A Doctor's Near Death Experience
During a trip to rural Odisha I came across a highly qualified retired urban doctor
(O&G) who uses his time wisely to serve the rural poor. I observed that he
was listening intently and nodding to a religious song emanating from a local
school that was observing the Saraswati Puja. I asked him if he was religious.
He asked me if I was. I said, yes. He then asked me more and was very attentive
to whatever I said. We soon became friends. After we had our lunch at a local's
house, he invited me to sit on the veranda of the house. His wife too sat
was a staunch atheist," he began. "I believed in science and nature
but never believed in God. I felt neither the need nor the inclination. My wife
is a devotee and all our married life she very patiently bore my taunts. Then
in the year 2008 I fell sick. My health deteriorated very fast and the doctors
soon gave up on me. My wife was constantly praying by my side. One day she
entreated me to believe in her deity. I steadfastly refused. Soon I could sense
the footsteps of approaching death. I was still not afraid. Then one morning I
knew that it would be my final day on earth. The events of my entire life began
unfolding before my eyes. I saw my wife sobbing and praying and I suddenly felt
extreme remorse at my behavior towards her. I started repenting my ways. When
the hour came I felt I was mercilessly being tugged out of my body. I was
filled with fear and trembling not knowing what was on the other side. I was
trying to scream but no words emerged from my mouth. I was still very alert. In
utter desperation I cried out the name of the deity my wife prayed to; a hoarse
whisper. Suddenly the tugging seemed to slag and I had the divine vision of my
wife's living deity (who is also now my Ishta) clutching on to me. Not only the
vision I felt the clutch as I would feel a human hug. The tugging stopped
completely. I felt myself back into my body and fainted. I rapidly recovered
after that surprising the professionals who were looking after me."
rarely share this with anyone. I belong to a scientific profession and I fear
the ridicule. Somehow I felt comfortable enough to share with you."
refused to be photographed.