Potency of The Holy Names
Evidence of the potency of the Holy Names. And the we are not these bodies.
I just visited one mataji, Gaurangi Devi Dasi, in the hospital. Four years ago she had some surgery that was done wrongly. That caused "irreparable" kidney damage and they said she could not l live very long.
I last saw her two years ago. At that time she had not slept or eaten for more than one year. She could not even lie down. She had chanted 192 rounds daily for a long time. Her breathing was getting troublesome and she could not keep that up. She was cheerful. While in the hospital she preached. She could not even drink water, she could only suck on some ice.
Last year I was not able to see her because she was going so much for dialysis. I talked by phone. She was very weak and apologizing for only chanting 16 rounds. Her body was swelling up a lot. She was drinking water.
Now when I went she was standing up to greet us and looking very bright, although quite thin. At one time the doctors took 50 litters of water out from her body in ten days. Now she goes for dialysis every other day, for four hours, and chants the whole time. Other patients ask her why she is so happy and she preaches. Doctors cannot understand why she does not leave her body. She tells them it is because she chants the Hare Krsna Maha Mantra. The chief doctor is reading Bhagavad Gita As It Is. Some patients , after discharge, are coming back to hear from her and asking her to be their guru. Now she can a a very little green leaf and drink some water.
The hospital staff calls her a "miracle". She says it is by the mercy of the Holy Names of Krsna.
Two years ago she expected to leave, and was happy the Lord Krsna was calling her. Now she seems to be planning to stay and preach for along time. I figure that if improvement continues like it has fin the last two years, she will soon be fully recovered.
by Kavicandra Swami