The art of healing seems to be multi-dimensional. Apart from the story narrative, much wisdom is shared and the key to practice is given which is even more valuable. The author narrates the episodes in the third person (Saukumarya). In Sanskrit Saukumarya means “softness”. So, healing happens as soft as it is in tune with the character of the author. It is an impersonal act that happens through him. A magnet cannot but magnetize.
His ability to transmit subtle wisdom through teaching is well known. Whatever he teaches, he heals too. Healing is not only a science but also an art. The artistic way Saukumarya availed various agencies to heal deeply touches the heart. That healing is a happening in love.
Dr. K. Parvathi Kumar
It was in the year 1978.
A branch manager of an insurance company (in India) was keeping a cow at his house, out of sheer reverence to the cow. The cow was even named and was taken good care of, like an old mother at home. He developed attachment towards the cow, which was seen as a virtue by friends and relatives. The cow was of special breed and was white in color. Attending to this cow was his morning ritual.
The time came and the cow was pregnant. All special care was given to the cow both for the health of the cow and for the calf in the womb. One evening the cow was laboring to deliver. It was unable to deliver and was struggling. The owner of the cow was in panic. He called for a veterinarian and also called Saukumarya, the latter being his friend.
Saukumarya proceeded at-once to the spot. The veterinarian also arrived. The veterinarian examined the situation. He turned pale and silent. He did not know how to save the cow and the calf. He said, “The cow discharged much mucus from the vulva. During such discharge the calf should come out. But it did not. The cow stopped discharging mucus and the calf is half stuck. Unless another push of mucus happens significantly the cow and the calf are at danger of life. I go back to the hospital to bring an injection.” But Saukumarya’s friend was full of anxiety and said, “You could have brought it with you. It takes an hour for you to go there and come back. Will the cow be able to withstand? It was to deliver by noon. Now it is evening. The cow is struggling since morning to deliver. Will it withstand some more time?” Saying so he turned to Saukumarya for any alternative help.
Saukumarya said, “If you have a tape recorder and any cassette of flute music, bring it at once. The cow relaxes with the flute music. When it relaxes it eases out. Mucus will once again flow and the calf will be delivered. Music goes well with cows.”
The daughter of the friend ran into the house and came back with record player and a cassette of flute music. It was played, while the veterinarian rushed to the hospital to bring the injection. In the next fifteen minutes the cow gushed out yet another wave of mucus by which the calf was pushed out to the dismay and also joy of the family. The cow and the calf were thus saved. The veterinarian returned with the necessary equipment. But to his joy he saw that the delivery had happened in the meanwhile.
The family of the friend was thankful to Saukumarya. Saukumarya said, “We should be thankful to Indian classical flute music. You should be thankful to the pearls of music that India produces. Music heals. Flute music is by far the best in this situation. The cow is instantly pleased with flute music. Play it daily at home. You too may listen. The cow also listens.
Mind you, inspite of your good care the cow was not strong. It looks as if you pampered the cow more than nourishing it. Your nourishing the cow is just as humans pamper their children with excessive chocolates and ice-creams. Make sure that the cow is set to a field to graze. By that there is enough exercise to the cow. Being in the city to find a grazing field is no doubt difficult. But true good happens to the cow if it is allowed to grow in its natural conditions. It is not enough if you have love for the cow. You should make sure that the cow is living in its natural ambience.”
After a few months the friend came back and said, “I have settled the cow in a nearby village by donating it to a farmer. He promised that he will take good care of it. After I had left the cow there, I received transfer orders to go to South on my work, which is not to my liking. It seems I abandoned the cow, and now I am abandoned by this city.”
Saukumarya laughed to his heart’s content and said, “You are an educated person. But truly you are not. Why do you link two different events together that happened at the same time? Who knows? You did good to the cow. You too will get good luck in the new place. Wish you good luck. Your attachment to the cow and your attachment to the place are cleared in one stroke by the Lord of Time. In a way you are healed and are relieved. Move joyfully to the new place. It awaits you. New associations are awaiting you. New programs emerge. Make sure that you do not entangle with your inimitable passion.” Smiles prevailed.
With kind permission taken from the book:
„Healing Episodes“ by Dr. K.P. Kumar, India
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