Table of Contents
- 1. Introduction
- 2. Difficulties during pregnancy
- 3. As a new born baby
- 4. As a child – physical difficulties
- 5. As a child – psychological difficulties
- 6. As a child – difficulties experienced at a spiritual level
- 7. Summary of the spiritual perspective for childhood asthma and other childhood disorders such as bed-wetting
His parents have been doing spiritual practice under the guidance of the Spiritual Science Research Foundation (SSRF) for the last 15 years. The following is an account of Kedar’s difficulties during his childhood years, the various spiritual remedies undertaken to overcome them, and the result as narrated by his mother Mangala Marathe.
2. Difficulties during pregnancy
Kedar’s difficulties started right from the time of my pregnancy. I was advised complete bed rest as I was getting premature labour pains in the first six months of pregnancy. During the eight months of pregnancy, His Holiness Dr. Athavale advised my father to chant the Name of Deity Datta, to combat the distress caused by the departed ancestor’s subtle-bodies, which was manifesting in the problems that I was facing during pregnancy. As this spiritual root cause of the problem was severe, He recommended that my father chant 9 turns of a mālā (a type of rosary) of 108 beads (i.e. 9 X 108 = 972 times) every day for 6 months. It was a spiritual medicine to overcome the spiritual root cause of the problem. He agreed to it and started doing as advised immediately.
(Also refer to the section on Ancestral problems)
3. As a new born baby
Kedar would wake up at 12 p.m. and sleep at 6 a.m. every day till he was one and a half years old.
4. As a child – physical difficulties
4.1 Asthmatic attacks
Kedar started getting attacks of breathlessness within fifteen days of his birth. Throughout his childhood, he would frequently get attacks of breathlessness (asthma). His attacks would be brought on by a bout of common cold. His father, being a doctor himself, used to give him medicine, which would be ineffective. However, when we would take him to a pediatrician, who would prescribe similar medicines, it would be effective. No definite triggering factor or cause could be found for the asthma. As a boy he was very active, but his asthmatic attacks would never be exercise induced, though according to medical science they are known to be precipitated by exercise. As Kedar was a baby, he could not do any spiritual practice such a young age, so H.H. Dr. Athavale told us to chant the Name of Shrī Gaṇēsh (a Hindu deity) and undertake ritualistic worship of Shri Ganesh for his sake.
Lord Ganesh is an aspect of God. One of His functions is to root out ghosts (demons, devils, negative energy etc.)
Ritualistic worship of Shri Ganesh and chanting the Name of Shri Ganesh were advised to increase Kedar’s Vital energy (Prāṇa-shakti). Low Vital energy makes a person prone to various illnesses and decreases the chances of recovery.
Another Saint, H.H. Kane Maharaj, also told us to do a ritual to cast out the evil eye (drushta) with the coconut method every fortnight on new moon and full moon days. Drushta is a specific spiritual remedy to ‘cast out the evil eyes’ and to overcome the adverse effect of ghosts (demons, devils, negative energies, etc.).
With these spiritual remedies his asthmatic attacks reduced by 50%.
Kedar would not stand steady in one place. He would continuously go on making some movement with his body. He would be restless throughout his sleep at night, tossing and rolling all over the bed, especially when I would be sleeping beside him.
4.3 Bed wetting
Kedar would wet the bed frequently until he was 11 years old.
The following is a drawing based on subtle-knowledge of the ghost controlling Kedar, as perceived and drawn in 2003 by Ms. Anuradha Wadekar, a seeker from the subtle-perception department of SSRF. This ghost was responsible for most of the incorrect behaviour of Kedar.
4.4 Spurts of amazing physical strength
On one occasion when Kedar got angry, he broke two coconuts (with the tough outer covering), by hitting them against a wall. He was just 10 years old at that time. The same year in another incident, he knocked over six heavy chairs at the dining table at once with a small stick, by just pushing one chair over the other. These incidents were totally alien to his nature.
4.5 Irregular eating habit
Sometimes Kedar would get very hungry and eat with great speed and sometimes he wouldn’t eat anything for quite a long time.
4.6 Difficulty in waking up in the morning
Kedar would sleep for 7-8 hours at night but still would not wake up in the morning. After he would be awoken he would take 15 minutes to sit up in bed.
To combat this, he prays to the Goddess of sleep (Nidra Dēvī) and H.H. Dr. Athavale asking that he is able to wake up in the morning on time and that he is able to get up and start his morning activities immediately upon waking.
4.7 Abnormal capacity to bear pain
Kedar displayed an above average capacity to bear pain that did not suit a child. He would frequently be wounded but would never cry. When he was 12, he had a boil on his finger that required incision and drainage. The boil was very painful but he could bear it without even frowning.
5. As a child – psychological difficulties
Kedar’s anger had increased a lot. He would not be able to control his irritation, which would build to a point of bursting out in ways mentioned above. He would immediately calm down when Holy ash was blown or applied on him. When praying, he would realize that he was not behaving well and he would recognize that he could not control this surge of anger. Restlessness and irritability would always plague him two days before and after the full moon and new moon. Now, when family members make him aware about his irritability, he immediately starts praying and chanting.
6. As a child – difficulties experienced at a spiritual level
6.1 Actually perceiving ghosts (demons, devils, negative energies, etc.)
Kedar would see various ghosts in various dreadful forms. He would wake up in the night from a deep sleep and see them. He would not go to any room alone as he would experience someone present in the room that was scaring him.
Kedar would have frightening nightmares many times.
6.3 Effect on spiritual practice
Kedar would not be able to stand when singing the Holy hymns (Āratī) as his legs would feel weak and he would have to sit down (although he was very active and sturdy while playing and during other activities). He chants the Name of God but cannot concentrate on chanting. He is restless while chanting.
7. Summary of the spiritual perspective for childhood asthma and other childhood disorders such as bed-wetting
Throughout this period both my husband and myself were very calm, as we knew of the spiritual root cause of all the difficulties that Kedar was facing. We went on applying the spiritual remedies as advised. The spiritual remedies have been highly effective, hence Kedar’s difficulties are progressively decreasing.
Kedar, now aged 13 (at the time of this article), is in the 8th grade at school. His suffering across all the above difficulties has reduced to 50% by the grace of H.H. Dr. Athavale after he started chanting the Name of our Family deity, praying and worshipping Shri Ganesh.
- Kedar had various difficulties that presented as physical illness like asthma and psychological disturbances like restlessness, irritability and nightmares that had their root cause in the spiritual dimension.
Since his parents were well versed with the science of Spirituality and had access to spiritual diagnoses and spiritual remedies, the root cause of his illness was diagnosed early and substantiated by the drawing based on subtle-knowledge drawn by a seeker from the subtle-perception department of SSRF, Ms. Anuradha Wadekar.
Various spiritual remedies mentioned above were advised by Saints and undertaken earlier by Kedar’s parents and later by Kedar himself.
- There is progressive recovery from the difficulties, despite non-application of any remedies or therapies other than the spiritual remedies.