Damaged lungs restored
Some time ago, I developed a cough that lasted for a few months and became aggravated. I didn’t give much thought to it, almost ignored it, and the cough persisted.
My elder son, who lives in Mumbai, was visiting us during that time when I was coughing frequently. My family does not follow Christian Science, and my son asked me to go for a medical checkup. I reluctantly agreed, and he took me to his family doctor. After an X-ray was taken and the physician checked my breathing, he said there was extensive damage to my lungs. I don’t recall the specific diagnosis, as I am not familiar with medical terminology, but he predicted that I had but very little time to live.
In my thoughts, I kept denying this belief of disease and holding to the truth that Life is God. I did not accept the verdict that I had a short time to live. I affirmed that my life is eternal. What the doctor was saying was human belief and not the truth of my being. I very clearly knew that I am a perfect image and reflection of God, and I am in the kingdom of God, where there is perfect harmony and no discord.
I could see that my son was very disturbed, but I was absolutely calm and knew that in reality there could be nothing wrong with me. I mentally repeated “the scientific statement of being” from page 468 of Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy, which begins: “There is no life, truth, intelligence, nor substance in matter. All is infinite Mind and its infinite manifestation, for God is All-in-all.”
It was late in the evening when we went to see the doctor, and the next day my son had to catch an early morning flight back to Mumbai. My family members spent a disturbed night, but I slept very calmly, focusing on my prayerful thoughts. Before leaving, my son requested that I see a medical expert, and I promised that I would do that very shortly.
As I prayed for a healing of the condition, I realized my fault in ignoring the cough rather than praying to see its unreality. I saw that there was a need to correct my thoughts immediately and understand the truth of my being as not material but spiritual. I started praying about it more seriously and honestly. My prayer was based on Jesus’ statement that “ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free” (John 8:32 ). I rejected the very belief of the cough by knowing that any discordant condition of the body is an illusion and not true. I took to heart Mrs. Eddy’s instruction: “Look away from the body into Truth and Love, the Principle of all happiness, harmony, and immortality” (Science and Health, p. 261 ).
I continued to pray, and after four days I asked my younger son to take me to a medical specialist, understanding that there is and can be no better specialist than my Father-Mother God, who is my creator and maintains me perfectly as His image and likeness. Well, we went to a specialist in pulmonary medicine, and after checking me, the physician asked me why I was there. He said there was nothing wrong with me, that my chest was absolutely fine. I knew it all the time, and thanked God for waking me up from the mortal dream.
It is important in Christian Science to uncover error promptly and see its nothingness. As Mrs. Eddy says in Science and Health, “You must control evil thoughts in the first instance, or they will control you in the second” (p. 234 ).
It is quite some years now since this healing took place, and the cough has never come back.
Madan Mohan Singh
I was a witness to the events related here. I had been aware of the cough for some time and made my father accompany me to the doctor. I heard the doctor pronounce his illness. As his family, we were very worried and cajoling my father to take medication for his ailment. He stuck to his point of view, however.
I did not accompany my father for the second checkup but heard his cough disappear. My father and my younger brother told me that the second specialist did not diagnose any problem. It has been many years since then, and I have not heard a recurrence of the cough.
Preet Mohan Singh