white t-shirts and muted orange dhotis (loose pants typical of India)
a white dot painted on the center of their foreheads, one hand enclosed
in a prayer bead bag, Narada and his friend, Jabuvanath, stood out in
the crowd of people at the Casa de Dom Inácio. I'm sure I wasn't
the only person wondering how these people from the Hari Krishna movement
had found their way to João's sanctuary in Brazil in early March,
On my first day at the Casa, I had seen Jabuvanath fall to the ground,
unconscious, as he stood watching the orientation in the morning, one
in a crowd of over three hundred people. As the Casa volunteers gently
carried him to the recovery room, I noticed how very thin he was. Narada
recalled that Jabuvanath had been ill with stomach cancer at that time.
As Jabuvanath was looking at the photo of Dom Inácio in the assembly
room, he had become overwhelmed with the presence of entities and fallen
to the floor in a profound state of bliss.
The entities often work with people who are standing in the assembly
room, or meditating anywhere on the Casa grounds. I was warned to not
be surprised if someone fell down during the assembly. Jabuvanath has
the ability to feel the entities working on him in a very dramatic way.
Other people say they feel nothing, but sometimes discover the thin
line of a scar on their bodies, evidence that they had surgery without
consciously being aware of it.
Narada was diagnosed five years ago with Hepatitis C, a virus which
is blood borne. He contracted the disease in 1971 from a blood transfusion
he received during surgery for removal of a cancerous tumor. Western
medicine knows of no cure for Hepatitis C. Treatment involves rest.
Drugs, like Interferon, which are hard on the liver, are usually prescribed.
(Combination therapy with Ribavirin is now used which has severe side
effects ... including major depression and anaemia.) Narada believes
the chemotherapy actually challenges the body still more than the Hepatitis.
Patients must curtail or limit sexual activities, as the virus can be
transferred to others through spit or blood. Patients usually die from
progressive degeneration of the liver, cirrhosis. The severity of Hepatitis
C is monitored through the blood tests which track the elevation in
enzyme levels and viral counts.
Narada has not taken any conventional drugs for his hepatitis. In July,
2001, he began to take herbs from the Amazon Rain forest. However, he
assigns his progress in overcoming hepatitis to the work that he has
done at the Casa de Dom Inácio.
On his first visit, in March, 2001, the entity told Narada that he needed
surgery that day. Narada was then faced with the decision about whether
to do visible or non-visible surgery.
I wanted to experience the physical surgery. For me, it was an act
of faith. So, I volunteered for visible surgery.
The process began when I was sitting in the surgery room waiting for
the Entity. I began having visions for about half an hour which were
very intense. I saw Jesus Christ amidst throngs of people. Radha and
Krishna, the Divine couple who represent the female and male aspects
of God, were there. So was the founder of the Hare Krishna movement,
Then, I was ushered into the Entity's room. I was already in an altered
state, quite unaware of time and space and very relaxed. The Entity
took my head in his hands, and before I knew it, he had a six inch long
surgical tool up my nose and was twisting it. I felt no pain at all,
but was aware that the procedure was happening. I had done spiritual
practices which help me disassociate from my body for thirty-five years,
so being detached from body sensations is not new for me.
Immediately after that procedure was over I was led to the assembly
room. I had been given a mantra the day before in a dream, and I was
repeating it to myself. 'Love protects. Love nourishes. Love heals.
Love forgives. Love is grateful. Love is Divine.' As a result, I had
very little fear.
I was standing against a wall in front of the assembly when the Entity
used a surgical knife to make an incision in my lower abdomen. I had
very little discomfort. I do remember the cut as a jolt to my nervous
system, but my attention soon turned again to dramatic visions. I saw
myself lying prone in front of God in the form of Radha and Krishna.
Real tears of gratitude were streaming down my face.
The incision the Entity made was about three inches long and just below
my liver. I bled only a few drops. The entity put his fingers in my
body through the incision and moved his fingers around. I believe he
was changing the energetic patterning in that area of my body. He did
not take anything out of my body. After a minute or two, he removed
his fingers, briefly wiped around the incision with a cloth, then, sewed
it up with a few stitches.
After this surgery I felt enraptured in bliss for days. I rested and
mediated in my room, then returned to participate in the current after
24 hours. The most important part of my healing process since that surgery
has been sitting in current, meditating and praying on my own, and continuing
taking the herbs prescribed by the Entity.
I have continued to receive unexpected gifts which have amplified the
healing. For example, I was intensely curious about how João
incorporates an Entity. I wanted to see it. One morning, I was standing
in the assembly room during the orientation. João
came out of the current room, said a few words in Portuguese (which
I don't understand) and then pointed at me. I came up to him. He took
hold of one of my hands with both of his hands. I closed my eyes. In
a few seconds, João the man, left his body and another Entity
came into his body. I could feel the shift in the energy during the
incorporation (as if he had been told that I wanted to experience it.)
It is hard to describe what I felt during those seconds. Yes, there
was a distinct energy. I felt transported to a causeless, non-judgemental
love for all living things. He dropped my hand after less than a minute,
and turned to the other people he was going to operate on. I stayed
in the non-judgemental state of mind for a number of hours. I am sure
it is this energy what helps transmute sickness.
In August, when I had my annual blood test, my enzyme level was in the
normal range for the first time in five years, and the viral count had
decreased 75%. I still have a way to go, as clinically I am not healed,
but the results thus far border on a complete remission of symptoms.
I also measure this through major differences in my energy level. I
am able to do most things now, like take walks and do normal chores,
where I was severely limited just a few months ago.
The second time I came to the Casa, it was in mid-summer, 2001. I brought
some people with me and helped them in their healing. I was told I would
be completely cured. I was also told that I am being prepared to do
healing work with the entities. This is very exciting for me, and something
I want to do.
This time (September 2001) I have seen the Entity once. He told me that
my work is in the current room, and by giving to others I will be cured.
and I met again in the Casa garden to speak about the terrorist attack
on New York City and the Pentagon. I was struck by Narada's ease and
joy in referring to his religious beliefs, and, at the same time, his
willingness to converse and be open to my perspectives. Still, his certain
alignment with his own perception infused everything he said. And, he
did not hesitate to share this certainty with me - especially as it
have tremendous power in our minds which affects the body. Everything
starts in seed form on a subtle (spiritual) platform. Every disease.
Every joy. Everything. What one learns here at the Casa de Dom Inácio
is that the spiritual and physical are deeply intertwined. We can effect
physical change by doing spiritual work. We can study how spiritual
work effects physical health here. We can integrate the physical with
the spiritual, that is, truly become spiritual beings,with spiritual
intentions, using the body as a vessel to do our work.