Holistic Cancer Cure - FROM CANCER WITH LOVE
by Suma Varughese
It's hard to feel positive about an agent of death, but what can you do when it opens up your pathway to the Spirit, guides you to recovery step by step and heaps you with blessings? Just thank it, says Devika Bhojwani, of her tryst with the Big C
I feel very, very blessed." Devika Bhojwani isn't talking about her role as one of Mumbai's most beautiful people. Nor about her soulmate husband and made-to-order kids. Nor yet of her glitzy career as a singer, actress, popularizer of khadi, an Indian cotton fabric (along with Indian actress and media personality Jaya Bachchan) and event manager.
She is rhapsodizing about a cluster of white spots in her right breast thrown up by a mammography. Cancer as kindness? A tumor as a gift? No better way to look at it surely? Especially if an overarching destiny takes you by the hand and leads you step by step through the illness into wellness, peace and joy.
I feel everything happens for a purpose. And that spirit guided me at
every stage," says Devika.
called when life was being deceptively tractable. On May 14, 2000 she
celebrated her silver wedding anniversary to Suresh, whom she calls
her soulmate, with a party attended by Mumbai socialites. Brite Ideas,
her event management company, was flourishing. Life was fulfilling and
exciting. Her advent into spirituality had already begun through Deepak
Chopra, who initiated her into meditation 10 years ago.
"I had a powerful experience when I participated in the 'Seduction of Spirit' workshop he led in Goa, India, a few years ago. I began to shake uncontrollably.
Deepak told me that my kundalini was awakening and that I was
drawing energy from the universe. I've always wanted to heal people,
so it struck me that I could use this energy to heal. Deepak told me
about reiki and pranic
healing. In a synchronous way, a lady I was sitting next to on a
Delhi flight gave me the name of Shamal Durve from whom I learnt reiki."
Devika and her husband were sitting with oncologist Praful Desai digesting
the verdict of surgery, she had reason to recall Shamal with gratitude
and a rueful recognition.
About the time cancer was starting, Devika was taking a dip in the Indian
river, Ganga with Sri
I stood shivering by the ice-cold waters that cold March morning, I
looked up. At that moment, a sunbeam enveloped me through a split second
parting of the overhead clouds and I felt it literally pushing me in.
Before I knew it, I was in the waters, screaming 'Om'! When I
came out, amazingly, I felt hot. Something in me had changed. Guruji
told me that the dip would bring to the fore all the negativity. In
retrospect, I believe I was being prepared for my ordeal."
was busy building her support network in combating cancer. A few months
later, she told Shamal that she was ready for reiki mastership. "I
went into a trance while waiting for Shamal. Later, she made me lie
down before the initiation, and I distinctly felt something touch me,
particularly on my breasts."
over, Shamal told her something she was to recall over and over again.
"The next few months are going to be difficult. You must face them
the best you can. Be strong. Don't be afraid. After that your life will
be afraid' became a mantra Devika was to repeat to herself. The stage
was set for the tumor. "My daughter was due for some tests at N.M.
Hospital in early June. I went with her and decided to take my own tests,
which my gynecologist had recommended since I was over 40. I was in
good health, never having suffered illness in my life, and all I can
say is that something other than me made me do it. So, I caught the
tumor in the bud stage. The doctors told me that it would have taken
a year for the symptoms to show up, but meanwhile the cancer would have
ravaged the body."
took care of everything, making sure that an experienced doctor took
her mammography. "Those specks were so tiny; anyone less seasoned
would have missed them!"
on and on. Through the discovery of the micro-calcification; the lumpectomy
operation at Breach Candy Hospital; even the shattering report of malignancy
in the tumor. "It was a high-grade cancer but caught very early
and removed with great precision and hopefully completely. Through all
this, I was very positive. I gave myself reiki, prayed and thought a
lot about death.
"I have always been curious about death. About what lies beyond. I've communicated
with my late father often. Death would have given me the chance to reach
there. I was excited at the thought. And not afraid of dying. That realization
was liberating. But I knew I was not meant to go as yet. There were people
like my children, husband and mother for whom I was responsible. I also
felt that there were many more lives I was meant to touch. And I say this
The doctors prescribed two months of radiation. Sitting at Jaslok Hospital
for two hours five days a week was a powerful experience. "Witnessing
children, men and women battling cancer with tremendous courage gave me
strength. I would sit there praying for them and giving them reiki."
all, Devika was buoyed up by her own realization that she was being
taken care of. "Something was guiding me every step of the way.
I have begun to believe in angels, for someone would always appear to
take me to the next stage." No sooner had she been diagnosed with
a tumor than her assistant Aruna stepped in with information of related
websites. Through her, Devika procured some high-level vitamin tablets
from the US to build up immunity.
she was asked to help organize a press meet for a visiting friend. Who
turned out to be a homeopath who specialized in ensuring that cancers do not recur! "My client
had no idea of my condition. And yet he helped me locate just the man
I needed," she exclaims. "Even locating wheatgrass was made easy for me—I found someone selling it every morning at
Marine Drive where I live!"
Chopra, whom she met in Agra in January 2001, gave her some healing
mantras to chant. Thanks to Chopra's perspective that our cells are
pure intelligence, she began communicating with her breast until it
slowly healed to absolute normalcy. She also did visualization exercises,
imagining the toxins and negativities slowly leaving her system.
expert Vijaya Venkat's daughter Anju gave her some detox diets to combat
the effects of radiation. Recalls Devika: "Every morning I had
literally a kilo of fruit along with wheatgrass juice. Three times a
day, I had juice made of coriander leaves spiked with lemon and ginger.
At noon, I would have a huge glass of reds—tomato, beetroot, carrot
juice. In the evenings, I would have juice made of all possible greens.
often wonders how she got the malignancy: "I had done everything
right. There was no history of breast cancer in my family. I had breastfed
both my kids for a year each. I'm sure that it came to me for a higher
purpose. I have often channeled reiki to friends suffering from cancer.
Perhaps I needed to go through this personally to do it more effectively."
over a year after that fateful experience, she is radiant. Sitting cross-legged
on a sofa at home, her face glows. Her presence is regal, but there
is an openness and vulnerability that is disarming. "I'm just open
to life now and it's a wonderful feeling. In the morning, when I do
my surya namaskar,
I can feel the sun talking to me. It gives energy directly into my crown
chakra. It's a living energy." At night, up comes the moon and
another dialogue begins. With awareness, everything comes alive "When
I am feeling low, I actually hear a voice within, saying, 'Devika, look
at all the other things in your life.' Immediately I feel elated. Often,
I feel these little bubbles of joy welling up from within. The cancer
has given me only blessings. It's wonderful to be alive!"
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