The Soul of Remedies book review by Vatsala Sperling - Hpathy.com
This book includes the connections that Dr Sankaran makes between basic delusion, source, miasm and symptoms.
In order that I may do justice to the book 3 by Dr Rajan Sankaran, The Soul of Remedies, and review it for what it stands for, what its strengths and weaknesses are, I am inclined to pick up a simple and timeless book most homeopaths know about – the ninth edition of Materia Medica with repertory, by William Boericke.
It was first published in 1901. I pick a random rubric from page 561: PROPENSITY to pray, beseech, entreat. The remedies listed are Aurum metallicum, Pulsatilla, Stramonium, Veratrum album. In the materia medica part, Boericke gives symptoms from head to sleep, concluding with modalities and remedy relationship.
Aurum mind symptoms include self-condemnation, worthlessness, profound despondency, disgust of life, thoughts of suicide, great fear of death, peevishness and vehemence at least contradiction, anthropophobia, mental derangement, constant questioning without waiting for reply, cannot do things fast enough, over-sensitiveness to noise, excitement, confusion.
On reading these symptoms, we get an idea as if the person is in a very dark place in his life. But is it true that every time we see an Aurum metallicum case, the person is going to be in the very dark place? This is where Dr. Sankaran’s sketch of the soul of Aurum metallicum is different from how and what we read about Aurum metallicum in our classic materia medicas…… Read More
The Substance of Homeopathy book review by Vatsala Sperling - Hpathy.com
The Substance of Homeopathy is the second book by Dr. Rajan Sankaran and I am delighted to be reviewing it here. After publishing his first book, The Spirit of Homeopathy, Dr. Sankaran dug deep in to the realm of miasms and the link between drug source and its symptomatology. The outcome of these adventures is presented in The Substance of Homeopathy.
In book 1, the Spirit of Homeopathy, Dr Sankaran presented the idea that disease is a delusion, and it could be resolved and cured brilliantly using homeopathic remedies. So, he set out to understand the remedies that form the “substance” of Homeopathy.
He also tried to classify the disease state (or the state of delusion) as reaction to how reality is perceived, used the word “miasm” to describe these reactions and expanded and added new miasms – acute, ringworm, malarial, typhoid, leprous, cancer and tubercular – to the three original miasms, psora, sycosis and syphilis, as described by Samuel Hahnemann. This expansion helped him understand the new and emerging diseases in the contemporary world.
In his attempt at classification of diseases, Dr. Sankaran ponders the four basic miasms – acute, psora, sycosis and syphilis, connects them to four stages of life and personality types, and concludes that the state of mother and father at the time of conception is inherited as miasm… Read More
The Spirit of Homoeopathy book review by Vatsala Sperling - Hpathy.com
In a foreword to this very first edition, published in 1991, Dr. Sankaran writes, “…the aim of the teacher is only to stimulate the teacher within each of us. If this book stimulates you to observe and think, it would have more than fulfilled its purpose.”
At this point of writing this book, Dr. Sankaran had just completed a decade of practice and it is easy to imagine that by now he would have spent countless hours puzzling over the art and science of homeopathy.
To bring all readers (homeopaths as well as non-homeopaths) into one starting point, Dr. Sankaran uses part I of this book to offer a quick introduction about homeopathy and its basic principles, and clarifies that homeopathy is a tool that empowers us to connect with the healer residing within each one of us and it also enables us to treat each person as a whole, complete individual whose body, mind and spirit work together in unison, instead of each working alone and fighting with the other for dominance.
Quite likely, Hahnemann had tuned into the ancient healing modalities for creating the foundational philosophy of homeopathy, ‘like cures like’ and for considering mind and body as a psycho-somatic unity driven by the vital force.
As a preliminary hint of what would eventually become a common concept for homeopaths across the world, Dr. Sankaran coins the concepts of kingdoms as he describes the grouping of homeopathic remedies and their source: animal kingdom, plant kingdom, mineral kingdom, disease products nosodes, healthy tissues / secretions sarcodes, and imponderables.
In reading about a recounting of his years at the homeopathy medical school and the early years of his practice, we can see that he was facing a conundrum that we all face at one point or the other: too many styles, routes, techniques and tricks for using the basic tools of our trade – materia medica and the repertories. …Read More
From Shadow to Light book review by Dr. Carlos Eduardo Leitão - Brazil
Review by Dr. Carlos Eduardo Leitão – Homeopathic Physician – Brazil
My first contact with Dr. Rajan Sankaran happened through the book “The Sensation in Homeopathy” in 2006. At the time I was celebrating my first decade as an homeopathic doctor and the book meant a revolution in my life and in my professional practice. Dr. Sankaran launched new and luminous concepts on a science of more than 200 years, which was believed to be already consolidated and complete. I had the pleasure of eagerly read 16 other books of his authorship and in the last fifteen years, travel three times to India and become a dedicated disciple of this distinguished Indian master, who is now recognized as one of the greatest homeopathic physicians in history and one of its most prolific writers. Thus, being invited to write the foreword to the Portuguese edition of this masterpiece is an honor and a gift to me.
The Sensation Method, the seven levels of experience, the understanding of the kingdoms from which remedies is originated, among other great contributions by Rajan Sankaran, are now common themes in homeopathy classes all over the world. Recently, he again surprised us by bringing a process developed by him into the clinic, transforming it into a great collective healing movement of individual patterns. The WISE process has started to be applied to groups from all the world who attend The Other Song Academy, Sankaran’s school of Advanced Homeopathy in Mumbai, later being presented at Seminars around the world and finally, due to the recent COVID-19 pandemic, became an online, live course, which was attended more than a thousand participants in Europe and South America. In this 8-sessions process, the experiences create a community environment of deep connection, collaboration and empathy, which lead participants to even deeper layers of unconscious patterns that are integrated and re-signified. The dynamics in pairs allow us to live the experience of being an observer and observed, of openness and help, a human being in touch with another human being, in a posture of acceptance, open mind (non-judgment), humility and deep respect. This process was evaluated by all participants as a reason for profound changes in personal life and relationships.
“From Shadow to Light” was born from these beautiful therapeutic experiences of self-discovery. It is a work that launches a milestone because it brings concepts that are absolutely unprecedented both in homeopathy and in the various known psychological therapies, creating a new line of treatment based on speech and awareness.
In this book, Dr. Sankaran generously teaches us all the details of this process that he has been developing for the past 30 years, showing practical examples of how to apply it in homeopathic consultation to lead to a more accurate and much more confident prescription. It is a solid guide through the intricacies of a technique whose aim is to unveil the dissonant pattern, a kind of other song that resonates inside us and that keeps us victims and executioners in our own inner drama. As we become aware of this pattern, we experience a freedom and lightness like never before. I suggest readers to dive into it carefully and to apply this knowledge in their patients or in themselves to watch its quick and consistent results.
Carl Gustav Jung said: “Until you become conscious, the unconscious will direct your life and you will call it destiny”. We live in the “Age of Consciousness”. It came to medicine with Freud, expanded through many thinkers and now it is transformed by Sankaran.
– Dr. Carlos Eduardo Leitão – Homeopathic Physician – Brazil
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