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XIV. The Miraculous Vibhuti

The Gift of Grace
How Shiv Kumar regained his sight, speech and movement

Howard Murphet records this miracle in his book “Sai Baba: Man of Miracles” thus:

A remarkable case involving the use of Vibhuti at a distance concerns a fourteen year old boy named Shiva Kumar who suffered from heart trouble. In November 1964, when Shiva Kumar was staying with his uncle Dr. M. D. V. Raman in Bombay, he developed cerebro-spinal meningitis, with partial paralysis of the left side, and loss of both sight and speech.

On November 30th he became unconscious, and at 11.45 that morning cyanosis intervened and the boy turned blue. The Doctors gave him only a few hours to live.

But at noon he seemed to be making signs as if he wanted something. The people present interpreted his signs to mean that he would like a bath and some of the Vibhuti, which had been brought by a friend from Puttaparti that morning. They did as he requested, bathing him and applying the consecrated ash.

Next, he made signs that he wanted a photograph of Sai Baba. This was brought, and set in front of him. Then Shiva rubbed his paralysed left leg and arm with his good right hand. Suddenly, he got off the bed and walked, albeit falteringly, and with assistance, into the family puja room.

There he sat near the altar and seemed to go into a state of meditation. This went on for about two hours; then Shiva walked from the puja room, this time unaided, looked about, went over to a chair and sat in it. Evidently his eyesight had returned; and then he spoke!

He told those present that Sai Baba had appeared to him in a vision, saying that his life would be saved. Shiva had begged to have his sight and speech back too, and Baba had granted the prayer, telling him just what to do. Soon afterwards, Shiva was able to return to school and the studies he loved.

When these facts were reported, over a year after the miracle cure took place, Shiva was still in the best of health. This story was first published in the magazine, Sanathana Sarathi (The monthly magazine published by Sri Sathya Sai Books & Publications Trust)

Reference: “Sai Baba: Man of Miracles” by Mr. Howard Murphet. Page: 120 (Paperback Edition). Published by Macmillan India Ltd, 1972.

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