The medical world1Here is another doctor experience. Ashrita took me to a doctor for an X-ray of my knee. He was also an Indian doctor. He charged eighty dollars, and I paid. Ashrita had a small pamphlet about me, and he gave it to the doctor.
Two or three days later I had to go back to the same doctor. The doctor said to me, "When I showed my wife the little booklet, she scolded me for such a long time!"
I asked him, "What happened?"
"She said, 'How could you charge him eighty dollars?' She scolded me badly."
He wanted to return the money.
I said, "No, no, no. I cannot take it."
We invited them to Annam Brahma, and they came. They were so nice. That is again the good side of doctors.
But I have already told the story of when Hiyamallar took me for an MRI. What an unfortunate experience! They were also Indian. Five hundred or six hundred dollars they took from me. Then they said that I had not given them the money! A young girl came to my rescue. She said she was brought up on our street. She found the money that I had given, so I did not have to pay for the second time.
Once Garima came to Manhattan with me when I went for an MRI. They bound my whole upper body — as they would do with children, so that they will not move. I kept my eyes wide open and I was meditating for half an hour. Then they said that I moved! They were angry about something, and they started arguing with Garima.
Each time I have an MRI, I have problems. New York doctors will have one opinion, and California doctors will have a totally different opinion. One will say that there is water in the joint, and one will say it is arthritis. Another one will say something else. Always there are three or four opinions. This is how some doctors examine people. The medical world is so advanced, but the doctors are often not of the same opinion.
FSC 41. 1 February 2002, Orchid Garden Hotel, Brunei↩