Apurva stood at the window and watched Rhea play with her golden retriever. She knelt, picked up the puppy in her hands, and rubbed her nose to his. Then she let him go. He jumped on her, and she fell back. He stood on her chest and started to lick her face. She held him up in her hands, and he started to kick his front legs, wanting to get back down. She put him down and ran away from him. The retriever chased her around the garden.
Rhea’s dad had brought the puppy three weeks ago. He was only two months old, but very active and playful. She loved him at first sight. She kissed her dad many times for bringing him home. She named him Baby because she had looked after him since he came home. She’d bathe him, clean him, feed him, and take him out in the garden to play.
Apurva, too, had become fond of Baby. She had played with him a couple of times. He, too, seemed to have taken a liking to her. He’d look up at her whenever she entered the garden. He would recognize her and run to her.
Now, Rhea looked up at Apurva and gestured for her to come down to the garden. Apurva brought up her five fingers. Then she cupped her hand and mimed milk drinking. Rhea gave her a thumbs up and started to run around the garden. Baby ran after her.
Apurva was about to turn around when she saw Baby hit a stone and whimper and cry. Rhea stopped and looked back at him. She ran and picked him up. She sat down on a bench and checked his right foot. He yelped when she touched the lower limb.
Apurva backed away from the window, turned around, and ran to the door. She opened it and rushed out, hearing her mother call out to her just before the door closed.
Apurva ran to Rhea and sat down next to her.
“He seems to have hurt his foot,” Rhea said. She touched Baby's right foot, and he yelped again. “He's in a lot of pain. Could be a fracture.”
“Let me check,” Apurva said and took Baby in her hands. She placed him in her lap. He yelped the moment she touched his right foot. “You're right.”
Rhea took Baby back in her arms. “Now, we'll have to take him to a doctor.”
“Wait. Let me try a trick I had learned a couple of months back,” she said. “Sit him down on your lap and bring his front legs up.”
“What will the trick do? Fix his foot?”
“Let me first check.”
Apurva closed her eyes and took deep breaths. She opened her eyes and looked down at Baby. She hovered her hands over the foot. She immediately felt the block in the flow of energy. She used her energy and went down deeper and probed the knee bone.
“He has suffered a hairline fracture,” she said.
The first chapter in the ancient scripture focused solely on the individual's health. Before treating others, it was important to keep oneself healthy. It had taken her several months to master those techniques, which primarily included meditation and yoga exercises.
The second chapter was a detailed explanation of the energy that flowed through and around a living being. It also included a technique to recognize the blocks in the body that disrupt the flow of vital energy. She had spent another couple of months just getting to know and recognize the energy inside her.
The third chapter was about recognizing the energy in others. It taught how to remove the blocks in the flow of vital energy. It described ways to access the brain and to use it to command cells to perform specific functions. The techniques explained how to access the various parts of the body such as the skin, muscles, bone, bone marrow, and various organs. These techniques took a year to master. Now, the situation had presented itself to her to use those techniques.
Apurva moved her hands to the base of Baby's head. She gained access to his brain and started to send signals to the cells around the hairline fracture. A blood clot was formed quickly around the crack in the knee. She then commanded the brain to send cells to heal the bone. A callus was formed around the knee. It joined the bone. The soft bone then began to harden. Finally, she worked on the muscles around the bone to strengthen them.
The moment Apurva took her hands away from Baby, he began kicking. Rhea smiled and hugged him. She stood up and put Baby down. He began to jump up at her, pleading to be picked up again. Instead, Rhea ran away from him. Baby chased her around the garden.
It took around twenty minutes for Apurva to fix the fracture. It drained a significant amount of her energy. She felt quite weak. She could hardly move. She leaned back on the bench. She closed her eyes and began to meditate. Soon, she regained some strength.
She stood up and took a step forward. Her knee buckled. She willed her knee to straighten. Her body went up again. She took another step, and the other knee supported her upper body.
She watched Rhea and Baby play in the garden. A smile appeared on her face. She felt happy. The feeling was nothing like she had experienced before. The mere act of healing Baby gave her immense joy.
She began to walk toward the entrance of the garden and looked up. Her mother watched her from the window. Her face was cracked up, as if she could feel her daughter's pain. She turned around and ran.
Her mother guided her up the stairs and through the door. She made her sit on the single bed in the living room. She stood back and stared at her angrily.
“Why did you do it?” Geeta said. “You had not even practiced the things you did down there.”
“I'll regain my strength through meditation and yoga,” she said. “I'll be okay in a couple of hours.”
Geeta sat beside her and said, “You not just lost your strength, you’ve lost weight too.”
“I know. The technique requires some of the healer's energy to cure the patient. It used just the fat from my body. My proteins, carbohydrates, muscles—”
“Now, don't give me that crap. I told you only what I saw. And I’m saying that you look like a malnourished kid.”
“Ma, I said I'll be alright in a couple of hours. Why don't you make me some samosas so I can build some fat?” she said with a smile.
Her mother got up and stared at her. She turned angrily and went into the kitchen. She brought a glass of milk and bread. Apurva began to eat.
“Siddhant-ji had warned you against curing anyone in his absence. So, why did you do it?”
“Baby was in pain, and I had to help him,” she said. “It was only a hairline fracture.”
“But it nearly got you on a hospital bed with saline dripping through the tube and maybe an oxygen mask on your face.”
“It's not that serious, ma. Trust me.”
Geeta knelt before her. “Promise me you won't go about curing people all alone. That's all I'm asking of you.”
“Or else, I’ll complain to Siddhant-ji. He’s due in a day or two.”
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