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Cancer Cancelled - Radical cure through faith therapy!

Updated on August 8, 2012

Faith works miracles. This is a cliched statement for the theist and atheist alike. While one lives on it, the other cannot get its irritating ring away from the ears. But innumerable are the instances that have been recorded where people’s faith in Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba has cured cancer. Let me quote one episode from the biography of Baba - Satyam Shivam Sundaram part III.

12 year old Anthonis from Colombo had been suffering from a cancerous growth of the cauda equlova. This is Ependymoma - a cancer that affects the spinal cord, inside the vertebral column. He underwent a 3 hours operation which his own uncle performed but to no avail. The lad was continuously passing urine for 24 hours on the trot and there was no way to stop this.

It was in this pathetic state of affairs that a member of the Sathya Sai Seva Samithi in Colombo brought Baba’s vibhuti and applied it to the child. Immediately, there was improvement. Overjoyed, the parents rushed to Madras ( Chennai now) where Swami was visiting. They had two darshans, in the course of which Swami materialized with a wave of His hand, an amulet for the boy. The cancer had disappeared! This whole episode was recounted by Dr.T.Nallainathan of Castle Lane, Colombo.

Faith has the ability to bring some kind of calm and poise in the believer. It cheers the person and there have been many experiments which show that an optimistic, cheerful and calm cancer patient has a much better chance at recovery compared to a pessimistic one. Please remember that am not speaking about mind-over-matter here. Faith is something beyond. It lies in the realms of God or Energy - whatever one chooses to call it. So, its no wonder that faith contributes to curing cancer. However, there is one point.

There exists quite some literature that makes clear, the power of faith. I whole heartedly agree to the fact that faith works wonders. But on further reading, one realizes that there is another line of thought that is being subtly impressed into the minds of the readers. And that is as follows :

Since it is faith that does the healing and cure, the object of faith does not matter. Whether I have faith in a rock, a picture, a person or a cow for that matter, it does not matter.

That seems logical. We have often heard that we should elevate a stone to the level of God and not the other way round. And so, when on dozens of occasions Swami has said,

“Your cancer is cancelled”,

some argue that the person’s faith takes care of the cancer. If the person has that same faith in anything and believes he/she is cured, the miracle happens.

There is only one rule with God and that is - there is no rule! So though this ‘faith’ theory is good and worth ascribing to, I do not know if it is the only one here. Let me present another case here. I am presenting a case because whenever there is a conflict between theory and experience, trust the experience. And this is not what I have said - it was said by Albert Einstein. And it was using this line of reasoning that he came up with the Photoelectric effect that won him the Nobel Prize.

A letter dated 15th June, 1966 was received by Sri.N.Kasturi, the biographer of Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba, from Rao Saheb V.R. Ghule. It spoke of an amazing story. The brother of the letter writer, Dattatreya Ramachandra Ghule, aged 76, was diagnosed with throat cancer. He had become very weak and was unable to swallow even liquids. He was under treatment at the Tata hospital in Bombay ( now Mumbai). When it looked like life was ebbing away, day by day, V.R.Ghule wrote a letter to Baba out of sheer desperation. He described his brothers condition and prayed,

“I do not know if this appeal will reach you but I beg you with folded hands to save my brother.” He also bought a copy of the Satyam Shivam Sundaram and placed it by the side of the patient.

The letter to Sri Kasturi described the events on 15th June when the brother’s condition became terrible and he was wheeled into the operation theatre. The writer took the letter and placed it at Swami’s photo in the book. The operation did not help. But then, suddenly, the patient asked for water. He drank the water and asked for a glass of milk too. He drank the milk too and after that the cancer had completely disappeared.

The discussions and debates on faith and the ways of God will go on forever - and so will His miracles. The thing about faith is that it works for those who believe and does not for those who don't. Not exactly scientific. But then, that is the leap of faith. There is an interesting conversation between God and a person on the topic of faith and experience embedded in this hub. That discussion speaks volumes on the nature of faith.

One thing that am sure of:

Faith in God’s grace is a sure shot cure for cancer!


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      8 years ago

      thanks for sharing your thoughts

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      Arpita Mallajosyula 

      8 years ago

      very well explained anna..!! very true these episodes of Swami curing cancer are reminded of my tchRz of my tchr at skul was suffering from cancer...but still the way she moved about with others and conducted herself none cld even guess she was a cancer patient...all she said was "Swami is there to take care of me HE knws wht best to do " ...and it was this faith of hers that made her live for more years than what was medically expected by others...Swami had extended her stay on this earth by more than 5 long years.. !!! HE was with her & guided her thru all the treatment procudures and Swami in fact told her in her dream which place she had 2 go 4 her treatment...i was marvelled at Swami's selfless love when i heard this entire episode..!!

      So much Swami does 4 us HE takes care of EVERY SIGNLE THING IN OUR is just left to us to believe in HIM without any doubt..!!

      Thnx for this lovely hub...MAY SWAMI BLESS YOU IN ABUNDANCE WITH ALL THAT YOU NEED IN LIFE...!! :) :)

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      Rohini Balaraman 

      8 years ago

      @Aravind, Thanks so much for sharing this with us...How true, one must have firm faith in Swami.This faith must be based on the awareness that God is Omnipresent. The Divine pervades everything in the Universe. This may not be understood by everyone. Some may not agree that the Divine is Omnipresent. But whether they accept this fact or not, the truth is, evidence of the presence of God can be found wherever one turns.

      We see flowers of all kinds. Men are able to make plastic flowers of the same kind. But can any one fill the plastic flowers with the native fragrance that is got from natural flowers? This is possible only by the Divine. There is sweet water inside a tender coconut. Who poured the water inside the coconut? Was it the work of any man? No. Only the Divine can do such a thing.

      Examples such as these should serve to confirm one's faith in the Divine. No one can probe the mystery of the power of the Divine or grasp its infinite magnitude...Thank you so much..

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      8 years ago

      ?"Miracles are fantastic events which utilize hidden laws of Nature that most people are not aware of; Miracles do not break the laws of Nature, they are actually based on them." - Grand Master Choa Kok Sui

      I came across this quote sometime today when I was googling for some information. I strongly believe Anna, that faith is the answer to everything - faith in yourself, equals to faith in your Self.

      Everything is possible in this universe - all it needs is a little imagination, and unshakable faith :)

      This one hits close to home was like a re-affirmation for me. Thanks a bunch!Have an even more awesome week ahead! :D

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      Hema B 

      8 years ago

      Even if one is not sick, FAITH helps one to live peacefully.

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      Balasubramanya Subbarao 

      8 years ago

      Faith is ultimately the acceptance of the divine authority of the Manifestations of God.

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      Aravind Balasubramanya 

      8 years ago from Puttaparthi, India

      @ Hemant and Padmashree - Your comments are so insightful! :) Am glad that there is this provision to add comments - it adds new dimensions and depth to the subject. Beautiful.

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      8 years ago

      Faith can cure, this I too have heard from many and have experienced it too! We all do have faith in something or the other in this world. But is this faith strong enough to cure? The potency of the drug is not sufficient:) Most often faith lies dormant within us- sometimes waking up and sometimes sleeping. The main problem as I see it, lies in cultivating that kind of immense, steady, unshakable faith, the high potency that we need. It is only the Avatar that can help in cultivating such strong faith through His sweet/meaningful words and miraculous deeds, which in turn makes the seed of faith within us sprout into a full-grown tree and leads to the cure. He is helping us bring this kind of faith out from within, a process of EDUCARE! Perhaps that is His grace...

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      8 years ago

      Wonderful article. Though the working of faith is beyond my ken, here are my reflections. Faith is a leap into the unknown. Not a path or a goal, just a leap and you know you are safe. Is it faith when you turn to God when all is lost and you have no option. I think it is more of Gods grace then. True faith to me is surrender and is not born of adversity. Such faith is not strengthened when adversities are surmounted by gods grace nor is it shaken when woe betide the faithful. Staunch faith mocks at adversity by denying its very existence.


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