"Baba, You must not move. This is a very delicate operation. The slightest movement of Your head could result in my hitting the wrong nerve."
"I will sit very still. I won't move."
"But I have to inject the needle to just the right depth and then release one drop of alcohol. How will I know if I have found the right spot, how will I know whether the pain has subsided? You don't even speak."
"I'll raise my finger."
"How?" Ginde demanded, and Baba gestured, "I'll do this," and showed him how He would raise His finger without moving His head at all.
"But will you be able to bear the pain without moving at all?"
"I will bear it."
"Your head mustn't shake at all."
"I won't shake."
And Baba indicated this with such calm authority that Dr. Ginde believed it and eventually was persuaded that he could do the operation here.
He went and had breakfast ... while Dr. Goher supervised the cleaning of Baba's room.... When it was ready Dr. Ginde came back inside and began taking the most precise measurements of Baba's head and forehead. He spent a long time with calipers measuring from every angle.
Finally he was ready, and he inserted a large needle into Baba's head, here at the temple. You could hear the needle as it pierced Baba's skull — you may call it a long, thin nail, not even a needle. As I recall, there was another needle inside this, with a drop of absolute alcohol. Dr. Ginde inserted this into the hole made by the large needle.
"The instant you feel relief, raise Your finger," Dr. Ginde instructed Baba. Baba sat absolutely motionless. And when Dr. Ginde found the right spot and released the alcohol, without moving at all, Baba just raised His finger, like this.
Dr. Ginde withdrew the needle and then applied a dressing to the temple. Baba was very happy because the pain was completely gone, and Dr. Ginde was also very happy and very proud because, really speaking, the operation should not have been done like that and it required great skill on Dr. Ginde's part to be able to do it.
Ginde asked Baba to walk. He wanted to see if Baba's balance had been affected, but I still remember the sight because Baba took Ginde's hand, and the two of them, hand in hand strolled up and down the room....
But as usual, Ginde was in a hurry, so he wanted to leave right away now that the operation was over. And only a minute or two after, the car drove off. It was just at the end of the driveway, or the top of the hill, you may say, when the pain returned. Baba told us immediately to call Adi on the phone in Ahmednagar and tell him to stop Dr. Ginde's car and tell Dr. Ginde the news that the pain had returned. So we did...
"What is it?" Ginde asked.
"I just received a phone call," Adi said, "that the pain has returned. What should we do now?" Ginde replied, "Tell Baba that I am very happy to hear that the pain has returned."
And this was how Dr. Ginde was caught. It seems as if Baba suffered this excruciating neuralgic pain only to have the excuse to call Dr. Ginde to Him. And after the contact was made, which was the important thing, the pain came back and Baba's face was not affected. And Baba stopped complaining about the pain as well.
THAT'S HOW IT WAS, p. 46-47
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