Sages of the New Covenant
“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you; before you were born, I sanctified you; and ordained you a prophet to the nations.” (Jer. 1:5).
Satan does not like when people are born according to divine plan, he wants to kill them. Between 1445 B.C. and 1405 B.C., Satan used Pharaoh of Egypt to enslave the people of Israel. But God wanted His people to be liberated out of bondage. When Moses was born, according to divine plan, Pharaoh ordered saying: “Every son who is born you shall cast into the river and every daughter you shall save alive.” (Ex. 1:22). Still God made Moses to survive by using the daughter of the Pharaoh.
According to medical calculations, Swami Sthevananda should have been born on the Diwali Day of 1960. The doctors in the railway hospital, Villupuram sent Mrs Leely Hepzibai (his mother); back home, saying it is false pain, when she reported in the hospital on 19th October 1960. Satan must have sensed God’s plan for Swami Sthevananda. Hence, Satan wanted him to be killed inside the womb of his mother and must have delayed her confinement by getting her admitted in the railway hospital on the night of 26th October 1960, only after spotting the discharge of blood. His mother was all alone in the hospital when she had developed severe labour pain, as her eldest sister Ms Gnanasoundary had gone home to prepare breakfast and Mr Joseph Azariah (his father), was getting his two daughters ready for hospital visitation.
When the nurse Ms D’Cruz and midwife Ms Saradha took Sthevananda out of his mother’s womb at 9.58 a.m. on 27th October 1960, they found him lifeless, as the umbilical card had been strangling his neck. When he was born he was blue in colour. No cry. No breath.
The best option for the medical / para-medical people was to save the life of his mother. Hence there was no one to take care of the Infant Sthevananda. But God alerted two people.
One was Canon & Rev. Paul Manickam, then Presbyter of C.S.I. St James’s Church, Villupuram. He had sensed that Mrs Azariah had developed some complications and started praying and rushed to the hospital, which made him the first visitor to see Infant Sthevananda.
The other one was Mrs Bentley; a patient next to Mrs Leely J Azariah’s bed. This Anglo-Indian lady volunteered to pump oxygen into Infant Sthevananda and had done several other physical maneuvers like waving him in the air by holding his legs and brought him back to life and gave joy to his parents. This was the beginning of Swami Sthevananda’s journey in this Earth.
The Road Traffic Accident (RTA) that has been narrated in the sub-pages of this webpage was Satan’s second attempt to kill Swami Sthevananda. The spot, where the accident took place was in front of a temple dedicated to goddess: Muthumari Amman. Many Hindus believe that this deity has thirst for blood; hence this particular location was considered an accident-prone zone; and no victims on this spot had ever survived in the past. God made Swami Sthevananda to survive, from which one could conclude that God had placed him as a challenge, before Satan. After Swami Sthevananda's accident was the last accident that too place in this place and this part of the road is no more an accident-prone zone.
When Satan had realized that Swami Sthevananda had started flexing his faith muscles in the hospital, Satan tried to change his nature by prompting a blood-transfusion during Open Reduction Fixation of Left Maxilla. On 4 June 1995 the doctor attending on him wanted him to get two units of blood. With lot of difficulty he secured two units of O-Negative blood, though he has been praying that blood of other people should not be transfused into his body. Guess what? There was no need to use those two units.
From Isaiah, we learn that God keeps record of all His people in the palm of His hand and God will ensure that the destroyers are kept away from His people (49:16 & 17). Don’t we have reasons to believe that God didn’t permit the blood of others entering the body of Swami Sthevananda with the sole aim of preserving his anointment that he had got during the Vision of God experience on 19th May 1995?
Mystics are not supermen. Dealing with the devil on a day-to-day basis is a struggle for Swami Sthevananda. He had opted for voluntary austerity, renouncing his corporate life-style. This is great struggle in the Christian World of recent times, which is trying to lean on the Theology of Prosperity. He is considered a mockery, accused, looked with suspicion and experiences isolation from his near ones Those who know him well can see his life a combination of the lives of Job, and Sadhu Kochu Kunju. He needs your prayer. Please support him and his ministry with your prayers.
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