Touch of the Divine:
A Miraculous Healing at Ordeal Bath Lodge
Walsh attended university in the U.S. and Europe. Her education brought
her to a point of profound disillusionment and despair. She was desperately seeking
a source of Living Wisdom, studying everything from the occult to parapsychology
to the various alternative and traditional religious offerings. Then she
read The Knee
of Listening, Adi Da’s autobiography, and became His devotee in 1975.
Ann has lived and served at three of Avatar Adi Da’s Hermitages and Sanctuaries.
the autumn of 1984, a very dear friend of mine, and fellow devotee, was living
at The Mountain Of Attention Sanctuary in Northern California.
She and her intimate partner had just been invited to
move to Adi Da Samrajashram, Adi
Da’s Sapta Na Sannyasin Hermitage in Fiji, where He was then residing.
Her intimate partner was a building contractor, and was needed to
oversee a construction project there. A couple of days before they were scheduled
to leave, she went to see one of our community doctors at the Sanctuary clinic,
because of pain in her belly. After the examination the doctor thought that she
had either an ectopic pregnancy or a cyst. She made an appointment for a sonogram
at the local hospital for a week or so later. In the meantime, her
intimate left for Fiji, and she was to have bed rest.
The sonogram showed that she had a cyst the size of a grapefruit
on her uterus. She made the appointment for the surgery to remove the cyst, and
until then she was confined to bed
I had been living and serving at Da Love-Ananda Mahal, Adi
Da’s Ruchira Sannyasin Sanctuary in Hawaii, for many months, and
at this time had the opportunity to return to The Mountain Of Attention for a
meditation retreat of 10 days or so. The first evening I arrived, I went to supper
with the residents, all old friends. I was particularly looking forward to seeing
my friend because she had stayed with us at Da Love-Ananda
Mahal some months earlier. I had not heard anything about her present medical
problems. She was not at supper, so I asked my other friends
about her. They said that she was not feeling well. But toward the end
of supper, she came into the dining room and we greeted each other. We exchanged
a few words, and then it was time to attend the evening event at the Sanctuary.
this period of time, Adi Da was not feeling well Himself, and at
each of the Hermitages and Sanctuaries, devotees performed a special healing ceremony,
which was an occasion of collective Invocation and prayer. At The Mountain Of
Attention, this healing ceremony for Avatar Adi Da was done in the early evening,
right after supper, in the Sanctuary’s Bath House called Ordeal Bath
Lodge. It was an old hot springs bath facility, now used as a healing Temple.
Ordeal Bath Lodge (click
We walked over to the
Temple together, entered, and took our seats near the front of the room. My friend
sat just in front of me to my right. I was sitting with my back against the ledge
of a shallow reflecting pond in the center of the room.
The large cement and tile room was crowded with devotees —
the residents of the Sanctuary, as well as many devotees from the surrounding
community. The chant leaders and musicians sat together in the rear of the room
with their instruments — harmonium, drums, cymbals, tambourines, etc. The acoustics
in this high-ceilinged room were great for chanting, the sound soaring and reverberating
in the space.
been at Da Love-Ananda Mahal with a group of only 4 or 6 devotees for so many
months, I was overjoyed to be in this larger community circumstance, and to participate
in devotional occasions that were so fully attended and energetically served.
As the ceremony continued and the chanting became more and more ecstatic, I was
drawn by Beloved Adi Da's Grace beyond my ordinary state into a form of Ecstasy.
I never lost awareness of my ordinary surroundings, but my experience and state
were far outside the ordinary. With my eyes open, I literally "saw" Consciousness
as the Substance of everything in the room. It was as obvious and tangible as
walking into a steam room and noticing that steam filled the space of the room.
I "saw" that Consciousness was the Being of everything, the Substance of all manifestation.
Consciousness is WHAT IS. Everything was made only of Consciousness. Everything
arose in and was sustained by and as Consciousness. Consciousness was Existence
Itself. And Consciousness was Adi Da. Consciousness was His Personal Presence
and His very Body. There was ONLY Consciousness, only this Divine Reality!
Adi Da was manifested in and as everything that IS! And I felt a sense of "Aha!
THIS is what Beloved Adi Da has always been Talking about!" It was the literal
Revelation of His Wisdom-Teaching.
The one remarkable physical sensation that I experienced was
a very strong pressure pushing me backward, particularly my head. My head would
bend back as far as possible, but the force kept pushing my whole upper body.
I struggled against it, because if I had fallen backward I would have landed in
the reflecting pool full of water! This forceful backward pressure came and went
a few times.
a certain point, I noticed that my friend seemed cold and uncomfortable. I took
off my shawl, wrapped it around her shoulders, and briskly ran my hand up and
down her back a few times, as you would to warm somebody up who was chilled. Then
I let my hand simply rest on her lower back, to stay connected and supportive.
I felt no unusual sensations at all. After a short time, a couple of minutes perhaps,
she turned around to me and communicated her feeling of "Thanks, that’s enough."
So I put my hand back in my lap.
After the occasion, as we were walking quietly
away from Ordeal Bath Lodge, my friend said to me, "Boy, that was INTENSE!" Your
hand felt like a hot iron or a laser beam! It was burning my back. That is why
I asked you to stop!" Well, this was a total surprise to me.
First of all, I had no idea what her health problem was. I had no intention of
doing the laying
on of hands. She just looked cold, and I was trying to warm her up and
bring her a little energy!
Years later my friend told me more about her experience of
the occasion. She wrote me:
"The occasion was very ecstatic and I forgot myself in our
Divine Guru’s Bliss. Then you put your hand on my back, right at the point where
the cyst was located. At that moment I felt a beam of light shoot through my spine
to my head and above and also from your hand into the cyst, at the same time.
This seemed to last forever, so I obviously have no idea if it was a couple of
seconds or minutes or longer.
"When I staggered out of the event, I saw the doctor who had
been treating me, and I told him that the cyst was gone! He told me this was not
possible. Again, I told him that I was sure it was gone, but he insisted this
was not possible and that we had to go ahead with the surgery, which was scheduled
for the next morning. I insisted that I wanted to get another sonogram done before
the operation to check the cyst.
"When I went into the hospital for the sonogram, I was greeted
by the same technician who had helped me before. As soon as he saw me (before
the test), he looked at me and said, 'The cyst is gone, isn't it?'
"And so it was shown to be, and I did not have to have the
a Blessing to be spontaneously and Gracefully drawn into such profound Communion
with Beloved Adi Da that Reality became Obvious to my open eyes and His Divine
State of Love-Bliss-Consciousness was Apparent as all and All. My Beloved Guru,
Avatar Adi Da, is the Living Manifestation of Non-Separateness, and He Demonstrated
This with such intimate and loving Compassion, extending His Divine Healing Touch
via an ordinary devotee.
This story appears in the following sections:
Places and Things and
Mountain Of Attention