The Miraculous Vibhuti
The Gift of
How Shiv Kumar regained his sight,
speech and movement
Howard Murphet records this miracle in his
book “Sai Baba: Man of Miracles” thus:
A remarkable case involving the use of Vibhuti
at a distance concerns a fourteen year old boy named Shiva
Kumar who suffered from heart trouble. In November 1964, when
Shiva Kumar was staying with his uncle Dr. M. D. V. Raman
in Bombay, he developed cerebro-spinal meningitis, with partial
paralysis of the left side, and loss of both sight and speech.
On November 30th he became unconscious, and
at 11.45 that morning cyanosis intervened and the boy turned
blue. The Doctors gave him only a few hours to live.
But at noon he seemed to be making signs
as if he wanted something. The people present interpreted
his signs to mean that he would like a bath and some of the
Vibhuti, which had been brought by a friend from Puttaparti
that morning. They did as he requested, bathing him and applying
the consecrated ash.
Next, he made signs that he wanted a photograph
of Sai Baba. This was brought, and set in front of him. Then
Shiva rubbed his paralysed left leg and arm with his good
right hand. Suddenly, he got off the bed and walked, albeit
falteringly, and with assistance, into the family puja room.
There he sat near the altar and seemed to
go into a state of meditation. This went on for about two
hours; then Shiva walked from the puja room, this time unaided,
looked about, went over to a chair and sat in it. Evidently
his eyesight had returned; and then he spoke!
He told those present that Sai Baba had appeared
to him in a vision, saying that his life would be saved. Shiva
had begged to have his sight and speech back too, and Baba
had granted the prayer, telling him just what to do. Soon
afterwards, Shiva was able to return to school and the studies
When these facts were reported, over a year
after the miracle cure took place, Shiva was still in the
best of health. This story was first published in the magazine,
Sanathana Sarathi (The monthly magazine published by Sri Sathya
Sai Books & Publications Trust)
Reference: “Sai Baba:
Man of Miracles” by Mr. Howard Murphet. Page: 120 (Paperback
Edition). Published by Macmillan India Ltd, 1972.