Dear friends, today we have with us in our Hot-Seat – Dr. Surmeet Singh Mavi – one of the leading proponents of Predictive Homeopathy. A well known homeopath from Jalandhar, Punjab, INDIA, he has dedicated his life for Promoting Hahnemannian Homeopathy by teaching doctors and students in the way shown by Dr. Hahnemann. He met Dr. Prafull Vijayakar in 1998 and joined his school of Predictive Homeopathy. Since then he is teaching Homeopathy as per Dr. Prafull Vijayakar’s ideology.
MB: Dr. Mavi, welcome to the Hpathy Hot Seat! You are the first individual from the school of Predictive Homeopathy in our hot-seat and I look forward to an interesting discussion about Predictive Homeopathy with you.
Tell us something about your early days in homeopathy. What made you a homeopath and what kind of education did you receive as a homeopathic student?
SM: I joined Homeopathic Medical College, Chandigarh in 1976 and remained attached with Dr. J.B.D Castro till 1982. Initially I was not interested in Homeopathy, but my elder sister was a disciple of Dr. Castro and she forced me to join Homeopathy. This system of medicine was not having much reputation at that time. I was somewhat disappointed by the decision of my family. But after I regularly attended Dr. Castro’s clinic, I was influenced by the amazing results brought out by the small sweet pills.
MB: You apprenticed with the renowned Dr. JBD Castro for a long time. What was his approach to homeopathy and how did his proximity affect your homeopathic views and career?
SM: He is a strong classical Homeopath in Northern India, basically following Kent’s method. He has always criticized the use of patents or mixtures, even mother tincture or bio-chemic prescription, by homeopaths. He is a true follower of Dr. Hahnemann. He has a good command over Organon of Medicine and Kent’s repertory.
MB: I know personally that once you met Dr. Vijayakar, your homeopathic life made a huge shift. How did this meeting come about? And what were your initial observations and thoughts about Dr. Vijayakar and his work?
SM: Actually everything happens in one’s life by certain incident. In 1995, I came across a seminar’s brochure, which was being organized in Khanna, Punjab. At the end, there was a line in the brochure, “Stalls of patents and mixtures not allowed at seminar venue“. Only this line created my keen interest in the speaker and organizers and I decided to join the seminar. I had gone to Chandigarh a day before the seminar to meet my sister and next day something happened due to which I failed to attend the seminar. At the time, there was too much echo about Dr. Sehagal’s new mind prescribing theory and as it was my habit to go through every new idea, I decided to understand this new concept. My college friend Dr. Mann from Sangrur, Punjab is a propagator of Sehgal’s school. So I decided to organize his classes in Jalandhar. After two or three classes, a follower of Dr. Vijayakar from Khanna got excited to introduce Dr. Vijayakar’s philosophy to my group (This was very big, at that time also). I arranged his class in Jalandhar. He delivered a lecture on “Theory of Suppression”. I was very impressed by this new discovery which was matching with the Law of Dissimilar, mentioned by Dr. Hahnemann in the Organon of Medicine. Even after attending many classes or seminars of so called rediscovery of Homeopathy by Dr. Sehagal, I was not able to agree with their hypothetical thoughts, as it did not have any place in the Organon of Medicine in totality. They follow only single aphorism 211. After going through all their volumes, I left this idea forever, as Organon was my first faith, and then came anything new. Frankly, I was not satisfied! But after going through Dr. Vijayakar’s book on the theory of suppression, I decided to go to Mumbai to join his seminar which was held in April 1998 along with Dr. Sankaran. You asked me my initial observation about Dr. Vijayakar – after reading a few pages of his book, I was surprised that this man had the guts to accept his mistakes in writing publicly. Most of our homeopaths are big boasters reciting their exploits. I saw truth in his ideas, which were scientific, logical and having no contradiction with Hahnemann’s thought as mentioned in the Organon of Medicine.
MB: You mentioned that the line “Stalls of patents and mixtures not allowed at seminar venue” caught your attention. Were you against their use even before your introduction to Predictive Homeopathy? What was your clinical practice like at that time?
SM: Yes. I have already mentioned that I was attached with Dr. Castro, a known classical homeopath from Chandigarh. My practice was Kentian in style. I joined Pan-African Homeopathic Medical College, Imo State Nigeria in 1983 and there too, I was teaching and practicing Right Homeopathy.
MB: So you first read the book Theory of Suppression and then attended his seminar sometime in 1998. When did your first personal meeting with Dr. Vijayakar take place? Do you remember what you talked about then?
SM: I met Dr.Vijayakar for the first time in 1998. I visited his clinic and requested permission to sit with him but he refused, saying that one doctor was already sitting with him and he has no place for me. Then I sat in his reception room for two hours. Somebody informed him that Sardarji is still sitting outside. He came out and then permitted me to sit with him. I stayed in Mumbai for 7 days at that time.
MB: You mentioned that the seminar you attended in 1988 was also of Dr. Sankaran. What made you choose Dr. Vijayakar’s approach over Dr. Sankaran’s? What are your views about Dr. Sankaran’s work?
SM: Dr. Sankaran presented a case. He took approximately one hour. When he finished the video, he provocatively asked Dr. Vijayakar what remedy he would suggest as per his theory of genetic similimum. Dr. Vijayakar immediately stood up and gave a slip to Dr. Rajan Sankaran. Sankaran read the slip and looked at Vijayakar with a smile and told the audience to give Dr. Vijayakar a big hand. He recommended Theridion from the gestures and physiognomy of the patient, the very same remedy that cured the patient. But the incident gave a negative impression about Dr. Sankaran in my mind. His attitude was to let Dr.Vijayakar down in front of the audience, if he failed to find the right remedy. On the other hand Dr. Vijayakar’s act made me his follower forever, as Organon itself advocated the importance of observation and listening carefully to the patient. Hahnemann advised that the physician should be a keen observer.
MB: You were already trained under a good classical homeopath. Apart from the theory of suppression, what else did you find different in Dr. Vijayakar’s work?
SM: Dr. Vijayakar made a bridge between Homeopathy and allopathy. He emphasized the importance of Genetics related with aphorism 1st, 5th and those aphorisms related with Miasm. He gave importance to physiology and pathology to understand the miasm at the cellular level. Through embryology, he explained Herring’s Law of cure.
MB: How did these early encounters affected your clinical approach? Were the results easy to come by with this new-found understanding, or did it take a lot of time to master the new knowledge?
SM: His teachings helped me and my students to bring so many wonderful cures in advanced pathologies, which we never expected previously.
MB: Can you share with us some early cases which made you a strong proponent of Predictive Homeopathy?
SM: One lady patient came to me on Dr. Vijayakar’s recommendation. She was suffering from blindness with hydrocephalus. As Dr. Vijayakar taught me to understand the constitution, I prescribed her Carcinosin. Within 6 months of the treatment, her eyesight returned and she restarted her English tuition. Today she does not have any pathology. This patient was present in the press conference at New Delhi during Vigyan Bhavan Seminar with Dr. Prafull Vijayakar. Now there are many cases where I got wonderful results after understanding Dr. Vijayakar’s way of practice.
MB: From Predictive Homeopathy, you branched out with ‘Right Homeopathy’. What is ‘Right Homeopathy’? What made you create this new movement? Were you dissatisfied by any aspect of Predictive Homeopathy? What is the aim of ‘Right Homeopathy’?
SM: No, no. Movement of right homeopathy is a process to establish Dr. Hahnemann’s Science, i.e. true or classical or right Homeopathy by following Dr. Vijayakar’s way of understanding Dr. Hahnemann’s thoughts i.e., ‘Predictive homeopathy’. I am using this name “Right Homeopathy” only to convey a message to budding homeopaths that there is also a ‘wrong’ homeopathy. Right Homoeopathy or predictive homeopathy are just synonyms for Dr. Hahnemann’s homeopathy, as mentioned in the Organon in Medicine.
MB: You are today one of the leading teachers of the Predictive Homeopathy school. What is your mission as a teacher and how do you find a balance between extensive traveling for seminars and clinical practice?
SM: My aim is to train large number of youngsters and establishing them as true Hahnemanian practitioners, to create awareness in the general public press, government and judiciary about wrong homeopathy. I will do my best to create an adverse situation against all those elements within homeopathy that directly or indirectly are responsible for distorting Dr. Hahnemann’s teachings. My wife Dr. Ravtej Inderjit Kaur, daughter of a known classical homeopath of Patiala, the late Dr. Jagjit Singh Dhindsa, is also a qualified homeopath. She has made me free from all my family responsibilities and also I have many assistant doctors, who help me professionally. Due to them, I am able to devote my time to propagating Predictive Homeopathy.
MB: Thank you Dr. Mavi for these insights into your life and Predictive Homeopathy. There is much more to discuss about Predictive Homeopathy and I hope to catch up with you and Dr. Vijayakar in the near future for a deeper discussion into the development, philosophy, approach and future of Predictive Homeopathy.