What is ‘The Other Song’?
Extracts from the back cover of Dr. Rajan Sankaran’s book “The Other Song: Discovering Your Parallel Self”
“What is it that makes each one of us who we are?
What is it that makes each of us feel, perceive, experience, and act in our own unique manner?
What is the real cause of the stress in your life?
Stress comes not from external reality but the specific way each of us perceives it. At the deepest level our experience is not of outer reality, but is a constant inner sensation.
This core sensation matches something from one of the three kingdoms in nature. It is as if a specific animal, plant, or mineral lives in each one of us and colors our whole experience of life. It is our constant companion, the other song that keeps singing within us, shapes our personality, determines our life patterns, and is the underlying factor behind our stress.”
Buried deep inside each one of us, is a specific and distinct energy that defines our state of being that affects our perception and response to the world, that forms and essential part of our individuality.
That is our “Other Song”.
When there a disturbance of this innate energy, it becomes the source of stress, of conflict, and lack of well-being. Disease, expressed through various physical symptoms, is but an external manifestation of this deeper internal disturbance.
Homoeopathy aims to look beyond the mere physical symptoms. It aims to correct the deeper inner disturbance. It is thus, both holistic and individualistic. Restoring the body and spirit to health and balance. Bringing it into tune, to a song that is melodious and complete…
Introduction by Susan Cortes
There is one route to wellness, and its face is already inside you… been inside you all along. You are telegraphing the remedy that you need via your life’s path, your personality, your behavior.
It is the concept behind The Other Song, a clinical, academic, and charitable organization. It puts the most recent and effective advancements in homeopathy into the hands of practitioners around the world in a hands-on, practical way designed to disseminate new ideas and shared knowledge for reaching into the largest possible patient population. The name of the project comes from the title of Dr. Rajan Sankaran’s groundbreaking book The Other Song.
The milieu of homoeopathy in India provides the perfect platform for The Other Song, because homoeopathy is established as a national medical system in India which enjoys a 25% per annum growth rate and more registered homoeopaths than other any nation. It just makes sense that a multifaceted undertaking to increase practitioners’ skills and knowledge simultaneously solidifies homoeopathy from attack by its critics and that should begin in India.
This work of propagating new ideas that are proving to be astonishingly accurate for remedy determination and potency selection is being carried forward by the generous, unfailing work and dedication of a group of practitioners and supporters of homoeopathy.
The Other Song: International Academy of Advanced Homoeopathy was begun by a group that ultimately came together to realize a long-harbored dream— of attaining excellence in homoeopathy and disseminating the benefits and teachings of this system in an ambience of learning and advancing. This impetus is maintained by The Foundation for Vital Healing which was formed by the dynamism and generosity of Hitesh and Daksha Mehta, who were patients keen to learn about and contribute to a system that has given considerable relief.
It is by design that The Foundation for Vital Healing’s primary objective of advancing awareness of homeopathy is done in a manner that will provide the highest quality medical care to all. The foundation and the academy work hand in hand with Homoeopathic Research and Charities (HRC) to this end.
The ultimate goal that every aspect of The Other Song works toward is that homoeopathy achieves its potential and survives for generations to come. Organizers, teachers, and supporters of the academy and foundation and their clinics envision multitudes of patients benefiting and scores of practitioners recognizing homoeopathy’s indispensability in therapeutics. They wish that homoeopathy will continue to be counted a prominent system of medicine and aptly answer its critics only if it is practiced well by doctors who have excellent training. With the type of training supported by the academy, foundation and charities, the greatest results are possible and can be documented and shared, so advances in homoeopathy will be made.
Introduction by Deborah Collins
Anyone who has witnessed the results of an accurate homeopathic treatment soon becomes convinced of its great healing power at all levels. Whether the experience comes first hand as a patient, as a practitioner who sees miracles that takes place daily, or as a student who sees live cases and video reports before and after treatment, the fact that homeopathy works, and works in a deeply curative manner, is incontestable. Often, those who have initially been sceptics but have dared to challenge their beliefs by putting them to the test have become some of homeopathy’s staunchest advocates. Their experience counters the wide-spread idea that homeopathy can be nothing more than “placebo effect”: Not only does it provide deep and long lasting relief far beyond that which is usual for a placebo, but it also works with those who have no idea that they have been treated: small children, the unconscious, animals and even plants.
The challenge today is not to prove that homeopathy works – our patients do that for us every day. The challenge is to find ways to put this healing principle to work more effectively, in a greater percentage of our patients. Although homeopathy has been available as a medical science for over two hundred years, and whole libraries are filled with documents of cured cases, it is only recently that a certain order is being created in the mass of information.
Thirty years ago, there seemed to be little system in the materia medica; one remedy could just as easily replace another, with little understanding of the importance of its source. These days, the inherent logic of natural patterns is being applied in homeopathy. The study of the periodic table of elements as a sequence of evolution has brought a far greater understanding to our science. Likewise, the plant kingdom and animal kingdom are revealing their secrets, and a vast number of new remedies are being put to use. Homeopaths are learning to distinguish between the different realms and the different families, right down to the very corresponding remedy. Thanks to recent developments, one learns to listen to the inner disturbance in such a way that it “speaks” clearly. To those who see the results, it seems like magic, watching a patient reveal their inner life patterns in such a way that the remedy becomes evident. Deep-seated cures are taking place in patients for whom there previously seemed to be no hope.
And yet, along with these new methods and their incredible healing potential, there is the inevitable backlash. Some homeopaths, on witnessing the seeming ease with which expert homeopaths reach their results, try these methods as an easy short-cut, forgetting the long years of hard study and experience that underlie their work. Sloppy prescribing leads to sloppy results, bringing criticism both from within and without the homeopathic community. Exactly at a time when the potential of homeopathy is at its greatest, it is coming under the most concerted attacks.
The best way to counter any attack is not to counter-attack, but to solidify one’s base. What homeopathy requires in order to survive and flourish is well-trained homeopaths. It is not possible for every homeopath to benefit from apprenticeship to an experienced homeopath, sitting in and watching the case-taking, asking questions and gaining clarification to one’s questions, although this is an ideal learning ground. Traditionally, homeopathic training has been rather haphazard: after an initial basic education, homeopaths are often reliant on self-education via books and seminars. With some outstanding exceptions, there has been little in the way of an ongoing education programme which integrates the many facets of homeopathy. To this end, Rajan Sankaran and his dedicated team of colleagues have spent many years in effectuating their dream: an international academy of homeopathy, with the aim of bringing homeopathy and healing to a higher level by training quality practitioners.
On April 10th 2011, Hahnemann’s birthday, “The Other Song: International Academy of Advanced Homoeopathy” officially opened its doors in Mumbai. This is an integrated homeopathic clinic, training and research academy, dedicated to holistic patient care and well-being, as well as student/practitioner training and clinical research and documentation. A team of 35 highly experienced homeopaths bring across the latest teaching methodologies, supported by advanced audio-visual technology. Live cases are presented by video relayed to a nearby auditorium, and are explained step by step by the presenting homeopath. In this way, the academy provides an opportunity for practical and clinical training to a large number of students, whether recent graduates, or practitioners of several years. Through the different teachers, students have access to various styles of practice, as well as to personal mentoring. Courses range from two weeks to one year, fulfilling the different needs of students.
By now, the Sensation Method in homeopathy, discovered by Rajan Sankaran and further developed by his team and colleagues globally, has become well-known around the world, with thousands of homeopaths and their patients benefitting from this new work. The academy strives to bring across a complete approach, which includes the Sensation Method, yet also incorporates the best of previous models as well. Students are well-grounded in the basics of materia medica and repertorisation, as well as the more modern techniques, making use of both right brain and left brain thinking at the same time. The Synergy approach is inclusive rather than exclusive, encouraging the use of several different approaches in tandem order to find the best possible remedy for the patient.
The clinic itself is dedicated to providing advanced homeopathic treatment to patients. Top homeopaths, modern medical practitioners and alternative healing practitioners collaborate to provide patients with a comprehensive and holistic care package. Practices like yoga, meditation, counselling, physiotherapy and nutrition are also included in the overall treatment recommendations at the clinic. The speciality unit on homeopathic management of diabetes aims to educate patients regarding prevention, and utilizes a holistic treatment approach such as homeopathic medicine, assistance from modern medicine practitioners, diet, exercise and foot care. Similarly, there is a rheumatology unit and a weight management unit.
The clinic offers fee reduction to those who would otherwise be unable to benefit from its programmes. The Other Song also arranges free homeopathic camps, where doctors and residents treat numerous patients free of charge, in areas where there are many underprivileged and sick patients. At this academy homoeopaths may experience their potential in a fertile environment.
One thing that I have noticed in being a part of this school, are the different backgrounds, races, faiths and languages which combine to make a perfect classroom.
‘the other song’ team
Head: Dr. Rajan Sankaran
Dr. Rajan Sankaran is internationally renowned as a clear thinker and is best known for his path breaking concepts, especially his understanding of disease as a delusion, his use of mind symptoms and dreams, his classification of remedy states into kingdoms and his additions to the existing miasms. His recent work on the plant kingdom and the seven levels is fast gaining in popularity and promises to revolutionize Homoeopathy. More and more Homoeopaths are incorporating his ideas into practice, with the most promising results.
Dean: Dr. Meghna Shah
A young, dynamic, dedicated, intelligent and sincere person, she is gifted with an extremely intuitive mind inclined towards research. She also possesses excellent managerial qualities with tremendous insight into human psychology. She is an ardent follower of Homoeopathy, and having trained under Dr. Rajan Sankaran for 10 years she is perhaps one of the best practitioners and teachers of Homoeopathy from among the newer generation. She has assisted Dr. Sankaran on the books: Sankaran’s Schema, Structure – Experiences with the Mineral Kingdom, The Other Song, and Survival – the Reptilia—which have all been highly appreciated and translated into many languages.
Senior Consultants/ Faculty:
Dr. Jayesh Shah
Dr. Jayesh Shah is a renowned homeopath from the Bombay School of Classical Homeopathy. Practicing for almost twenty-five years, he has gained a reputation as a skilled teacher and a keen homeopathic prescriber. He is much sought after as an educator and has conducted numerous seminars around the world. He developed a unique method of case-taking wherein he uses meditative and other intensive techniques to explore the patients’ deepest and core issues, leading to a very deep level of understanding, awareness and healing in any given case.
Dr. Sujit Chatterjee
Dr. Sujit Chatterjee, is a classical homoeopath practising in Mumbai for last 27 years. His knowledge of converting patients understanding into Rubrics is unique. He has also conducted provings of several known as well as New remedies such as Chocolate, Camphora, Pipal (Ficus religiosa), Banyan (Ficus indica), Uranium nitrate. He has also made a brilliant use of the 50 millesimal potency in his practice. Dr. Sujit is a senior consultant and an esteemed faculty member at the other song, and has rich and varied clinical experience of treating several cancer cases to great results.
Dr. Sudhir Baldota
In practice since the last 21 years, his association with the Bombay group dates back to 1991.He has also been an active participant in HRC, both as a trustee and as a much appreciated lecturer in several of the courses and seminars conducted by the organization. Dr. Baldota has also co-authored the book ‘Survival: the Mollusc’ together with Dr.Rajan Sankaran. In addition he has contributed to the Indian Journal of Homoeopathy, Homoeopathy Links, Homoeopathic Times and Hompath. His passion for learning and imparting Homoeopathy is reflected in his seminars and live case workshops.
Dr. Mahesh Gandhi
A psychiatrist by profession and a homoeopath by choice, he has a flourishing practice and teaches internationally. He is globally popular for his psychiatric cases treated successfully with Homoeopathy. He has been closely associated with Dr. Rajan Sankaran for more than 15 years. Many of Dr. Gandhi’s cases have been published in “Inside to Plants”. He is now in the process of writing a book in homoeopathy to share some of his experiences, especially in the field of psychiatry.
Consultants / Faculty:
Dr. Paresh Vasani
Dr. Paresh has a successful practice in Mumbai, started 17 years ago. He has developed a reputation for his immense patience and calmness. Treating scores of patients in India and abroad has given him some fine insights into the science and art Homoeopathy. He is well known for supervising case-taking, in this way helping other homeopaths achieve depth in understanding and prescription. He is also the main force behind developing the Homoeopathic software, VitalQuest, which is based on Dr. Rajan Sankaran’s Sensation Method. Vital Quest is now considered a ‘must-have’ tool for practitioners of this method.
Dr. Rashmi Jaising
A calm and composed teacher and a dedicated homoeopath, she practices in Mumbai and has taught at courses in India and abroad. As an assistant to Dr. Sankaran, she also helped him in penning down some of his books, viz. The Soul of Remedies, Provings. The System of Homoeopathy and The Sensation in Homoeopathy. Her teaching experience also began while in Dr. Sankaran’s clinic with visiting foreign students, and she has subsequently taught at schools and seminars in South Korea, Japan, USA and Romania, apart from regularly teaching at the HRC courses in Mumbai.
Dr. Shachindra Joshi & Dr. Bhawisha Joshi
Known as the ‘dynamic duo’ of the homoeopathic world, the Joshi’s teach homoeopathy at post-graduate levels all over the globe. They are internationally acclaimed MD homoeopaths and provide homoeopathic care to patients from all strata, age groups, and parts of the world. They have done exceptional work on the remedies from the periodic table, and have done pioneering work on the Big Cats. Together, they lead a movement called “A BETTER YOU”, a program that enhances the vigor and quality of life among the health conscious and ensures that in times of stress, the best in a human being comes forth.
Dr. Dinesh Chauhan
Dr. Dinesh Chauhan practices classical Homoeopathy in Mumbai, India and is well known for his pediatric cases. Insightful and passionate about homoeopathy, he is one of the most influential figures in today’s homoeopathic world. He delivers seminars in various countries and is a key lecturer in courses organized by Homoeopathic Research and Charities, The Other Song, and WISH along with Dr. Rajan Sankaran and his team. One of the main focuses in his teaching is his pioneering work on the case taking process, which he describes as “the Scientifically Intuitive Case Witnessing Process.” This method is entirely scientific and easy to reproduce. Dr. Dinesh heads the ABJF foundation (Non-profit organization) with his wife Dr Urvi Chauhan where Indian Homoeopaths are taught on non-profit basis.
Dr. Gajanan Dhanipkar
Dr. Dhanipkar has been practicing now since the last 16 years, mainly in Thane & Ambernath. He is a guest lecturer at various institutes viz. J.J Magdum Homoeopathic Medical College Sangli, Jaisingpur, Bhagwan Medical College, Aurangabad &Kharghar Medical College, Navi Mumbai. He has been regularly teaching in the basic and advanced courses in the Sensation Method conducted by Homoeopathic Research & Charities. In addition, he also conducts courses in the Sensation Method for homoeopathic physicians in the vicinities of Thane & Ambernath. He is known for his unique style of case taking & case analysis amongst his students who have learnt in his clinic.
Dr Shekhar Algundgi
Dr. Shekhar Algundgi has been practicing Homoeopathy since 1992 in the Western Suburbs of Mumbai. He graduated from Venutai Yeshwantrao Homoeopathic Medical College and Post graduated from Panchasheel Homoeopathic Medical College. He had an opportunity to do Fellowship Homoeopathy from the Pioneer University London, U.K., under the guidance of Luc De Sheppher, and has been conferred upon Honorary Membership from the Faculty Homoeopathy Malaysia for his presentation on ‘Soul the Universal Energy’. Calm, composed, and patient as ever have been the key features for Dr. Algundgi. This experience has been euphoric for not only him, but also for his colleagues all over the world. Practicing for over 2 decades he has experienced the trance of getting into the Sensation of patient, the other world, much beyond the conscious mind & yet being very scientific.
Dr. Ashok Borkar
Dr. Borkar began practice in a remote Goa village in 1991 after having graduated from Mumbai & worked as a resident doctor at Mumbadevi Homoeopathic Hospital. He regularly conducts seminars in the Sensation Method in Goa & Karnataka, is a CME (Continuing Medical Education) teacher in Goa, a regular teacher in the basic & advanced courses in the Sensation Method conducted by Homoeopathic Research & Charities in Mumbai. Dr. Borkar has developed his original style of case taking & case analysis, and his clinic is like an institution where a number of Homoeopaths come to learn the practical application of homoeopathic philosophy.
Dr. Divya Chhabra
Dr. Divya Chhabra has been practicing classical homoeopathy in Mumbai, India, for the past ten years. Dr. Chhabra has been teaching in India and abroad for the last seven years and has lectured in various parts of the world. Dr. Chhabra is well known for her brilliant style of case taking in which she follows the thread of every important symptom beautifully to reach the core feeling state of the individual. She has been artfully employing a technique called “free association” in her case taking method that enables one to reach through the subconscious level of dreams to the deep-seated core delusion, which manifests as the symptoms of imbalance and illness.
Dr. Sunirmal Sarkar:
Dr. Sunirmal Sarkar – the man who makes you want to believe in homoeopathy even more! His determination, his passion for Homoeopathy is unmovable. Dr. Sarkar is one of the busiest Homeopathic Practitioners in the city of Kolkata, seeing not less than 100 patients per day. Having learnt under Guru’s of Homoeopathy like Dr. Dubey, Dr. P. C. Paul & alike; he is an authority in Indian drugs & rare drugs. He is a teacher in the Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine and Health Sciences, Arizona, USA; & an ex-professor at NIH (National Institute of Homoeopathy), Kolkata. He is specializes in all types of cancer cases, seeing atleast 25 cancer cases per day.
Senior Resident Doctors:
Dr. Rishi Vyas
Dr. Pratik Desai
Dr. Manish Yadav
Dr. Devang Shah
Dr. Sadaf Ulde
Dr. Pallavi Nar
Dr. Sneha Thakkar
Dr. Gaurang Gaikwad
Dr. Amruta Hede
Dr. Kshama Meher
Junior Resident Doctors:
Dr. Faiza Khan
Dr. Chirag Shah
Dr. Amruta Barve
Dr. Alifiya Merchant
Dr. Arvind Kothe
Dr. Ashok Borkar
Dr. Divya Chhabra
Dr. Sunirmal Sarkar
Course content and curriculum:
Dr. Sujit Chatterjee (Head)
Dr. Manish Yadav
Dr. Pallavi Nar
Student coordinator: Dr Sadaf Ulde
International Marketing and Coordination:
Shizuko Nagasawa: International coordination
Armeen Jasavala: International Student Representative and PR
Dr. Pallavi Nar: International video course coordination
Academic & Support Team
Dr. Swati Goyal: Senior Executive Manager
Mr Shanmugam: Senior Advisor
Dr Bipin Shukla: Academy coordinator
Dr Arti Bodhani: Telecalling
Dr Soni Udasi: Telecalling
Dr Pankil Dhruv: Web marketing
Dr. Pratik Jain: Student Representative
Dr. Gajanan Dhanipkar: Head
Dr. Manish Yadav
Dr. Gaurang Gaikwad
University course team:
Dr Abhay Chheda: Director
Dr Dinesh Khade: Deputy Director
Dr Saziya Salmani: Course Coordinator
Dr Shrikant Jumale: Course Coordinator
Dr Shekhar Algundgi: Head of academy publications
Dr Sneha Thakkar: Editor (academy and clinic publications)
Dr Devang Shah: Compiling and editing
Dr Arshia Khan: Jr. Editor (clinic and academy)
General Manager (Operations):
Mrs. Nidhi Juyal
Asst. General Manager (Administration):
Mrs. Anushka Kanjarankandy
Mr. Faiz Rajani
Ms. Shraddha Patil
Mrs. Tanvi Doshi
Useful video links
Below are few clips for our readers, which would help get a glimpse of various activities organized at the other song clinic and academy.
Title: Dr Rajan Sankaran introducing ‘the other song’
Title: What is Homoeopathy? By Dr Rajan Sankaran
Description: Dr. Rajan Sankaran explains how homeopathy works and goes into detail about its ability to cure.
Title: Answer to Critics, Dr Rajan Sankaran on the myths and facts of Homoeopathy
Description: Dr. Rajan Sankaran talks to the critics of homeopathy, explaining how he sees its effectiveness every day through his patients. He asks the critics to try homeopathy and see the effects for themselves.
Title: TEDMED Live talk by Dr. Rajan Sankaran
Description: For the first time in India, ’the other song’ – International Academy of Advanced Homoeopathy in collaboration with TEDMED organized TEDMEDLive “the other song”, Mumbai on 21st April, 2013. This was a global event being the first of its kind to be organized in Mumbai where the participants enjoyed a near simultaneous relay from its mother event- TEDMED Washington D.C along with live speakers from India. Dr Rajan Sankaran spoke about: “Experience how “the other song” unfolds in health and disease, and makes oneself aware of his parallel self.”
Title: Dr. Rajan Sankaran about ‘the other song’ academy
Title: Dr. Rajan Sankaran (Inspiring and motivational talk by Dr Rajan Sankaran)
Description: Rajan Sankaran discusses how he was brought up with homeopathy and how he was inspired through his father. He explains how homeopathy works and how it is growing in popularity throughout the world.
Title: The Simplicity in Homoeopathy by Dr Rajan Sankaran
Title: Genius of remedy – Dr.Rajan Sankaran
Title: Triangle, Synergy and Repertorization by Dr. Rajan Sankaran
Title: Dr Rajan Sankaran talks about how to be accurate
Title: Dr Rajan Sankaran – A Case Example
Title: Building confidence in Homoeopathy by Rajan Sankaran
Title: Life is a Game by Dr Rajan Sankaran
Title: Dr. Arun Jamkar, Vice Chancellor MUHS, on his visit at the other song
Title: Dr. Arun Jamkar, Vice Chancellor MUHS, on his visit at the other song
Category: Awareness session
Speaker: Dr. Arun Jamkar
Title: Learning at the other song by Dr Jayesh Shah
Title: Inspiration to young budding homoeopaths by Dr Jayesh Shah
Title: Understanding Imponderables by Dr. Shachindra Joshi
Title: Case taking by Dr Paresh Vasani
Title: Individualistic perceptions of a situation by Dr Gajanan Dhanipkar
Title: Understanding child’s psychology by Dr Dinesh Chauhan
Title: Key to successful case taking by Dr Dinesh Chauhan
Title: Learning at the other song with Dr Mahesh Gandhi
Title: Kingdom understanding by Dr Bhawisha Joshi (part 1)
Title: Kingdom understanding by Dr Bhawisha Joshi (part 2)
Title: Dr Sujit Chatterjee interacting with students after a live case
Title: What is a state by Dr. Divya Chhabra?
Title: Step’s to reach a state by Dr. Divya Chhabra
Title: Experience through five senses by Dr. Divya Chhabra
Title: Dr. Rajan Sankaran addressing students of CMP Homeopathy College
Title: Homoeopathy – the other song – Dr. Sunirmal Sarkar – Calcutta Approach
Title: Homeopathy for Children 7th – 8th January 2012 – Jürgen Weiland – Germany
Title: Homeopathy for Children 7th-8th January 2012 – Dr. Willi Neuhold – Austria
Title: Homeopathy for Children 7th-8th January 2012 – Dr. Andreas Holling – Germany
Title: Homeopathy for Children 7th-8th January 2012 – Anne Schadde – Germany
Title: Homeopathy for Children 7th-8th January 2012 – Dr Jürgen Hansel – Germany
Title: Homeopathy for Children 7th-8th January 2012 Dr. Annette Sneevliet- Holland
Title: Homeopathy for children 7th-8th January 2012-Dr Rajan Sankaran-India
Title: Dr. Mahesh Gandhi: Homeopathy and depression by Dr Mahesh Gandhi
Title: Psychiatry in pediatric cases with homeopathy by Dr Mahesh Gandhi
Title: Developmental stages with Id, Ego with respect to Mineral kingdom by Dr Mahesh Gandhi
Title: Plant’s Sub class explanation Advanced understanding of plants by Dr Mahesh Gandhi