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Swami Rama - 07 The Swami produces cysts and tumours on demand



Type of Spiritual Experience


A description of the experience

Beyond Biofeedback – Drs Elmer and Alyce Green

We did not get to arrange a proper demonstration of item (3.a), "creating artificial tumors," which had been scheduled near the end of the series. I can report informally, however, what the Swami did in this regard.

One day Swami and I began discussing tumors. I explained our research with blood-flow control and mentioned my idea that, because the vascular "tree" in tumors includes smooth muscles in blood vessel walls-which are presumably controlled from a hypothalamic center-it seemed reasonable to hypothesize that tumors could be volitionally starved through blood-flow control and reabsorbed by the body.

"Oh yes," Swami Rama said, "all of the soft tissues of the body are easy to manipulate."

I asked what he meant. He jumped up and said, "Press on this muscle with your thumb." It was a large volume of muscle in the right buttock, the gluteus maximus, just behind the hip bone. He said, "Do you feel any lumps in there?" I said, "No." Then he said, "Wait just a second," and he turned his face to the left, away from me for three or four seconds. Then he said, "Feel it again.

"I pressed the muscle again and discovered a lump about the size of a bird's egg in the muscle. I said, "What is that, a tense muscle, a charley horse?"

The Swami said, "No, it's a cyst." I asked, "What's in it?" He said, “I don't know." "Would you be willing to have it X-rayed?" After a pause, he said, "I don't know. My teacher said that it was possible for X-rays to make changes in cells that I might not be able to control." I said, "How about a biopsy?" He replied, "Maybe."

Then he said, "Feel it again." I pressed the muscle again and the lump was gone. I said, "It's gone." He replied, "Just a second. I will make another one." He looked to the left side again for three or four seconds, then said, "There's another one." I pressed again with my thumb and found another lump, but in a different place-up against the hipbone. It was vertically longer and also narrower, and as I pressed it against the bone it slipped this way and that, as might be expected of a-cyst. It was unfortunate that this demonstration was not done in the laboratory, where medical doctors would have been available to give their opinions. To me, it seemed to be a striking example of mind-body coordination.

I asked the Swami if he could produce such a cyst in an area that would be easier to observe. Yes, he said, when he was in Germany he had produced a cyst several times on his wrist for physicians. He showed me a small scar. He had given permission for them to excise one of the cysts, which they still had in Germany in a bottle. I asked what the doctors said to him when he manufactured cysts suddenly like that. “They said, 'Swami, you are a very unusual man!' "The Swami continued with a disgusted expression, "I was trying to tell them something and all they said was, 'Swami, you are a very unusual man.' They did not think about what it meant."


The source of the experience

Swāmī Rāma

Concepts, symbols and science items


Activities and commonsteps





Contemplation and detachment
Controlled breathing