Dr. M.R. Krishnamurthi Iyer was the first doctor of the Ashram dispensary, which was started in 1929.
In the later 1930s, continuous hiccups gripped Sri Bhagavan. I was treating him. Days passed and I had tried all the medicines known to the profession; all in vain. I got thoroughly upset. I spoke no words to Him, but standing in His presence, I prayed mentally that He should show me a way to cure Him.
I returned home grief-stricken and cried and cried like a child till I fell asleep. In the early hours of the morning, Sri Bhagavan appeared in my dream and asked, “Why are you crying?” I replied sobbing, “Bhagavan, you know why. I don’t know how to save you from hiccups. What am I to do?” Sri Bhagavan consoled me saying, “Don’t cry. In the courtyard of your house there is a plant of Seenhikodi. Pluck some leaves from it, fTy them in ghee and then pound them along with dried ginger and jaggery, make balls of it and bring them to me. Don’t worry!“
I woke up delighted. My wife and I went out with a hurricane lamp and searched for the herb in the courtyard. Except for a small strip, the courtyard was plastered in cement. In the small strip many bushes had grown. There among them, we did find the herb; prepared the medicine and almost ran to the Ashram. As we entered the hall very early in the morning, we found Sri Bhagavan on His couch. With a smiling face, He greeted us and extended His hand with these words: “Give me what you have brought!” He swallowed a part of the medicine.When I spoke to Him about the dream He looked innocent as if He knew nothing about it! Needless to say, the hiccups stopped as expected and He was restored to normal health. [See no.135, p.315 for the wife’s reminiscences.]