Vaikunthanath Das Kaviraj 31st October 1946 – 2nd March 2013
With great sadness I report the passing of Vaikunthanath Das Kaviraj, born Ben Rozendal, who many of you knew as the Plant Doctor. He died on March 2nd in Northern France.
A Dutch Homeopath, Kaviraj was an extraordinary healer and researcher, who did pioneering work in the development of agrohomeopathy, developing it to a high art. His knowledge of that field was unmatched. He was one of the most generous hearts I’ve ever encountered. His was a life dedicated to service and he spared nothing to help others. It was common for him to traverse continents to visit patients who couldn’t travel to him. Lately he had gone to India where he was teaching sustainable agriculture to poor farmers. He understood the delicate interactions of plant, animal, insect and microscopic life.
Kaviraj was a passionate person who spoke frankly and did not suffer fools or injustice gladly. He was ardent about stopping GMO crops from ruining agriculture and harming life on the planet. He saw it as criminal, an illegal experiment, conducted without the consent of the subjects.
During the 1960′s Kaviraj co-founded the Magic Bus company, offering rides to India by minivan. He experimented with psychedelics and kept company with Alan Ginsberg, Bob Dylan and Ken Kesey. He ran organic farms in France and Belgium, studied with an herbal witch and astrologer and travelled the world to study plants. While in India he became ill and was cured by homeopathy. The desire to understand what had cured him lead to an apprenticeship in the 1970′s followed by 10 years running Dr. Chatterjee’s rural clinic. He wrote textbooks on various aspects of homeopathy as well as the fictional Boon Files (in the style of homeopathic detective stories.). In 1982 he was initiated into the Bhakti and Shamanic healing traditions.
In 1986 Kaviraj successfully treated apple trees with Belladonna and subsequently moved to Australia where he did large scale experiments with remedies for sick plants. This led to his pioneering book Homeopathy for Farm and Garden. He was a unique and powerful spirit who lived with purpose every day, spending a lifetime working to relieve suffering and preserve life.
I find it difficult to imagine him gone. He still lives in the minds of those he taught, and the hearts of everyone who knew him. Good bye dear friend.
(You can read an interview Kaviraj gave to Hpathy in Dec. 2008)
The Hpathy International Short Story Contest – Deadline Extended
We received very many excellent stories that require much time to study. For this reason, and because many of you have busy practices – and writing is so time consuming, we are extending the deadline for submissions to May 30, 2013. Thank you for all the hard work and passion that went into writing these lovely stories.
In this issue:
Our interview this month is with Hermann Keppler, founder and principal of the College of Naturopathic Medicine. A homeopath for many years, he studied other healing methods and eventually opened the college, which now has schools in the UK and Ireland.
Bill Grannell talks about A Promise of Health, which provides homeopathic healthcare to Mexico’s rural villages. He discusses the work of Dr. Soledad Ramírez Medina in reaching so many of the poor.
Meryl Dorey shares the ongoing story of Australian homeopath Fran Sheffield, whose cases and articles have appeared on Hpathy’s pages. She faces a day in court for publishing the truth about homeopathy and vaccines.
Our wonderful Elaine Lewis has done it again, she’s written Elaine’s Tidbits, an article full of practical, down to earth advice and tips which you won’t want to miss.
Iman Navab and Mark Moodie who were both close friends of V.D. Kaviraj have written remembrances of him. Mark has also agreed to take on Kaviraj’s Plant Doctor Column. He wants us to understand that he cannot replace Kaviraj, but will run the column with his own skills and style. We offer him all our support.
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