The writer of this letter to Swamiji has generously offered to share it with you.
My illness started in Malaysia in 2005 with sight problems including double vision. In November I was accompanying my son to Singapore by bus when I suddenly became paralyzed from head to toe. I could neither walk nor move my arms; I could hardly swallow and barely breathe. At the same time I suffered terrible muscular cramps. We were close to Malacca, and the bus made an urgent detour to take me to Hospital for Emergency treatment.
The only time I had the opportunity to meet Swami Rama was in 1996 at his Rishikesh ashram, Sadhana Mandir. He was not well but was kind to invite me and my friend, Dr. David Frawley (who was also accompanying me), for a brief “darshan.” After a few moments, he fixed his hypnotic gaze on me and said, “You should meet Swami Veda.” The meeting was over with these words. He asked someone to bring us both to Swami Veda.
Our everyday life perspective and behavior is shaped by our sense of time. We think time passes, we need to do this and that…even: “I need to accomplish this or that”. We build up stress because of dates and ‘time passed”. We measure our life in time..so many years, so many days..yet what is this time….we measure in seconds, hours, years etc.
These measurements are certainly not the same in all cultures; for example we have Gregorian calendars, Chinese calendars, Roman calendars, sun calendars, moon calendars etc. They differ, i.e. the year in Balinese culture until recently had 180 days. The “New Year” is celebrated at all sort of points during a year, and in some cultures 2/3 times in “our year”.