I am writing an editorial after a long time and in this editorial I would like to share with you a very special story… a story with a very filmy plot.
A few years ago (sometime in 2008) I received an unexpected parcel from Mumbai. I opened it and found a few copies of a journal, Homeopathy First, with a letter. I would like to share that letter with you.
“Dear Dr. Manish Bhatia,
I am an ardent student of Hahnemannian teachings and principles and have been studying it since the last 55 years. Though I am not educated formally in homeopathy, i.e. I do not practice, but as it is very close to my heart I find myself reading on the net, reading journals and seminars and that is how I came to know about you through your website.
I have seen a lot happening in the homeopathic field in Bombay (now called Mumbai) and feel very sad about the affairs and the path that new age practitioners are taking. It fills me with sadness as to where the modern homeopaths are leading themselves to! At my ripe old age I have seen a lot, i.e. what some of the internationally famous Bombay homeopaths are doing as regards the terrible discrepancies in what they teach and what they practice.
I subscribe to many journals, Indian and International, but their content nowadays seems to be contrary to the teachings of the Founder. Homeopathic Links and IJHM are a few of them and I feel instead of circulating such speculative material, they should suspend the publication. Contrary to this I have come across a small newsletter, or rather I have collected the past publications of this newsletter, which is called ‘Homeopathy First’. I have gone through them and found them very true to the spirit of the founder of homeopathy, Dr. Hahnemann. I tried to find out about the doctors and came to understand that they are very hard working and dedicated … dedicated to the extent of dedicating their lives to homeopathy! But they do not advertise much, nor do they present themselves in the pompous manner in which so called world renowned Bombay homeopaths conduct themselves. They are quiet and gentle and allow their results to speak, more than anything else. It will be very improbable that you might even meet them … so this letter. If I succeed in getting you close to each other, I will consider destiny has been kind to my vision. By the way do you know them?
I have also followed David Little and Andre Saine for quite a few years now and I am also sending them a copy of these newsletters. I see the love for Dr. Hahnemann in David Little, Andre Saine and Dr. Prasad and Dr. Falguni’s writings.
Recently I read your latest write-up on the net in Hpathy.com and felt I must share with you too the copies of Homeopathy First. I pray to God that someday you meet them. I may not last that long but if I had been a cause to this meeting, I will be happy in my soul.
I wish you all well. Hope that Hahnemannian homeopathy survives, and survive it will with able custodians like David Little, Andre Saine, Dr. Prasad and Dr. Falguni. Do get in touch with them. It is a rarity to find such gems, especially in your own back courtyard, when one is searching all over the world.
I would like to remain anonymous and that is the reason why I have printed Dr. Prasad and Dr. Falguni’s address on the postal envelope. Please forgive me for this misadventure, but my intentions are pure as is pure Hahnemannian homeopathy!
An admirer of Hahnemanian homeopathy waiting to be a Hahnemannian homeopath … May be in my next birth!” —–
I was struck by the passion in those words. Such commitment to homeopathy and love for labour…that is hard to find even amongst professional homeopaths. I had no idea who this person was, which article of mine he had read, and why he chose me to send that letter. But the letter had made me very curious. I knew about Dr. Prasad and Dr. Falguni through their articles on Organon in Homeopathy Links, but my knowledge about them ended there.
I opened the first copy of Homeopathy First and suddenly found myself glued to it. I could not put it down and ended up reading all the copies I had received…cover to cover! But now I was not satisfied. I was hungry for more. I immediately wrote to Dr. Prasad and Dr. Falguni and briefly mentioned about that letter and requested from them any more copies of Homeopathy First they had. I soon received another bundle of their newsletters and devoured them hungrily too. The content was excellent and the cases were amazing. As I was reading those newsletters, I realized that, here are two homeopaths who are as crazy about Organon as I am. But with a difference: They knew how to live Organon in practice much better than me. I felt an urge to meet them and learn from them.
A series of emails and Facebook exchanges followed and it resulted in greater awareness about each other’s work. Soon I got an invitation to join their course at Mumbai. I could not join the course this year due to prior commitments and we are yet to meet in person. But our hearts have met and a friendly bond has been built. The love for Homeopathy, Organon and Hahnemann has brought us closer.
I do not know who the anonymous person who sent me that letter was, but I would like to thank him for doing what he did. His efforts have succeeded!
In this issue of Homeopathy for Everyone, I am very happy to share with you the life and work of Dr. Prasad Sheyte and Dr. Falguni Khariwala. Read the interview first, as most of the articles and cases in this issue are referred to from there in a specific order. There is a lot of other interesting content, just as in every month. Do share your feedback with us at [email protected] or by posting your comments at the end of the articles.
Yours in Homeopathy,
Dr. Manish Bhatia
Editor, Homeopathy for Everyone