Dr. Rajiv Sinha: Sharing My NDE – A Physician’s Perspective

Dr. Rajiv Sinha: Sharing My NDE – A Physician’s Perspective

Sep 01


Dr. Rajiv Sinha


Dr. Rajiv Sinha: Sharing My NDE – A Physician’s Perspective
By Dr. Rajiv Sinha
NHNE NDE Network
August 17, 2013

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As a physician who underwent an NDE while in medical school, it would seem logical that as one matures as a doctor, comes across disease and suffering of all types, one would share the NDE with patients to alleviate the uncertainty and fear surrounding death.

Unfortunately, this is rarely the case. Talking about death to a patient is seen as a tacit admission that the doctor has “given up”. That despite my intelligence, knowledge and experience I, the doctor, have conceded defeat to death, my primary enemy. My entire training as a western trained physician is primarily directed to “curing”, somewhat directed towards “prevention” and has nothing to do with comforting and supporting. I’m supposed to confront death aggressively using science and logic as my weapons and I am NOT to accept defeat no matter how severe the disease. Unfortunately, again, in the entire history of mankind no physician has ever won the battle against death. Provided relief with surgery and medication — yes. But defeating death, the logical consequence to life, never.

I wish to share a remarkable experience with a patient that occurred three days ago while it’s still fresh in my mind.

Suresh, my patient, first came to me about 15 years ago. He was brought to my clinic suffering with severe diabetes and hypertension, a huge non-healing diabetic ulcer on his right leg, alcoholism, depression, general debility and anemia. As I’m the only physician in about a 100 sq. kilometers radius, and as he had no wish to go to city for treatment, the onus of treating him fell squarely on my shoulders. And he recovered! The diabetes was brought under control, as was the hypertension. The ulcer healed. He gave up drinking alcohol. His health, over a period of about a year, gradually improved and he was able to rejoin society as a “normal” individual.

However, the multiple disease processes had weakened his heart and kidneys irreversibly and he remained under my treatment for about 13 years.

Three days ago I was due to leave for Goa, about 80 kms away, to attend to my patients there but recd a call from Suresh in the morning, delayed my departure by a couple of hours, treated his upper respiratory tract infection and left. Perhaps because I’d been reading and sharing experiences on the NHNE Network for a few weeks, perhaps because some instinct guided me, perhaps because he’d just cremated his elder brother a few days earlier, at the end of the consultation we started to talk about death. For the first time in my life I found myself sharing my NDE with a patient with absolutely no restraints. The amazement and wonder on his face when I spoke of the unconditional love I’d experienced staggered me and encouraged me to be even more open. We spoke of the physical sensations, the “spiritual” experiences, reincarnation, the Hindu concept of life after death, for almost an hour. I have to confess that at the end of the discussion I was in tears (a physician crying — definitely a no no!), as was he. Finally, we parted company with the reassurance that we’d meet after two days when I returned from Goa.

Twelve hours later I received a call from his daughter informing me that Suresh had passed away. Back in Amboli, our village, his family told me that Suresh had suffered a myocardial infarction (heart attack, in layman parlance) but had died with no pain, no anguish. A moment before he died he’d actually smiled, said clearly — “It’s time for me to go now, I’m leaving” — and passed on. They told me that he’d returned from the last medical consultation happier and mentally lighter than they’d seen him for a long time. That he’d spoken about our discussion and was amazed at how it appeared to correspond so perfectly with the traditional hindu view of life and death.

Three days after the incident I stand humbled. That the sharing of a personal experience, no matter how difficult, had actually assisted in easing another human being’s transition into another dimension. It’s a big step for me and I realize that the courage to do what I did came entirely from my very recent engagement with fellow NDEers on the NHNE network. I’ve derived inspiration from the experiences of all those who’ve shared on the network, validated my personal approach as a physician towards life, death and suffering. Rejoiced in the fact that even with just one patient like Suresh I’ve been able to help someone not only in this life but perhaps also in the next makes my entire existence worthwhile.

And the lesson that I’d most like to share with all of my fellow NDErs is that we must never be scared to share, on a one-to-one basis, something as personal as an NDE with someone who appears to be in need. Forget the cynics and the doubting Thomases. Disregard the disparaging comments of those who’ve never had the luck to undergo an NDE. Believe in the experience. Believe in yourself and the connection you’ve developed with existence.

With love and Namo Narayan to all of you out there.

— Dr. Rajiv Sinha



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  1. Jan O'Kelley

    Thank you, doctor, for your sharing this experience with us.

    • Dr R Sinha

      Thank you, Jan. Trust it was useful – whether you’re a person who’s had an NDE or not.
      Regards and Namo Narayan,

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