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“ … we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose. For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren. Moreover whom He predestined, these He also justified; and whom He justified, these He also glorified.”
– Romans 8: 28-30
“You did not choose Me, I choose you and appointed you that you should bear fruit, ...”
– John 15:16
Accident Emergency Service (AES) ward was nothing, but an Intensive Care Unit (ICU) of MIOT. The ambience of AES was gloomy and mostly silent, as most of the patients were under the influence of seductive (pain killers) drugs. Occasionally AES would spring into action, indicating the admission of a new patient. On 25th May 1995 around 05.00 pm the whole AES became very active.
Swami Sthevananda was by then familiar with AES, as he had already spent nine days there.
Swamiji looked around to see what was happening …
A man was seated in a wheel-chair, just ten feet away from his bed and blood was oozing out from the left side of his chest, like water flowing coming out of a tap.
Few feet away from his bed, there was stretcher in which, a woman was lying with head injury.
The AES was full. There was no bed for both. The doctors were frantically looking for a bed for her. Swamiji volunteered to vacate his bed and preferred to sit in a chair. The woman in the stretcher was transferred to his bed. Nurses were looking for some helpers to purchase life saving drugs. Swamiji offered all the medicines that were bought for him (Most of them were not at all used.), so that the patient could get immediate medication.
The man looked very miserable and swamiji asked the doctors: “What about the man?”
No Reply from anyone.
Later swamiji came to know, that the doctors had lost their hope on the man’s survival; but quite confident about the survival of the woman. By then MIOT had roped-in the best brain surgeon in the city, who was then employed with the Tamil Nadu (currently known as Global Hospital), so that hemorrhage inside her skull/brain could be cleared /arrested.
The staff in the hospital wanted to shave her head, to keep her prepared for the surgery, well ahead of the arrival of the surgeon. They were looking for new shaving blades. Swamiji offered few blades from his stock.
The doctors made arrangements, so that swamiji could move into a Special Room. Before leaving the EAS, he enquired the staff there about the two new patients and came know the following:
The woman was an NRI (Non-residential Indian) from Germany. This Muslim woman had come all the way from Germany to attend a marriage of her relative in Madras. The that she had been traveling met with an accident and the man, about whose survival, doctors have lost the hope was the chauffer of the car.
Though swamiji was moved to the Special Ward, his mind was with the AES and he was more interested in getting the updates about the woman, for whom, he had vacated his bed. In AES. He was told by the nurses, who were attending him that the surgery was done on dot, and this happy news prompted him to have his supper, which was waiting for long hours.
But the next day …
It was hard to believe ….. swamiji came to know from the nurses that the woman had collapsed and the driver had survived.
After getting discharged from the hospital, one question very strongly was coming to swamiji’s mind: “WHY DID HE SURVIVE?” His search for the SAT (truth) started then. Recollection of the incidents of MIOT made him to think inwardly and based on the INTROSPECTION he could conclude that God is selective, because of the following:
When swamiji was in the hospital, he was not aware of the true meaning for the following verse:
“In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestined according to the purpose of Him who works all things according to the counsel of His will.”
– Ephesians 1:11
Introspection on deeper scale made swamiji to realize that his mission on this planet Earth was not over and later swamiji admitted that God had been preparing him in the hospital for a higher cause of serving the society.
(Few months Before the Accident) (Few years After the Accident)
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Did swamiji lose anything in the accident? NO. His confidence level doubled after the accident. May be in the worldly view, he must have lost his handsome face. But he always consider that his scar in the left temple is a mark of God, reminding him of his predestined purpose of his creation; and swamiji could say: he did not lose anything, because of the following:
During swamiji’s accident he was wearing a gold chain around his neck weighing six sovereigns (48 grams). This chain got cut off and was thrown afar. Next day one of the Fire Service personnel, who had spotted his gold neck chain, handed over the same to the nearest police station at Chrompet. Could you imagine such things happening in a gold hungry India? A week after swamiji’s discharge from the hospital, he went to the police station and took custody of the chain.
As swamiji’s awareness of his being, was unfolding in him with several interventions of God in his life from 1995 onwards, he started detaching himself from the lucrative to a life of au corporate careersterity, as he had to align himself with the Divine Mandate predestined to him.
“ … we are bound to give thanks to God always for you, brethren beloved by the Lord, because God from the beginning chose you for salvation through sanctification by the Spirit and belief in the truth.”
– 2 Thessalonians 2:13
Mr V K Kakkar extended car pick-up and drop facility to swamiji, though he was not entitled to that benefit then and he reported for duty on the 1st of July 1995. Later, swamiji wrote an appreciation letter about the fire-service personnel, who endeavored to save swamiji's life on the fateful night of 16th May 1995 to Mr M Karunanidhi, Chief Minister of Thamizh. Two years later, Ms J Jayalalithaa, Chief Minister of Thamizh Nadu awarded one of them, recognizing his service to save swamiji’s life on 16th May 1995.
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