Charity, a Good Karma
In an experiment, pranic healing seems to have cured 88% of cancerous cells. In a repeat study, the cells got cured to the extent of 96%. The karma theory was scientifically proven, for the first time
Tim Cook, Apple Inc’s chief executive, has joined the list of rich and powerful giving away all their wealth for charity. The 55-year-old is estimated to have a net worth of $780 million, all of which he has donated to charity, after keeping just about enough for his 19-year-old nephew’s education. Mr Cook said: “You want to be the pebble in the pond that creates the ripple for change.” He joins celebrities like Alfred Nobel, Nelson Rockefeller Sr, Warren Buffett, Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg (of Facebook) and (Oracle Corp’s) Larry Ellison.
If one goes through the history of all these people, except Warren Buffett and Tim Cook, they have all had a change of heart after facing some setback in their health. Does it mean that charity helps you regain your health? Giving provides you that sense of well-being and self-worth that boosts the immune system. There is an old saying in my language, Kannada, which philosophises giving as very healthy and beneficial to self: Kottaddu thanage, bachittaddu pararige (what you give away is yours and what you store at home will go to others).
People, like Mr Cook, are role models for many of our rich, to donate for the society’s good. Has there been any scientific study done on the role played by charity as a good karma? A good friend, the late Prof Joie Jones, a top cancer specialist and chief of cancer radiology at the University of California in Irvine, did exactly that. Prof Jones was also qualified in physics.
Prof Jones had cancer himself but did not want conventional treatment. Instead, he was successfully treated by Indian-American pranic healers. He was very keen to see if pranic healing does really help defeat cancers in the laboratory. Prof Jones’s lab, at that time, was the best in the United States for cancer research. However, the pranic healers wanted the lab to be first spiritually cleaned which took a couple of days. All these were anathema to conventional science.
Pranic healing is an energy healing method used from time immemorial with success. Prof Jones had hela cells used for cancer research in humans as the base for his study. He irradiated those cells with gamma rays which converts them into cancer cells. Each sample was repeated five times to ensure that errors did not creep in. He took care to cover the cancer cells inside a Faraday cage which, physicists know, does not allow any of the known energies—nuclear, gravitational and electromagnetic—to pass through. To ensure accuracy, he put a thick lead cover over the cells. No known energy could thus enter the cells.


To his surprise, pranic healing seems to have cured 88% of the cells. This was a great breakthrough and a remarkable result for any reductionist study. Prof Jones wanted better results as he hypothesised that holistic healing techniques must be perfected. Though born an American of Caucasian descent, he knew Indian scriptures well and believed in the karma theory. The National Institute of Health (NIH) funded the study and had sent two observers. Prof Jones asked each of them to donate $100 of their own tax-paid money to any charity and then to pray that the good karma of their charity should go to the cancer cells in the study. The study was then repeated. Lo and behold! The cells got cured to the extent of 96%. The karma theory was, for the first time, scientifically proven, Prof Jones felt.
Alfred Nobel, Nelson Rockefeller Sr and Bill Gates were cured of severe depression after their charity efforts. The Ishopanishad urges people to live by giving. Thena thyakthena bhunjithaha (rejoice in giving). 
May Tim Cook’s tribe increase by leaps and bounds for the good of humankind!
(Professor Dr BM Hegde, a Padma Bhushan awardee in 2010, is an MD, PhD, FRCP (London, Edinburgh, Glasgow & Dublin), FACC and FAMS.)
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