Villager Arrives in Pain
After we had been in India for more than a year we were
lucky enough to photograph the process of a healing
that the villagers thought was miraculous.
afternoon, we were talking with Kaleshwar, as he sat in
a wicker swing suspended from a tammarand tree, his
favorite spot for receiving visitors. At the
time, Kaleshwar had taken a vow to forgo most of his
miraculous powers for a period of ten days. We
were talking about why he had done this and the
spiritual process he was doing with us.
Then a group of ashram assistants brought a workman who
had been bitten by a scorpion. The poor man was
in obvious pain and his foot hurt so badly that he
could not walk. Therefore, the villagers had to
carry the victim. There was a rope tied around
his ankle to prevent the poison from spreading into the
rest of his body. Indian scorpion bites are
extremely painful, and all too many of them are fatal.
This photo shows the pain and worry
on the victim's face. However, this was nothing
compared to what he looked like when he arrived.
At this point, Kaleshwar has already calmed him with a
transmission of spiritual energy.
Ordinarily, healing scorpion bites is an easy process
for Kaleshwar. However, the vow prevented him
from using his highest powers. Instead Kaleshwar
took on the man's karma, absorbed the scorpion poison
into his own body, and suffered the consequences of the
bite. Notice the unusual position of Kaleshwar's
hands as he draws the poison out of the wound.
He said nothing of this to the victim. That man
knew simply that he felt better and was filled with
joy. Such is the love of a great being such as
Pulling the Poison Into Leaves and
Photograph 2 shows a detail of Kaleshwar placing his
big toe over the scorpion bite. Notice that some
ground leaves are being placed between the scorpion
bite and Kaleshwar''s big toe. If you look
closely you can see a small amount of blood from the
wound on the fingers positioning the leaves.
This is a technique that we have seen Kaleshwar use
with cobra bites. Some of the poison is absorbed
into the leaves as Kaleshwar draws the poison out of
the wound and into his own body. The leaves are
Later, we asked Kaleshwar if he consciously tired to
draw the poison into his toe. Kaleshwar replied
that it just happened spontaneously. He was
occupied only with trying to reach, and calm, the soul
of the afflicted person.
This photograph shows the victim's love and
openness as he looks to Kaleshwar. The
transmission of spiritual energy has given him a beauty
and serenity. He looks at Kaleshwar as young
child looks to his mother -- with complete trust and
confidence that everything will be made right.
It is only when the victim, is relaxed and experiencing
strong feelings for the healer that a healing can take
place. Therefore, the first job of a healer is to
create these feelings. This frequently takes more
time than the actual healing. Often, creating
these feelings requires more spiritual energy than does
The Poison Moves
Into Kaleshwar's Toe
This photograph shows that Kaleshwar
has transferred the poison scorpion bite to his big
toe. You can see that a large wound has appeared. There
is a hole and mark of the scorpion fang. We have seen
him transfer the wounds created by cobra bites to his
big toe. When you look at his big toe you can see the
holes created by the cobra fangs, even though the cobra
bit the victim, not Kaleshwar.
Later there would be some swelling and he would feel
ill as the poison spread throughout Kaleshwar's body.
We asked him if that was the only way he could help the
man and he said, ""What can I do? My powers are
blocked. All I could do was take the poison and suffer
How could he transfer the poison if his powers were
blocked? The only powers that matter to Kaleshwar are
the highest soul powers that work on the level of the
cosmic energy. Ordinarily, Kaleshwar takes the poison
and transfers it into the cosmic energy. At such times,
the karmas are also extinguished.
For example, a few months later Kaleshwar was
overseeing ashram construction when several people saw
a cobra bite him. They asked Kaleshwar if he wanted to
stop and deal with the bite. Kaleshwar said no. His
foot swelled a little and that seemed to be the end of
A few hours later, we encountered Kaleshwar and asked
about the bite. He said that he was about to go to his
room and deal with it. He had trapped the poison in his
foot and kept it from spreading. We looked at his foot
and it was slightly swollen.
Kaleshwar told us that he did this because he did not
want to let any form of negativity stop him when he was
working. Now, he was going to meditate for a few
minutes and send the poison away. We saw him about an
hour later and he looked happy and completely healthy.
In fact, at no point in the process of the cobra bite
did he ever seem to be ill.
After the healing, a fire made of camphor was waved to
Kaleshwar's big toe while he recited mantras. This is
part of the process of discharging the negative energy
that flowed into Kaleshwar during the healing. Such
discharging techniques are essential if the healer is
not to eventually be overwhelmed by the negative
energies that he absorbs during healings.