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"Where is the wise? Where is the scribe? Where is the disputer of this age? .... in the wisdom of God, the world through wisdom did not know God, it pleased God through the foolishness of the message preached to save those who believe. For Jews request a sign, and Greeks seek after wisdom; but we preach Christ crucified, to the Jews a stumbling block and to the Greeks foolishness, but to those who are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God."
– 1 Corinthians 1:20–24
"Jesus answered and said, “Were there not ten cleansed? But where are the nine? Were there not any found who returned to give glory to God except this foreigner?” And He said to him, “Arise, go your way. Your faith has made you well.” - Luke 17: 17-19
X-ray done on Swami Sthevananda’s skull showed that his skull had broken in four places. The two near the nose and one near the lower jaw were minor and the other two at the left maxilla (eye socket) need to be fixed through a ‘open reduction’ process. The surgery was done on Swamiji’s skull on 7th June 1995 by Dr C K Dhanasekaran , M D S, F I C D, who was then the professor of Oral Surgery at the Madras Dental College and was considered then the Asia’s second seeded Facio-maxilla surgeon. He took extra care so that the surgery would not leave a big scar on Swamiji’s face. In the following X-ray picture, there are two rings. If you look inside the rings, you could see the steel wires tied around to join the left maxilla (skull bone).
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For the first time in Swamiji’s life, he underwent physical pain and cried, when Mr V K Kakkar, along with his wife visited him in the hospital. The the night duty nurse , reasons known to her, refused to give swamiji Pethidine shot, which was prescribed by the doctor and bought and kept ready, so that he could sleep. But he was happy that his skull had been fixed.
The joy of getting swamiji’s skull fixed through a surgery did not last long. Next day morning, he realized that he had developed double vision, known medically “diplopia”. In normal vision, both eyes look at the same object from different angles. What happens in the eye is: the images seen by both the eyes are fused into a single image by the brain. Bifocal (two eye) vision is important to see the third dimension of an object. If these images do not converge at the same point inside the eye, it could cause double vision. There are horizontal diplopia (see the picture to the right side) and vertical diplopia; but Swamiji’s one was a strange - angular. One image generated by the right eye was normal (90 degree) and another one from the left eye was tilted at 45 degree. The following diagram could explain what diplopia vision is:
The MIOT people referred swamiji to “The Eye Research Foundation” at the Vijaya Hospital. Dr Babu Rajendran, M S (Ophth.), F A C S , one of the best eye surgeons in India, checked up and declared the Following:
In addition, swamiji had “dry eye” too because the tear glands failed to secrete tear. This was the first time; he realized the need for tear in the eyes and he had to use ‘Lacryl’ eye drops for almost a year to keep his left eyes wet!
Dr Babu Rajendran, was apprehensive about swamiji’s vision getting restored to normalcy. He must have developed diplopia because of the following reasons:
Swamiji neither kept quiet, nor blamed Dr C K Dhanasekaran and the others who had done the “Open Reduction Fixation of Left Maxilla”; instead he expressed his frustrations to God: "God - Abba Father, Why have you restored my left eye? Instead I could have had one good eye; there by I could have at least one single vision (though single vision might limit one from measuring the distance between him/her-self and the object), instead of having diplopia.”
The doctors at MIOT were interested in discharging swamiji at the earliest … the reason … may be because of the vision complications that he had developed after the ‘Open Reduction Fixation of Left Maxilla’.
On 15th June 1995 Dr Mohandas of MIOT came and informed swamiji: "You are getting discharged tomorrow”.
Swamiji wanted to leave the hospital only after getting the normal vision. Hence, he asked: "What about my diplopia?”
"Nothing could be done at MIOT. We are trauma care and bone & joint specialists.”, came the reply.
During the period of swamiji’s hospitalization, one of his companions was a pocket radio. He used to listen to the old movie songs at nights before going to sleep, keeping the radio on his chest, which used to irritate his father, who considered that piety was in silence, and definitely not in listening to movie songs. While listening to the songs from the radio, on 15th June 1995, swamiji remembered the visit of Jesus to Jericho, where He met Bartimaeus, the blind and particularly the following conversation that happened between Jesus and Bartimaeus:
“... Jesus stood still and commanded him to be called. Then they called the blind man, saying to him, “Be of good cheer. Rise, He is calling you.” And throwing aside his garment, he rose and came to Jesus.
So Jesus answered and said to him, “What do you want Me to do for you?”
The blind man said to Him, “Rabboni, that I may receive my sight.”
Then Jesus said to him, “Go your way; your faith has made you well.” And immediately he received his sight and followed Jesus on the road.”
- Mark 10: 49-52
Before going to bed that night, swamiji said the following prayer: "God, I believe in your power. I am allowing your power to manifest in me."
Swamiji was discharged from MIOT, Vijaya Hospital on 16th June 1995' just one month after admission. While vacating the hospital room, he was reminded of Dr Sampathkumar, who had said: “If you survive, you have to be in the hospital for six months”. But God’s plan was different; He restored the cerebral edema faster than the doctors expected to happen in swamiji.
When swamiji came out of the Hospital, he had diplopia. He had to pass through the accident site at Tambaram Sanatorium to reach his home. Immediately after the car passed that site, swamiji got a feeling that his eyes had become normal. The car beams from the opposite side were appearing single to him, instead of appearing double. When he told his mother about this, she refused to believe it immediately, for he had made a similar claim one day at the hospital too. As he entered his house, he was spretty sure that his eyes restored the normal vision; but his mother was insisting on a medical confirmation.
A week later, swamiji went to The Eye Research Foundation at the Vijaya Hospital, Madras and met Dr Babu Rajendran. He put swamiji through various tests and called him to his room and said: "I can only say that YOU ARE LUCKY. Your muscular movements in the eyes have restored to normalcy. Some miracle has happened".
DIPLOPIA TEST REPORTS
(BEFORE the miracle) (AFTER the miracle)
In the Bible we read of a following passage:
“Therefore the neighbors and those who previously had seen that he was blind said, “Is not this he who sat and begged?” Some said, “This is he.” Others said, “He is like him.” He said, “I am he.” Therefore they said to him, “How were your eyes opened?” He answered and said, “A Man called Jesus made clay and anointed my eyes and said to me, ‘Go to the pool of Siloam and wash.’ So I went and washed, and I received sight.” - John 9: 8 – 11
The answers given by the blind person, whose eye sight was restored by Jesus Christ, could be considered a testimony. Hence, on the similar lines only, swamiji has written his testimonies; but definitely not to glorify himself. The God who has done miracles in swamiji’s life is waiting to do miracles in your life as well.
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