer agony.
It was already December 1983 and a year of agony was nearing
completion. At this time, a schoolmate of Gowrie casually dropped to
enquire about Gowrie health. She was shocked and distressed to see
her condition. She decided to something about it. She went back home
and told her mother about Gowrie's illness.
Gowrie's friend and her mother were staunch devotees of Sri Sathya
sai Baba. They spent lot of time in the service of the poor, and the
old and the sick. They decided they would pray to Baba to help
Gowrie into Gowrie's house. Gowrie and her mother were happy to
They were sad to see Gowrie's condition. They talked sweetly to her,
consoled her and advised to pray to God and quietly took a packet of
vibhuti and gave it to Gowri, and asked her to apply to that part
where it pained her, and told her to mix it in the water and drink
when the pain became unbearable. They said it was the vibhuthi from
Sathya Sai Baba.
We felt there was no harm in using it. After all we had tried all
methods of cure and now why not this? But, Gowrie's friend and her
mother added, you should have full faith in Baba. How could it be?
We had just heard about Him! They repeated their assurance that the
vibhuthi was a powerful cure. They had a video cassette with them to
be screened somewhere. We asked whether we could view it. They
handed over the cassette and once again reminded us to pray to Baba
and take the vibhuthi." 'Shrotavya' is to hear about God.
"Drushtavya" is to see God. Seeing video was Drushtavya,' seeing
We had all kinds of doubts. 'How can we have faith in him? Who is
Sathya Sai Baba? How does He look like? What about his vibhuthi. All
kinds of doubts. The entire family crowded around and viewed the
cassette. We were spell bound at what we saw. We were charmed at the
red robed apparition.
Baba looks so beautiful! The crowd seems to adore Him! He looks so
compassionate and kind! All of sudden He waved His right hand and
created vibhuthi! He gave it to all devotees who were sitting. Baba
making vibhuthi flow from an inverted vessel on to an idol of Shard
Baba was unbelievable!
His message of Sathya, Dharma, shanty and preamp, and there is only
one religion, the religion of love, there is only one God, He is
omnipresent stimulated unification of humanity! We were thrilled to
hear it. We were moved at the splendor of Baba!
We regretted ourselves we did not see Him earlier! But never mind,
it is never too late. We saw Him again and again. The more we saw
the more we loved Him. It was an experience, when the two devotees
came next day, they had brought a couple of books on the life and
teachings of Baba. That is "Mantravya" knowing about Him.
We used vibhuthi as directed. True, the pain seemed to reduce and
disappear when vibhuthi was mixed in the water and taken. It made
her a little bright and cheerful. What was happening? A dream or
imagination? A sort of make believe?
We wanted to see further development. Subsequently vibhuthi was
smeared at the spot where it pained most, and gave her generously
water mixed with vibhuthi to drink, which stopped her pain,
particularly in the left arm which had gone numb! We were
delighted, but kept our peace for fear of some evil eye robbing her
of this newfound remedy!
When the stock of vibhuthi declined we felt concerned. But many
devotees who vested us filled up the container. In fact they
themselves were surprised, and they could hardly conceive the
happening and the wonder that vibhuthi had done.
They all decided to take Gowrie for Baba,s darshans. On the 13tth
February 1984 , they all had Swami's darshans. Kasturi report that
there was a messenger from Baba calling them for interview.
Lady members awaiting the interview stood near the sidewall. Soon
Baba came out, He waived us. It was simple direct gesture, we were
right in His presence. All of sudden He turned to Gowrie who was
sitting on chair as she could not bend to sit on the floor.
"What had the doctors to say? He asked. She replied the doctors
found nothing wrong and father gave additional report that she was
"I cure her right now, she should be quite normal" Baba said. We
were astounded, speechless, Baba was telling "Right now!" It was
turning moment Baba got up and went near her. Gowrie was already on
her feet, and though she could not bend, she went down on her knee
and did namskar.
What better proof we wanted other than what we were witnessing! It
was happening after fourteen months. Medical experts had cautioned
her not to attempt at such thing. But here she was right at his feet
doing namaskar. She tried hard fighting back tears flooding out of
Other members could hardly conceal their joy and emotion. We
followed Gowrie and we were right at Baba's feet, His grace, His
love and compassion pouring on all of us in abundance. Perhaps He
accepted our devotion when He permitted us to hold His feet for such
a long time.
Baba broke the silence, and assured that Gowrie would be all right,
and when she visited next time, she would be a great dancer! He
distributed vibhuthi to all of us in generous measure. It sighted
the end of the interview..
It was time for morning Bhajans and we joined devotees in singing.
After we came out to find the whole world new. He has given you a
new eye, a new vision. Gowrie discarded the chair and pillows kept
for her. In the Bhajan hall she sat on the floor. Some members who
had seen her agony broke into spectators joy at her transformation.
The news had spread all around, and loving volunteers too were
filled with joy.
"The miracle is one poster to announce that the AVATHAR has come."