My profession is one of an author, a qualified social worker and healer. I have known Dr. Rajan Sankaran for the last five years as a patient, colleague, student and editor.
In 2013, I met Dr. Rajan Sankaran in India for the first time. I was very unwell, with depression, pains in my body and a kind of hopelessness about the way forward. I had been travelling in India when I reached the point where I felt that I could not go on. Dr. Sankaran offered me a consultation. It was nearly three hours long. I had been suffering from memories of severe childhood sexual abuse. I had many symptoms.
At that time Dr. Sankaran prescribed a homeopathic remedy and I came under his care in the ‘other song clinic’ for over four years in Mumbai. The clinic is remarkable, the quality of care is of a higher standard than I have seen anywhere in the world. The day does not end at 5.00 pm and care of patients goes on 24 hrs should the need arise. In the first two years, my nights were often filled with terror and panic. There was always Dr. Sankaran or his registrar, who would immediately respond to a crisis and there were many in those first two years. I wrote to him constantly over the first three years. He is a totally caring physician who goes way beyond the call of duty to meet the needs of his patients. He works tirelessly to secure the health of his patients but also to create training programmes and organisations around the world to teach students advanced knowledge of homeopathic principles and practice, so much so that the homeopathic community worldwide has strength and vibrancy because of his work.
Dr. Sankaran’s life is devoted to his patients, his practice, his teaching, his clinics and organisations. Because of his steadfast work with me, diagnosis and remedy selection I have now healed significantly. His care of me has been incredible, he has always gone the extra mile to help me and I have been part of his retreats, travelled with him to assist in other countries and edited his book Dog, Yogi, Banyan Tree.
He has made a huge contribution not only to his own country but globally, one of the major contributors to holistic and homeopathic medicine, finding remedies and healing for those who have been unable to find relief for their ill health in allopathic medicine.
Carolyn Shanti is an author and a healer. Her book about the sexual abuse of women and children, Trap, Prey, Lust is being published in London in February this year. The book is dedicated to Dr. Rajan Sankaran. His analysis of her case lies in the front of the book. The novel is based on her own story of sexual abuse as a child. She is a qualified social worker and holds a Master’s degree in Government Studies. She has held healing practices in New York and London.
Dr. Sankaran has a tireless, deeply held commitment to the betterment of the health and well being of human kind. The healing art of homeopathy has been the vehicle for his passion, which he has been practicing since 1980.
His life over the past 40+ years has been an ongoing journey of study, treating patients, teaching students, travelling, talking about, mentoring, presenting cases and discussing homeopathy at every single opportunity that presents itself.
He has been the initiator behind setting up and running many homeopathic organisations – starting with Homeopathic Research and Charities that he began in 1985 for the promotion of quality homeopathic education in India. This organisation continues today and has expanded to acquire a beautiful piece of property outside Mumbai, which is a perfect retreat location for homeopathic residential workshops.
With the spirit of wanting to learn and reach out to create a global homeopathic community, he began inviting international teachers and leaders of the homeopathic world to come and give seminars in India. George Vithoulkas was the first on his speakers list.
This was a huge success and from there he began setting up clinical training programmes for homeopaths all over the world.
All of this was growing while he had his own very busy, full time homeopathic practice, seeing patients all day long and meeting with colleagues to discuss and explore various aspects of homeopathic medicine in the evenings.
All his revelations have had their inception in his daily clinical experience where he applies his highly discerning, meticulous, creative mind to watching and considering each patient’s healing process.
He has brought new remedies into the homeopathic texts and through his meticulous research and dedication, has added to the understanding of many, many homeopathic medicines, from which thousands of homeopathic patients have received profound benefit.
A homeopathic practitioner in Vancouver, Canada for 30 years, she was co-founder of the NASH (North American Society for Homeopathy). She has taught at the Vancouver Academy for Homeopathy in Vancouver and the Northwestern Academy forHomeopathy in Minnesota for 20 years. She presents at many homeopathic conferences and seminars all over the world.
Dr. Rajan Sankaran is the generational leader of homeopathy worldwide. The evidence for this flat statement is seen in the worldwide sales of his textbooks (over 25 books, many translated into 20 different languages), his seminars scheduled in virtually every country of the world that practices homeopathy, in the success of his international school (The Other Song Academy) and in his organizing of international unifying conferences.
The field of homeopathy has three main pillars of study. These are traditionally named:
- Homeopathic philosophy (meaning the theoretic underpinnings of our work).
- Homeopathic Materia Medica (meaning knowledge of our medicines – or remedies as we call them).
- Homeopathic case analysis (including techniques of case taking, the tools of analysis such as the homeopathic repertories, and specific methods and rules of analysis which lead to the proper choice of these remedies).
Dr. Sankaran began to contribute new knowledge and ideas in all these areas of study. Many of these contributions were radical (though now largely accepted) at the time. These contributions were transformative and led to further research by many authors to clarify different aspects of his work. In short, Dr. Sankaran’s work and ideas led to a virtual explosion of research, entirely new journals, study groups and new organizations in the field of homeopathy.
Because of his vast patient experience (many thousands of cases) and his famously generous policy of consulting on difficult cases of others, Dr. Sankaran developed the most nuanced understanding of remedies of any homeopath. He is a recognised master of homeopathic remedies including an encyclopedic knowledge of the writings of past masters in this area.
Despite his achievements Dr. Sankaran is a remarkably humble and approachable person. It is not our goal to set him as a paragon. Rather he is a very human and yet generous soul. And this leads us to the final points we would like to make about Dr. Sankaran: his ability and willingness and conviction that he should act as a bridge to other leaders in our field.
Organising a series of international conferences, Dr. Sankaran brought thought leaders from many countries and many backgrounds together to foster unity among homeopaths. These conferences were attended by thousands directly and through video and written transcripts. Additionally, Dr. Sankaran has funded or contributed to homeopathic institutions throughout the world. He personally financed the computer analysis system (the company now named Synergy) to save it from bankruptcy. He has donated proceeds of his seminars to many homeopathic organisations. He regularly teaches and consults at charity hospitals in India.
In short, this is a person who has put his entire life energy into one field of medicine –body, heart and soul (and bank account). He is the generational leader of our field.
Roger Morrison & Nancy Herrick