The boundless sea of life is full of mysteries, and its seasons are ever-changing. A person might be enjoying the calmness of low tides totally unaware that the despair of high tides is waiting just around the corner. This senior database architect from Philadelphia is one such person who suddenly experienced serious health issues; the doctors told him he might permanently lose his eyesight. Fortunately, in the midst of the highest tide of his life, he discovered the spiritual practice of Falun Dafa and thus found a beautiful shore to a healthy living.

Santhosh Krishnamurthy at his desk. (Image courtesy of Santhosh)

Santhosh Krishnamurthy, who hails from the southern city of India, Chennai, was blessed with just a perfect life. Working with Mahindra Satyam, one of India’s software giants, he travelled extensively to different parts of the world. Eventually, in 2005, Santhosh arrived at Philadelphia, United States, and started working as a software developer. In an interview with NTD India, this techie shared how Falun Dafa filled his life with health, happiness and success.

“Given my technical and scientific background, it might sound odd to many when I call myself a spiritual person,” said Santhosh. “Believe it or not, but Falun Dafa meditation has uplifted me personally, professionally and spiritually. It has given me a new set of eyes and thoughts that help me see the world with truthfulness, compassion and tolerance.”

Santhosh with his family. (Image courtesy of Santhosh)

“Initially when I came to the U.S., I went through different phases in my life. I started noticing my health had deteriorated, but these were common symptoms just like any other software developer would face,” he recalled.

Santhosh shared that he addressed his health issues by starting a strict fitness regime and eating healthy. He said, “By 2013, my exercise regime went up the notch, I was at my peak fitness level. I had become like how I was in my 20’s. I was really healthy—and there were just no issues.”

But he said that in the year 2014 things suddenly took an unexpected turn. “I suddenly got some pain in my eye and it turned really red. I thought I would just get it checked,” he said.

To his utter disbelief, the doctors found he was suffering from severe iritis, an inflammation of the eye, and put him on steroids. He said, “I just couldn’t accept it, as I had put in so much effort on eating right and working out, and still ended up like this—I was really clueless. I also went into a deep disappointment and frustration, as I did not know what else I would have to do.”

However, he shared that he slowly pulled himself together and tried to go back to a normal life style; he decided to stop taking the steroids. But just a few weeks later, the inflammation manifested again, and this time it was much worse.

Santhosh with his two daughters. (Image courtesy of Santhosh)

He said: “I went into a state where I could not really see with one eye properly. The doctors had a look and said it had become a lot more aggressive. They put me on a higher dose of steroids again. They also stated that if I don’t take care, I might land up having permanent blindness. I thought after a few weeks I would be able to put all this behind me and get back to life as usual. But just then, I started suffering from severe pain in my joints.”

“I wasn’t able to lift the weights in the gym nor could I carry my one-year-old daughter. I also started to get a small tumour like a bulge in my left wrist. By this time I knew there was something really wrong with my body,” he added.

By early 2015, with just no hope left, Santhosh decided to seek the answers to his life’s misery through spirituality. He shared, “I just did not have any hope in other ways, so I started researching to find the purpose of life.”

“Surprisingly, the hope that would lead me to a bright future suddenly knocked on my door in the form of my colleague. Actually he was going through some health issues too, but he had started practicing a spiritual system called Falun Dafa. Curious to know more, I went on to ask him about it.”

Santhosh practicing the fifth exercise of Falun Dafa. (Image courtesy of Santhosh)

He recalled that his colleague then sent him the link to the book Zhuan Falun, the main book of Falun Dafa meditation system. By the weekend, he started to read the book.

He said, “I remember it vividly when I read the first page of Zhuan Falun—my whole body felt a strong current. It was really unbelievable. I couldn’t stop reading it. I was just so glued to the book. The connection was made to my soul—I was shaken and awakened.”

But, it wasn’t just limited to that he said. “The practice has five beautiful exercises. As soon as I started to do the exercises, the pain in my left wrist just disappeared. The iritis too went away and never came back. It’s a miracle.”

Santhosh practicing the second exercise of Falun Dafa. (Image courtesy of Santhosh)

Falun Dafa (also known as Falun Gong) is an ancient meditation system that was introduced in China in 1992 and grew immensely popular world over due to its profound health benefits. It is estimated that by the late 1990s more than 70-100 million people were doing Falun Dafa’s peaceful meditative exercises in China alone. However, Santhosh shared that this peaceful meditation practice is under a brutal suppression in China.

He said: “On July 20, 1999, the former leader of the Chinese Communist Party, Jiang Zemin, announced a campaign of persecution against Falun Dafa, killing many innocent practitioners for their faith in the moral values of truthfulness, compassion and tolerance.”

“When I first heard about the persecution I really couldn’t understand. I felt in my heart that this is so unjust. I decided that I have to do something to let everyone know that this persecution is going on. Many people are still unaware of this atrocious crime that Chinese regime is committing. We need to expose it, and this way we can hope that the persecution would soon stop.”


Determined Santhosh has been constantly making efforts to let more people know about what’s happening in China. “I go to a famous tourist spot in Philadelphia, called Liberty Bell, and let people know about the persecution and show them how they can support by helping get the word out.”


While talking about his professional life, Santhosh shared how he used to feel superior about his job and expected others to be more goal-oriented. But soon after he started the practice he made an effort to incorporate the core principles of Falun Dafa—Truthfulness, Compassion and Tolerance—in his daily life. He said, “My co-workers noticed a big change in me. They could sense I was more accommodative. I had also become very calm and started listening to them more.”

He shared that Falun Dafa’s teachings helped him in his personal life as well. “I eventually started to be more considerate about my wife. I started helping in household chores by doing the dishes and cooking too,” he said.

“I cannot stress enough about the positive effects that true kindness can bring about. Practicing compassion has changed the environment around me. Now, I find everything is in harmony because my own inner world is in harmony—I truly have found the real meaning of existence. The moral principles of Falun Dafa are the greatest thing I have obtained, and it’s something I’ll cherish forever,” he added.

Falun Dafa (also known as Falun Gong) is a self-improvement meditation system based on the universal principles of Truthfulness, Compassion and Tolerance. It was introduced to the public by Mr. Li Hongzhi in 1992 in China. Although it’s currently practiced by over 100 million people in 114 countries, this peaceful meditation system has been subject to brutal persecution in China since 1999. For more info, please visit: and

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