HOW SHRI PATIL BED-RIDDEN FOR MONTHS WITHOUT HOPE OF RECOVERY WAS MIRACULOUSLY HEALED. AND HOW I BECAME A HOMOEOPATH
Homoeopathy had been a desultory hobby with me for a long time. I kept a small box of medicines but they were used occasionally at home or for 'a .select few who sought help. To the best of my knowledge and belief none of us had refered about this to Guruji. However, one day he sent word through one of my sons, who was a regular visitor to Baba's darbar, asking me to start practice. I ascertained from my son that there had been no previous talk regarding the subject. I then attrdibuted Guruji's knowledge to his second sight of which he had given proof on certain occasions. But the big question was how to comply with the advice. In the first place, I was not registered as a Homoeopath. Secondly. I did not enjoy the sort of health to do justice to the job. Thirdly, I funked. I was afraid of giving remedies which might prove worse than the disease. So, I just kept my own counsel and took no action.
Some days later, one morning, Guruji himself came and said abruptly, "Come, I want you to treat a patient who was in the Victoria Hospital for some months without any benefit and continues to be bedridden. He is Mr. Patil, superintendent in Defence Accounts, now on loss-of-pay-leave, and the family is in great trouble and the sons still at College. They are all devoted to Baba". My heart was in my mouth as I heard this account. I felt this was asking me bite more than I could chew. I marshalled enough courage to tell Guruji that I had not so far treated even one such case, and he should kindly spare me. One remarkable thing about him was he would not argue with any one on any issue nor try to press his point. He would simply say, it is all Baba's will. Likewise, he now said, "All right, if you feel like that, leave it". Being an introvert and given to introspection. I felt at once that I had not properly understood him. He obviously wanted me to be merely an instrument, (Nimitta Matra) and he would do the rest by invoking Baba's grace. So, why fuss about it? So, I told Guruji that, on second thoughts, I was prepared to do my best. " Ah, yes, that is why I came to you. Now, before we go, I want you to give me a dose of medicine for my old ear-