A bit more than two weeks ago I had a scooter accident. I was driving faster than need be on Girivalam Road, and a boy turned his bike right in front of me. I had no time to turn or brake and just hit his bike, and my scooter went down.
The boy just rode his bike away. I knew I was hurt, laying on the ground next to the scooter. Fortunately Rajan, my rickshaw driver, helper and friend was just behind me carrying a friend from the USA, Jim. The sadhus, people and priests at the temple where the accident was helped lift me to a sitting position on a bench beside the road, and tried to give me a drink of water.
I knew that at minimum I had separated the right shoulder. I did so to the other one about ten years ago, so knew something of what was happening. Rajan got me home, then took me a few hours later to an orthopedic doctor (with an xray machine in his office). The xray confirmed no breaks. With such injuries about the most they do is to try to immobilize the shoulder, so they gave me a sling and some pain medication.
This was my first experience with this kind of medical care here. The doctor’s care cost Rs 60, the xray Rs 140. the sling and medications were about Rs 400.
All is healing fine. The biggest problems turned out to be deep bone bruises on my chest. Due to these I have not been able to sleep more than about three hours each night, in stretches of about an hour at the most. I have mostly had to sleep sitting up, since any position laying down brought much pain. The days were OK to get through. Each night so far has been different and difficult.
Last night though I had better sleep, and maybe 90 minutes of it was laying down in bed. So feeling much better today.
And today, finally at the new house, the BSNL phone people delivered the internet modem, so again we have good internet and wifi at the house. I had very poor connectivity here before, so had to go to town to post or do much.
What has been the best during the last two weeks or so is going up on the roof late in the day with friends, sitting with Arunachala, reading a bit of Ribhu (from The Song of Ribhu) and listening to recordings of Satsang of Nome. Sri Ganesan joined us for this.He loves Nome, and will stay at SAT for a while during his upcoming trip to the USA.
The teaching that Nome gives on Self-inquiry is the deepest and clearest I have heard. And since I have come to Tiruvannamalai I have made it a point to listen to other teachers. Certainly there are some wonderful teachers here, like Ganesan and Mooji. Inquiry, though, is primarily what Sri Ramana taught, and I really think that no one teaches this better than Nome.
The body is healing. Maybe now sleep will be OK. Soon I can again start walking to and around Arunachala again. And posting like I was.
And no more will I go fast on the scooter. Before I start driving again we will do another sadhu feeding. I know again just how much grace of Arunachala that is recieved, and a sadhu feeding is some small way to give back to Arunachala.