Dr. Rajiv Parti was the chief of anesthesiology at Bakersfield Heart Hospital in Bakersfield, California when his life was turned upside down by an illness that led to seven surgeries. The final surgery led to a profound near death experience that changed his life. Here he tells his story to author Paul Perry…
Dr. Raj’s near death experience took place Christmas Day, 2010, two years after surgery that successfully eliminated cancer from his body. A follow up surgery led to an abdominal infection that required several more surgeries, leading Dr. Raj to become addicted to pain pills and anti-depressants. Still the infection got worse. Rushed 100 miles to UCLA hospital with a 105-degree temperature and an infection that had spread to his blood, Dr. Raj feared this may be his last night on earth.
Dr. Raj checked-in to UCLA hospital where his doctor tried to fight the blood infection with powerful antibiotics. Deeply concerned by the infection’s lack of response, surgery was ordered for the next day, a Christmas present that amounted to a lengthy abdominal operation and a near-death experience that changed his life.
Surgery and NDE
Twenty minutes after surgery started, Dr. Raj found himself floating near the ceiling of the operating theatre. With all of his senses intact, Dr. Raj watched as the surgeons cleaned infection from his abdomen. He even heard the anesthesiologist tell a dirty joke that he repeated back to him later. Dr. Raj’s consciousness had left his body.
Hell and Dad
Humor turned to horror as Dr. Raj went to a pitch dark realm, infused with the smell of burning meat and raucous with the sounds of crying souls. Hell! Dr. Raj had gone to Hell for neglecting the emotional needs of his patients and family. On the brink of Hell, Dr. Raj cried for help, and an unlikely soul appeared, his father.
Dr. Raj’s father appeared, looking younger than when he died 20 years earlier – and wiser.
Past Lives, Review
His father led Dr. Raj away from Hell, through a tunnel and then he disappeared. Alone on the other side, Dr. Raj witnessed two past lives, each of which provided understanding into problems he had now, his addiction and his sense of entitlement. With these revelations behind him, Dr. Raj wanted an opportunity to change his ways.
Other Side of the Tunnel
He moved through another tunnel and was greeted by his guardian angels who imparted divine knowledge. After promising they would always be with him, the angels directed Dr. Raj to a Light Being brighter than a thousand suns. Before the Light Being, Dr. Raj was given a new direction in life, to help people battle the diseases of the soul – the same ones he had himself!
Dr. Raj was transformed by the light. He resigned his job as chief anesthesiologist and began practicing for his new purpose in life. “I had felt the power of the source, my own heart calling me. The divine Light Being’s instructions were very vivid in my mind. I needed to follow my Dharma and help people with diseases of the soul.