Once, a devotee consulted with a doctor about an infection that had resulted from a previous hand injury he had sustained. After examining the devotee, the doctor concluded that the only solution was to amputate one of the devotee’s fingers, and that he could come for the surgery after a couple days.
Before the devotee returned to the doctor to have his finger removed, he by chance visited Śrīla Yāyāvara Gosvāmī Mahārāja. After offering his praṇāmas to Śrīla Mahārāja, he mentioned to him that within a day or two he would have to have his finger cut off. Hearing this, Śrīla Yāyāvara Gosvāmī Mahārāja responded, “You must have done some vaiṣṇava-aprādha, and the result is the loss of your finger. Quickly go and beg for the forgiveness of whomever you have offended.”
The devotee became grave and admitted, “Yes. I committed an offense at the lotus feet of a pure devotee. But that devotee has left this world. What should I do?”
Śrīla Yāyāvara Gosvāmī Mahārāja told him, “Go to the place where his body was cremated and beg and cry for forgiveness.”
The devotee followed these instructions. When he went to the doctor’s office to have his finger amputated, the doctor did one last examination and became astonished and asked, “What kind of medicine have you taken? And from where have you found such a medicine.”
The devotee replied, “I haven’t taken any medicine. Is something wrong?”
The doctor said, “This is incredible. When I previously examined you, there was no other option but to cut off this finger. But now I can see there is no need for anything. Your hand will heal just fine by itself.”
— Śrīla Bhakti Vijñāna Bhāratī Gosvāmī Mahārāja