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In 1963, while I was walking with Guruji (Swami Paramananda Saraswati), he told me that in old age I will have serious trouble with my legs. In 2000, thirty seven years later, I was nearly crippled and no doctor in Delhi or Lucknow gave me even one percent chance of recovery. They said that I would never be able to walk ever again in my life.

Smt. Bijoya Chakrabarty, the Water Resources minister (BJP leader from Assam) in the cabinet of Atal Bihar Vajpayee had got me examined by big doctors. I had given her a prediction about her victory from Assam and becoming a minister. She came to meet me again in 2006 and when she saw me walking without even a walker, she stared at me with disbelief and describes it all now as the eighth wonder of the world! No leading doctor had given me one percent change of recovery she keeps saying now. But she had not told me of the gloomy diagnosis of doctors then.

I was one of those fantastic cases of a patient who was given no medicine. I recovered through prayers only. I do not quote such personal examples but here I have to since I emphasize that one must do it, offer prayers, oneself. I did my Guru Mantra, Vishnu Sahasranama, Narayana Kavacham, lying on bed, violating all Vaishanava rules of shuchi or cleanliness. I recovered partly and can walk without a stick, climb stairs but cannot walk now for five miles at a stretch. In 1957, I had gone trekking to Rohtang Pass in a continuous walk of many hours, covering 36 miles at a stretch!

My students who have seen my condition in 2000 and see me now have started believing in Vishnu Sahasranama and Narayana Kavacham and some of them do it now, having learned the recitation of these with me.

Similarly, Guruji had told me in 1963, about a young man of twenty one years that he was born with a rogi shareera (sickly body) but that would not affect his longevity! By 2007 that young man now sixty five years old has been hospitalized at least fifteen times, excluding the period when he had to remain to confined to his bed at home which may be more than twenty times! Nearly thirty five such attacks of sickness, illness accident etc. in a period of forty years is what I am witness to.

In my book, Yogis Destiny and the Wheel of Time, I did not confine my discussion to only Guruji but wrote about other saints to show how this great spiritual current flows all over India. I revealed only twenty percent of what I have been a first hand witness to. It is my luck that I met such great mahatmas. They have never said that karma phala or results of karma can be liquidated so easily. One has to reconcile to fate cheerfully.

This is what an astrologer can see and prepare people to face - life with its enigmas of bliss and pain, the duality of joy and torture which is what human life is. If an astrologer claims that he can wipe it out, what he is doing is talking against our own scriptures, the great preachings of mahatmas, and great examples like that of Ramakrishna Paramahamsa or Ramana Maharshi.

I know many more such examples and in not a single case of those suffering mahatmas was there any lack of the divine ecstasy which they enjoyed and gave to their disciples experiences of ecstasies in ample measure. They had risen above their body consciousness, that transcendental stage which is a fiction to the stupid western scientist because in their countries they can never see such examples.

reprinted with permission